Bones Brigade: An Autobiography – a bunch of geeky misfits brought together to become the crew of skaters who transformed and dominated the shit out of the skateboarding world. Given that the director was the Bones Brigade manager, there’s a lot of access and great footage of the kids at their peak, battling each other and inventing & pioneering the modern skater trickbook. My only exposure to skateboarding has been the amazing Tony Hawks games and the original cKy videos (interesting to see how much they were influenced by the BB skate vids). This film is packed with skateboarding royalty (i.e. most people from the THPS Player Select menu!). Despite all of the big names and personalities, the unassuming Rodney Mullen steals the show – as the most intricate trickster, and the most open interviewee – closely followed by the batshit mental Duane Peters! While it’s all a bit inward looking, self-promoting, and a little manipulative (big aperture, soppy music etc), this is an affectionate glimpse back into one of the sports’ golden ages, by those at the cutting edge. Well made, and interesting skate-documentary.
Angry Boys: Australian comedy mockumentary (12 Episodes) that follows 6 people – Identical troublesome teenage twins Nathan and Daniel; a kid’s hip-hop star S.Mouse; mother & manager of American-Japanese skateboarder Jen Okazaki; veteran juvenile prison officer Gran; and former surfing world champion, Blake Oakfield. There’s a 50-50 split between the better and more believable stories/characters (the twins and Gran) and the ridiculous stereotypes of Okazaki and S.Mouse – Blake just feels like filler. Six comedy characters is a large remit for shape-shifting Lilley, but he throws himself into the roles well. Not unlike his previous outings smut and shock provide the most laughs – although every episode only has about one or two proper laughs, and the rest is just ‘funny enough’. It’s also just as politically incorrect, and with a the Asian and Black characters there’s some line-treading racial stereotypes. There’s no real story convergence until the very end and the ‘big finale’ is quite the let down; although would have been almost impossible to execute. Angry boys is entertaining enough to push through the season, but not by much more. The scope of 6 characters and 12 episodes diluted and hid some of great material and characters in the script.