Bones Brigade: An Autobiography (2012)

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Today skateboarding is omnipresent. Take a walk down any street in any town, and you are destined to see someone riding a skateboard. Well, it wasn't always like that. In the early '80s, skateboarding was fading away until Stacy Peralta brought a profoundly talented group of outsiders together and dubbed them the Bones Brigade. This documentary chronicles their epic rise, using awesome archival footage and moving first-person accounts from Brigade members Steve Caballero, Tommy Guerrero, Tony Hawk, Mike McGill, Lance Mountain, and Rodney Mullen, among others. Through passion, drive, creativity, and a surprising sense of teamwork, they revitalized the sport and influenced generations to come. BONES BRIGADE will blow the minds of anyone who grew up emulating these guys, but it also resonates for anyone who ever found a family or a purpose in an unexpected place.
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Critic Reviews for Bones Brigade: An Autobiography

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (9)

An exhaustive - no, make that exhausting - look at a team of young skateboarders ...

Full Review… | November 28, 2012
Toronto Star
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Like a high school reunion, filled with affectionate memories of an earlier, more innocent, time.

Full Review… | November 8, 2012
Los Angeles Times
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This film makes a great companion piece to Peralta's "Dogtown and Z-Boys,'' which leaves off where "Bones Brigades'' begins.

Full Review… | November 1, 2012
New York Post
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Gradually becomes an echo chamber of personal dramas and exploits, not to mention propulsive soundtrack cues - all within a sport already nursing a penchant for self-documentation.

Full Review… | November 1, 2012
New York Times
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The film risks self-importance, but when Peralta admits through tears just how much he loves his skater charges, it imparts what every parent knows ...

Full Review… | November 1, 2012
Village Voice
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Peralta's doc is a generous, tasty slice of skateboarding history.

Full Review… | October 31, 2012
Hollywood Reporter
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Audience Reviews for Bones Brigade: An Autobiography

I learned more about my friend Tommy Guerrero in this 90 minute documentary than I did in the whole 3 years we played in the same band. I think finally I get what all those skateboarders are so nuts about. Great story about a fine group of kids. Lots of love here. Good shit.

Merkley Merkley
Merkley Merkley

An emotional documentary about nerdy skateboarders and how it affected their lives in a positive manner? Really?, hmm, not what I expected but a nice surprise. This documentary had far more depth than you can probably imagine. Well made and very interesting. You certainly don't have to have been a skateboarder to enjoy this. In fact if you weren't you probably will enjoy it more.

Jason Catbird
Jason Catbird
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Good stuff.. If you liked Dog Town you will enjoy this as it is the next logical step in Skater history and done by all the same folks. less non skater interviews in this one.

Joe Sicari
Joe Sicari

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