SloMo mentioned something to me about my love of documentaries. And honestly, I wasn't even aware of it, till I realized three of the four movies I'm writing about are documentaries.
I don't know if you know this about me but I love everything about skateboarding. The gear, the games, the riders, the action, the history. I love the X-Games and the video games. In my next life, I want to be a skateboarder-chick!
STOKED : THE RISE AND FALL OF GATOR This is a powerful documentary about the life of famed 80s professional skateboarder, Mark "Gator" Rogowski, who is now serving 31 years to life in prison. It starts of light and fun as he becomes number one in the skate-world. But it takes a dark turn really fast. Very well done.
DOGTOWN AND Z-BOYS This is another great history-of-skateboarding documentary. I didn't watch this one last week. I've seen this a few times since its release almost two years ago. And I'll see it again. This is where it all started. And it's right here, in Los Angeles. Venice Beach and Santa Monica. These guys were the pioneers of the sport.