January 3rd, 2012 by Glendyn

Scratch this off my ‘to-do’ list from below…

Watched a screener of Dragonslayer the other night. A vérité documentary about ‘free spirited’ skateboarder Josh ‘Screech’ Sandoval. The film creates a cinematic portrait so rough and ready, yet so pure and intimate. To be honest, it’s the sort of film that makes me want to give up film making altogether because it’s the kind I have always wanted to make, and here it is, made. Well not quite… but it’s a film that both inspires me and frustrates me in the best possible ways.

The other thing that Dragonslayer does well is give you incredible access into a very ‘specific world’. I’ve seen many ‘skate films’ and films with skateboarders as characters, but none have given this kind of access into the lifestyles of this subcultures most hard-core players.

It’s such a beautifully poetic and fucked up punk of a film.

4 Responses to “Dragonslayer”

  1. timmy Says:

    i find drain and skate pools as a full time obsession and its all i do if im not working.
    i can tell you as a real fact that there are only like fifty at the MOST of us in all of california that really do this. and out of all of those people skreecho is fucking the gnarliest. for sure for sure for sure in the top three if not the best of all. i get backyards with him and i can say from a real inside perspective that he does shit ive never EVER seen anyone else do in pools. hope this is a little window into whether the movie is for real or not.

  2. Glendyn Says:

    Hey no_comply, thanks for the feedback. I never doubt for a second that Skreech is 100% ligit. Perhaps others have?

  3. Snigg Says:

    There isn’t anything “gnarly” about skating in an empty pool filled with potheads that have no responsibilities even though they are twenty something years old. Most that grow up skating turn out to be douche bags like Josh Skreech. I looked more into this movie and who are in it and Josh doesn’t even see his boy nor pays one box of diapers. Sad to see people calling him a legend and a father when hes nothing but a loser bumming off smokes who doesn’t give a damn about his so called son. This movie is pathetic, and i’m sure you SO CAL skaters will support him because you too are douche bags

  4. Glendyn Says:

    Hey Sniggster, Some crazy generalisations going on there… but I don’t think the film sets out to make Skreech into some kind of legend. I think the film is pretty objective about Skreech. It lets the viewer decide. It’s a pretty sobering ‘portrait’ of a character, the good, the bad and the ugly. I found the sequences with him ‘attempting’ to spend time with his kid really awkward and sad, he is a ‘father’, but not a ‘good’ one. I don’t think the filmmakers were trying to fool us by making him into super dad or a legend of any kind, he is what he is. Screech may be ‘pathetic’. But I wouldn’t say ‘the film’ is pathetic. Far from it in fact.

    Thanks for dropping by.

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