Poor Boyz - Reasons

Release date: 2008
Run time: 01:17:01
Company: Poor Boyz

Tracklist / Soundtrack
Section: Artist - Title

  1. Intro: Bredan Hamlet - Original Score for Reasons
  2. Yoshida Brothers - Overland Blues
  3. Sigur R?s - M?lan?
  4. Prop Dylan - Can You Imagine
  5. Sufjan Stevens - They Are Night Zombies!!...
  6. Minutes to Midnight - Unstoppable
  7. Radiohead - Jigsaw Falling Into Place
  8. Rise Against - Re-Education (Through Labor)
  9. The American Dollar - Rudiments of a Spiritual Life
  10. Mink - Madame Chung
  11. Shaggy - Mad Mad World
  12. Bob Marley - Natural Mystic
  13. Kenna - Face the Gun / Good Luck
  14. Foo Fighters - All My Life
  15. Armand Van Helden - My My My
  16. Cloud Cult - Its What You Need
  17. MGMT - Kids
  18. Hot Chip - My Piano (DJ-Kicks)
  19. Deadly Avenger - Outro
  20. Free - All Right Now
  21. Credits: Joe Cocker - Feeling Alright

This season Poor Boyz aims to shed some light on why our athletes do what they do. For 14 years we've given the ski world the most progressive riders to date with the most pristine locations. Behind every shot lies a story. "Reasons" will focus on why our crew makes the choice they do, and why those decisions are made.


from skifilmreviews.com

Reasons, the latest Poor Boyz flick, which recently won the award for ‘Best Film’ at IF3 promises to be an out of the ordinary film. With the aim of shedding light on why these athletes risk their lives on a daily basis, Reasons should be an intriguing film to say the least. But is it?

The film starts off with some cinematographic shots of falling autumn leaves, and shots from movie premieres. Overall the introduction is quite documentary-styled and is an insight into how the rest of the film pans out. During which, the producers give their “Reasons” as to why they make films and you already get a sense that the film will be something special.

It then jumps straight into one of the most powder-packed segments I’ve seen in a long time. Japan at its very best! This segment is easily my favourite from the whole film. With nice easy backcountry skiing through the trees and amazing face shots and surreal cinematography. This backed by the relaxed soundtrack almost makes it all too good to be true. However, don’t be worried, it’s not all trees. There are numerous cliff drops, pillows and people throwing backflips and 3’s to make it all the more aesthetic.

It then smoothly transitions to Quebec where the Poor Boyz crew shows some impressive urban skills. This segment is full of rails, so if that’s what you like then you’re in luck. Personally, however, I was more impressed by some of the wallrides they managed to pull off.

It then moves on to some more backcountry skiing and jibbing. One thing that the viewer notices by now is that in each segment there is a rider giving his reasons as to why he does what he does; thereby giving an interesting insight into the mindset of these athletes.

Afterwards, is the Whistler segment with Mike Douglas. This segment easily rivals the Japan one in terms of how stoked it gets you. Helmet-cam footage of pillows, tree skiing, more pillows, big mountain skiing, everything! Some of the shots are intentionally in black and white, and although it sticks out a bit it does manage to work pretty well. This effect has been used in other films but not as well as Poor Boyz manage to pull it off.

The next chunk of the film is dedicated to park and the X-Games, here, again, the viewer gets an insight into what goes on inside these skiers as they jump up to 30ft high in the air. The X-Games segment re-emphasizes the documentary style that this film has taken; this is further illustrated with Dumont’s world record attempt later on in the film.

Nonetheless, it goes away from jibbing and park and to the Hatveit brothers. These two are simply amazing. Some of the camera angles they shoot will make you rewind the DVD just to see it again. The cinematography is sublime, and this coupled with some nice tricks such as some 10’s makes this segment another one which stands out.

Ultimately, there is a lot of talking in this film, and at over 1 hour 10 minutes it does tend to drag on and it is somewhat difficult to stay fully entertained. Nonetheless, there are some amazing segments in this film which more than make up for some of the duller ones. One let down was that there is a segment from Hunting Yeti which didn’t really need to be there. Otherwise, the soundtrack is relaxed throughout and really fits with each segment quite well. Also, as expected from Poor Boyz, the editing is well done but the cinematography. The cinematography truly blew me away at various times throughout the film. This film may be long, but it has its reasons as to why it’s a good watch.