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  • #580112
    Darrick
    96 Posts

    Can’t believe there hasn’t been some commentary on this yet. Anyone?

    #677334
    BobGnarly
    220 Posts

    Isnt everyone over it?
    I know I am.

    #677335
    tiltedworld
    406 Posts

    This is a fairly succinct summary. http://snowboardmag.com/stories/jeremy-jones-higher-premiere

    The crowds were pretty relaxed and it was a great time. We got there early and had a great spot near the front on the KT terminal side. I almost felt like I should be lining up for a powder day, LOL! Good to see old and some new friends as well. Finally met BCrider as well, nice to meet you Chris!!

    The movie was a great swan song for Jeremy, and more introspective about his career in snowboarding, what motivates him, and how that has changed over the years. Oh yeah and some pretty damn heavy lines with high exposure and consequences.

    Overall a great flick and messages, I had some wanderlust afterwards for sure.

    #677336
    bcrider
    4149 Posts

    Apologies for not haven an official review prepared!

    We got to play a little on Sunday and now its back to the day-job grind…

    My friend Tim Peare is much more disciplined however and recapped the event nicely here:
    http://snowboardmag.com/stories/jeremy-jones-higher-premiere

    I really enjoyed Higher and thought it closed the trilogy perfectly. There’s a lot of backstory to Jeremy’s life, family, career, etc shown and it told the story well. He’s a legend and an inspiration. Plain and simple. The way he approaches the mtns and the level he’s on is incredible.

    I feel privileged to live close enough to attend each of the premiers over the years and lucky to have met and gone splitboarding with Jeremy.

    Is it winter yet? :thatrocks:

    /not over it 🙂

    #677337
    bcrider
    4149 Posts

    Good to met you too tiltedworld! Well said.

    #677338
    nordicbordn
    225 Posts

    @bobgnarly wrote:

    Isnt everyone over it?
    I know I am.

    cool story bro

    #677339
    HansGLudwig
    601 Posts

    It always grinds my gears —for three movies now— I’ve long pre-ordered the flick and am staring at an Estimated Shipping Date (Subject to Change), then the week before shipping, TGR releases it on iTunes. Well shoot guys. You coulda advertised it as, “Pre-order now available (Unless you want it sooner and just download it for less money).”

    I’m such a sucker :banghead:

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    #677340
    THESYSTEMSPLIT
    88 Posts

    After watching it last night, I almost got a feeling that Jones was possibly scaling back/giving up on the big adventures…seems hard to believe, but maybe the father role is changing some perspectives. You’d think i’td be difficult for him to sit still..adventure seems to run in his blood.

    #677341
    acopafeel
    134 Posts

    i admit, i was pretty over it – but after seeing the movie… pretty f’in rad!!
    Does a great job showing off how gnarly JJ is… both old and new footage.

    Yes, it’s more of an introspective into JJ’s career – but dedicates a good amount of time to the 3 trips (AK, Himalayas, Jackson). The AK/Himalayan lines are out of this world and do a good job relaying the intensity of the situations.

    You can definitely see the differences in JJ’s riding – old vs. new. The natural evolution of getting older and being more careful is obvious. However, i think his (current) cautious style is necessary for the lines he is riding – some next level shit, yo!

    all in all, i dig it.

    #677342
    powderjunkie
    1666 Posts

    I thought it was just good, not great. took a while for it to get going with all the backstory and stock footage of Jeremy. All the segments were interesting with some real pucker factor.

    When you see JJ going super slow down a line with few turns you know it is super shitty conditions. 🙂

    I’m starting to yearn for the old type of snowboard flicks with more action. I like this TGR series and the stuff from Sherpa Cinemas – great cinematography and everything, but let’s see some more action.

    #677343
    schwalbster
    321 Posts

    Best moment of the movie:

    When JJ got sluffed off the face on Shangri-La. Holy shit that got my heart rate going. Scary! To have his helmet cam audio running with the shot was genius.

    Overall I think Higher is a great conclusion of the trilogy and I’m glad they changed the format a little bit instead of ‘just’ more of the same. In fact they’ve added just enough drama and insight to the Alaska section to not make it a repeat of the mission in Deeper.
    I especially enjoyed the Shangri-La approach section. I’ve read quite a few Everest books and getting such a great visual of the whole trip to get there was great.
    The production quality is pretty high end. I like it :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

    After much research, experimentation and consideration, I have decided adulthood is not for me. Thank you for the opportunity.

