The voiceover in this trailer for Dragonslayer, the documentary that won Best Documentary and Best Cinematography awards at SXSW, is your standard “screw the government” claptrap. Avoid corporations, don’t do anything that will contribute taxes, rely only on yourself. That last tenet is pretty good, but the speech as a whole comes off as absurdly naive. Because one presumes that the skateboarding kids in Dragonslayer need roads to skate on as they navigate from one empty house and forgotten pool to another. And I don’t think the polyurethane in the wheels under their skate decks was able to develop itself.

But that’s part of what makes Dragonslayer appealing. Beyond the fact that the Best Cinematography award looks like it may have been deserved, it’s that sense of total youthful, punk rock disconnect. The movie looks like a window into a world that most of us would never think of living in. And that’s one of the core ideas of the documentary, right?  Read More »

There a bunch of stories that broke tonight in the Hollywood trade newspapers, and I just don’t have time to cover them at length, so I thought I’d do a quick trade news run-down.

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