Stoked: The Rise and Fall of Gator Reviews

  • Nov 18, 2015

    Really about the changes in the skate scene and its commercialisation, and although it follows Gator through this, actual insights are few and far between. When the tragic end arrives, fair dues, no punches are pulled, but this only emphasises the failure to get under his skin to any significant degree - we know little more than if we'd never heard of skateboarding and had just read a news article reporting on his court appearance. Certainly an important cautionary tale, but a disappointing biography.

    Really about the changes in the skate scene and its commercialisation, and although it follows Gator through this, actual insights are few and far between. When the tragic end arrives, fair dues, no punches are pulled, but this only emphasises the failure to get under his skin to any significant degree - we know little more than if we'd never heard of skateboarding and had just read a news article reporting on his court appearance. Certainly an important cautionary tale, but a disappointing biography.

  • Nov 12, 2013

    Very good documentary showing the darker side of fame and its influence on a fragile yet explosive personality.

    Very good documentary showing the darker side of fame and its influence on a fragile yet explosive personality.

  • Aug 12, 2013

    An amazing look at gators life the 1080s skate boarder who lost his mind when vert skating went out and street came in. This movie and the movie dog town and z boys help illustrate a picture of how skateboarding was formed but where stoked breaks off from that is the fact that it examines only one persons life. Mark (Gator) Rogowski is examined from his early years to his celeb skate status in the mid to late 80s and then to his eventual downfall this a documentary you don't want to miss

    An amazing look at gators life the 1080s skate boarder who lost his mind when vert skating went out and street came in. This movie and the movie dog town and z boys help illustrate a picture of how skateboarding was formed but where stoked breaks off from that is the fact that it examines only one persons life. Mark (Gator) Rogowski is examined from his early years to his celeb skate status in the mid to late 80s and then to his eventual downfall this a documentary you don't want to miss

  • Jan 21, 2013

    great doc brought back the eighties 4 me

    great doc brought back the eighties 4 me

  • Nov 16, 2011

    This might be a 5 star movie. I need to let it soak in a little before I decide. Just totally fucking awesome and deliciously 80's. Completely love the biographical type documentaries with no agenda, blatant character bashing, or total disregard for the truth. Nothing more than an amazing story about a real person that completely captivates you.

    This might be a 5 star movie. I need to let it soak in a little before I decide. Just totally fucking awesome and deliciously 80's. Completely love the biographical type documentaries with no agenda, blatant character bashing, or total disregard for the truth. Nothing more than an amazing story about a real person that completely captivates you.

  • May 22, 2011

    awesome doc on Gator. sad ending to a dope career. see you in 2022ish

    awesome doc on Gator. sad ending to a dope career. see you in 2022ish

  • Dec 20, 2010

    This documentary should keep you interested whether you care anything about skateboarding or not. A sad true story of a young skateboard legend, who along with Tony Hawk ruled the sport from its crux. He gradually lost control of his life in the midst of all the fame, drugs, alcohol, women, and his ever-changing new sport. He made one additional really bad choice. If you love documentaries or the skate/punk scene, you've gotta check this one out. It's full of tons of original skate footage and interviews and gives a great glimpse of an era. Rating: 6/10

    This documentary should keep you interested whether you care anything about skateboarding or not. A sad true story of a young skateboard legend, who along with Tony Hawk ruled the sport from its crux. He gradually lost control of his life in the midst of all the fame, drugs, alcohol, women, and his ever-changing new sport. He made one additional really bad choice. If you love documentaries or the skate/punk scene, you've gotta check this one out. It's full of tons of original skate footage and interviews and gives a great glimpse of an era. Rating: 6/10

  • May 16, 2010

    Cautionary tale of skateboarding talent "Gator" Rogowski who skyrocketed to fame in the 80s, only to self-destruct when new styles and skaters moved in. A good portrait of the sport and the era, mainly through clips of Rogowski made at the time, and a large number of interviews with his peers after the dust had settled.

    Cautionary tale of skateboarding talent "Gator" Rogowski who skyrocketed to fame in the 80s, only to self-destruct when new styles and skaters moved in. A good portrait of the sport and the era, mainly through clips of Rogowski made at the time, and a large number of interviews with his peers after the dust had settled.

  • Feb 11, 2010

    A very entertaining documentary about Mark "Gator" Rogowski. It was really kind of sad to see where Mark Rogowski and others have gone since the whole change in the skate industry in the early 90's.

    A very entertaining documentary about Mark "Gator" Rogowski. It was really kind of sad to see where Mark Rogowski and others have gone since the whole change in the skate industry in the early 90's.

  • Jan 24, 2010

    definitely an interesting documentary on not only a once professional skateboarder but also an interesting half-ass documentary on the skateboarding world/scene particularly the 'rise and fall' of vert skateboarding in the 80s

    definitely an interesting documentary on not only a once professional skateboarder but also an interesting half-ass documentary on the skateboarding world/scene particularly the 'rise and fall' of vert skateboarding in the 80s