This review originally appeared on KTKA-TV and KSNT-TV, Kansas First News.
Although it was just in theaters a short four months ago after a Sundance premiere, the coming-of-age-in-the-early-
The one place “Skateland” succeeds is with its art direction. Everything is a bit romanticized, but the look and feel of a small Texas town just as the disco era ends feel right. That said, “Skateland” is no “Dazed and Confused.”
Also new on Blu-ray is another tale of youthful confusion. Before “A Clockwork Orange,” Malcolm McDowell played a rebellious student at an English private school in “If…,” from the Criterion Collection.
This movie mixes black and white and color—and the real with the surreal—as McDowell and his classmates get angry and eventually take revenge on their teachers. The movie caused quite a controversy when it was originally released, and even today, the ending of the film feels pretty out there. Director Lindsay Anderson would go on to make two more movie’s with the rebellious Mick Travis character, as embodied by McDowell.
“If…” is more than a little dated, and some patches get pretty long, but it feels alive … and that’s important. That said, if you want a funnier, more contemporary version of this film, you can always rent “Heathers,” which also still feels more shocking in a post-Columbine world.