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post #1 of 35
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Ski Movie Reviews:

I love ski movies. I decided I wanted to make a master thread of ski movie reviews which I hope will get a sticky. If you’ve seen any movies you want to comment on please reply with your review.

Matchstick Productions

Seven Sunny Days: The best ski movie I've ever seen BY FAR. Favorite parts: The Mike Wilson helmet cam scene. The TJ and Coby park and pipe scenes. Whistler jump! The best part is the soundtrack. I love every single song in the entire movie. Many of the tracks I have loved for a long time and the rest are going on my Ipod! Abma is a god!

Claim: Are these really the same people that produced Seven Sunny Days? Oh wait, they lost studio 411 and the production values tanked. I own the Blu-ray of Claim and while the picture quality is absolutely breathtaking the film itself is boring. So far winter 08/09 has some very weak ski movies. The music was TERRIBLE in this film. I was very disappointed.

Push/Pull: Pull is the better of the two. It's the same film but edited by the skiers and they did a better job. I'm having a hard time remembering any specific scenes that I loved. The music was definitely not my style.

The Hit List: I don’t understand what people like so much about this film. I regret buying it.

Yearbook: Seth Morrison doing a front flip off a 100 foot cliff may be one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen.

Focused: Another great MSP title. Lots of great footage in this one. The music is boring but the shots make up for it.

Kris Ostness

Teddy Bear Crises: Kris put together the best big air film I’ve ever seen. The shots over Chads Gap are gnarly. The music is stellar. The park & pipe shots are wicked. Some of the cliff drops are pretty good but it’s definitely a more free-style focused film.

Warren Miller Productions

I’m only doing a few because I’ve seen dozens of them.

Children of Winter: Gone are the Warren Miller voice-overs of old. Unlike the last three years they no longer reuse samples from old WM films from the 80s. AOL/Timewarner, now owners of Warren Miller productions have used Johnny Moseley for this season voiceovers. I saw this movie last night in a theater and I was sorely disappointed. Way too much snowboarding. At least in previous years they had cool kids like the “Smalls” for the boarding scenes. This year the boarders were BORING! There was surfing and mountain biking in CoW which I didn’t like very much. I love to Mountain Bike in the summer but I still don’t want it in my ski films. The only really interesting part of this film to me was the Iceland trek. The Weezer tracks were great too.

Freeriders: This is a personal favorite. I thought the music was great and the big AK scenes are excellent. I enjoyed the big focus on the “freedom” of the sport. The WM voiceovers in this one are great.

Playground: Pretty good ski film. Good shots, good voiceovers, good production, decent music. I love the smalls snowboarding team. I like a lot of the big air shots. Can’t go wrong with Mark Abma!

Older films: I really liked a lot of the WM movies from the late 80s and early 90s. Double Trouble with the Deslauriers and the Egan brothers is one of my favs.


Poor Boys Productions

I haven’t seen any yet but I have War and Ski Porn on my must watch list.

Teton Gravity Research

Yes, yes. I know I should have watched many of the TGR flicks. I have heard great things about:
  • Tangerine Dream
  • Anomaly
  • High Life
Which TGR film will I enjoy the most if Seven Sunny Days is my current favorite ski film of all time?

I ordered Steep which I hear is quite good and more a documentary style. I also want to see The Massive and Hunting Yeti.
post #2 of 35
I'm beginning to think that most people who buy the Warren Miller movie tickets are just doing it for the free lift ticket (or some other small schwag).

I know I did.

I miss the old WM style movies.

Dave
post #3 of 35
I have seen Anolmaly and tangerine dream
I though anomaly got boring, but has the famous Jamie Piere Stupid cliff drop (I think this could have been on MTV's Jackass)
I own Tangerine Dream and love it. My favorite parts are the Utah Powder skiing and Jackson hole footage.

I have seen three MSP movies. I like their style. They seem to mix up freestyle with freeskiing, and a mix of music.

Of Push, Seven sunny days, and Claim, I enjoyed Push the best. I love the pillow drops in Japan.

As far as Warren Miller movies go, I like them when I am in the mood, as much. I think they have been lacking lately. I think a couple of years ago they spent more effort in matching the music witht the footage to make it flow better.
post #4 of 35
I have seen all the movies you listed except the Warren Miller ones. I find his films to be very boring and with 'less' talented skiers/boarders.
I thought TGR's new movie, Under the Influence, was waayy good, but that was also the first ski movie premiere that I went to this fall.
I thought Such is Life, by Rage I think, had the best park features that I have seen in recent movies.
I noticed that this years favorite terrain to film was definitely deep, pillow lines.
post #5 of 35
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Originally Posted by MSUBozangelas View Post
I have seen all the movies you listed except the Warren Miller ones. I find his films to be very boring and with 'less' talented skiers/boarders.
I thought TGR's new movie, Under the Influence, was waayy good, but that was also the first ski movie premiere that I went to this fall.
I thought Such is Life, by Rage I think, had the best park features that I have seen in recent movies.
I noticed that this years favorite terrain to film was definitely deep, pillow lines.
What is your favorite TGR movie of all?
post #6 of 35
I completely agree with your review of Seven Sunny Days. Best movie I've seen in a long time.

