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  • Summary: It's not a death metal band, an extreme diet club or historic dominoes association—the Bones Brigade was a talented gang of teenage outcasts. Unmotivated by fame or popularity, they completely dedicated their lives to a disrespected art form. For most of the 1980s, this misfit crew headed by a 1970s ex-skateboard champion blasted the industry with a mixture of art and raw talent becoming the most popular skateboarding team in history. The core unit of the Bones Brigade built an empire that covered the world. They dominated contests, made hundreds of thousands of dollars, created the modern skateboard video, reinvented endemic advertising, pushed skate progression into a new era, and set the stage for a totally new form of skating called street style. There's nothing comparable in today's skateboarding. This is a documentary about them. (Union Avenue Productions) Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Nov 2, 2012
    Bones Brigade is surprisingly emotional and inspirational too, as these now-grown men look back on the days when they were competitive, easily bruised kids, drawn to Peralta's calming, avuncular presence.
  2. Reviewed by: Justin Lowe
    Nov 2, 2012
    Deep, rich and resonant, Bones Brigade will provide fans with an enticing portal to revisit skateboarding's glory days and introduce the era to a whole new generation of enthusiasts.
  3. Reviewed by: V.A. Musetto
    Nov 1, 2012
    Even if you've never ridden a skateboard or had any interest in people who do, you'll get a kick out of Stacy Peralta's documentary Bones Brigade: An Autography.
  4. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Nov 8, 2012
    While his breakthrough documentary, "Dogtown and Z-Boys," cracked open the window on a largely unknown world in vibrant and visceral ways, Bones feels like an epilogue.
  5. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Nov 2, 2012
    You just wish the moviemaking were as consistently graceful and momentum-fixated as the film's rail-grinding subjects.
  6. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Nov 2, 2012
    The film risks self-importance, but when Peralta admits through tears just how much he loves his skater charges, it imparts what every parent knows: that even better than achieving one's own success is shepherding the success of others.
  7. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    Nov 2, 2012
    Gradually becomes an echo chamber of personal dramas and exploits, not to mention propulsive soundtrack cues - all within a sport already nursing a penchant for self-documentation.