Come read the most gorgeously passive-aggressive film review ever!
Do you like passive-aggressivity? Do you like it when, say, a Starbucks barista fills your coffee all the way to the tippy-top because you told him the first cup tasted yuck at it burns your hand?
Or when you ask a teenaged boy if he could move out of your way and he moves at one centimeter per second while staring at his phone with an 🙁 face?
Do you like passive-aggressivity in your film reviews? Yobeat’s Under Review: The Fourth Phase is a masterpiece of the genre! Would you like to read all the passive-aggressive bits back to back to back?
This op-ed is going to make me sound like a hater and I really don’t want that. I have a tremendous amount of respect not only for Travis but for everyone else associated with this production… except for maybe Red Bull, but I’ll save that for another discussion.
I feel like (Travis Rice) is a great dude to have at the forefront of snowboarding. What he and the other world-class riders in this film are capable of is nothing short of jaw dropping, but I still couldn’t make it more than 10 minutes into this film last night without my eyelids getting heavy, and my brain getting bored…
I want to like Fourth Phase; I really do. But, and I’m saying this with tremendous respect, the film just fell short for me last night. I was let down. I was disappointed.
I realize that this movie is for the kid who wants to show his parents and grandparents snowboarding so they can say “WOW!!!! THAT IS AMAZING!!! THAT IS EXTREME!!! THAT IS DANGEROUS!!!” but is that where we’re at in snowboarding these days?
I blame Red Bull mostly.
And I can hear the people flaming me already, “But Red Bull has done sooo much for action sports!!!!” and you’re right, they have.
Films like the Fourth Phase are amazing visual journeys no doubt, but the problem is, they aren’t accessible.
I guess I just prefer films and edits that are more accessible. Stuff like Liam Gallagher’s ‘Search for a Cool Place’, Warp Wave’s ‘A Place Called Kookabunga’, Work Shirt’s ‘Close to Home’, and the all girls film ‘Full Moon’ and of course the classic Robot Food trilogy do way more to make me actually want to go snowboarding with my friends and speak to what I think this lifestyle is all about than any offering from Red Bull or another larger production company ever has.
But hell, that’s just like my opinion….man.
Do you like it when you ask a teenaged girl if you can sit in an empty seat next to her and she says, “It’s a free country…” but then turns her back on you and stares at her phone with an 🙁 face?
It’s the best!