Skate Kitchen Review - Skate Boarding Film Delivers Trials and Tribulations of Teenage Angst

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

Skate Kitchen, from Magnolia Films, presents the urban story of a group of New York City teens who live for boarding and spending one last summer before romantic and life decisions complicate what was once unspoiled.

Directed and co-written by Crystal Moselle, Skate Kitchen stars Rachelle Vinberg, Jaden Smith, Dede Lovelace, Nina Moran, Kabrina Adams, Ajani Russell, Jules Lorenzo, Brenn Lorenzo, Hisham Tawfiq and Elizabeth Rodriguez. The screenplay was also written by Moselle, Aslihan Unaldi, and Jennifer Silverman.

Skate Kitchen begins with Camille, played by newcomer Rachelle Vinberg, attempting daredevil skateboard tricks on the stairs of the park near her home in Long Island, falling she begins to bleed heavily with the boys behind her asking if it was her period.


BlacKkKlansman Review – A Powerful Scathing Indictment Worthy of Oscar Gold


The next scene she is at the hospital getting stiches, from what is known in the skateboard community as straddle injury. After telling her mother, played by Elizabeth Rodriguez, the board was taken away and Camille was left to walking and when she couldn't stand it anymore she began to sneak the board out and pick it up outside.

With a huge following on Instagram, she is well known outside her neighborhood in the burbs and when she is hit up for a Skate Party on the Lower East Side in Manhattan she decides to take the train in and meet up.

As it is New York City, the teens are definitely more mature than those outside of the city and suburbanite Camille, who is nearly 18 and yet is miles and years behind the more mature Manhattanites, meets up with the group. Soon with the common ground of skateboarding the girls are surfing through the streets.

With Kurt, played by Nina Moran, Janay, played by Dede Lovelace, and Kabrina Adams, as the Videographer, and about three others the girls are boarding through the lower east side with Camille, tagging along as they end up at Janay's home.

Her dad, whom she describes as very cool, doesn't seem to mind the girls are smoking pot in her bedroom (my how times have changed) and is willing to have all for dinner. The girls, as they have a newcomer to the crowd are going for the sexual orientation question and the afternoon ends with mature Manhattan girls getting suburban Camille to 'fess up on her preferences.

With that out of the way, boarding is the passion and with the Island a long ride home and a new group of friends, hiding the excursions for too long proved impossibile and after a couple of trips Camille's mom finds out and trashes her board and essentially grounds her which leads to her to moving in with Janay.

Jaden Smith, the son of Will Smith and Jada Pickett Smith, enters about this time as the ex-boyfriend of Janay, and as we find out the one she never really got over. Of course, when we first meet him, he is hanging with his "dick" posse as the girls call it and is considered the same.

Skate Kitchen is a urban bonding experience born from the real experiences of the Director Crystal Moselle who happened upon the group on the train in New York and as she said, "I was listening to them just chat, and they were super interesting and they had skateboards, and I asked them, "Would you guys want to do like a video project, something?"

The rest they say is collaborative history as the film was developed with a group of real girls, real street language and real situations all centered around the skateboarding culture which isn't only for the West coast anymore.

Moselle talks about her experiences and the biggest challenge of making the film and as it was her first narrative project wanting to be thorough and how "the script was like 110 pages and our rough cut was four hours and forty-five minutes. I should have listened to my instinct. I didn't need to shoot 10 endings to this film."

Skate Kitchen is thoroughly engaging with a reality that is purely New York City. The storylines, even with all the editing and changes, became cohesive and consistent. With Jaden Smith on board, which for some may be his first real part outside of the shadow of his parents and he, as one would expect, is a talented actor with screen presence.


The Darkest of Minds Review - Engaging Entertainment from Director Jennifer Yun Nelson


Elizabeth Rodriquez, who has been seen in many roles including Gabrielle, the Mexican nurse in the Hugh Jackman film Logan, is also a recognizable face in the group.

Of course the real stars of Skate Kitchen are the posse of teens skating through New York City streets dancing as the carry phones, cameras and tunes wherever they go. It was a NYC moment and very memorable in the film.

Skate Kitchen is appealing on many levels. With the back drop of the Big Apple, the city streets have special meaning, and probably hold the same for anyone who has ever lived there. The storyline is alluring and captivates as real life encroaches on the illusion of what they are making it.

Entertaining, engrossing and authentic.

Skate Kitchen, a girls bonding film, is playing select cities. Check local listings for times.

