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½ October 18, 2011
This is a well-worth seeing documentary. The footage was engaging throughout and the soundtrack well-thought out. The director did a fantastic job of pulling out the passion of each player on and off the track. We get an authentic view of the workings of the girl-powered sport of roller derby and the generation it has touched. Well done.
April 29, 2011
A pretty well-made look at a few teams within the Portland Roller Derby league. Interesting testimonials about what derby has done to enhance these womens' lives anchor an emotional season full of ups and downs with the different teams. Makes me want to strap on some skates!
½ October 20, 2010
Doesn't seem fair to rate a movie about roller derby. The whole subject is so damned interesting and energizing that even the least accomplished documentary will hold my attention. Sort of like pornography, I suppose, but not in a creepy way, I hope. While not discounting the role of heterosexuality, I suggest that roller derby enthralls the straight man not so much via the outfits but via the prevalence of confident, powerful, happy women having a blast and loving themselves and their energy. This documentary lacks a little focus, perhaps. Neither this nor WHIP IT is stellar art, but the roller derby and the girls of roller derby survive both, I'd say, and make both better movies than they have a right to be.
October 7, 2010
Excellent look at this intense sport and the amazing women who dedicate themselves to the sport. Realistic and intimate look at some of the players. Fun to watch!
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