Under the Influence looks amazing. I honestly can't wait to see it. Lost and Found was alright. Def not their best effort.

Poor Boyz's Reasons wasnt the worst thing I've ever seen either, but it's hard to compare to Seven Sunny Days.
post #7 of 35
Any discussion of ski video's must include "THe Blizzard of AAHHH's" and the upcoming "The Legend of AAHHH's".



"You don't grow too old to play, you grow old because you stop playing"
post #8 of 35
I really like the old Warren Miller's

The fact that he is not doing the voice-overs anymore is sad...

Cold Fusion, Storm and Journey are my favorites
post #9 of 35
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Originally Posted by Pinelander View Post
Any discussion of ski video's must include "THe Blizzard of AAHHH's" and the upcoming "The Legend of AAHHH's".
Greg Stump FTW!

I just picked up his box set after being inspired by Kerig's Edge of Never and now I want nothing more than to be Glen Plake or Mike Hattrup.

Blizzard was THE movie of my teenage years -- totally blew away what we thought was skiing and a great flick...

FWIW, Groove Requiem has some great segments but the political message comes off a bit hockey. Ptex Lies and Duct Tape is pretty hot too.
post #10 of 35
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Originally Posted by Pastuch View Post
What is your favorite TGR movie of all?
I've seen all of them since High Life, but I would say that overall, Lost and Found was my favorite. I loved Kye's segment, sooo big.
post #11 of 35
i was also pretty disappointed by children of winter. i'd like to hear more opinions about TGRs under the influence. I'm thinking about getting it and having some people over to watch it.
post #12 of 35
The Waiting Game and Linescore are two of my faves. MSP is consistently good for the last few years. From TGR, Tangerine Dream, High Life, and Lost and Found are good.
post #13 of 35
Under the Influence was severly disappointing, I think last years ski movies from TGR and Matchstick were better than this years crop.
post #14 of 35
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The Waiting Game and Linescore are two of my faves. MSP is consistently good for the last few years. From TGR, Tangerine Dream, High Life, and Lost and Found are good.
Even on Blu-ray Claim sucks. My theory on MSP is that after Studio 411 went their own way and started making their own movies MSP lost a lot of it's cred. For me the music is almost as important as the riding and in that regard Claim was a GIANT failure.

Seven Sunny Days, Push and The Hit List all had Studio 411 for production.

Studio 411 did make their own movie with Seth Morrison in 2005/2006 called Show and Prove. I haven't seen it yet though.

I want to see the following films:

1. Steep
2. Tangerine Dream
3. Ski Porn
4. Anomaly
5. Lost and Found
6. Blizzard of Aaahs
7. The Waiting Game
8. War!
9. The Massive
10. High Life

Regarding Warren Miller:

I agree Cold Fusion, Storm and Journey were good ski movies but if you like them you owe it to yourself Seven Sunny Days. It will blow your mind I promise

Thanks for all the responces so far everyone. Great thread already!
post #15 of 35
C'mon how about Hot Dog or Aspen Extreme.
post #16 of 35
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I loved Ski Patrol, Hot Dog and Aspen Extreme as a child but I wanted to keep this thread limited to "REAL" ski movies.

Between MSP, TGR and Poor Boyz Productions the best deals are definitely from MSP. You can buy any 2 of their movies for $30. TGR has no specials on any DVDs and PBP''s deals aren't very good either.

I wish all the movies I want were available on Amazon.
post #17 of 35
Hunting Yeti is my favorite movie by far that has come out this year. Seven Sunny Days is kinda lame imo. Yeti is pretty much a documentary of a huge road trip of guys that I could see myself hanging out with.

Reasons is good especially J.P's part in Japan.
post #18 of 35
I sure will check seven sunny days...

Ski industry is not very well developed in Brazil... so I've seen basically Warren Miller's movies because of personal search.

But now the only "Warren Miller" in Warren Miller's films is the name.
post #19 of 35
Uh I'm pretty sure Studio 411 was just an action sports film distributor, they have nothing to do with the production/financing of the movies. Studio 411 did not produce Show & Prove, it was done by The Bigger Picture which is Tanner Hall & CR Johnson, filmed/edited by C.P.

I believe Studio 411 no longer distributes any snow action sports movies, which is why MSP has gone back to VAS. Again, nothing has changed production wise to my knowledge. I think the production value on Claim was the same as the past few years, not sure what you are seeing? I thought the skiing in Claim was on the same level as Seven Sunny Days, specifically Hjorliefson and Abma slayed, and Sean Pettit was incredible, can't wait to see him in a few years, could be the next Seth. Great to see Hugo back in action too. I don't really like MSP's choice in music, snowboard movies seem to always have better soundtracks (other than Teddybear Crisis).

Under the Influence is some of TGR's best work since Tangerine Dream which is my fave of theirs (Soul Purpose close 2nd). I thought Anomaly was meh, Lost & Found a bit better. UTI is worth getting for Seth's segment alone. Also great stuff from Dana Flahr and Ian Mac.

