June 14, 2010 at 1:08 am | Posted in Film Review | Leave a comment
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The ski movie; not a remake of the soap opera!!

I went to see Warren Miller’s latest film – Friday night, 11 June – and the skiing and boarding was so good and extreme that I found it hard to relate what I do and what I was seeing! I so wish I could ski a quarter as good as these guys.

The theme of the film was very loosely based around family – generations of skiers and borders. This was the 60th Warren Millar film, and kind of appropriate to look at snow sport as a way of life that binds generations together. It gave the film editors the opportunity to fit in some old footage. There is no plot – but who cares: part travelogue and part documentary.

The laid-back narration by Jonny Mosley’s gave the film a relaxed can do attitude – first descents are the norm!

My best segment was the part when the guys visit the Altai mountains and spend time with a community that has kept alive the oldest form of skiing on the planet. The ‘Altaians’ go faster than our intrepid visitors – “turning just slows you down”, “too many burgers have made them girly-men”. The locals using wooden skis lined with horse hair to ‘skin’ up hill faster than our guys and bomb down faster, all without any goggles. Oh, just one ski pole – more like a quarter staff – used to pole along or as a rudder and brake when going down hill. Hard men indeed. The altar mountains breed a hardy people – lets not forget that they took part in the most feared road trip in history: the Mogol tour of Europe!

In a film crammed with amazing feats, I have to mention the helicopter pilots. Heli-skiing pilots must be a breed apart. They never really land on the top of the peak, or ridge line. Often there is not enough room to put down a helicopter; instead, they fly with the passenger side landing skid just touching the slope.

Go see the film if you can; otherwise just get on the snow and ski/board (safely) !


Trip to the Playground

June 10, 2008 at 4:02 am | Posted in Film Review, Sporting Event | 1 Comment
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I wish !

I went to see Warren Miller’s latest film and I wish I could ski a quarter as good as these guys; I would settle for just skiing in some of these locations.

June 8, 2008 by

Film Hanger

Paper Hanger Blog
New Zealand

This film is all about have extreme fun in the snow – ski, board, parachute, inflatible ride-on, and ski-do.

Like the Warren Miller film – Off the Grid – I saw last year, there is no plot, its just about getting down the sloop and having fun; an endless search for the ultimate powder sloop, and having the ultimate ride down it.

The film is like southern California meets snow – the dialogue was laid back and poetic and incomprehensible (in a nice relaxed sought of way). Bode Miller’s interview was something else – pure hedonism. It just shows that extreme and /or hardout skiers/boarders are a tribe apart. Jonny Mosley’s narration gave the film a restrained can do attitude – can ski down near vertical slopes, can do a ‘whisky flip’, can do a ‘helicopter 720’, can jump 100’s of feet into a snow bank, can …

The best snow moments for me: the loop-the-loop on the ski mobile, the ski mobile discent down a powder slope, the 250 foot base jump into powder, the helicopters flying parallel with the steep slopes ! and Ski Dubai. The latter is an indoor ski facility that seems bigger than my first beginner slope !

The best people moments for me: interview with Gretchen Bleiler, interview with the Burton Smalls Team (boy snowboarders), and the guy who blowpipes a dart into his friend’s rear.

Overall, I found the film too long: hard as it seems, there was too much action! 120 minutes of non-stop extreme snow sport is too much !!! 100 minutes would have been enough !!The incredible became the norm. I wish there was a little bit more people stuff; I really appreciated Gretchen Bleiler sharing some of her life story. Also, maybe next year, we will see a little bit more of Europe.


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