April 30, 2012
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April 19, 2012
If you've yet to do it, drop the $12 on North Coast, as I recently did. Saving a full, long review, I'll say the video is a testament to how rad the VX-1000*/death lens combo still is, due to the hard work put in by Chris Burt. The video as a whole has a dreamy, ethereal thing going on, without stoppage, nice 16 mm footage throughout and appropriately, a dreamy, ethereal soundtrack to go along. There're some genuine "Oh shit" moments and body-varial variations that I'd never imagined. Felt like skateboarding. Buy it at the link above. I should be doing homework.
Edit: Looks like Benji added some Youtube flavor on the right, in case you didn't notice. Also, I'm pleased to see the Roots Promo still is of Turkey doing a really rad nollie hardflip.
*Actually, a VX-2000. Still a good, different look than most of what's happening nowadays.
April 18, 2012
April 16, 2012
April 10, 2012
The above got me looking for Terminator 2 clips. This alternate ending would have been so lame, if only for the fact that skateboard designs totally regress by the 2020's.
Though I'm neither big on baseball nor poetry (as a failed, half-assed-could-never-take-himself-serious poet, though a decent defensive 9-year-old second baseman who was good for a base hit), this poem about opening day had me a bit tingly when they read it aloud on this week's Hang Up and Listen. Call me a sucker for the Americana of it all and the phrase, "the citrus of halter tops," because, goddamnit, that's spot on.
It's strange people are suddenly interested in who owns their favorite little media companies. Here's looking at you kid, @ me if the sky begins to fall, maybe take a picture of it.
April 9, 2012
I'd known it for a while but now I'm typing it out loud: I'm done with the Timberwolves until this fall. It's nothing personal guys, there've been injuries to key dudes and it was a lot of fun while it lasted. I know I'm not too familiar with a season that starts out with some type of roar and goes out with a wimper (because of large stretches of time with no roars at all), but I'm still a little disappointed. Sports, oh well. See ya next season. Go Jazz?
April 7, 2012
April 2, 2012
The Cinematographer Project is, on purpose or not, a case study in skateboard video making. Even more so than the original, different approaches and cameras and effects are obvious and when you put them all together, the video makes for a nice barometer of what one is looking for in a skateboard video, reinforcing certain biases. Dan Wolfe made a bit of a comeback after the unevenness of Since Day One [though Busenitz can probably do that for anyone (Evan Smith too!), the section raises even more questions about that SOTY snub]. Mike Manzoori is still one of the best in the biz (though I'd have also accepted some Come Together-iness, Jon Miner and Hi-8), and Bill Strobeck can put out a what is essentially one of his Youtube gems with better skating and we'll like it all the same. On the other hand, take away big name dudes from one guy's section and it becomes pretty forgettable, while overdone effects and questionable music choices can torpedo others. Cinematographer 2, then, is a grabbag of a lot of what's happening in skateboarding nowadays. More of the video works than that which does not, and that's a strong enough selling point on a project such as this. Bullet points follow:
-Chewy Cannon and Busenitz should share a part skating the same spots.
-Gonz rollerskates and I'll watch over and over.
-Brennan Conroy? Brennan Conroy films a lot of good dudes.
-In the sequel to a video from the 90's, RB Umali put out the most 90's-est part.
-Jerboi Tom Rohrer has graduated to a TWS vid.
-Those Australian dudes rip and straight forwardness prevails, again.
-The Alien Workshop section has some mind-numbingly great skating while sort of plodding along at the same time. Jake Johnson and Gilbert Crockett have enders and crush it. The question is, when does a certain type of editing and production surpass stylistics, stop evolving and cross into parody? It hasn't yet, but it's worth asking.
-Busenitz should have been SOTY. Buy the video, it's one for the collection/harddrive.
Congrats to Jack Olson who cleaned up rather well at Phoenix Am.