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Dragonslayer (2011)

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Average Rating: 7.5/10
Critic Reviews: 9
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Dragonslayer documents the transgressions of a lost skate punk falling in love in the stagnant suburbs of Fullerton, California in the aftermath of Americaʼs economic collapse. Taking the viewer through a golden SoCal haze of broken homes, abandoned swimming pools and stray glimpses of unusual beauty, Dragonslayer captures the life and times of Josh "Skreech" Sandoval, a local skate legend and new father, as his endless summer finally collides with the future. Set to the alternately roaring

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Like many good documentary filmmakers, Tristan Patterson is a talented eavesdropper who lets characters articulate overriding themes.

December 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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In following this scattered character around, "Dragonslayer" director Tristan Patterson makes a very purposeful documentary about the pessimistic worldview of the nation's youth, and what that means for the future.

November 17, 2011 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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A youth culture backdropped by the crumbling edge of California is rendered with punk rock energy and grace.

November 10, 2011 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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The portrait is dispiriting overall, inspiring little affection from viewers, but feels authentic and fair.

November 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
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Despite a slew of skateboarding films in recent years, each one quite distinct, Patterson's pic arguably comes closest to channeling the culture's punk vibe and youthful abandon, albeit filtered through an outsider's aesthetic.

November 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Variety
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Patterson's one-of-a-kind hybrid captures a socio-historical moment with the kind of charged authenticity that only comes from a willingness to embrace contradictions: It's discursive and hypnotic, laconic and urgent.

November 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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This fabulous skating documentary has echoes of Gus Van Sant with its hazy, daydreamy look at the lives of skateboarding youths.

September 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Trespass
Trespass

... another award-winner that leaves me scratching my head. To me it's a well-executed but minor subculture film, yet it won the grand jury and cinematography prizes at South by Southwest ...

April 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Playback:stl
Playback:stl

Dragonslayer is an amazing window into a particular part of the culture and how we live now.

December 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

Dragonslayer is an amazing window into a particular part of the culture and how we live now. You'll think about Skreech -- his father's day gift for his son, his new job at a bowling alley -- for a long time after you leave the theatre.

December 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Toronto Sun
Toronto Sun

There are parts of Dragonslayer that look like Laguna Beach and others that look like Gummo. Either way, it's a looker.

November 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Gorgeous ... see this one on the big screen if you get a chance.

November 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Cinematical
Cinematical

Is Josh "Skreech" Sandoval the least deserving documentary subject ever?

November 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Departing from the conventions of documentary portraiture, "Dragonslayer" delivers the cinematic equivalent punk rock candy.

November 1, 2011 Full Review Source: indieWIRE
indieWIRE

Dragonslayer - which incredulously picked up the Best Documentary award at SXSW - is probably the first ever hagiography made about someone who is, without doubt, completely unremarkable. But at least at 74-minutes, it won't keep you for too long.

October 15, 2011 Full Review Source: What Culture
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