SXSW-Award Winning Film Dragonslayer, Worthy or Worthless?
Nick Schager of Slant Magazine wrote of Dragonslayer in his review, “…it’s a film that makes a strong, if unintentional, case for the pathetic emptiness of the punk-rock life.” If Schager had seen past the main character (Skreech, pictured above), perhaps it would have been easier for him to see that “making a strong case for the pathetic emptiness of punk-rock life” was the intention of the film.
Here’s your opportunity to evaluate Skreech’s worthiness as a documentary subject for yourself; it has just been released on iTunes—officially you can watch the film on your sofa while enjoying a beverage of your own while Skreech does the same.
The film is set in Chino, California, which seems hopelessly depressed. AdobeAirstream’s review last year went something like this, Dragonslayer Film Like a Tame Day in Mediocre Land:
“James Kunstler, author of Geography of Nowhere describes places like Chino as ‘tragic’ a “landscape of highway strips, parking lots, housing tracts, mega-malls, junked cities, and ravaged countryside that makes up the everyday environment where most Americans live and work.’ The director of Dragonslayer, Tristan Patterson, refers to the location as, ‘the rotting suburbs of inland California.’ Sounds hopeless so, let’s smoke weed and skate.”
Let us know what you think–worthy or worthless?