Reviews for BONES BRIGADE: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY

It’s an education in the physical and attitudinal vocabulary of the sport, and the explanation of skateboarding’s mid-1980s acceptance as a street sport is downright lovely. - Nicolas Rapold, THE NEW YORK TIMES


RATING: A. It's not an overstatement to call "Bones Brigade" an autobiography: Skateboarder-turned-filmmaker Stacy Peralta formed, sponsored and guided the influential team. But Peralta puts himself in a supporting role, focusing on the young and promising misfits who became stars by dominating skateboard competitions and monetizing their individual achievements. Like "Dogtown and Z-Boys," this documentary is a heady mix of emotional interviews, exhilarating footage and a driving soundtrack. The intimate, revelatory "Bones Brigade" transports these pensive fortysomethings back to their amped-up adolescence. Tony Hawk and Rodney Mullen (masters of vertical and horizontal skateboarding, respectively) were polar opposites in temperament, but both found crucial support in the camaraderie of the Bones Brigade. The stoic Hawk was a tireless perfectionist with an encouraging dad (Frank Hawk ran the National Skateboard Association), while the introspective Mullen was a creative innovator with a controlling father. At a crucial point in their careers, each developed an aversion to competition and ranking. Tony Hawk is now the face of skateboarding, but Rodney Mullen is its heart. The seemingly fragile Mullen displays a steely devotion as he articulates how Bones Brigade members pushed the sport to new heights, and marginalized boys turned skateboarding into their own language. - Serena Donadoni, INDIEWIRE

 

...Bones Brigade defines itself as a film about people who passionately believed in something special. You don't need to be knee-deep or even care about skateboarding to fall in love with this film. Bones Brigade: The Autobiography is a masterpiece. - Chase Whale, TWITCH


Peralta’s doc is a generous, tasty slice of skateboarding history... Peralta brings together the oral and visual histories of the Bones Brigade in extensive interviews with former team members, as well as business partners Powell and Stecyk. Still photos, home movies and company promos shot on VHS and Super-8 reveal the skaters learning their craft before fame caught up with them and intimately document an unprecedented period when skateboarding grew to represent the stylish, rebellious side of youth culture. Editor Josh Altman skillfully weaves together this footage with the in-depth interviews, artfully connecting the athletes’ stories with the history of the sport.

Deep, rich and resonant, Bones Brigade will provide fans with an enticing portal to revisit skateboarding’s glory days and introduce the era to a whole new generation of enthusiasts. As much a personal history as it is a cultural document, Peralta’s film is a natural extension of the Bones Brigade promotional videos, marking another memorable milestone in his unparalleled documentation of skate culture. - Justin Lowe, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER


Even if you’ve never ridden a skateboard or had any interest in people who do, you’ll get a kick out of Stacy Peralta’s documentary “Bones Brigade: An Autography.’’... Peralta mixes vintage footage of the lads doing unbelievable stunts with contemporary interviews in which they let their hair down. Many now married with children, they reveal the ups and downs of their skateboarding careers. This film makes a great companion piece to Peralta’s “Dogtown and Z-Boys,’’ which leaves off where “Bones Brigades’’ begins. - VA Musetto, THE NEW YORK POST


Revolutionizing the sport through a constant desire to one-up one another's groundbreaking tricks, the brigade's members became modern street-skating forefathers simply by doing what they loved, and Peralta captures a convincing sense of how skateboarding gave these outcasts a sense of identity and purpose, and how the resulting community in turn spawned innovation... when Peralta admits through tears just how much he loves his skater charges, it imparts what every parent knows: that even better than achieving one's own success is shepherding the success of others. - Nick Schager, VILLAGE VOICE

 

For anyone who came of age during the 1980s, Peralta’s documentary about the superstar teenage team that he assembled is a surefire hit. Best—and perhaps trickiest—of all, this doesn’t seem like self-serving filmmaking whatsoever. Peralta must have had an incredibly hard time figuring out how to approach this intimate subject matter, but he pulls it off like a pro.  - Michael Tully, HAMMER TO NAIL

 

If you loved "Dogtown and Z-Boys" and "Riding Giants," you won't be disappointed with the next chapter in the Stacy Peralta collection of documentaries. If you missed them, "Bones Brigade: An Autobiography" offers a unique story that stands alone as great entertainment... A must-see. - Mark Wigmore, MOVIEFONE CANADA