Posts Tagged ‘Eli Reed’

Marble Floors, Gold Turlets and Chandeliers

January 8, 2015

Belatedly, another ten good ones from last year:


Nik Stain – ‘Bruns Skate Jawn’
The half-cab flips could’ve come straight out of an early Prime video, in a good way.

Aaron Herrington – ‘Static 4’
Skating to song, probably the best possible pace-setter for the two Static videos to come.

Brandon Westgate – ‘Zoo England’
He doesn’t slow down

Eli Reed – Japan part
Eli Reed goes Magenta in Tokyo with some scarfs and socks. See if you can find the ‘Street Cinema’ spot.

Matt Miller – DC shoe part
Rob Welsh’s onetime water boy released one of the gnarlier parts all year, and got a shoe for his trouble, potentially eliminating the descriptor ‘unheralded’ from his career. Switch 360 flip noseblunt, switch backside 360 noseblunt, etc.

Youness Amrani – ‘Almost a Part’
Some late-period 411VM vibes from this one, in a good way. Downhill manual revert and late 180 on the heelflip varial are bananas.

Chewy Cannon – ‘Transmission’
Dead or alive, there are few better to watch skate

Matt Bennett – ‘True Blue’
It’s cool to see how far this dude has been able to take his sack of mainly unconventional tricks – the pop out of the handrail fakie backside tailslide (to regular) is of note.

Carlos Iqui – ‘Iqui Does It’
Stevie William’s ‘Reason’ opener-attempter, but on a hubba.

Jamal Williams – ‘Static 5’
Among the best put-together video parts this year, and possibly for all of history

Title TK

June 22, 2011

Even without flipping it over and looking for the little logo you could probably tell skateboarding bears a “made in America” seal just because of the tendency towards overkill. Big pants/small wheels, goofy boys, paint-on pants, substance abuse, stair counts, ledge combos, the personas of Alva, Muska, Mike Plumb, et cetera. The mega ramp. You have your top dogs specific to a certain latitude/longitude as the pendulum swings this way or that, for instance Ron Knigge or Josh Kasper or Ray Underhill, and then what turn out to be the more longview types that might rise up during one era or another but don’t wind up being defined by it and find ways to roll with whatever’s going at the moment, say Carroll, Daewon Song, Jason Dill, Grant Taylor — Mark Gonzales. Like, there may be more technically skilled or bigger-balled dudes going at any one point, but if you’re watching “the Storm,” you’ve got Jerry Hsu on one hand and Scott Paezelt on another.

All of which is a typically long-winded way of coping with a melting of mind following a couple watches of Eli Reed’s entry in the X-Games “real street” competition, a minute-long clip that’s a little gratuitous as far as including a couple magazine cover clips and some of the more original (versus “creative”) tricks to come along in a good while. If I was, heaven forfend, a judge on “America’s Next Top Flow Bro” I would formulate some sound bite to the effect that Eli Reed has a “point of view.” Like, who’s doing nollie bonelesses on name hubbas? Switch backside 360 manual? I’m sure there are some “Forecast” seeds that have pulled similar 360-flip nosegrinds and switch bigspin flips but a key difference is that this dude’s method has that appealing stink on it. Switch k-grind for the 90s dudes and wise use of the big switch ollie, which also helped get me onboard with Mikey Taylor during the City Stars days. A minute long and this is easily one of the best sections all year, I hope he gets the $50k or whatever it is.

4. Eli Reed – “Zoo York State of Mind”

December 27, 2009

Eli Reed switch kickflipped into New York’s courthouse bank in a display of sexual prowess that earned him his choice of mates and long-delayed professional status from the Zoo board of directors late this year. Fate sometimes seems to align against this dude, what with whoever was in charge over there sandbagging his part with BTO’s ode to the union movement, and the faintly snarky way people keep bringing up that amazing Celtics outfit he used to rock. Not to be that guy, but the ollie up the curb at the beginning of the part is sort of beautiful, and you can’t hold down someone who’s intent on nollie nosemanualing into a crazy bank and then switch ollieing into a second bank that also is crazy. One of the great things about this part and Eli Reed in general is that he’s all over the place in more ways than one (switch bigspin flip nose manual, hardflip manual on that banked ledge), and here’s hoping he has some shit in that new Converse/Thrasher vid which I have not yet seen so we’re counting it for next year’s tiresome list-making, FYI.

Zoo York I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down

June 21, 2009


Hey guys, I’m on my New York shit

Remember how Jay-Z won rap and then retired to marry his girlfriend and get a desk job, but then he came back with a red CD, but he didn’t sound very excited? The CD was red and he had a song with the guy from Radiohead Jr, and rapped about how being in your late 30s was really cool, and he didn’t even mention Cam’ron and it just wasn’t the same… If I remember correctly the CD was called “Best of Both Worlds Vol 2 Unfinished Business.”

So this new Zoo video, which overall is kinda good, and kind of not, basically the same way I feel about the pole-positioned Brandon Westgate. You know, as much as you gotta respect the obvious skills and wish the kid well I really cannot get into his skating that much. Because no matter how fast he’s going (and he clearly is) it looks slow a lotta the time and he seems to be stricken with little kid style and weird, slow kickflips, not to mention a serious and persistent rocket issue on the hardflip, although the up-moves and Duffy-esque last trick are cool. In other general grousing, Anthony Shetler should’ve stayed on Birdhouse, and unfortunately no amount of gritty-city profiling clips and Big L will sell me on Chaz Ortiz.

