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I can't believe how much I disagree with every comment made here.
I loved HFC, it is probably my favourite boog movie ever. I don't care that it was short, because it had so many good waves, well edited and those interviews were amazing.
The Mike comment...
When I heard this, I was a bit taken back and did sit and think about it. After watching it a few times, my view on the comment changed. For me, he is saying that Mike was giving him all this advice and stuff, which is sick for some people but he didn't think that they were going to affect his riding in a positive way and maybe they were creating a negative head space for him.
The Stand Up Surfers inspiration...
I agree with this so much. Watching how stand up's set their line, stall for the pit and ride waves is so much more fluent than a lot of bodyboarders (bar Mitch). The way Mitch bottom turns, then does the half turn and stall for the barrel is the most amazing thing to watch, and I do find myself trying to emulate that some times. That, he got from surfers. Guarantee it, because they do it far more often than bodyboarders. They also seem to surf with so much power off their rails, as in driving carves from top the bottom which look amazing. I know all good bodyboarders do them, but Mitch and good surfers did do them off the most powerful place on the wave where other people do spins or tiny airs. Alex Bunting does them really well in Thrash'd, and Kingy has a really good one in his Joker podcast from the Philippines but apart from that nobody seems to do them like Mitch.
The editing of this film has been critisised for it's "artsy" approach, but how can you say that when you watch DVD's like FeverDream, Nothing and even Thrash'd to an extent. They all show these 5 minute clips of black and white images of nothing, with boring music in the background where you can't see anything. That's boring, and I always skip them. Mitch's movie has lots of landscape scenes, but you can see what is going on, the music matches it brilliantly and I find it so much easier to watch this and enjoy the shots.
The length has also been critisised but I find when a movie has tight editing and the waves are all A++ quality, you don't need to add all these poor waves just for length's sake. Also, so many movies (Grow/Blow Up for example) re-use the same waves over and over again. In Grow Up, the intro even features the same wave twice! (Ben Player is Hawaii, doing an air reverse off that right hander. They show the reverse first, then at the end they show the whole wave) I'm not critising this at all, because the waves they do repeat are generally top class waves, but I love it how Mitch's movie only has the 1 wave repeated throughout the whole thing (as far as I'm aware).
They give such a good insight into his mind and I loved them. He says what he thinks about everything, is completely honest and it gives you a whole other perspective on so many topics. They were amazing, I wish they were in more films.
The structure, or lack of in this case, has worked so well because it just flows. It is broken into sections, but the whole thing is just the best waves, the lifestyle shots and the interviews put into the movie and you are just left there wondering "where was that? who was that!?". It just relies on your knowledge of the industry which I love.
The one problem I did have was it revealed a lot of "secret" spots down here for really good waves that people didn't know where they were before now but I'm sure people do now after watching this.
Overall this movie is insane andI love it, and they are my views.
Oh and also, this was only part 1 of the movie, I hope part 2 is just as awesome!
But as always, haters gon' hate.