Dogtown and Z-Boys Reviews
In the early 70s on the California coastline where Venice Beach now resides used to be slummy area where kids had to make the most of what little they had. When surfing wasn't cool, kids used to surf in the rough parts of the coastline; and when they couldn't surf, they picked up skateboarding, but did it like surfers. Most of the next gen skateboarding we now see in x-games was born as skateboarding started getting stylish, complex, and intense. A new wave sweeps the country.
"This is concrete warfare."
Stacy Peralta, director of Riding Giants, When Disaster Strikes, American Teenagers Growing Up on Television, and Crips and Bloods: Made in America, delivers Dogtown and Z-Boys. The premise for this documentary is very cool and well done. I was thoroughly impressed by the photographs and quality of the video from the 70s on display in this picture. I also loved the number of originals skaters this film contained.
"This was the last great sea side slum."
I was looking at Sean Penn pictures on Netflix and decided this film he narrated may be interesting. I gave it a shot and was thoroughly impressed by this documentary. I loved the premise and tale and its one of those coming of age movies you just want to know more and more about. It is sad and triumphant at the same time. I strongly recommend viewing this gem.
"It was dirty. It was filthy. It was paradise."
Solid documentary about edgey kids who first surf then skate in the face of the american dream. sadly some of the youngest and most gifted succumb to the lure of drugs while others become slaves to the crass marketing of their go for broke instincts. few come out on top. but the die is cast and fruit of it all is the new national pastime, skateboarding (the New York Times notes that "it was once considered a snub to authority. Now, however, skateboarding has its own summer camps, video games, magazines [actually it always had these] and corporate sponsors.") commercialism co-opts another kid birthed cultural node.
"The Birth of Extreme"
Dogtown and Z-Boys is one of the more entertaining documentaries I've ever seen and actually one of the first documentaries I remember watching. The craziest thing about my love for this movie, is that skateboarding and everything that goes with it, isn't something that really interests me. Stacey Peralta, who is a fantastic documentary filmmaker, know exactly how to keep this movie fast paced and interesting.
The movie did end up making me interested in the Z-Boys story. It's enjoyable to see how these street kid, surfers reinvented a dying sport and made it something that everybody knew about. Main highlights of the film include concrete warfare, where they would sneak into people's backyards and ride their pools and also the first skate competition that the Zephyr skate team was a part of.
If you've seen Lords of Dogtown and enjoyed it, this is something you should give a look. It's a great companion film to Lords of Dogtown and both are fun and entertaining films to watch. If getting the more in depth look into the movement is important to you, then Dogtown and Z-Boys is the way to go.
It's amazing the influence skate boarding had on youth in the 1970's and how contagious the personalities of Dogtown where.
All members where so different yet had a common uniqueness. This documentary covers all the key members of the group & their respective rise & falls.
This truly was a movement in the US & this is a made film that is interesting & stylish.