^interesting TY, as you're not that much older than me. I grew up on WM flicks as they always seemed to be on regular network TV either late Saturday or Sunday afternnoon.
I honestly never got hip to the Stump flicks until last season and bought a bunch. They rock. I've found some of the TGR films are hit and miss. Haven't watched any of the Matchstick, but the trailers on their site look sick.
I'm not at all familiar with RAP and Scott G...enlighten me. I have seen a few flicks that had Doug Coombs and Scot Schmidt in them, but forget the director (I think they were just called Extreme Skiing...and I've only found 'em on VHS for rent at a local ski swap shop in Berkelely, not on DVD or for sale).
As for Lars comment: "I also think WM's movies are less comercial. Matchstick and TGR are more about promoting certain skiers and the equipment they use. Although, I like the skiing in both."
That's hilarious. As 2 seasons ago the WM film doing the rounds was a massive JEEP (it's not Nissan, folks, which means that the advertisers aren't doing their job) and NATURE VALLEY ad. Before every segment was a shot of skiers piling into a Grand Cherokee while chomping on NV granola bars.
Last year the JEEP and NV product placement was incredibly toned down (somebody must have complained about it is my guess).
Let's face it, though, the main thrust of these films is to promote skiers and ski gear...who do you think funds the films anyway? I'm sure that a large chunk of the money used to make some of these films comes from corporate sponsors...they usually list them at the beginning of the film, too. There must be some kind of dealy-o with resorts, too, as over the past couple of years every film I've seen has been going to Asia and Kazakhstan, and India, as well as the requisite AK trek.
Hollywood, while admittedly shameless when it comes to product placement, has yet to get to the point where a film says JEEP Presents Michael Bay's Transformers. At least Warren Miller and the other ski film folks tell you up front that you're going to get some invasive product placement in their films.