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Skateboarding DVD Video Review:Lords of Dogtown

Lords of Dogtown Skateboarding Snowboarding skateboard snowboard DVD Video Review Two Star skateboard DVD review rating

Studio: Columbia Picures
Rating: 2 Stars

John Robinson, Emile Hirsch, Rebecca De Mornay, William Mapother, Julio Oscar Mechoso, Victor Rasuk, Nikki Reed, Heath Ledger, Vincent Laresca, Brian Zarate, Pablo Schreiber, Elden Henson and Michael Angarano

If you saw Stacy Peralta's Dogtown documentary (Dogtown and Z-Boys) in 2002, you may be wondering why he made the same movie just a few years after. I'm guessing it boils down to money. Documentaries are notoriously un-promoted and basically viewed in a whole other light from conventional Hollywood movies. Enter "Lords of Dogtown" a Hollywood view of the Cali skate scene in the mid seventies... and a much more commercially viable way to make some money as a film maker.

Before you drop a few bucks renting Lords, check out Stacy's first effort - the documentary. That's where you'll find a more complete accounting of the early days of skateboarding. Stripped of glitz and laden with fact the documentary account is far more appealing.

As feature films go, Lords isn't really a bad movie, its just a step down from Stacy's documentary account. Its not Grind or Skater Dater, but it doesn't measure up. From this flick, you'd think that skateboarding was invented by three guys in Venice Beach and that each of them wound up millionaires on the coat-tails of various pimp-looking dudes that probably never set foot on a skateboard.

Johnny Knoxville should have stuck with Jackass. His roll in Lords was a slap to his comic genius. Tony Hawk has a cameo as a clumsy astronaut - don't ask.

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