Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Video Review: Actionhorse Films' Pony Tale

Anytime you can get free shred porn, you should snatch it up. No matter how bad it looks. Anytime you can get free shred porn with names like Per-Hampus Stålhandske (filmmaker), Jakob Wilhelmson and Hampus Mosesson attached, you should download it and watch it immediately (not forget about it for two months like I did).

Jakob and Hampus are joined by a slew of talented riders from around the world. Names include Eiki and Halldór Helgason, Eero Ettala, Knut Eliassen, Marku Koski, Pat Moore and Austin Smith, just to throw some out there.

The first thing you will notice about this film is it's lack of a standard rider-part layout. Instead the video moves chronologically through the winter and from place to place, similar to From __, with Love from a couple years ago. This really gives a feel of tagging along with a group of guys throughout a winter. I would have liked to see a little more 'lifestyle' to add to this, but as it stands it flowed better than most.

The next thing you will notice is just how well put together this movie is. The shots are on-point and the editing couldn't be better. The whole package works with the music to create an amazing production. Per-Hamus is a guy who knows when to use a twerky transition and when to let the riding speak for itself. He is definitely someone I want to see more from in the future.

What about the guys in front of the lens? Yeah, they were on it, too. Nordic cityscapes fell to the likes of the Helgason brothers, Wasatch pow was slashed by Knut and Oregon even had a section featuring Austin Smith among others. The two constants were the stars of the show, Jakob Wilhelmson and Hampus Mosesson. They dabbled in the city scene. They buttoned up their pow skirts and got crazy in the backcountry. They definitely ripped the park. In short, these two snow-cial butterflies showed all the young debutantes how it's done. (Gnarly AK lines notwithstanding)

Any downfalls? Well, some of the music was a little, umm... Euro? If that's the only complaint I can think of, then I guess they did it about perfectly.

This movie is super fun to watch from the intro (which brought me back to The Name of the Game) to the out-takes. Some riders just have brief 'cameos' while others have bigger roles. Just like some friends you ride with all the time and others you just never get to see enough. The riding and filmmaking are both first-rate. Oh yeah and it's free. Like you needed another reason to pick it up. Now get over to the Actionhorse website and watch it for yourself. While you're at it, peep their blog and donate a couple bucks to the cause. Quality videos are worth supporting, especially in these tough times...

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