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George Powell, Steve Caballero, Tommy Guerrero, Tony Hawk, Mike McGill, Lance Mountain, Rodney Mullen, Stacy Peralta Duane Peters

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.

Score: 6.5/10

George Powell, Steve Caballero, Tommy Guerrero, Tony Hawk, Mike McGill, Lance Mountain, Rodney Mullen, Stacy Peralta Duane Peters

 

Haggard: Bam Margera and his Jackass / CKY pals make a feature length – sounds stupid? It is, but it’s actually a pretty good effort. Above the stupidity, there’s actually lots of good laughs, gross-outs and funny set-pieces. There’s also a load of skate-superstar cameos throughout the film.  The 5.1 mix is unusually heavy on the rear speakers, so all dialogue – loud and soft – is crystal clear, but feels unbalanced. Loads of lame pseudo-music/skate videos to flesh out the running time, which is unnecessary because the film loses it’s way in the last 20 mins. It’s also more watchable than the original CKY videos. It may not go down as a comedy great, but don’t dismiss it on the grounds of it being attached to Jackass because it’s surprisingly good.

Score: 7/10