Last night I was able to hit up the premier of Standard Films Black Winter at Keystone. Was it a huge spectacle of broing down and shaka’s all about? No it was pretty mellow probably less than 75 people total and no big name pro’s. Here’s a little review of one of this seasons bigger budgeted shred flicks.
So what’s good about this movie? Well the big mountain riding is BIG! Xavier de la Rue owned it in his section charging straight over some of the scariest looking things I’ve ever seen. But what actually sent goosebumps up my spine was watching Mark Landvik destroy everything in his path with that style that is present in all rippers from the Pacific North West. The stand out and this is no surprise is Torstein Horgomo, what can be said about his style and ability to slay the park that hasn’t been said already? Sprinkle in a few double corks from him and Seb Toots and you’re golden for freestyle progression.
What sucked? Typical that there’s locations used in other movies. Most notably were a few locales that can be seen in Videograss. That’s a huge let down in itself that just like last season all these film companies over lap. There were some weak riders as well that had me questioning why they got a part.
Who’s blowing up? Seb Toots is only going to get bigger this kid started off his segment with killing the urban then moving over to the jumps and showing what he had.
Vibe? Typical big budget snow porn, heli’s, gnarly b.c. lines, and some riders you haven’t heard of but most are established. Is it artsy or different? No it’s just a typical shred flick that appeals to a broad audience and makes people warm and tingly in the pants.
Re-watchability? Honestly this movie doesn’t have too much wow factor. Pop it in at a wine party with friends or if you’re waxing some snowboards.