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The Birth of Big Air

The Birth of Big Air is a 2010 documentary about professional BMX star Mat Hoffman. It’s directed by Jeff Tremaine and produced by Spike Jonze and Johnny Knoxville as part of ESPN’s 30 for 30 series. You might recognize Jeff Tremaine, Spike Jonze, and Johnny Knoxville from their work on MTV’s Jackass. All three of them were so impressed with Hoffman’s badassery that they decided to make a movie about him. Hoffman was a pioneer in the sport. He was always creating new tricks, getting more and more big air, and pushing the sport into the mainstream. He partially saved the sport in the early ‘90s when sponsors and contests dried up. He created his own company, organized his own events, and kept on developing new tricks. He wasn’t doing it for money. He was doing it for himself.

The filmmakers stress that Hoffman is more than an athlete. He is a gladiator. He punishes his body. He’s broken practically all his bones, he ruptured his spleen, he’s been in a couple of comas, and he’s almost died several times. But he always gets back up and gets back on his bike. It’s what he does. It’s who he is. Along the way he inspired thousands of kids to get on a bike and go outside.

The documentary explores Hoffman’s influence on BMX and the X Games lifestyle. He was building his own megaramps years and getting twenty feet of air years before anyone else was brave enough to try it. He showed people that it was possible. He paved the way for the spectacle that the X Games have become. Mat Hoffman is a different breed of human. If Charlie Sheen has tiger blood, Mat Hoffman has liger blood. And yes, I just referenced Charlie Sheen’s #Winning phase and Napoleon Dynamite.

Critically Rated at 13/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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Jackass Number Two

Jackass Number Two is the 2006 sequel to Jackass: The Movie. Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Steve-O, Chris Pontius, Ryan Dunn, Dave England, Wee Man, Preston Lacy and Ehren McGhehey all return to showcase their insane brand of stunts and practical jokes. It’s a more extreme than the first movie. They really tried to outdo the first one. Expect to see a lot more vomit, poo, and horse semen. The best thing about the Jackass movies is that they have no plot. It’s perfect for when you feel like laughing but don’t want to pay attention.

It looks and feels like the cast had a fun time filming the movie. It’s a pretty good gig. They get to hang out with friends all day getting fucked up and doing fucked up things to each other. And they get money and fame for it. Johnny Knoxville is the obvious star and leader of the Jackass crew; he does the most stunts and is the most fearless. He brings a cocky charisma that the other cast members lack. Bam Margera is probably the second most famous member, but he doesn’t deserve to be. He’s a little bitch and it becomes apparent a few times throughout the movie (most noticeably when he starts to cry because of a little cobra). Steve-O and Chris Pontius are always fun to watch together. Ryan Dunn has a few moments that stand out, and it makes me sad when I remember that he’s no longer with us. Jackass Number Two is worth watching, and it’s not a bad movie to own either. It doesn’t try to do too much. It’s not trying to win any awards. It just is what it is.

Critically Rated at 13/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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