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 Post subject: Higher Review?
PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 2014 8:29 am 
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Can't believe there hasn't been some commentary on this yet. Anyone?


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 Post subject: Re: Higher Review?
PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2014 2:29 am 
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Isnt everyone over it?
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 Post subject: Re: Higher Review?
PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2014 9:50 am 
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This is a fairly succinct summary. http://snowboardmag.com/stories/jeremy- ... r-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.


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 Post subject: Re: Higher Review?
PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2014 10:04 am 
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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- ... r-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 :)


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 Post subject: Re: Higher Review?
PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2014 10:07 am 
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Good to met you too tiltedworld! Well said.


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 Post subject: Re: Higher Review?
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Isnt everyone over it?
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 Post subject: Re: Higher Review?
PostPosted: Wed Oct 08, 2014 7:22 am 
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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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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.

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 Post subject: Re: Higher Review?
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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.

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 Post subject: Re: Higher Review?
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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.


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 Post subject: Re: Higher Review?
PostPosted: Mon Oct 13, 2014 1:59 pm 
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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:

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 Post subject: Re: Higher Review?
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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:

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 Post subject: Re: Higher Review?
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(sorry for the long write-up, but it was a welcome distraction while laid up on abx and painkillers from an infected tooth :cry: )

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.

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- 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.


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