    #677344
    rughty
    620 Posts

    @hansgludwig wrote:

    It always grinds my gears —for three movies now— I’ve long pre-ordered the flick and am staring at an Estimated Shipping Date (Subject to Change), then the week before shipping, TGR releases it on iTunes. Well shoot guys. You coulda advertised it as, “Pre-order now available (Unless you want it sooner and just download it for less money).”

    I’m such a sucker :banghead:

    Expected ship date is today and again it appears to be late since my card hasn’t been charged for the preorder yet! What’s the use of having an expected ship date unless you blow peoples minds by shipping early! Way to get after it TGR! :scratch:

    #677345
    nickstayner
    700 Posts

    (sorry for the long write-up, but it was a welcome distraction while laid up on abx and painkillers from an infected tooth 😥 )

    Thoughts:
    – It was a blast to see how they incorporated some of the archival TGR footage. Having grown up in Jackson, my connection to TGR was pretty strong back in the day and I always looked forward to watching Jones’s segment in their films. That stoke definitely dampened and I stopped caring in about 2005 due to the aimless globetrotting and formula-driven process that dominated major ski flick producers and stuck to watching the smaller, more local projects. That changed when Deeper came out.

    Thoughts:
    – It’s been fun to watch not only the evolution of his riding style and “expeditions”, but also the entire filmmaking process, especially the cinematography. I went back to Deeper after watching Higher and it’s very cool to see how far the average shot has come between the two movies.

    – I had mixed feelings after learning that Jones (and the Guch!) made the first snowboard descent of the Otterbody on the Grand using guides. While obviously one hell of a feat (especially in such conditions!), since a major part of the trilogy’s storyline has been self-sustained, human-powered adventures in the mountains, it struck me as odd that he would utilize guides on a route that would be majorly featured in his film. I thought it would be cooler if he had “simply” climbed and shredded the Ford/Stettner or something similar, leading the pitches himself, etc… I also thought it was a bit of a shame that the first snowboard descent of such a heady, committing route was made as a guided descent. Lastly, I know both of the guides who were up there with him and still think that this holds up more as a testament to the next-level, Alps-esque guiding skills of Brendan and Z than as a noteworthy snowboard descent. I hoped they would be given a fair portrayal of their roles in the film.

    – Fast forward to a week ago when I watched Higher. In the context of the film, I see that Jones wasn’t out there necessarily to nab a coveted first descent, but had wanted from the get-go to feature the Tetons in each of his films. Since he had the resources and the weather window, the Otterbody is a super cool objective. I love that he did it with the Guch, keeping with the theme of getting some of the legends out of their elements (a la Terje in Further), and I love that Brendan and Z got portrayed rightfully as a couple of the most badass ski guides in the country.

    – It’s cool to see how these movies have helped bring splitboarding to a more mainstream audience. I realize not everyone wants that, but IMO more splitters=more capital for companies to experiment with and help push things forward. Even cooler, it’s nice to see Jones using his relative star power to help raise awareness of one of the most important issues facing our generation.

    #677346
    sometimesdylan
    5 Posts

    @nickstayner wrote:

    (
    – I had mixed feelings after learning that Jones (and the Guch!) made the first snowboard descent of the Otterbody on the Grand using guides. While obviously one hell of a feat (especially in such conditions!), since a major part of the trilogy’s storyline has been self-sustained, human-powered adventures in the mountains, it struck me as odd that he would utilize guides on a route that would be majorly featured in his film. I thought it would be cooler if he had “simply” climbed and shredded the Ford/Stettner or something similar, leading the pitches himself, etc… I also thought it was a bit of a shame that the first snowboard descent of such a heady, committing route was made as a guided descent. Lastly, I know both of the guides who were up there with him and still think that this holds up more as a testament to the next-level, Alps-esque guiding skills of Brendan and Z than as a noteworthy snowboard descent. I hoped they would be given a fair portrayal of their roles in the film.

    The whole trilogy has used guides. I may be wrong on this, but I don’t think you could get a film permit for doing what they’re doing in National Parks without having guides… so for a big budget movie it kind of makes sense.

