A skateboard movie which is just as much about skateboarding as Karate Kid is actually about karate. I saw this when it opened in New York this summer, it seems impossible to get a copy or see it again. No screenings in Sweden, no DVD to buy or any torrents to find.
At this point I’m Ismael, an hour of entertainment is my chewed leg and “Machotaildrop” is Moby Dick.
“Machotaildrop” is a fantastical adventure comedy where skateboarding is not a trivial pastime of the young, but rather a noble pursuit worthy of the highest cultural recognition. In this strangely beutiful world, professional skateboarders live like knights in baroque castles, the halfpipe their jousting arena and the concrete the streets the forum for their Machiavellian tricks. Walter Rhum’s (Anthony Amedori) dream come true when the 17 year old skateboarder is selected to ride professionally for Machotaildrop, the worlds most prestigious skateboard company.
Whisked away from his mundane life, Walter is transported to the lavish estate of Machotaildrop’s headquarters, lorded over by the quirky and delusional Baron (James Faulkner). As the Baron grooms young Walter (“with the right air, and the right outfit”) to dethrone then current top rider Blait Stanley (Rick McCrank) and to replace him as the new face of Machotaildrop, Walter’s fantasy life dissolves into a dizzying nightmare, as he uncovers the nasty underbelly of the Baron’s skateboard manufacturing operation.
Walter experiences first-hand the Baron’s exploitative schemes and delusional antics, and how they ultimatly bring about his downfall when a gang of renegade skaters known as the Manwolfs retaliate after the Baron attempt to appropriate their radical lifestyle for the “look” of his most ambitious commercial venture yet, a skateboarding theme park called Apesnake.