(The following 6 reviews of the documentary 'Resist Control' are quoted from http://www.skullskates.com/resist/reviews.html)
1. skateboard / DVD / 2004 / 50 min
Resist Control SkuLL SkAtES
Well, here I am on Christmas day in 2004 and Santa delivered me a DVD, and wouldn't you know it was the SKuLL SkAtES creation, Resist Control. I have just watched this movie from front to back... and I just watched it again. Do I like it???? Why Yes!!! And I didn't believe in Santa!
It's a blast of black and white skate footage from the 60's and on. A walk through history … correction its a skate through history. One of Skull Skates mottos has been “Skateboarding Leads To Harder Crimes” and this DVD has a slant in that direction. Skateboarding has had its times underground and still does for people who skate for a lifestyle not a trend. Skull Skates has that feeling about it and this DVD shows some of this feeling yet it still recognizes some of the great skaters on this planet.
You settle down in your seat and the music and visual stimuli makes you smile. It all starts in the streets of Montreal 1960’s with a slap of classic clay wheel skateboarding and police harassment!! The music takes you into the 80’s with some footage of my favorite skate team… The JaKs. The dust settles and we are back watching the 60’s sidewalk surfing with bare feet. The introduction of urethane wheels in the seventies develops a whole new world in skateboarding. Kids are riding faster and can be found on all new terrains. Classic Vancouver Granville St. bank footage is unearthed and your are left grabbing your ass as a guy in bellbottom jeans does a good four foot jump of the banks sitting on his skate. The urethane also brings out the wicked downhill footage. The kind of footage that I personally experienced as a kid in the 70’s…. Speed wobbles followed by huge steps off the skateboard, finished up with an endo that leaves you picking gravel out of the palms of your hands. The banks are left behind to show some old ditch and empty swimming pool skateboarding and the motion of pumping the transitions starts to take place. Some historic footage from 1979 Vancouver and the ribbon cutting for the Nelson St. half pipe. Classic footage of Mt Baldy full pipe and the ever strange turning point full pipe that was shaped so you could skate right upside down. The movie then takes a break from all the sik skate history to show you some early snowboarding shots. This chapter closes with a Hollywood chase scene on skateboards between a hunky skater and a mob called the Daggers and of coarse it ends with the good guy getting away…. F#$@+n Hollywood eh!
Then it was time to focus on some of the Skull talent that works the skateboards… Carlos Longo was undoubtedly one of the top skaters in Canada in the mid eighties and this is proven with a fully flowing run of lofty airs and torqued inverts down at the old Seylynn snake run in north Vancouver. We see Wee Ming Wong, Cory Cambell, as well as Christian Hosoi, some sweeet freestyle by Kevin Harris, into the future with technical new school wizards like Colin McKay and Moses Itkonen and then backflippin/barrel rollin Sluggo. It leaves you breathless and then the DVD coughs up some new footage of the old style masters, Steve Olson and Dave Hacket and just when that wasn’t enough we get to watch Tony Alva carve up North Vans Parkgate skatepark. Bill Danforth closes this section with a goose-bump raising run from bowl to bowl serving trick after eighties style trick. This type of footage just makes you hungry to skate! These are some of the finest wood pushers but HEY Mr. PD… “Where the hell was Duane Peters in all this???” Hardy har har… I would expect a good kingpin to the noggin if I had asked, Hey Mr. PD… “Where the hell was that Tony Hawk in all this?”… But Duane should have been on this flick!
The music is also a great mood maker while you watch this DVD. DJ Kilocee takes a handful of your favorite classic punk/new wave/rock hits and blends them with the repetitive hip-hop beats. This package comes with a bonus CD of music mix by DJ Kilocee. I do have to mention there is also a awesome video of Gang Green that’s takes me back to all that metal/punk/hardcore crossover skate-rock I loved so much as a youngster.
HARDCORE IT IS and just when you think it couldn’t get anymore hardcore you see some guy downhill bombing one of those hills on the Trans-Canada highway and he’s gaining on a 18 wheeler semi truck… does he pass it? Buy the DVD and find out! I’m gonna go and watch it again! Thanks Mr. PD.
