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Waiting for Lightning (documentary)

Waiting for Lightning is a 2012 documentary about legendary skateboarder Danny Way. He is known for his willingness to go big. He jumped onto a ramp from a helicopter and he pioneered megaramps because normal ramps couldn’t contain him. The documentary explores Danny’s childhood and what drives him to keep on pushing the limits of an already extreme sport as he prepares to jump over the Great Wall of China on one of the highest ramps ever constructed.

Director Jacob Rosenberg has a lot of respect for his subject matter and it shows in the final result. He interviews Danny’s family and friends (including Rob Dyrdek, Travis Pastrana, and Tony Hawk), and Danny himself and pairs it with footage of his most extreme stunts and home movies. The climactic jump over the Great Wall of China is the highlight and feel-good moment of the film, a testament to his grit and determination as he battles injuries and personal demons to ultimately triumph in the end. Oh yeah, spoiler alert. Check out this documentary, you won’t regret it.

Critically Rated at 14/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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Dogs That Bark at Skateboards

I was just skating casually down the sidewalk when a small dog went crazy and barking its head off. Like howling and yipping and trying to attack me. I wasn’t even close to it; I was on the other side of the street. I don’t get dogs that bark at skateboards. I’ve had dogs. I’ve had skateboards. None of my dogs ever went nuts because of a board with wheels. Skateboards aren’t any louder than cars. They are no more intimidating than Roller Blades. Some dogs even fucking ride skateboards. I’m going to have to put this on bad training. A dog should be used to skateboards, bikes, cars, scooters… you know, common methods of transportation. Most dogs are well behaved, but if a skateboard freaks out your dog then you’re probably not taking him outside enough. You are a terrible person.

Critically Rated at 5/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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