Thrashin’ (1986) Is Awesome

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Thrashin‘s basically a genetically designed movie to be liked by yours truly considering I love Airborne, Lords of Dogtown, Dogtown and Z-Boys, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and ridiculous 80s movies. This skating flick stars Josh Brolin as a young, skating dude who meets a girl who is the sister of the rival skating gang called The Daggers. As you might expect, this causes quite a bit of tension between Brolin’s gang (filled with dudes who are named Radley and look a lot like Jason Segel) and the Daggers. My favorite ridiculous moments from the movie include the crazy skating party which includes dudes dancing on their boards and also the Red Hot Chili Peppers (one of my favorite bands of all time) and a joust between Brolin and the main bad guy where they’re skating a half pipe of sorts and trying to hit each other with, what looks like, pillows on the end of chains, kind of like a mace.

The skating is super fun and quite different than you might expect if you watch the X-Games nowadays. Speaking of which, Tony Hawk’s in this flick, though I wasn’t able to easily grab a screencap of him, so is Christian Hosoi who was the subject of the Rising Son doc I watched and really dug who I also didn’t get a cap of. Also, check out the brown haired girl in the fifth pic, that’s Sherilyn Fenn of Twin Peaks fame playing Velvet, the Daggers’ resident Betty.

I had a great time watching this movie because it’s a nice relic from its time. Plus, I’m a sucker for anything with skateboards, rollerskates, roller blades or BMX bikes (I kind of want to watch Airborne and Rad again after this, or possibly BMX Bandits). If you’re a fan of anything I mentioned in the past few paragraphs, do yourself a favor and check the movie out. It’s currently available to watch on Instant Netflix!

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