X-Dance Review: TB20 (Snowboard)

Posted January 13, 2012 in

Standard Films
X-Dance Screening: Thursday, Jan. 12 @ 2pm

TB 20 (Totally Board) marks Mike Hatchett’s twentieth release in the snowboard film series. This year’s film seems to be a homage to the life span of Hatchett’s film career. Filled with highs and lows and everything in between, this film captures what snowboarding was. I say “was” because a few things just don’t mesh together. Although the riding is mind blowing for the most part, the editing style and soundtrack don’t quite match up. With snowboarding progressing at such a rapid speed, the film aspect of the industry needs to do so as well. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to be a Negative Ned here, but mixing in a house remix of White Stripes with Jane’s Addiction just doesn’t flow with double corks, triple backies and super techie jibbing. The over use of silly transitions, especially in Hallador Helgason’s part (which by the way is filled with bangers!), made me think I was watching an iMovie edit from 2003. Some of the filming is suspect as well, with shots being zoomed to far in or not enough, and/or refocused to quickly. I’m not trying to be too critical, but the film’s style just doesn’t flow with the rider’s bags of tricks, and ultimately made me Totally Bored. –Shawn Mayer