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post #1 of 13
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We just got back from Teton Village where we watched the world premiere of the new TGR movie, re:SESSION.

I had a birthday (a big one) this past week and it's now official:

I am now too old for ski movies.

First off, I didn't "get" the title of this movie until someone patiently explained it to me a few days ago.  See, the title is a double entendre.  A "session" is what the ski movie rock stars and photogs call a period of ski filming - as in "that Haines heli session was off the charts".  But re:Session is also a play on the word "recession", which we're all aware painfully aware of.

So, the movie starts with a setup about how bad the economy has been all over the world and such, and then we segue into the skiing segments.  This is where I finally REALLY got the recession part.

Instead of the normal ski porn we've become accustomed to, where most of the footage is helicopter-assisted, THIS movie seems to be primarily an ode to snowmobiles.  I'm guessing that hiring (or simply filming for FREE) a bunch of local slednecks is a hell of a lot cheaper than hiring a helicopter and pilot.  Recession indeed.

So, most of the movie consisted of footage of guys in full-face helments either loading, unloading, trailering, or running snowmobiles around in the wilderness.  And it's actually not much wilderness because you can see tons of snowmobile tracks marring the scenery in a high percentage of the shots.  The movie goes on and on and on with footage of today's young guns doing flips, spins, grabs, and whatever off kickers they've built in the backcountry that they accessed with the snowmobiles.  One segment is particularly good at evoking all the noise and exhaust fumes that snow machines are so adept at.

Not only that, but I think there was one single segment that had a girl skier.  Jeez, there aren't a COUPLE more girls in the entire world who they could have put in the movie?  All they had to do is sail off a kicker and grab their skis before lawn-darting SWITCH into a pile of snow??????

To be fair, there were at least two or three minutes of very, very cool footage of flute and spine skiing in Haines, Alaska.  Beyond that, I was looking at my watch most of the time.

I'm really glad I didn't pay actual, recession-earned money for my ticket.
post #2 of 13
Ahhhh the smell of internal combustion engines,early morning in the mountains. Happy 50 Bob.
post #3 of 13
 I didn't hate it.  I agree with a lot of your comments.  I was over the flippy twistys pretty fast also.  I also have more fun at the late show.  I was late getting tickets and was at the early show with the kiddies.  Did you see the little blonde girls freak dancing in front of the screen?  That was cool.  After the show I was enjoying the free beer and saw Miller, Moe, Charlie, and a whole bunch of my friends that I should have been in there with.  How about the trailer for "In Deep"...  That looked really cool.  Anyway Brads memorial party at Noras and then the Coach was more fun.  I could have skipped the movie and gone to the Led Zep after party.
post #4 of 13
 Actually the cool trailer was for a movie called "Deeper".  It is scheduled to release next fall.
post #5 of 13
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Originally Posted by Bob Peters View Post
First off, I didn't "get" the title of this movie until someone patiently explained it to me a few days ago.  See, the title is a double entendre.  A "session" is what the ski movie rock stars and photogs call a period of ski filming - as in "that Haines heli session was off the charts".  But re:Session is also a play on the word "recession", which we're all aware painfully aware of.

So, the movie starts with a setup about how bad the economy has been all over the world and such, and then we segue into the skiing segments.  This is where I finally REALLY got the recession part.

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I'm really glad I didn't pay actual, recession-earned money for my ticket.




 


The irony is the “session/recession” theme maybe lost on the target demographic who may not be able to tell you why beginning in January converting your traditional IRA or retirement savings plan into a Roth IRA is a brilliant move only if conversion is done in 2010 allowing you to convert your already recession shrunk retirement accounts with those less taxable dollars addressed half of which in 2011 and the other half in 2012 using tax rates which are the lowest we’ll likely see in our lifetime.  That ridiculous fed budget deficit has to be paid and the taxman will be coming quickly to let us know how much more and at what accelerated rate we’ll be paying.  Sorry…where was I?  Oh, yes, the movie:

Thanks Bob for the review as it only confirms that when I need a diversion from my “sessions” working out of a “recession” I’ll find a better ROI for my skiing “obsession”   

post #6 of 13
ROFLMAO

Sadly, I understood this....