    #677347
    bcall8
    125 Posts

    I love he film, but for different reasons than the other 2. The production quality is the best in higher. The story telling was pretty good but the riding didn’t get me as stoked to ride as the others. The movie did give me the feeling that Jones was getting ready to leave his throne…but we shall see.

    Deeper is what got me into wanting to split, higher was probably my favorite of the 3. Glad I could see them all. I need more like this. 😥

    #677348
    nickstayner
    700 Posts

    @sometimesdylan wrote:

    The whole trilogy has used guides. I may be wrong on this, but I don’t think you could get a film permit for doing what they’re doing in National Parks without having guides… so for a big budget movie it kind of makes sense.

    First, I don’t believe that’s accurate. There are multiple examples of climbing and skiing films shot in NPs that have no guides. Commercial cinematographers needs permits, sure, but not guides.

    Second, to be fair, there’s a difference between using a guide and being guided up and down something. For example, you may use heli guides in Alaska to take you directly to rad terrain, give you a picture of what the season’s snowpack is looking like since you show up for a 2-week window, maybe do some avi mitigation, etc… That’s a lot different than having guides lead hundreds of feet of technical rock and ice pitches and set up all the rappels on the way down.

    Just to be sure, this is not a criticism of Jones at all. You’re right, it totally makes sense for a company with a huge production budget to use the knowledge and skills of local guides.

    #677349
    rughty
    620 Posts

    So for those who don’t polish Apples knob and ordered the dvd (according to a website retailer), The new expected release date is Oct 23rd. Thanks TGR for keeping us all informed!

    #677350
    FlorianS
    22 Posts

    I have to say I actually didn’t like Higher as much as Deeper and Further. I thought Higher focused too much on Jones’ coming up in the sport and not enough on actual riding…or hiking for that matter. It was a great tribute to Jones, but the riding wasn’t nearly as good as further or deeper (from a spectator’s perspective at least). If you want a movie about Jones and his evolution then this is a great movie. The terrain they were riding was absolutely insane, and perhaps that’s why the riding didn’t “look great”. A lot of it seemed like survival snowboarding, which, while intense, doesn’t make for great movie experience. Deeper is still my favorite of the bunch….probably for the same sentimental reasons that a lot of people feel towards it; that movie just made things so clear.

    #677351
    HansGLudwig
    601 Posts

    @rughty wrote:

    The new expected release date is Oct 23rd. Thanks TGR for keeping us all informed!

    ^ this
    @bcall8 wrote:

    Deeper is what got me into wanting to split

    ^ and this

    January 2 2010: I had just driven 2000 miles with my girlfriend (now wife) from Stephen’s Pass to LA. I updated my status on Facebook and spotted a targeted-ad for either Deeper or Splitboard.com (one lead to the other; I can’t remember which).
    I had been “slackcountry” snowboarding for years, constantly in search of that feeling I experienced my first day boarding of moving through three dimensions of powder; I’d skied for decades before and never experienced it.
    A month earlier (Dec 09), I had just discovered a winter route up Blue Ridge from Wrightwood which opened up loads of terrain; and “my list” was born. Suddenly, Pine Mountain became possible. (Of course I had no idea anyone else did this… probably mostly b/c I live in LA!)

    Jones’ introduction to the Deeper trailer was like he was speaking to me…personally. He took the words on my heart, out of my mouth, and uploaded them to YouTube before I had had the chance to act on them. I still get goosebumps watching those first 30 seconds. I had never been affected by an advert so powerfully before.
    And —how blessed was I?— that here’s Splitboard.com: a community to show me the ropes. I knew splitboarding was the answer and this is the place I had to be.
    I owe a large part of my happiness to Jones’ Deeper project and what it introduced into my life; which is so much more than a film trilogy and fancy snowboard…and I’m kinda looking’ forward to that introspective legacy/family conclusion thing.

    Frack! Is it snowing yet!?

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    #677352
    BGnight
    1382 Posts

    Pretty sure TGR pulled this shit with Further too. I think they delayed at least 2 times….yet Absinthe has their films out in mid Sept. :scratch: Via trailers and reviews I already feel like I watched Higher. I’m actually more stoked to watch Heavy Mental but unfortunately I ordered it with Higher on Sportflicks and the bastards must have decided to ship them together so I can’t watch my Absinthe movie (which has been out for a month) until TGR gets off their stoner asses. :nononno:

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