Dragonslayer (2011)



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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 … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Musical & Performing Arts, Sports & Fitness, Special Interest
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On DVD: May 14, 2012
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All Critics (18) | Top Critics (9)

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

Full Review… | December 16, 2011
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.

Full Review… | November 17, 2011
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.

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

Full Review… | November 8, 2011
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.

Full Review… | November 8, 2011
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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.

Full Review… | November 8, 2011
Village Voice
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