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post #31 of 68
Loved Stump movies.

I'll always remember Warren for the narrative , "So the next time you're at Mt. Fabulous, take a lesson from a PSIA pro etc , etc. "Spotted Warren a number of times skiing at Vail and always got a kick out of it. He had a good drool sense of humor not only capturing amazing skiing but also the the less spectacular parts if the sport, like trying to walk up a dirty window pane ice incline to get your skis out from the rack and falling on your as_ doing it. Great contrasts from grim reality from snowmaking hell to a snowy 12,000 ft. peak where a talented skier lays down fresh tracks all alone.
post #32 of 68
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Originally Posted by Treewell View Post
My favorite footage and narrative of a Miller movie was a long time ago when Scott Schmidt jumped off a 100 plus foot cliff (Palisades at Squaw I think) and as he's going off the edge of the cliff Miller says something like..
"and this is Scott Schmidt, his parent raised him........wrong"

Schmidt just seemed to drop forever on that huck and it was footage I'll always remember.
Right on!!!!

P.S.- I have been a featured athlete in two (real) Warren Miller ski films. See... anyone can do it!
post #33 of 68
"Claim" rocked!!! Much better than "Under the Influence". WM flics aren't what they used to be. They were really never what I would call stoke - but still a rite of passage of seasons... I'll still go see them. I can't stand Johnny Mosely though - he should stick to the stupid crap he does with MTV.
post #34 of 68
I would replay over and over in slow motion Doug Coombs skiing the steps. He was so smooth.

To bad things must change. We will miss Doug and we will miss Warren Miller voice in the annual new ski/ride films to start off the ski season.
One positive note. Fortunately we will always have the Lange Girls
post #35 of 68
I thought the first half of the WM this year was pretty decent. The second half sucked. I almost left. Push/Pull is still the best movie in the last couple years.
post #36 of 68
I think my favorite "recent" movie was probably MSP's "The Hit List", followed pretty closely by "Yearbook".

The best WM movies I remember were probably "Steepr & Deeper", "Black Diamond Rush", & "Vertical Reality".
post #37 of 68
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Originally Posted by Treewell View Post
My favorite footage and narrative of a Miller movie was a long time ago when Scott Schmidt jumped off a 100 plus foot cliff (Palisades at Squaw I think) and as he's going off the edge of the cliff Miller says something like..
"and this is Scott Schmidt, his parent raised him........wrong"

Schmidt just seemed to drop forever on that huck and it was footage I'll always remember.
Plus, as I seem to recall, his skis of choice were K2 downhill race boards of the 215 or 223cm variety. Amazing.
post #38 of 68
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Originally Posted by crank View Post
And WM was the original ski pornographer.
Yep.... he was the Hugh Hefner of ski porn, and comparing his movies to the ones that came later are like comparing Playboy to Penthouse and Hustler. Unfortunately, Playboy isn't faring too well financially these days, either. The days of classy porn (ski or otherwise) seem to be slipping away with the changing times.
post #39 of 68
I think of Dick Barrymore (RIP) as the original, but that's just me. To the WM flicks are for the weekend warriors, the Stump films are more what a local can relate to.
post #40 of 68
OK so the new miller film sux, but how is the photage from DA BUTTE?
post #41 of 68
I caught the last 40 minutes or so of Impact on TV last night.

meh.
post #42 of 68
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Originally Posted by JDoyal View Post
Boring Miller films have been lame since the late 90's. His films have been gaper for as long as I can remember.
I wouldn't go that far. I liked Higher Ground, Journey, and Cold Fusion. Maybe my favorite segment out of all the WM movies I've seen is the one with Doug Coombs in Chamonix (I think it's in Higher Ground). The rappel him and his wife did with the POV camera always makes my palms sweaty and my heart race.
post #43 of 68
I'm sad to say that this year was the first year after 15 straight, that I did not see the Warren Miller movie. They unfortunately have gone downhill since his son sold the company out, and they just aren't true Warren Miller films any more.
post #44 of 68
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Originally Posted by roundturns View Post
Loved Stump movies.

I'll always remember Warren for the narrative , "So the next time you're at Mt. Fabulous, take a lesson from a PSIA pro etc , etc. "Spotted Warren a number of times skiing at Vail and always got a kick out of it. He had a good drool sense of humor not only capturing amazing skiing but also the the less spectacular parts if the sport, like trying to walk up a dirty window pane ice incline to get your skis out from the rack and falling on your as_ doing it. Great contrasts from grim reality from snowmaking hell to a snowy 12,000 ft. peak where a talented skier lays down fresh tracks all alone.
I agree. For all the crap WM has taken for being lame in comparison to TGR, his narration had a special twisted grin to it.

Want your ski? Go get it!
post #45 of 68
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Originally Posted by roundturns View Post
Loved Stump movies.
I watched a bunch o' Stump yesterday, along with some mid-to-early 90's WM flics. WM is WM - no explanation needed.

