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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.
Like many good documentary filmmakers, Tristan Patterson is a talented eavesdropper who lets characters articulate overriding themes.
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.
A youth culture backdropped by the crumbling edge of California is rendered with punk rock energy and grace.
The portrait is dispiriting overall, inspiring little affection from viewers, but feels authentic and fair.
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.
It is both heady and bleak to watch: an exquisite portrait of a lost boy chasing old dreams.
This fabulous skating documentary has echoes of Gus Van Sant with its hazy, daydreamy look at the lives of skateboarding youths.
... 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 ...
Dragonslayer is an amazing window into a particular part of the culture and how we live now.
There are parts of Dragonslayer that look like Laguna Beach and others that look like Gummo. Either way, it's a looker.
Gorgeous ... see this one on the big screen if you get a chance.
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