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Skateboarding DVD Video Review:Chocolate's Hot Chocolate

Chocolate's Hot Chocolate - DVD Skateboarding Snowboarding skateboard snowboard DVD Video Review Five Star skateboard DVD review rating

Director: Spike Jonze, Ty Evans
& Cory Weincheque
Released: 2004
Rating: 5 Stars

Gino Iannucci, Marc Johson, Kenny Anderson, Scott Johnston, Mike York, Richard Mulder, Chico Brenes, Justin Eldridge, Chris Robers and Daniel Castillo.

This has to be one of my favorite videos. I know that's a horribly stupid thing to open a review with, but it's true. This team is like a family. They all dig skating together and they seem to be good friends outside of skating. Hot Chocolate has a good distribution of great skate footage along with interviews that really let you see who they are.

So many videos are full of renegade antics and crap that you hardly get a sense of what they're about - what they stand for. Skateboarding is about counter-culture and being different, but skating 1,000 handrails doesn't make you different or demonstrate that you have anything to offer when not rolling on your skate. A team should fit together like puzzle pieces - completing a larger image of that counter-culture that is so vital to making skateboarding appealing.

Nesquik Bunny

Just when you thought that the whole crew was down with Nestle's Quik and that dumb bunny... not so. The Chocolate name came from the ethnic diversity of the original team. Once formed, they realized they weren't the typical "white boy" team. They took on a deeper tinge.

Hot Chocolate opens up with a tribute to Keenan Milon's passing which becomes more depressing when you realize how close these guys are. But they quickly up the vibe and we see a hoard of skaters charging down a city street, taking up all lanes and pulling tricks on every obstacle in sight. It's as if skaters over-took the city as their personal park and the general public had better just deal with it.

They did some cool footage with different types of camera angles. One involved a cam mounted on an arm on the rear of a deck that let you see the rider's path as he pushed. You can't do tricks with a cam stuck on your deck, but it was a cool effect - rather vomit-inducing, but cool all the same. On tour, Mike York tweaked his knee and had to sit out, but he dubbed himself the team mascot and kept the energy high. Stuff like that is likely why they're such a tight team. Cool attitudes.

However the synchronized skating was a bit much in terms of how tight they are. It started off cool, but descended to odd by the end. Seeing the crew do simultaneous rail-slides was slick, but, like I said, it descended to something reminiscent of synchronized swimming in which a dozen fat chicks bobble about in unison. Ok, the skating was better than that. Anyway...

The interviews really gave incite into the team when they talked about the freedom of going on tour and hitting new spots and parks. Very uplifting. It made me want to load up the car and head out in search of new terrain. But don't think there isn't a ton of awesome skating wedged in as well. Actually, it isn't wedged at all. This disc is loaded with footage from spots to parks. There's even a flaming deck (on fire... not gay) rolling around for your arson-related fascination.

You must own this DVD!

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