[We are giving out awards to some of our favorite new ski movies. This is part 3 of the series (check out part 1 and part 2). Be sure to place your pick for your favorite films on our Fan Voting page.]
Poor Boyz Productions' "The Grand Bizarre" is full of stunts performed by aliens. That's right, creatures from another planet who don't follow Earth's rules of gravity. Or, at least, that's what it seems like.
I knew what was coming when I sat down to watch Poor Boyz newest film. The much-hyped teasers for the movie included abbreviated footage of Simon Dumont's cubed halfpipe and Bobby Brown's triple. But even with the pre-release, Internet-fueled buzz on these segments, I was still blown away when they showed up on the big screen.
First up, Brown's triple, shot at Squaw Valley, Calif., which opens the film. "I've never been this stoked for a session," Brown says. "I'm not going into this with any expectations of doing gnarly stuff. I'm just having a good time." But what follows is not your everyday session in the park. It ends with a triple cork 1440 in which Brown appears to float and spin through the sky for an inhumanly long amount of time.
Toward the end of the film, the cameras return to Squaw for a private shoot in a cut-out halfpipe dreamt up by Dumont and executed by Snow Park Technologies and Red Bull. To the beat of Jay-Z's Heart of the City, Dumont makes several attempts, taking a few body-crushing deck hits in the process, before he cleans the diced pipe with apparent ease. "Once the channels were cut, you had to drop in and go 15 to 18 feet out on your very first hit of the day," Dumont told ESPN. "After the cubes were made, there were no more warm up runs, just full speed every time."
And it's not just those two segments that seem to defy reality. Elsewhere in the film, you'll watch Brown, Dumont, Byron Wells, Sean Jordan and others shot from a helicopter (or perhaps a spaceship) on a massive, private jump at Keystone, Colo. You'll see Dane Tudor and Sammy Carlson throw tricks off backcountry booters in the middle of big-mountain lines (perhaps on the Moon). The movie's circus theme isn't limited to the carnival opening: The tricks that pack the film from start to end are as mind-boggling as a contortionist's. Which is why we're awarding "The Grand Bizarre" the title of Ski Movie With the Most Unreal Tricks Crammed Into One Film.