Moronics in Action
I'll be honest with you: for a while it looked like Mark Florek wouldn't actually finish Moronics in Action (he started filming for it about two years ago). And when I heard that it WAS done, I was skeptical as to how it would be: would it be almost all goofy stuff, or would it be a serious riding video? I have to say that Mark surprised the hell out of me: this is probably the best-quality video I've ever seen out of a first-timer.
The title tells you ahead of time that there's some weird shit (literally) in the video: fun with a gas mask, clips from "Ed Wood" and "Death Race 2000", Dave Muggleston appearing on TV, etc. Some are funny, some drag on too long: Jesse Hicks talking gibberish and the bit with the backpackers both should have been cut out; and the NC17-rated section with the perverted security guard both interrupts the flow of the video and is just plain disturbing (although the music that accompanies it is very fitting). There are also some inside jokes that non-New Englanders won't get (if you don't know about Jim Cavanaugh's "business" and obsession cars, you probably won't understand his section's intro), but they're pretty damn funny.
The vast majority of the video is New England riding at its best. And, as usual for NE, a lot of it is ground riding: the sections for Jim, Jesse (who has strings that last over a full minute), Brian Chapman, and Jared Souney highlight the flatland talent. And there's a lot of ramp, dirt and street mixed in (Paul O'Hearn and Mark Choquette each have short but sweet sections as well). The music is mainly punk stuff, but the Beatles, Beastie Boys, and the Go-Go's are thrown into the mix as well. Overall, Moronics in Action is a well-done video that not only gives you good riding, but will make you laugh...and maybe even make you sick.
Mark Florek, 10 Smith St., New Britain, CT 06053