Tuesday, August 29, 2006

My New Favorite Movie

Just For KicksAnne was busy last night and I couldn't find anyone else to hang out with, so I was left to my own devices (Home Alone 4 anyone?). So I decided to rent a couple of movies that I knew Anne didn't want to see, including my new most favoritest movie of all time, Just For Kicks! If you are a sneaker freak or just know one and want to know what makes them tick, this is the movie for you. It features a bevy of wonderful interviews with sneaker culture icons Bobbito Garcia, Tinker Hatfield, Stash, Doze Green, Haze, Tommy Rebel, Run D.M.C., Russell Simmons, Bonz Malone, Udi Avshalom, and many, many more. The movie is 81 minutes long, but there are over two hours worth of bonus materials on the DVD. There was so much information presented in this film it made my head spin. It also helped me come to terms with my own sneaker addiction and the reasons behind it. I guess it all started back in 1974, the year I was born and two years after the birth of Nike, Inc. I remember as a kid copping all of the new kicks that were coming out. 'Roos were the coolest because they had that little stash pocket, but Zips had the best commercials. Back then, it seemed like a new pair of sneakers could make you run faster and jump higher. In the early '80's, hip hop and breakdancing hit BIG! Even though I grew up in Durham, North Carolina instead of the rough streets of Harlem, hip hop culture was a huge influence on my life. I used to wear my Adidas track suits and shell toes with the fat laces in a checkerboard pattern everyday to school. I had to get one of the salesmen at the shoe store in the mall to deck out my Adidas with the checkerboard pattern fat laces because I couldn't figure out how to do it myself. I was so stubborn back then that I wouldn't let my parents buy me any clothes that weren't track suits. There was a guy named Kermit who used to bring his boombox and a cardboard box to elementary school everyday so we could breakdance on the playground during recess. I guess when I turned 30 I had a little early-midlife crisis and decided to get back in touch with my inner child by collecting all of the cool toys and sneakers I could get my hands on. I'm just glad to learn that I am not alone in this endeavor, nor am I as obsessed as some of the sneaker-heads featured in the film. I am kind of sad that I had to see the movie on DVD and didn't get to see it in the theater surrounded by my peers and fellow enthusiasts. Anyway, as I said before, I highly recommend this film to anyone interested in the connection between kicks, hip hop, b-boys, breakin', and graffiti. I might just have to buy a copy of it so I can watch it again and again and again and again...

p.s. - for the sequel they need to get me in on some of that fine sneaker freak action!

Update: drop me an e-mail, either using the little "Tell me whatcha think:" e-mailer on the right side of my blog or to limited[dot]ed[at]gmail[dot]com, and I will send you a Just For Kicks goodie bag that includes background images, a screen saver, a pdf poster and postcard set, links to exclusive clips from the movie, and a coupon for 10% off anything at the Just For Kicks store.


Reel Fanatic said...

I'm enough of a sneaker freak that we made a three-hour bus ride to the home of Adi Dassler this summer while at the World Cup, so I'll definitely be checking this out .. thanks for the heads up!

papa will said...

You are very disturbed, with a shoe fetish to boot.

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