I have to admit my bias, I was a pro skater for 12 years. This is the movie I always wanted to make, but the bastard made it better. Compare to the way "Kids" (Larry Clark) opened the eyes to viewers (though his was a much darker outlook). Not to see someone else's crazy life, but to see yourself. Like all independent films it may not speak directly to you, but you can't deny hearing it.
-Onto the mechanics.
Shot for a classic 90's independent aspect ratio, in Filming techniques, Cameras & probably even the Film itself. The writing is uncompromising. Told with utter and incredibly awkward coming-of-age moments. Jonah did not try to make it easier to palate and with that, the beautiful moments glisten. Biggest plus, even though a lot of the characters are explained, in one way or another, none of them truly fit into one mold or another.
On the Skater POV...
The most beautiful thing about skaters is... We're all lost boys. Like Peter Pan, we all wan't to live to the fullest and never grow old (our sense of invincibility). Skating is our way of living and by that, any skater will tell you, "I'm alive.". Most of all, it's our identifier and with that sense of belonging, we own the world. It's a great feeling, but it's your friends that make you feel empowered and that keep you in check.
Souls of Mischief "93' til' infinity" Any 90's hip-hop head's anthem. Along with...
Heiroglyphics "You Never Knew"
Beatnuts "Watch out Now"
BASICALLY, great movie.
Okay, I'm done now.