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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

Yeah Right! (review)

Mind-bending director Spike Jonze — of Being John Malkovich and Adaptation fame — returns to his skate roots with this feature-length montage of exciting street skateboarding, shot in music video-size chunks with codirectors Cory Weincheque and Ty Evans. None but the most devoted fans of the sport will be able to sit through the entire disc in one shot; most viewers will find it repetitious. But dipping into the disc here and there can be rewarding. An unparalled kind of sports photography — the cameramen are skateboard-mounted — showcases the dramatic athleticism of the skaters as members of Girl Skateboard Team (none of whom are female) and the Chocolate Skateboard Team, plus a celebrity appearance by actor Owen Wilson, attempt — and usually pull off — amazing stunts, seeming to fly through the air weightlessly. Cool extras for aficionadoes: outtakes, more interviews with the skaters, and alternate edits.


MPAA: not rated

viewed at home on a small screen

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