The Stumpy flics I think would be much better enjoyed in an "altered" state of mind. Some good skiing and all, but I'm not a big fan of 808 State and so on - not really my thing, so the soundtrack for Stump flics really turn me off. Almost as bad as Dave Matthews on the WM flics.

I did enjoy the old-school "extreme skiing" though - jump turns, in-area stoke (not all good skiing has to take place heli-skiing in Alaska), tehcnical stuff. The biggest difference I noticed is speed control -- today's movies are about going down these MONSTER PEAKS, while making about 10 turns. Back then, they had made 10 turns and you could still see the guys at the top of the cornice peeking over at the skier! It's always fun watching Schmidt, Plake, Jungst, Hattrup, et al, hopping down a slope.
post #46 of 68
This years cinematography work on WM was a heck of a lot better than TRG's. Of course, TRG had all the big lines but I found WM more enjoyable. Good or bad, they are the kickoff to the ski season and build a fire for season.
post #47 of 68
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This years WM wasted so much time on a horrible semi celebrity band Yukon Cornelius and Okemo mountain. Please!!!!!
post #48 of 68
Tell me folks, is it worth the bennies?
I usually go for the season kick off and bennies. Usually free tickets to a local hill, a silent auction for a trip to Park City, and other stuff.

Mostly I go for the social climate to hook up with ski buddies I may not have seen in a while, and to support the fundraiser that is benefiting from the show.

I've wasted time on dumber things than that, trust me
post #49 of 68
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Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post
Tell me folks, is it worth the bennies?
I usually go for the season kick off and bennies. Usually free tickets to a local hill, a silent auction for a trip to Park City, and other stuff.

Mostly I go for the social climate to hook up with ski buddies I may not have seen in a while, and to support the fundraiser that is benefiting from the show.

I've wasted time on dumber things than that, trust me
Free tix to Big Sky at the MN show - worth it in my eyes... It was "fun", but certainly not a racous crowd like you might see at a TGR or MSP event - which we don't have here anyway...
post #50 of 68
I went to see Children of Winter last night.
It was a good night of social fun with other ski buddies, not a total waste of time.

As for the movie.......It was definitely not the best ski movie I've ever seen, but it had its moments of fun, one of my favourite parts was Wendy Fisher/Crested Butte. She is an inspiration!!!
I was pleased with the footage and tribute for Billy at the end of the movie.
The athletes are incredible, even if the movie is marginal.

The perks weren't as plentiful this year as they've been in years past, but it was still a good time with friends.
post #51 of 68
Watching the old TGR flix like Further and The Realm makes me wonder what happened with the new ones. Maybe its the music or maybe its just becoming the same old thing over and over...so I'll just keep on watching the old stuff. Watching Nobis rip down a face like no one else back then is still cool to watch.
post #52 of 68
I am pretty sure that Warren Miller has been confined to the editing room for a couple of years now. I don't think he is capable of skiing and shooting at 85.
post #53 of 68
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Originally Posted by prosen View Post
I am pretty sure that Warren Miller has been confined to the editing room for a couple of years now. I don't think he is capable of skiing and shooting at 85.
He has NOTHING to do with the films any more. It's just a name now.
post #54 of 68
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Originally Posted by eyeski View Post
Watching the old TGR flix like Further and The Realm makes me wonder what happened with the new ones. Maybe its the music or maybe its just becoming the same old thing over and over...so I'll just keep on watching the old stuff. Watching Nobis rip down a face like no one else back then is still cool to watch.
I enjoy the older stuff too. Just got the Stumpy box set. Good stoke!
post #55 of 68
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Originally Posted by Finndog View Post
"Under the influence"- new favorite porn. Check it out. TGR.
love that movie... sage's front flip, soooooo sick
post #56 of 68
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Originally Posted by Dubsman35 View Post
love that movie... sage's front flip, soooooo sick
Didja see "Claim" yet? You won't bother with "UTI" after that. I didn't think TGR really brought it this year, but I do love watching Seth rip.
post #57 of 68
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Originally Posted by Garrett View Post
Netflix has this for Instant Viewing now, if anyone is really jonesing for the insta-fix. I love that film.
Yes. This.

Steep makes me want to do stupid things on skis.
post #58 of 68
FWIW, "jumped the shark" has jumped the shark. Over...
post #59 of 68
There's some great stuff on youtube too...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8GorBg7uzpc Adventure Film Works

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhSZ-m1mhVI Home video I think
post #60 of 68
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Originally Posted by thefrush View Post
I'm sad to say that this year was the first year after 15 straight, that I did not see the Warren Miller movie. They unfortunately have gone downhill since his son sold the company out, and they just aren't true Warren Miller films any more.
LOL, what's wrong with going downhill
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I enjoy the older stuff too. Just got the Stumpy box set. Good stoke!
I haven't seen anything that isn't free with our satellite package so I probably haven't seen anything WM since about 2004. I haven't seen anything WM hit theaters in central NC either. I'd be bummed to get all excited, wait in line and pay money to see a stoke film and have it really suck. Do they just show new school moves with WM sound bites?
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