I just watched Tracing Skylines the other day and I felt the need to write a review. Not to critique the skiing per se but to comment on the filler and attitude of the movie.
Sean Petit should not be an actor. His skiing is sick but what editor decided that we needed to listen to him hog the stage and make lame jokes in various forced environments. It is not funny at all. That leads me to the Kids. What is up with these highly contrived, empty parties set up by sponsors with a few dudes jumping at any chance to look like they are having the time of their lives in front of the camera. For fuck sakes, that is just so awkward to watch. You want a party scene? Let Cosco have a segment. Take a note from SKIDS, not just their name. The phone skit? mid-2000s MSP called and they want their screen writer back.
Then there was JP, Julien, Plake and Seth. In the Haute Route of all places. Why was there more talk about a truck full of guys in ski masks in Detroit (another film crew obviously) then there was about these legends on a legendary traverse and the implications of skiing lines while doing it. Holy legit batman. It's unfortunate the filming wasn't top notch during that segment but at least give the situation credit.
Detroit. Do people not feel embarrassed by this segment? Great skiing, creative location, huge effort on those builds. props. Just show that shit. What I don't need is a thug life documentary of slow motion shovel carrying baggy pant pans. Hard beats and balaclavas. I'm not shitting on the hip hop influence. I like baggy shit too. Just remember, it is an influence, not your life. Do you guys actually act like this on a day to day basis? Why act for the camera.
Great skiing to all the athletes. PBP, that was an embarrassing movie. I feel ashamed saying that. 16 year olds flame on.