REVIEW: The Wrestling Road Diaries

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wrestling_diariesEver wonder what it’s like to be a wrestler on the road? Well now you can find out. Take two hours and forty minutes with Colt Cabana (formally WWE’s Scotty Goldman), Sal Rinauro & Bryan Danielson (now WWE’s Daniel Bryan) as they travel on the road for ten days hitting nine events. You get to see how the guys travel, what they do for overnight stay, how they spend their off day and hear tons of great wrestling stories. This is also the time right when Danielson signed to the WWE so you get to hear what he’s going through to get that done and kind of see his farewell tour as he does his final ROH and other independent wrestling dates. You also get to see the guys at some wrestling training seminars. I’ve seen a good deal of wrestling documentaries in my time and this is among the best, and certainly the most unique of them all. The two plus hours really just flies by and this thing is over before you know it. Though as a bonus (one I HIGHLY recommend you get) there’s a two disc version with a wrestling round table featuring Colt Cabana and over an hour of deleted scenes. Seriously spend the extra few bucks for the bonus disc; it’s worth it for the park calls as Van Hammer alone. This is a must see for any wrestling fan, and I know I’ll be buying the second one (which I hear they’re working on) as soon as it comes out. You can get it at or right now!

REVIEW: Filmage: The Story of Descendents/All

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FILMAGE_movie_coverOne of my personally most anticipated documentaries of all time, Filmage: The Story of Descendents/All. If you haven’t guessed by the title it’s the story of the bands Descendents and ALL. Deedle Lacour and Matt Riggle decided this was something that needed to be documented, and it seems everyone has agreed with them. It’s got a great cast of interviewees including Bill Stevenson, Milo Auckerman, Karl Alvarez, Stephen Egerton, Tony Lombardo, Frank Navetta, Doug Carrion, Ray Cooper, Dave Smalley, Scott Reynolds, Chad Price, David Grohl, Keith Morris, Greg Graffin, and Joey Cape just to name a few. It goes pretty in depth with everything, it covers before the bands were formed, how they were formed, the different eras and into present day. It also focuses on each member for a good amount of time. Even if you know a lot about both of these bands you’re still going to come out of this having learned much more. This is a brilliantly done documentary that covers just about everything you could want it to. This is one of the best music documentaries I’ve ever seen. If you’re a fan of the Descendents, ALL or just punk rock or music in general Filmage needs to be on your ‘to see’ list.

REVIEW: Necessary Evil Super-Villains of DC Comics

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Necessarry Evil DocDC comics made a documentary about the Super-Villains of the DC universe. It was narrated by Christopher Lee and had a lot of good people in it. The documentary covers a lot of DC Villains ground but still falls short. They kind of paint brush the villains they cover or just breeze by some of them. I was really hoping they’d go more in depth with the history and the creation of these villains. Overall it was a pretty good comic documentary but could have been so much better. Still recommended viewing for comic book fans.

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REVIEW: Seven Levels of Hate

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7 Levels of HateSeven Levels of Hate is the story of a feud between Colt “Boom Boom” Cabana and “Scrap Iron” Adam Pearce for the NWA championship. I had heard about the Seven Levels of Hate feud when it was going on but never got to see any of the matches. The first thing I thought when I heard about this was ‘I really hope they put a DVD collection out with all of the matches’. Well Adam Pearce stepped up to that, and beyond. He took it upon himself to create a two hour documentary about the creation of the feud, what was happening during it and the aftermath of it AND the DVD features all seven of the matches. The documentary includes interviews with various wrestlers (including Colt and Adam), members of the NWA and various other people. Overall the documentary itself is really good, one of the better wrestling documentaries I’ve seen. Though if a great documentary isn’t enough for you you also get to see the entire seven levels of hate feud! Not only are there the promos but the full matches as well. I don’t think there’s ever been this kind of package over one wrestling feud; this is really an incredible thing that’s been put together. Any wrestling fan should have this on their DVD shelf.

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REVIEW: Dogtown and Z-Boys

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Dogtown Z-BoysIn 2001 TV and documentary director Stacy Peralta takes us to California to talk about a group that changed skate boarding forever in the 70’s, the Z-Boys. Funny enough, Stacy was actually part of this group, so he knows a little something about what was going on. Z-Boys were a group of local surfers who pioneered their own style of skateboarding based off of surfing. Instead of the upright stance you saw from most people on skate board they went for bent knees, touching the ground and riding the asphalt waves as high as they could. The documentary starts off talking about the surf team they were members of and goes into how skating was basically an extension of surfing for them after the waves were done for the day. Then it hits the evolution of the skateboard a bit and goes into pool surfing, the group getting recognition in magazines and some of them getting big in competitions around. It gets pretty in depth about everything the group has gone through and even follows up on what they’re up to today. Personally I’m not a skateboarder but I really enjoyed this, hearing about the whole culture of the times and how things came to be is always pretty entertaining for me, which is why I watch documenters about this. Any skateboard enthusiast I think would really enjoy this and even if you’re not a skateboarder (like me) you’ll probably still find this interesting.

