Sunday, July 25, 2010


Machotaildrop screens this Monday at 9:15pm at Toronto Underground Cinema.

Machotaildrop is the Moulin Rouge! of skateboard films. It is also the Napoleon Dynamite of skateboard films. It also has the sense of humor and pacing of a Terry Gilliam film. It is the three of them combined. Suffice to say, I have never seen anything quite like it in my life.

Young Walter Rhum (Anthony Amedori) years to be a professional skateboarder who has sponsorship from the biggest skateboarding conglomerate on earth: Machotaildrop. This is a company run by a man known simply as The Baron (a delightful James Faulkner) who is a cross between Colonel Sanders, The Wizard of Oz, and the narcoleptic Argentinian from Moulin Rouge! Unfortunately for Walter, not only is the company not what he expected, but his boyhood idol Blair Stanley (Rick McCrank) is a narcissistic dickhead.

Last summer I unsuccessfully tried to help a friend film some amateur skateboarders for a documentary. In nearly every case these young men got pissed off that we were even trying to film them. They thought that we would not edit the film correctly. They were so concerned about looking perfect that they thought us filming them would damage any chance they ever had at getting a sponsorship deal. Machotaildrop examines just what it is like when a recreational sports activity becomes big business, and just how ridiculous it can make it all seem.

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