favorite movies → Lords of Dogtown (2005), dir. Catherine Hardwicke
“it’s dirty. it’s filthy. it’s paradise.”
Title: Lords of Dogtown (USA, 2005) ★★★
Director: Catherine Hardwicke
Starring: John Robinson, Emile Hirsch, Victor Rasuk, Heath Ledger, Nikki Reed
Date Viewed: March 12, 2010
Summary: The film follows the surf and skateboarding trends that originated in Venice, California during the 1970’s.
Gritty direction gives the movie authenticity, but most of the acting is sloppy (with the exceptions of Emile Hirsch and Victor Rasuk). Script is somewhat awkward, but the story is engaging and captures the feel of Venice Beach. Bias is obvious, but then again, unlike “Dogtown and Z-Boys”, “Lords of Dogtown” is not a documentary.