Dogtown and Z-Boys (2001)

“This is concrete warfare we’re talking about … if you’re going to ride you gotta get on that shit.” A fascinating look at the influential Zephyr skateboard team in the mid-1970s. Directed by Stacy Peralta (who was actually a member of the Zephyr team) and narrated by Sean Penn, this highly entertaining documentary expertly utilizes a mix of archival footage (shot by Craig Stecyk) and interviews to give viewers a real feel for the ‘70s skateboard/surfing scene centered around Santa Monica and Venice, California. Led by Skip Engblom, Zephyr original members (in alphabetical order) included Jay Adams, Tony Alva, Bob Biniak, Hamish Albany, Chris Cahill, Paul Constantineau, Shogo Kubo, Jim Muir, Peggy Oki, Peralta, Nathan Pratt, Wentzle Ruml IV and Allen Sarlo. Great soundtrack includes Aerosmith (“Toys in the Attic”), Black Sabbath (“Paranoid”), Blue Oyster Cult (“Godzilla”), Jimi Hendrix (“Foxy Lady”), the Stooges (“Gimme Danger”), Ted Nugent (“Cat Scratch Fever”), ZZ Top (“La Grange”) and others. Useless Trivia: Dogtown and Z-Boys was turned into a 2005 biographical film called Lords of Dogtown, which was directed by Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight), written by Peralta and starred Heath Ledger, Emile Hirsch, John Robinson and Victor Rasuk.

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