In 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.
The first Kick-Ass took a comic that wasn’t very good and made an amazing movie. It was very successful so they decided to make another movie, for that they had to first crank out a second comic. The comic Kick-Ass 2, much like the first, wasn’t very good. Though I think I enjoyed it more than the first it still wasn’t great. Sadly they didn’t capture the same magic with the second movie that they did with the first. Kick-Ass 2 isn’t a horrible movie but it’s not good for sure. The whole movie just kind of lays there on screen. Red Mist becomes a super villain, Kick-Ass and Hit Girl with the help of a bunch of other super heroes have to stop him, and Red Mist (now named Motherfucker) has gotten his own group of super villains together. It builds to a giant showdown between the two groups…at least it should, the building in the movie is pretty lackluster. Everyone from the original cast is back. Directing this time is Jeff Wadlow, I’m not sure if I should blame the failure on him or not but he’s a prime suspect at this point. I can’t quite put my finger on what didn’t work for this movie but something didn’t that’s for sure. If you’re going to see Kick-Ass 2 I’d say wait and see it for free, but really you don’t even need to see it. Even if, like me, you liked the first one a lot.
This 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
Kevin Spacey is a guy who was on top of the world as an infomercial making fabricator. His thing was to take two existing objects (like a night light and a humidifier) and combines them into one thing. He’s made an empire out of doing this, and then he comes out with one were people cut their fingers off by doing something stupid. Somehow he’s blamed for this and it lands him in jail and he loses everything. This story picks up when he’s released from jail. Trying to get back into life, having no place to go and a job that he doesn’t hold for very long things are pretty hard. Even when he gets the inspiration for a new invention he finds it hard to get someone to back an ex-con who’s responsible for a marketing disaster. For some reason it doesn’t seem like a lot of people like this movie, I’m not sure what those people were watching because I enjoyed this immensely. It’s the first good movie that Trent Cooper has directed and both he and Jonathan D. Krane are pretty new at writing movies, though I’d say they pulled it off with this one. Granted I’m sure having Kevin Spacey in the main role helped this movie by an immeasurable amount, the man just can do no wrong.
Hammer films caped off their Frankenstein series in 1973 with ‘Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell’. It’s a fucking great cap to the series, especially after the previous ‘Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed’ which was a little weak. Peter Cushing is back again as Doctor Frankenstein. This time it starts out with another doctor trying to follow the practices of Frankenstein, shortly he is captured by the police and committed to a mental institution. Once there he discovers that the famous Frankenstein is being held there for the same crimes, however he is told that the doctor died some time ago. That however was a lie, as it turns out the doctor has actually assumed the identity of the institution’s official doctor and is carrying on his work under the assumed identity. Soon Simon Helder (the newly condemned doctor) becomes Frankenstein’s assistant. This is an excellent spin on the Frankenstein tale as he is pretty much running the asylum in this movie, it kind of seems like he is at home here. At the end it seems to setup for a sequel, or just the continued tale of Doctor Frankenstein, but sadly Hammer made no more of these.