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REVIEW: Forever Hardcore: The Documentary

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forever-HardcoreThis was a great surprise of a documentary, I came into this not expecting a whole lot but came away with a ton. This is a documentary about the great wrestling promotion Extreme Championship Wrestling. It’s an independent documentary, not a WWE one which gives it a nice new angle on things. The bad thing about it not being WWE produced is it doesn’t look as slick as it could have and they don’t have rights to any of the ECW stuff so there are no matches or clips or any of that cool stuff. It does however have interviews, fucking tons of interviews. This is a pure interview style documentary; it’s about two hours of talking to some of the men that made ECW. There are tons of guys missing that I’d like to have seen here but it also has a ton of guys that can talk like experts on the subject, it’s got Kid Kash, Simon Diamond, Terry Taylor, Sabu, Sandman, Joey Styles, Blue Meanie, Shane Douglas, Terry Funk, Jerry Lynn, New Jack, James Mitchell (Sinister Minister), Raven, Todd Grisham, Francine, Gabe Sapolsky, Gary Wolfe (Pitbull #1) and some others. It’s really damn impressive. About the only thing I didn’t like about this was New Jack, he comes off as just as shitty a person as he is a wrestler, dude is fucking awful. Besides that dose of awfulness this thing is excellent. You get a lot of insight to what made and broke ECW, a lot of stories you may know if you followed ECW but even if you did there’s still a good amount of stuff that will most likely be new to you, I know it was for me. Even though this doesn’t have a lot of flash it’s one of the better wrestling documentaries I’ve seen. If you were a fan of ECW you’ve got to see Forever Hardcore.

The DVD version I’ve got is the director’s cut, its two discs and has extended interviews and some matches.

The matches are definitely the weak point of this DVD. These matches are NOT ECW matches, I believe they’re XPW matches. The commentary on these is AWFUL, easily some of the worst wrestling commentary I’ve ever heard. It almost makes the matches unwatchable.

Terry Funk vs. Sabu - Sadly this match is pretty boring, it just seems kind of like they’re going through the motions of many matches of the past. Pretty underwhelming.
Shane Douglas vs. Chris Candido - After the lack luster showing from Funk and Sabu I wasn’t expecting much from this, especially considering both Douglas and Candido are very much past their primes at this point. However as a pleasant surprise this match was pretty damn good. It’s no five star match of the year affair but it was damn well enjoyable. This turned out to be the best match on here.
New Jack vs. Vic Grimes - I did not watch this match, fuck these guys.
Jerry Lynn vs. Chris Hamrick - Jerry Lynn works his ass off to make this match decent and pulls it off for the most part. Hamrick is average at best and so is the match, it’s worth watching if you’ve got nothing else going on though. Really one of the only two matches even worth watching.
Sandman vs. Konnan, Psicosis, MMW - Before the match Sandman and Konnan show just how awful they are on the mic, the match itself isn’t much better than that, ugh.

Terry Funk vs. Sabu
Shane Douglas vs. Chris Candido
New Jack vs. Vic Grimes
Jerry Lynn vs. Chris Hamrick
Sandman vs. Konnan, Psicosis, MMW

Get Forever Hardcore Wrestling – The Documentary from Amazon HERE

REVIEW: The Taxpayers: Go to Florida

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This is something you rarely see; in fact I don’t think I’ve ever seen one like it, a documentary about a real DIY touring band. The taxpayers have a decent following but they’re still a pretty small band, this isn’t a NOFX DVD, it’s the Taxpayers and that just makes everything better. It follows the band on their tour with The Wild (another really good band) the two aren’t together for the entire thing but a good chunk of it. You get to find out in part what it’s like to be a DIY touring band. There’s a little bit about how The Taxpayers was started and how they book and get around on tour. You get to see some of the people they meet along the way and find out about when they were living in a storage container for a bit. The DVD has some really great live footage which may be my favorite parts because The Taxpayers are one of the most fun bands I’ve ever seen live. The footage on here still doesn’t do them justice but its pretty rad all the same. The DVD runs about an hour long, there’s also a trailer on here and a couple deleted scenes. My only real complaints is I wish there’d have been more of this, it seems like it just scratches the surface and it seems to just abruptly end. But besides that it’s a fun watch. Anybody that’s into punk bands will probably enjoy this; it’s pretty cool to see how a real punk band hits the road for a change. You can scoop it up from Asian Man records.

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