Haven't bothered with Warren Miller crap since I discovered TGR/MSP etc. Why bother? Not as talented rosters, bad music, bad editing/cinemtography, cheesy segments etc.
post #20 of 35
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Wow Gramboh, thanks for explaining the whole Studio 411 thing to me. I was out to lunch on that one. I think I'll order Tangerine Dream tomorrow, I've heard too many people mention it to not own it.

Seven Sunny Days had CR's reflection on his accident, Cobys accent immitations, TJ's arrogance (hilarious), epic helmet cam with Mike, John Olsons "I'm not just a park kid". I loved the girls scenes too: Backstroms bruise was so gnarly! There was so many different little nuggets that went into it. The fact that they picked the perfect music for every scene. For me Seven Sunny Days set a high bar that I doubt any ski movie will ever surpass. I hated the very theme of Claim. The fact that the only plot point was to brag about your vitories is lame. Claim just didn't have enough to it. Not enough to hold my interest anyway.
post #21 of 35
Under the Influence is great but no match for early TGR classics like Soul Purpose and High Life. The opening big mountain scence in U.T.I. is definitely an 11 on the Sickter McRichter scale however.


Last year's indy-film Idea (starring Eric Pollard and Andy Mahre) was beautiful and had a great low-key vibe. Probably my favorite ski flick from last year.

Last year's Tanner Hall film Believe definitely had some sick backcountry skiing from T-Hall, Seth Morrison, CR, and others, and mercifully few words coming out of Tanner's brutally inarticulate mouth. Its another contender for top film of 2007.

Ski Porn and War are decent if you like endless rail and park sessions.

The meatheads crew makes some entertaining low-budget east coast ski flicks. (I think their main sponsor is a New England Subaru dealership or something, so they aren't calling in too many helis or anything).
post #22 of 35
Steve Winter flics (preceding MSP's existance) were my favorites - The Tribe, Soul Sessions, and Hedonist. I never got Fetish, but wish I had.

Storm Show has awesome stuff if you're into the Jackson scene.
post #23 of 35
Don't forget about "Session 1242" by Poor Boyz. The level of skiing and IMO, the music was way ahead of its time.
post #24 of 35
Tangerine Dream is awesome, I think it's my fave ski movie. I like the TGR films a lot just for their attitude really, and they also tend to place way more emphasis on the backcountry rather than the park stuff, which i personally prefer. The WM one from last year was pretty good too, Off the Grid. I started watching Playground a couple days ago and just didnt get into it, it might be good but the first 20 minutes didnt really grab me.
post #25 of 35
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Originally Posted by Guttersnipe! View Post
Last year's Tanner Hall film Believe definitely had some sick backcountry skiing from T-Hall, Seth Morrison, CR, and others, and mercifully few words coming out of Tanner's brutally inarticulate mouth.
That dude is hysterical. His burnout surfer accent is beyond ridiculous.

"I always kinda barney-out for some reason on that jump."
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8RvMS4uRVM
post #26 of 35
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That dude is hysterical. His burnout surfer accent is beyond ridiculous.

"I always kinda barney-out for some reason on that jump."
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8RvMS4uRVM

Surfer? Not seeing it...

He used to try to be as ghetto as an albino can get... Now he's a "...and I'm like" guy. All coming from a kid who grew up in as white bread an area as there is - Montana.
post #27 of 35
I really loved Realtime by Level 1, it didn't get boring a single second. Great soundtrack and very good action combined with deeeeep powder and anything else you would enjoy skiing.
Buy it!

Though my alltime favorite remains SSD I also liked The Hit List, Lost and Found, Believe, Yearbook, Yeah Dude, Push and Ski Porn.
Come to think about it, I love every ski movie I watched (didn't name all)
post #28 of 35
Hunting Yeti
Waiting Game
Push/Pull
Echo- OK, pretty good
Under the Influence, gets worse every time I watch it now. I like the J-hole seggies though

WM? Children of winter just sucks.
Cold Fusion is cool
Some parts of Off the Grid
And, all the seggies from Steamboat! (Although the Children of Winter sucks)
post #29 of 35
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Originally Posted by Pastuch View Post
Even on Blu-ray Claim sucks. My theory on MSP is that after Studio 411 went their own way and started making their own movies MSP lost a lot of it's cred. For me the music is almost as important as the riding and in that regard Claim was a GIANT failure.
I haven't seen claim yet, so my comments were based on 7SD, push, hitlist, yearbook, etc...
post #30 of 35
I have seen tons of the newer movies dated from 2001 or so...and I would say my top 3 are probably Lost and Found (TGR), Believe (Tanner), and Seven Sunny Days or Push (MSP).

Cold Fusion was probably my favorite from Warren Miller...the Brighton backcountry segment with Jamie Pierre was just insane.

I think the Meathead movies are really coming along too...they are finding better terrain every year. Incredible powder in Wanderland!

Poor Boyz...ehh...theyre okay. Too many rails and park for my liking. Idea from Eric Iberg was pretty cool too.
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