 

Haute Tease

  • Op/Ed: Fraud and Anonymity: The Perils of Medical Care Bureaucracy

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    As we march into the 2020 Election season, the high cost of medical care is on the lips of every politician and draining the pocketbooks of most Americans, and this hot button topic will see microscopic examination.

     
  • A Morning Stroll Presents Shocking Symbolism of Society’s Destruction

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    A Morning Stroll, a Studio AKA/Grant Orchard film, presents through the use of clear and shocking symbolism and parallels, society’s degradation and hopeless chance for renewal.

     
  • Celebrity Real Estate: Fashion Designer Pierre Cardin Lists South of France Retreat; Asking Tops All European Markets

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Pierre Cardin, the French fashion designer, known for his unusual designs, geometric shapes and a departure from feminine couture, was considered avant-garde inventing a bubble dress which he introduced in 1954, a decade before the modern cultural revolution.

     
  • Election 2020: Bernie Sanders to Return to California Ahead of Super Tuesday

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Sen. Bernie Sanders will return to California on Sunday, March 1st, for rallies in San Jose and Los Angeles ahead of Super Tuesday. Bernie 2020 staffers will be on hand at both rallies to collect vote-by-mail ballots.  

  • AFI Life Achievement Award Tribute to Diane Keaton Gathers American Film's Finest (Photos)

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Actor, director, writer, and icon Diane Keaton was honored with the American Film Institute's 45th AFI Life Achievement Award on Thursday, June 8, in an evening filled with laughter, stories, song and surprises at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

     
  • Dems Win House Put Brakes on Trump Reign; Senate Remains Red

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Americans flocked to the polls yesterday, taking decisive action in the historic mid-term elections and put the brakes on President Trump’s steamrolling agenda winning back the House of Representative for the first time in eight years.

     
  • UPDATE: Dozens Killed in Coordinated Terrorist Attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Four suspects are in custody in what is being called a coordinated terror attack in Christchurch, New Zealand, that left 49 dead after gunmen entered two separate mosques during noontime prayers and opened fire.

     
  • Beltway Insider: Obama/Putin; ISIL/Syria/Russia; Turkey; SC Flooding; Dem’s Debate; Pot Sales Brisk

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    President Obama and former ostracized Russian President Vladimir Putin have apparently put their differences behind them as the two have teamed together in the common purpose of riding Syria of Islamic State Fighters and Syria's political transition.

     
  • Holiday Gift Guide Review – The Luxe List 2016 Picks (Includes Product Description)

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Statistics reveal that nearly half of Americans are planning to use a digital device as a primary means of holiday shopping, and just over 33-percent are planning to brave the crowds and shop in-store, digital mobile consumerism has clearly come of age.

     
  • $12 Million To The Academy Museum Of Motion Pictures

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    BEVERLY HILLS, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that it has received a $7 million gift from Dolby Laboratories to provide cutting-edge audiovisual technology in the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures' movie theaters. Additionally, the Dolby family has made a $5 million gift to the Academy Museum's capital campaign. In recognition of this gift, the Academy will name the Museum's rooftop terrace the Dolby Family Terrace.  

     
  • President Carter Reveals Brain Cancer; Teaches Sunday Message to Standing Room Crowd

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Former President of the United States, James Earl “Jimmy” Carter, Jr., has announced he has been diagnosed with cancer that has spread to his brain, the 39th President has undergone radiation and other traditional forms of cancer treatment.

     
  • XOXO Review - A Psychedelic, Heartwarming, Trip

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    XOXO, a Netflix original film, presents a modern romance against the backdrop of a SoCal mega Rave festival filled with near misses, close encounters of the Coachella kind, vibrant, fluorescent winter gardens and the magic of music.

     
  • iPhone X Extras – A Review of Cases, Buds and Docking Stations

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    With Streetinsider.com reporting Apple sold nearly 6 million iPhone X units over Black Friday weekend, as calculated by an analyst with Rosenblatt Securities, and another 30million for Christmas, complimenting the new unit is the next gold rush.

     
  • World-Class China Lights Festival Coming to Craig Ranch Regional Park

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The Sichuan Tianyu Culture Communication Co., Ltd., in cooperation with Zigong City and the Sichuan Provincial Department of Commerce, announces that world-class China Lights lantern festival will debut at Craig Ranch Regional Park in North Las Vegas as part of a cultural trade mission.

     
  • Cast: Art and Objects Book Review – An Exhaustive Reference Manual For Artists, Scholars and Designers

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    CAST: Art and Objects Crated Using Humanity's Most Transformational Process, an exhaustive reference manual, captures the beauty and history of how our world is made utilizing the mastery of seven experts and 800 images to present an instructional resource.