20 April, 2009

Lords of Dogtown

Hi all! It's Monday, therefore it is Movie Monday! This week's movie is Lords of Dogtown. If you don't already know, it's based on the true story of the Z-Boys. The Z-Boys are a skate group (famous for having Tony Alva, Stacy Peralta, and Jay Adams of whom were played by Victor Rasuk, John Robinson, and Emile Hirsch respectively) from the 1970's in Santa Monica's dogtown (beach ghetto). The Z-Boys are considered the fathers of the skate culture that we have today. Pretty crazy. Today, Tony is owner of Alva boards, Stacy found Tony Hawk and is a director, and Jay... I don't know what he does now, but people consider him as the "spark" of skateboarding as well as the most influential skater in the world. Intense! Stacy is a boy, by the way.

Left to right: Emile Hirsch as Jay Adams, Victor Rasuk as Tony Alva, Michael Angarano as Sid, and Heath Ledger as Skip Engblom

Sorry that Stacy isn't shown in the picture above (he's my favorite)! As you can see by their heads, their hair is sand tousled and looks kind of dirty. I like it! I think it looks way cute on the boys. Oh, baby-faced Michael Angarano and amazing actor Heath Ledger are in this film as well, as sort of the runt of the group Sid and sponsor of the Z-Boys, Skip Engblom (respectively). Amazing cast. Nikki Reed is in the film too, if anyone's a fan of her.

So generally, Lords of Dogtown would inspire a skater/surfer look or possibly a more retro 70's look. The boys certainly rock the Vans though, whichever style they wear it. At the end, Jay sort of becomes a punk-rock/grunge type of guy, and that's awesome too because I love grunge/punk. Yeah... Awkward post today. A little tired and uninspired, but I really do recommend the movie. It has great 70's dogtown culture of California.


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