2. Skull Skates : Resist Control
Copyright Date: 2004
Review Date: 11-22-04
From Canada via Skull Skates, the new DVD Resist Control is not your typical skate video by any means. The company that once made asymmetrical regular and goofy-foot boards has no problem bucking the system and following their own path. Resist Control is a loose documentary of skateboarding from the 60’s to present day. And by “loose” I mean very loose. This is not in the slick style of Dogtown or even Stoked. Resist Control is a cut and paste photocopied zine style film that is made up of archival footage and an equal amount of appropriated footage coming from a wide variety of sources such as the Oscar winning 1965 short film Skater Dater, Thrashin, Skateboard Madness, and some more recent skate videos. Some of the 60’s school bank footage was also used in the Dogtown movie. The non-appropriated footage covers 60’s and 70’s 8mm clips and video from the 80’s on. The film is presented in sometimes grainy black and white even through the more recent footage. There is no narration and only rarely is the incidental sound included. The soundtrack is provided by “Vancouver Hip hop Pioneer” DJ Kilocee, a turntable artist. This surprise may sound like a horrible idea, especially for a company that has its’ roots so deeply entrenched in Punk Rock, but fear not. The music is mixed from tracks that are often representative of the particular onscreen era in an almost unbroken montage. Kilocee does a good job of picking a good mix of tunes, and the sampling or scratching or whatever it is keeps it interesting. It’s like hip hop technology applied to different types of music to provide a movie soundtrack rather than a dance club track. Trust me, it works.
Resist Control is an engaging piece if you approach it from the standpoint of an animated canvas as opposed to the typical skateboarding video that you watch once and thereafter you cue up the best runs and gnarliest tricks. After a brief introduction of some out of sequence footage, the film is roughly chronological. Aside from the footage you most likely have seen already, some of the most interesting parts are the 8mm footage. There is some rare 60’s era mass downhill action from Montreal, and some equally rare ditch, bank, street, and driveway ramp footage from 70’s era New Jersey and Vancouver. What makes this footage so cool is that is definitely not the same spots and same guys you see in other movies and documentaries. It’s happening in places off the beaten (skateboard) path, and truly is some underground activity forma different time period. Also of note is some of the 80’s video footage of some skate jams.
Although not strictly a Skull Skates focused piece, the company and it’s riders do have a recurring presence that is thankfully not very heavy handed. There is a Canadian presence that extends to Collin McKay, Kevin Harris, and the RDS crew. There is recent footage of the RDS park as well as Bill Danforth’s during or near the photo session for the cover of Concrete Wave magazine. After covering the emergence of street skating (and hip hop) Resist Control comes full circle with some Olson and Hackett footage, essentially illustrating the re-birth of “old school” as it were. The film ends with some fun longboarding footage, including one skilled mofo that rides his deck like it’s a short board.
Extra Features: Director’s commentary with a voice track run through an audio filter that is very hard to take for the duration of the film. Besides not providing much interesting to listen to, the sound level sometimes gets lost in the music so you can’t hear what is being said. There’s an audio disk with music from the film that is about 52 minutes long, 48 of those being one long continuous track. A curious choice once again, considering the roots of the company. There is a Much Music piece on the Vancouver Museum’s skateboarding exhibit narrated by Skull Skates very own P.D.. A preview of an upcoming skimboarding documentary that actually looks good too. An old Gang Green video with skating is presented in its entirety. Not really my cup of tea, but a trip down memory lane for sure. Also included is some footage of DJ Kilocee mixing some of the music in the film and a some guy doing s thankfully short freestyle rap at a party.