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Originally Posted by DonDenver View Post





The irony is the “session/recession” theme maybe lost on the target demographic who may not be able to tell you why beginning in January converting your traditional IRA or retirement savings plan into a Roth IRA is a brilliant move only if conversion is done in 2010 allowing you to convert your already recession shrunk retirement accounts with those less taxable dollars addressed half of which in 2011 and the other half in 2012 using tax rates which are the lowest we’ll likely see in our lifetime.  That ridiculous fed budget deficit has to be paid and the taxman will be coming quickly to let us know how much more and at what accelerated rate we’ll be paying.  Sorry…where was I?  Oh, yes, the movie:

Thanks Bob for the review as it only confirms that when I need a diversion from my “sessions” working out of a “recession” I’ll find a better ROI for my skiing “obsession”   

post #7 of 13
Thread Starter 
So, on Saturday night I post a less-than-stellar review of their new movie.  Today, I receive this notification about TGR:

Hi, Bob Peters.

TetonGravityResearch (TetonGravity) is now following your tweets on Twitter.

A little information about TetonGravityResearch:

3044 followers
269 tweets
following 2791 people


Coincidence?

I wonder.

Do you suppose I should be looking over my shoulder while I'm skiing the backcountry this winter?

Since seeing the movie, I've talked with several locals who also saw it.  In the interest of fairness, I want to say that some of my friends don't agree with my harsh assessment of the movie.  Some thought it was pretty good. 

One said "What do you expect?"  I need to think about that a little.
post #8 of 13
Bob.

I agree with your review of the movie.  I to was bored, looking at my watch.  Had to apologize to HB Junior and HB Juniorette for the movie not being the greatest.  They had more fun talkin' smack with the athletes before the movie started than they did watching the movie.

HB Juniorette put it best - "Dad, I really enjoyed going to the show - even though the movie was so-so."

HB

P.S.  Bob, if the TGR Boys start up at the Village, you can always head over the hill and seek refuge at the 'Ghee.

Good to see you again.

HB
post #9 of 13
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Originally Posted by tetonpwdrjunkie View Post

  Did you see the little blonde girls freak dancing in front of the screen?  That was cool.  After the show I was enjoying the free beer and saw Miller, Moe, Charlie, and a whole bunch of my friends that I should have been in there with.  Anyway Brads memorial party at Noras and then the Coach was more fun.  I could have skipped the movie and gone to the Led Zep after party.
Geez, good thing they have a ski hill at Jackson Hole. Doesn't sound like a fun place at all.
post #10 of 13
Hmmmm...I'd say that posting this should put TGR on notice that they'll be prime suspects if anything untoward happens to you.
Not to mention that they'd have to deal with the fury of the Barking Bears for messing with one of their finest!!!

Quote:
Originally Posted by Bob Peters View Post

So, on Saturday night I post a less-than-stellar review of their new movie.  Today, I receive this notification about TGR:

Hi, Bob Peters.

TetonGravityResearch (TetonGravity) is now following your tweets on Twitter.

A little information about TetonGravityResearch:

3044 followers
269 tweets
following 2791 people


Coincidence?

I wonder.

Do you suppose I should be looking over my shoulder while I'm skiing the backcountry this winter?
...
post #11 of 13
 Bob, honestly, since seeing Steep and the vision of this movie crew(Bill Kerig and the like) I think of other contemporary ski movies like TGR and Warren Miller as Music Videos and/or Travelog promotions for resorts.

Steep has definitely stepped up the game.
From what I understand the Jackson Hole AirForce has stepped up the game for ski porn movies as well.....
Looking forward to see that as well as the Edge of Never this year!
post #12 of 13
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Originally Posted by DonDenver View Post

The irony is the “session/recession” theme maybe lost on the target demographic who may not be able to tell you why beginning in January converting your traditional IRA or retirement savings plan into a Roth IRA is a brilliant move only


I don't think it'll be lost on the target demographic.  However, the target demographic will simply stare in slack jawed amusement that anyone even has traditional IRA's because for all of our lives there's always been a Roth option.  And granted, there's probably an appealing aspect to a traditional IRA, but certainly not at our ages. 

I'm heading to Bozeman tonight to catch the premiere. 
post #13 of 13
I just saw the movie last night and I'll agree with you on two points: there weren't enough women in the movie and you're too old for ski movies :)

I think there were only 3 scenes involving slednecks, two of which were in Utah.  There was TONS of helicopter footage and it was filmed in 6 different countries.

Was it the best ski movie ever made?  No.. but it's not that bad.  I think we've all gotten accustomed to watching people ski massive lines in AK, any one of which would have made crowds stare in wild-eyed wonder a few decades ago. I find it amazing people are on 40+ degree slopes going 50mph hitting 60ft cliffs and doing backflips off them.
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