Matt Miller rips it to pieces though. Kind of was mixed on his TWS part last summer, for whatever reason, but his mastery of the backside noseblunts (see: the Pier ledge) and strategic inclusion of the Redman raps shall not be denied; how come he doesn’t get to be a pro? The dudes with big hair generally ruled this video – it could have done with double the amount of Ron Deily footage, like an East Coast Nick Trapasso. The run with the switch backside smith grind is so good and the booster nolle b/s heelflip is so bananas, I could watch the dude skate all day. Not so much Lamare Hemmings, who is smooth and very much inoffensive in most every way, and Aaron Suski, whose execution and approach I dig but, always kind of feel as though I’m obligated to be a bigger fan of the dude than I actually am. Good skating however.

The older dudes deliver for the most part – KT’s was too brief and had a couple substandard clips but that frontside k-grind is TOTY material, and you could make a similar argument about Forrest Kirby and his switch wallride, but that dude seems genuinely sparked off his CCD classes and newfound author status and cranked out probably the best video part I personally can remember in ten years or so. Tha Plat is calling Donny Barley’s swan song and didn’t seem too jazzed, I definitely dug the section but the fact that it reignited the movie after Chaz Ortiz helped a lot. They should’ve started it with the downhill night line, there should’ve been more night footage in general really.

Questionable music supervision aside Eli Reed comes through in his big moment, chewing spots and spitting out weird little tech moves that sometimes are kind of slow but always at least interesting, and he gets the church bells ringing at that courthouse spot, amongst others. And Zered Basset with another two-song closer, breaking out his bag of switch heelflips, switch 360 flips, backside flips and switch 50-50s to the tune of Ronnie James Dio and the boys from Brownsville (pretty much as ingenious as whoever got the idea to pair MOP and Foreigner in the first place). Too many crazy tricks to count (in particular, the switch noseblunt slide) but when it came to the switch 360 flip lipslide, they should’ve slotted it for the generous bonus round, and here’s hoping the day comes when people stop doing that trick to regular`. Crazy move, like this video is pretty good actually, but something’s off. Perhaps they need to put Anthony Correa back on. And film more shit at night.

Eli, It’s Real Velour… Let Yourself Go

May 25, 2009


Sweat/Suit

Not to be overlooked when nitpicking Paul Rodriguez’s video productions (this also goes for Jereme Rogers’ generally superior “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood”) is these dudes’ genuine effort to nurture the alleged next generation of possible pro-level kids, even if that effort does amount to basically attaching their name to some already-in-progress film project. Besides putting people on to your Mike Moes and Daryl Angels and so on, these videos allow semi-established types a chance to re-frame their whole deal and possibly help bust out of the dreaded man-am ranks, types such as one-time World warrior Jason Wakuzawa and former velour tracksuit proponent Eli Reed.

Reed along with Pudwill had one of the hotter sections in the JR vid, his relocation to Southern California apparently helping him develop oodles of crazy switchstance tricks that I personally had no idea he could do (or anybody else either when it came to the Flushing Meadows switch ollie). But, it looks like that part may be a warmup to still yet further bonkers shit in Zoo York’s “State of Mind” video, if Eli Reed’s entry in the Berrics’ venerable “Bangin” series last week is to be believed. All manner of crazy tricks in there — he seems to have learned a bunch of transition stuff in addition to taking some of his older moves, turning them around and doing them down hubbas — and I sorta dig the fact that his switch stuff looks switch, if that makes sense. Meanwhile my personal jury is still out on whether the navy Dickies top the sweat suit.

P-Rod, Girl and the Enigma of the Mobius Strip

December 18, 2008


Innocence, destroyed

While the planet, nay, galaxy awaits the already-classic “Street Dreams”, featuring the long-awaited debut of whippet enthusiast-turned-auteur Rob Dyrdek and guest starring Ryan Dunn with the evil mom from the O.C., Paul Rodriguez isn’t waiting around for some Decenzo brother to hand him his daytime Emmy. No, P-Rod is blazing ahead with another star turn in the upcoming “Vicious Circle”, which for purposes of this post I choose to view as a complex, feature-length metaphor about his years skating for Girl skateboards.

Some of this is fairly overt: “Boy meets girl,” a nod to the days before the honeymoon ended, when P-Rod was still the next Koston, Plan B existed only on DVD and nobody ever heard of Sean Malto. Paul had a more innocent view of the world then, as you can tell from the nifty suit he wears in early scenes.

However: “Girl has past… past won’t let her go.” P-Rod here is suggesting here that Rick and Mike are akin to the child of an abusive household: determined not to repeat Rocco’s excesses and transgressions, they succeed only in driving away their young stars (P-Rod and Jereme, represented here by P-Rod and “Angel”, a reference to Rogers’ Christian beliefs and pasty pallor).

Paul Rodriguez does a bit of gun-waving, perhaps channeling the unrefined anger of Sal Rocco Jr.’s Bitch, and soon the film takes a disturbing turn as P-Rod seeks catharsis via revenge fantasy: the “Girl” dies, and as fingers point in his direction, Paul is determined to clear his name.

Whether this suggests that Rodriguez believes Plan B (portrayed in the film as life after Girl) will bury his former employer is open to interpretation. It’s a disturbing thought, nearly as troublesome as P-Rod Senior expounding on his son’s numerous attractive qualities.

The title certainly plays off the resurrection/rebirth themes that Plan B has mined since Danny and Colin brought it back, and P-Rod’s gracious comment on the role – “I was blessed to be given it… I have to do the best with my opportunities” – is easily applied to the offer that wooed him away from Girl in the first place.

In short, a troubling and fascinating picture of the fractured worldview of a young man, frustrated, consumed with revenge and constantly battling against his own crushing talent. Also, “Street Dreams” coming soon.