Bottom Line: Resist Control is worth checking out if you are looking to add some variety to your skate video collection or see a less dogmatic and more experimental version of a skateboarding documentary. Resist Control should stoke you to skate a wide variety of terrain. The only downside is the price. At $40 Canadian (Approx $30 U.S.) it’s a little on the spendy side. It makes sense considering that the initial production is only at 2000 copies, and it’s a double disc set. The value of the soundtrack may be negligible to some, and I can’t think of too many movies that are really worth paying $30 to own, so it’s a tough choice. It’s your loss if you don’t get a chance to see Resist Control. Definitely worth owning if you an afford it. Maybe one day it will be available as a cheaper one-disc movie only. (edit)
3. New footage of Tony Alva and Bill Danforth? Old footage of Sluggo and Moses? New footage of Sluggo and Moses? Don’t adjust your sets, it’s the new Skull video. Skull Skates has always done things their way and that’s likely why they’ve been in business 25 years. “Resist Control” chronicles the 2.5 decades of Skull Skates as well as over 50 years of skateboarding. I’ve heard a lot of complaints lately of “all the videos are the same”, if you feel that way, I’d pick this one up. While some videos have done very well at highlighting skating at a particular time or a certain type of skating, I have yet seen one that covered as much ground as this one. The video samples old footage with new like a rap song, and is shot totally in black and white to make it a complete Skull video. They don’t chintz on the extras too, a twisted commentary, bonus clips and free cd of the soundtrack make it about as complete as it gets. Pick it up. www.skullskates.com
4. From my weekly Videomatica update: RESIST CONTROL (Coming Mar 29/05) (2004)
Director : Various
Formats : DVD
Web Link : http://www.videomatica.bc.ca/system/getmovie.asp?id=17146
Finally, a collection of historical skateboarding footage with an emphasis on Vancouver from the city's own legendary skateboard company Skull Skates. Starting with footage from the 60s Canadian film "The Devil's Toy" which pre-dates the time honoured gesture of skateboarding being deemed illegal and the "skateboarder as outcast" scenario, the documentary delves into the history of skateboarding within the playground banks of California. Skull Skates has assembled some of the greatest vintage shredding from the 70s, 80s, and 90s, highlighted by footage of the Jaks Team, Moses Itkonen, and various other notable skateboard legends, personalities, and true rebels from Western Canada's colourful history. A special not to be missed by fans of skateboarding, and a stern reminder for others of skateboarding's importance to the city of Vancouver. --SM
5. One of the most recognized logos in all of skateboarding would be the Skull skates logo, for sure. Started back in he '70's, before you were born, Skull skates has become an instituion. With a shitload of history behind it, skull Skates has now produced Resist Control, black-and-white documentary chronicling skateboarding from the begriming to today's superstars. It's worth watching this video to realize how far skating has advanced over the last 50 years and to make you wonder where it can go from here. About 50 minutes long, the DVD includes a few extra features: a tour through the skate museum in Vancouver, some freestyling from Barry Walsh, and a promo of a Skull Skates skimboard video.
Reviewer: Harry Gils
SBC Skateboard Magazine
6. Skull Rolls Into Punk Filmmaking
Publish Date: 28-Apr-2005
It’s probably not coming to a theatre near you, so if your in-house thugs have any interest in skateboarding, a new DVD from industry leader and Fourth Avenue fixture Skull Skates is a definite must-see.
When it comes to production values, Resist Control doesn’t even come close to Dogtown and Z-Boys, the skateboarding documentary against which all others are measured. But its very rawness is not just a badge of punk honour; there’s simply no smoother way to present material drawn from all film formats over a 40-year period and have it make sense. So they don’t even try. The 50-minute film, all in anti-authoritarian black-and-white, offers no narration or even title cards, so it’s up to you to recognize Tony Alva, Rob “Sluggo” Boyce, Moses Itkonen, and some of the other alternative-universe stars who show up in mostly video footage that jumps, stream-of- consciousness-style, from Vancouver to L.A. and parts farther afield.
Along the way, there are also clips from Fubar, ancient TV sport coverage, and, best of all, The Devil’s Toy, a no-budget pro-skateboarding item made here in the mid-’60s. The disparate material is held, or maybe hammered, together by a relentless soundtrack provided by DJ Kilocee, who mashes up snippets of familiar tunes (Canned Heat: meet “Wipeout”) for an energetic flow. The mind-tweaking effect continues in somewhat different form on a music CD included in the $40 package, available through www.skullskates.com/. The price is high, but there were only 2,000 of these babies pressed.
Special features include a skimboarding sidetrip, a Gang Green video, and a visit by Skull Skates founder P.?D. to the Vancouver Museum, where the company is sponsoring, through September, a show called Skateboarding Vancouver.
RESIST CONTROL - A gritty documentary chronicling skateboarding's unpredictable evolution from steel wheels to pro-endorsement deals and beyond. All served up with the music that fueled the movement. Featuring some of skateboarding's best from over five decades. Rated PG 13, some cuss words. RAW AND UNCOMPROMISING
Main feature is 48 minutes - black and white. Extra footage has been combined into one 12-minute clip, including the annoying commercial.
Slashco Distribution in association with Buddha Lab Productions present Resist Control.