Sometimes I get stuck in a rut when it comes to watching films. I either just watch anything that comes…
Dogtown and Z-Boys
Dogtown and Z-Boys follows the evolution of skateboarding from the 60's and into the late 70's as skateboarding's california beach boy image is transformed into a low-riding surf oriented style.
One of the greatest and most influential skaters passed away today. Jay Adams was taken by a heart attack at the age of 53. Jay was part of the original Zepher skate team and a hell of a surfer to boot.
If you haven't seen Dogtown and Z-Boys, do yourself a favor. It is a fantastic documentary about the birth of modern skating and you will get to see first hand the talent lost today that was Jay Adams.
RIP Jay. Z-Boy forever.
Catherine Hardwicke's film The Lords Of Dogtown was a real eye-opener for me when I saw it about 18 months ago. Recommended by Del and several other LB members, this was right up my street and for a guy who has never been on a surf board or skateboard I found the film ultimately fascinating. The characters of the scene, the sparks that ignited the flame back in the seventies, she took a bunch of cool actors and told the story around them. This documentary made by one of the stars of the day, Stacy Peralta, puts a little more meat on the bones of that story.
Both skateboarding and surfing seem to have an affinity with California. Whether it…
This is probably my favourite documentary.
Having misspent a large portion of my youth skateboarding, I guess I have more of a soft-spot for this film than most. Being able to watch the people responsible for inventing modern skateboarding both as kids and adults is a real gift.
Craig Stecyk's archive video and photos really make this documentary. His entire take on the world and skateboarder culture makes for a beautiful and meloncholic look back at the birth of vertical skateboarding. His artistic and editorial vision is very apparent throughout this great film. It's only improved by the excellent directing and skate-film making experience of Stacy Peralta (who is one of the original Z-Boys — thus bringing another personal perspective into the film.)
This is a film I can litterally watch over and over and not tire of it. A superb film which tells a story that can entertain both skaters and non-skaters alike.
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Recommended by James
Even though I only have a passing interest in skateboarding (I tried it a couple of times with my friends who skateboard and I'm pretty bad at it) I found Dogtown and Z-Boys to be an very entertaining documentary. The film chronicles the birth of modern skateboarding in mid 70s California. There is a lot of great skateboarding footage in this film and the talking heads, all of which are either skateboarders, skateboard designers, or journalists, are pretty entertaining. Director Stacey Peralta, who's also one of the skateboarding pioneers the film focuses on, has a very raw and unrefined directing style which fit perfectly with the films rebellious tone. My favorite part of the film is the soundtrack which is absolutely amazing. Overall Dogtown and Z-Boys is a great documentary that is a must see for anyone interested in skateboarding or documentaries.
I’m not familiar with the rise of skateboarding nor have I ever used one, but I found this documentary to be insightful and fascinating throughout. It works as a biographical observation on the lives of the Zephyr skateboard team – more commonly known as the “Z-Boys – but the film’s importance lies in the way it captivates skateboarding as more of escapism rather than an activity or a “sport”. All people have their hopes and dreams and skateboarding is the dream here. It reminisces on the fragmented world of the team as they grow up and discover surfing before becoming affiliated with skating, which is described by one of them as “an art form”.
Direct and accurate in its pursuit…
Documentaries like these can be rather hard to judge on aesthetic terms, but I think it's some measure of the film's formal achievements that its subject, skateboarding, ranks somewhere near the top on the list of subjects I haven't the faintest interest in, yet I still found the film consistently fascinating. The film works by conveying an authentic sense of community and then slowly invites the viewer in. Afterward, you might find that you want to enthuse to bewildered friends about your new found expertise in skateboarding even though you barely know what the hell you're talking about.
I am not a skater, and I didn't have a lot of skateboard friends growing up, but this documentary is really good, exploring the origins of the skateboard, and the explosion in the 70's. There's a lot of romanticism of skateboarding and surfing culture, and really the documentary is about trying to enjoy your youth as much as you can. In a way, it's a coming of age story for both the members of the team and the sport itself. There's a lot of fond reflection of the past in these, now, middle aged eyes, but that kind of reflection is mostly universal and something that an audience can relate to. Probably one of the best things I've watched this year.
Disorienting, uninformative, and kind of dull. The music kept me watching longer than I ought have.
Informative and quite entertaining documentary from director Stacy Peralta about the rise of skateboarding culture in southern California in the early 70’s, emanating from the less-affluent neighborhoods of Santa Monica and Venice Beach surfer culture. Peralta was one of the Z-boys, a group of youngsters who rose to global prominence through their unique skateboarding skills, who took skateboarding worldwide. Peralta utilizes a wealth of home video footage and photographs from that time and mixes in contemporary talking head interviews from his Z-boy team looking back at what they accomplished. Highly enjoyable.
I watched this and just couldn't stop thinking that those guys were really full of themselves. Maybe it's a misinterpretation. Maybe it's a bitter judgement because I can't skate. It's a nice film and all, but come on guys...at the end of the day, it's just skateboarding.
As someone who appreciates a good documentary, I'm shocked it's taken me this long to getting around to this film. This is a great look at the evolution of skateboarding culture in southern California as it stemmed from the surfing culture. The "re-birth" of skateboarding was a great part as was the discovery that empty pools served as fantastic skating grounds.
Also - if you are a fan of 70's hard rock, this film's soundtrack is for you. The music is fantastic throughout.
Excellent documentary on the early skateboarding scene in California... (own on DVD)
Wonderfully told story of such a wild ride for the world of skateboarding.
Stacy Peralta is still a boss but I dug "riding GIANTS" more.
In which... a well crafted documentary explaining the beginnings of the modern skater is worth watching even if you're not much of a skater yourself.
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