‘Lords of Dogtown’ and Other Rad Skate Movies

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Lords of Dogtown offers a fictionalized account of the birth of skateboarding in the heart of Venice, California in the 1970s. It follows thrashers Tony Alva (Victor Rasuk), Stacy Peralta (John Robinson), and Jay Adams (Emile Hirsch) as they evolve from surf bums hanging around Skip Engblom’s (Heath Ledger) surf shop into skating legends.

Skate culture has long informed mainstream pop culture. From Vans footwear to Sun-In Brand hair streaks to music (would we have Fall Out Boy without skaters? Wait…), the look and style of skaters has infiltrated malls across America. Our love of all things skateboard extends straight to Hollywood. From Gleaming the Cube to skate scenes in Clueless and even Police Academy 4, we can’t get enough of skater boys on the silver screen. Tune in to Lords of Dogtown at 5:55 p.m. ET. Then slip on your Vans and head to the parking lot to practice your reverse Ollie kick flips.

Want more skate idols and wicked tricks to try? Check out these other rad skate films:

To quote the trailer, Deck Dogz is three guys with four wheels on the brain. And they have the x-rays to prove it:

While Gus Van Sant’s Paranoid Park is more of a study in adolescent trauma, it has enough skate scenes to qualify. Also, it’s just a great movie. Also also, it has Taylor Momsen from Gossip Girl:

Thrashin, also known as Skate Gang, is Romeo and Juliet on four wheels. Or West Side Story without all the snapping. It stars a young Josh Brolin and features cameos from famous skaters such as Tony Alva, Tony Hawk, and Steve Caballero:

Since we’re pretty sure we will never get a good excuse to show the Kuffs trailer, we will happily settle for sharing a young Christian Slater in Gleaming the Cube:

While it didn’t make our list of documentaries yesterday, there is no denying the skate power of Dogtown and Z Boys. The film documents the birth of skateboarding and was directed by former Z-Boy Stacy Peralta, who with skater Tony Alva were consultants on Lords of Dogtown, too. It won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary Feature in 2001:

But, of course, neither the real nor fictionalized versions of the Lords of Dogtown could have happened if Michael J. Fox hadn’t invented the skateboard in Back to the Future. You can’t prove he didn’t!:

Lords of Dogtown airs on IFC at Thursday, Nov. 11 at 5:55 PM ET. It re-airs Friday, Nov. 12 at 7:35 AM and 1:05 PM ET; Tuesday, Nov. 23 at 11:30 PM ET and Wednesday, Nov. 24 at 11:15 AM ET

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”

Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”

But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.


It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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