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Dragonslayer (2011)

Josh 'Skreech' Sandoval , Tristan Patterson  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Josh 'Skreech' Sandoval
  • Directors: Tristan Patterson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: First Run Features
  • DVD Release Date: May 15, 2012
  • Run Time: 74 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0074AWO12
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #168,777 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Critic's Pick! The most riveting movie about the life and world of skateboarders since Dogtown. --The New York Times

A youth culture backdropped by the crumbling edge of California is rendered with punk rock energy and grace. Carries the imprint of experimental narrative filmmaking a la Gus Van Sant. --Los Angeles Times

CRITIC'S PICK! The measured verite style of Frederick Wiseman meets the visual polish of Terrence Malick... Departing from the conventions of documentary portraiture, 'Dragonslayer' delivers the cinematic equivalent of punk rock candy. --indieWIRE

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DRAGONSLAYER documents the transgressions of a lost skate punk falling in love in the stagnant suburbs of Fullerton, California in the aftermath of America's economic collapse.

Taking the viewer through a golden SoCal haze of broken homes, abandoned swimming pools and stray glimpses of unusual beauty, DRAGONSLAYER captures the life and times of Josh 'Skreech' Sandoval, a local skate legend and new father, as his endless summer finally collides with the future.

Critic's Pick by:
Mindy Farber, Los Angeles Times
Jeanette Catsoulis, New York Times
Eric Kohn, indieWIRE
Karina Longworth, Village Voice
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
If you've come to "Dragonslayer" because you're a skating enthusiast, the film is much more about a lifestyle than about a sport. Tristan Patterson's documentary is a bleak and uncompromising look at a fringe subculture that exists for momentary thrills and the quick fix. The filmmakers are right up in the competition action, the random lawlessness, the drug fueled bliss, and the alcoholic camaraderie of former skating legend Josh "Skreech" Sandoval and his friends as they navigate a world of complete freedom and limited possibilities. The hook is that Skreech is no longer a real competitive skater (although he clearly has a following), but facing a crossroads with a new baby and a blossoming relationship. Is it possible for his homelessness and indifference to coexist with impending adult responsibilities? The film doesn't necessarily intend to answer that question (or any questions) but to give you a completely immersive experience into his world. His world just happens to be getting more complicated.

"Dragonslayer" is an entry point into this milieu. With rather random chapter stops, jagged editing, and a propulsive soundtrack--again this is much more about a mood, an environment, than about conventional narrative filmmaking. Everything is laid out for you. Some moments are incredibly sad, some hopeful, some funny, some repulsive, some surprising, and some completely mystifying. The skateboarders, in many ways, are real outsiders who refuse to grow up. And perhaps the most interesting thing, to me, is to see them in the crumbling economic world in which we now live. With the collapse of the real estate market, vacant houses with empty pools have provided an endless supply of skating adventures.
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DRAGONSLAYER (2011, 105 MINUTES) has some compelling qualities that required meditation on my part after I watched it. It centers on the life (a year or two?) of former skateboarder Josh Sandoval (a/k/a Skreech). This young man seems to be a sweet and somewhat innocent individual, but of course he has a diploma from the school of hard knocks and an arsenal of street smarts.

Amazing, since he also strikes the viewer as something of a simpleton. As my colleague reviewer here says, this is the fringe world of skaters and it is not pretty. Then something struck me as I watched Skreech drinking, getting high and acting like a fool: where were the parents of these people when the parenting mattered? As I watched in disgust and anger, I had to ask myself whether these people made themselves - or were they made into what they are? Squatting, homeless, coarse, vulgar, downright stupid and drug-addled.

Is it their fault? Skreech visits an apartment complex in his (native?) hometown of Freemont, California. It looks like the horrid 'council flats' they have in England, and Skreech tells a brief and tragic tale of hanging around the complex all alone. An eleven-year-old kid hiding in a dark corner of a poverty-stricken California apartment complex, smoking cigarettes. No wonder he spoke of the "shadow demon", a black entity that jumped across the rooftops and scared all the apartment dwellers.

This documentary made me think of my unbelievably enormous family, my nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. They are the direct result of my grandparents and parents; they are decent, hard-working but they are also somewhat lost. Broken homes, remarriages, endless moving. It made me see the denizens of the skating world in a totally different light.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Poignant and touching... September 26, 2012
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I'm just an average joe citizen, mom, older person, lol.... And I loved this. I have always enjoyed watching skaters but having broken my wrist falling off a STILL skateboard, lol, it isn't something I can do. I envy them. In any case, the movie delving into some of his life was so saddening and yet uplifting - very odd. His soul is obviously a bit tortured and he admits freely to depression and alot of kicks and thumps along the way. I don't know why his parents didn't intervene but I'm sure they tried. His girlfriend (is she still?) is about the sweetest thing ever, clearly just standing by him though he is definitely a bit self-centered. I feel for the ex, having to raise the child alone, too, whilst daddy just journeys and skates. But he comes around a little, the lil tot is adorable. LOL.... In any case, everyone has faults and it was gritty, tough, fun, hardcore, tender, sweet, sad... Just jagged and real. I've seen homeless situations and it's definitely hard to stay positive and succeed after that, especially with depression. You come away really hoping they all succeed, whatever happens. You gotta be there for your kids, people! :)
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