Viewed and Reviewed: Big Trouble in Little Truckee

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By Jim Ferrigno

So first off I need to print a disclaimer about this movie. Before you all start smashing your bloody, stubby little fingers against those keyboards to queue up this flick on your iTunes, know this: Abandon all expectations ye who watch this flick. This is no MDP film. There is no Travis Rice filming a helicopter that’s filming another helicopter that’s filming a snowmobile that’s filming a rider with IMAX cameras. This is a shred flick shot with a production budget consisting of little more than the lint and quarters that Lucas Magoon found when he took his smelly ass jacket from its summer slumber. All I can say is THANK YOU JEEBUS!

As much as I love a snowboard flick with production value that rivals that of the Tranformers movies, volumes can be spoken about a film that captures the rawest form of snowboarding. With the fizzling winters of late, we’ve become far too reliant on dolly-mounted cameras and gel-colored stage lights to make our snow porn look sexy. Don’t get me wrong; I think that the recent rocket-speed increase in the effort put into, as well as the quality coming out of snowboard movies these past few years is just what our industry needs. But there has to be more to snowboarding than that, right?

My first impression of this movie was biased, because Kingvale is my stomping grounds and I know most of the riders. As much as I love the guys, I was pessimistic at first. The intro and cut-scenes in between riders are very… what’s a good word for this… confusing. That is unless you’ve seen John Carpenters 1986 kung-fu B-movie “Big Trouble in Little China” starring Kurt Russell. I may catch flack for this, but I’ve never seen it. I have, however, looked at the pictures and read the synopsis posted on IMDB and I think I can feel pretty confident in assuming that they did a great job capturing its element. Lightning-Shooting-Chinaman Lane Knaack aside, I was very impressed with the riding.

Lane managed to nab both curtains in this film and, while there may have been a bit of recycled footage in the parts, he definitely deserved it. The choice of music for his opening segment audibly abused my eardrums like a 1980’s skate video, but I guess I can’t hate on thrashy parts like that. His ending segment was accompanied by a remix of The Who’s “Behind Blue Eyes” which, in a musicians opinion, was perfect. Oh yeah, I almost forgot, he threw more hammers down than a Bowser-Bad-Guy on crack-infused Red Bull.

The meat of the “Lanewich” consisted of riders the likes of Shawn Durst, Kevin Jones, Nate Farell, Jimi Tomer and Lucas Magoon to name a few, although ’Gooner’s part was more like a cameo (seriously, I’ve seen longer Tru Luv parts.) While the film was pretty jib-heavy, there were some great powder segments in between the slabs of concrete and shards of metal. Tahoe Locals will love this one for its abundance of recognizable shred spots including the Highway 267 bridge and just about every wood handrail in the basin.

All in all, if you can ditch your expectations of grandeur and settle for a Handy-Cam, this is a download you should check out. The riding is great and the price is even better. If you head over to www.KingvaleTerrainProject.com/store/ you can download it for just $1.99 or order yourself a DVD for $9.99. Besides, why wouldn’t you want to help support those guys at Kingvale? After all, terrain parks aren’t run on beer and eye drops alone.

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