Posts Tagged ‘Pete Eldridge’

And On The Eighth Day, God Made This New TWS Vid

April 3, 2010

Ridley Scott once said the difference between a film and a movie is that “a movie, I think, is ephemeral, a film is more serious,” so it was maybe fitting that after opening an email the other day announcing a new “skate film” from Mssrs. Holland and Ray, the attached preview clip swaggers with the bluster and bombast of a God-fearing gladiator who maybe also rides loose trucks. Big ideas are not new territory for TWS vids of course, having introduced us to the concept of packing your skateboard on trips to Hawaii as opposed to your girlfriend, and being an original Coors. But since foregoing the long-stale voiceover intro format it seems as though the TWS productions have been on the hunt for gravitas, leading to last summer’s unabashed celebration of the alternative lifestyle enjoyed by goofy-footers.

TWS seems to be hinting that this “Hallelujah” video will be a swing for the fences affair with the handrail hitters of Decenzo and Bingaman, ledge pyrotechnics supplied by Tyler Bledsoe and the increasingly uninominal T-Puds, and thundering switch stuff via Pete Eldridge whose switch b/s noseblunt in the preview gets the tympanis booming. Maybe they should stick with this idea, it’s been a while since somebody took a stab at skating to classical music right? When they bust out the second angle of that face-melting Tyler Bledsoe backside tailslide kickflip there sort of needs to be a gong, I think.

On an unrelated but very related note, this

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Pete Eldridge: King of Crush

November 20, 2008


Got the street sweeper

As far as comebacks go, Tom Penny and Guy Mariano don’t much resemble the dudes they were when they left the game, for better or worse. (Well, worse, I guess, but what’s the point in complaining.) Meanwhile if you were a video editing sorcerer you could probably cut and paste most of the tricks from Pete Eldridge’s part in the new Mystery promo and plug them into his old Bootleg part* without too much trouble. I guess it was probably only about five years ago, but you know how skateboarding careers go. Didn’t Anthony Mosely come and go in less time?

The east coast Eldridge still has it in spades – commanding nollie backside heelflip in the first line, even if it isn’t screwed up the way J Strickland used to enjoy doing with flatground tricks. When he stomps down tricks like that boosted ollie over the hubba you can practically hear the urethane compressing when his wheels slam down, or when he’s lofting all that shit over the various bump-to-bars (switch frontside shove-it, cranked backside 180, switch whirlybird in Spain). Frontside flip pictured overhead is power Ginsu status and the last trick straightened me in my seat and put expletives on my tongue. Mighty nice to have him back.

Am I the only one who’s into Mystery’s clean B&W video gloss? It reminds me of the old Eastern Exposures. The rest of the promo’s good. Everen Stallion didn’t do a whole lot for me aside from his pr0n-ready moniker and affection for nollie b/s bigspin ledge variations, but I’ll give it up for the stretched 180 into the bank and the five-oh shove-it in Chinatown… and the final 360 flip over the rail was hot. Jimmy Carlin makes montage highlights with the smith grind hardflip and the (erm) forward flip, I liked Windsor James taking the nollie flip backside over the rail too, but I think Dennis Durrant held it down hardest with all that ledge techery and switch frontside k-grind, like nothing. Do you think he’s gonna have the last section in whatever video they make next, because I kind of do.

Seperately: Was Ryan Smith’s only trick that stalefish? Lost weekends or not, it’s too soon for that dude to fade. Frontside flip nosegrind hydro hideout, this was supposed to be a ten-year run.

*I always thought PE had the upper hand on PR with the Nas instrumental.