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Hailed by The New York Times as "the best movie about the life and world of skateboarders since Dogtown," Tristan Patterson's directorial debut Dragonslayer documents the transgressions of Josh "Skreech" Sandoval, a local skate legend from the stagnant suburbs of Fullerton, California, in the aftermath of America's economic collapse. Executive produced by Christine Vachon (Kids, Boys Don't Cry) and released theatrically by legendary indie imprint Drag City Records (Harmony Korine's Trash Humpers), the film takes the viewer through a golden SoCal haze of lost youth, broken homes and abandoned swimming pools, set to a soundtrack of bands from Mexican Summer and Kemado Records—including Best Coast, Bipolar Bear, Children, Dungen, Jacuzzi Boys, Little Girls and The Soft Pack—as well as Death and Thee Oh Sees. Dragonslayer won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary at SXSW 2011 and was named one of the 10 Best Films of 2011 by critics at indieWire, L Magazine and numerous other publications.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 18
- Fresh: 16
- Rotten: 2
- Average Rating: 6.4/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Seamlessly dovetailing style and subject, "Dragonslayer," a poetic and affectionate portrait of the professional skateboarder Josh Sandoval, known as Skreech, vivifies a subculture of random hedonism and future myopia.
Fresh: With its propulsive punk-rock soundtrack and beautifully rough cinematography, Dragonslayer makes you care about this scrawny young man, skating to nowhere.
Fresh: Despite a slew of skateboarding films in recent years, each one quite distinct, Patterson's pic arguably comes closest to channeling the culture's punk vibe and youthful abandon, albeit filtered through an outsider's aesthetic.
Fresh: A youth culture backdropped by the crumbling edge of California is rendered with punk rock energy and grace.
With all the success stories from underground skating watching a profile of a deadbeat father with chemical dependency issues and an eternally gifting nature paints a stereotypical and unsympathetic portrait of this vagabond.
This guy is just a complete loser making bad decisions and taking a camera around filming himself making himself look bad. "I'm gonna travel a bit and I hope my kid doesn't hate me for it later".....ummm, he probably will. It's great that you want to skate, but have a vision. Tony Hawk, Willy Santos, The Gonz, Mike Vallely and the list goes on of skaters that skate but have enough business sense to make it work for them. There are plenty of skaters that can do it, but then there's the other half.......The group that just want to party, and want to just skate and do nothing else. Of course you don't have anything.
I didn't think this was worth a watch.
SO MUCH MORE THAN A SKATEBOARD DOC- ORIGINAL AND FIERCE!!!
This was one of the most original movies I've seen in the last 5 years. The editing, cinematography and soundtrack were so rad. Tottally worth checking out if you're into Korine, Van Sant, Malick, or the Maysles Bros. This is not a skateboard doc- it's so much more!!!