Prime Cut marks Geoff McDonald and Chris James’ 10th ski movie under the Meathead banner and, as always, their cinematic love-letter to East Coast skiing conveys the joys and the trials of being a hard-core ski fanatic who lives in a less than ideal environment for their passion. Prime Cut’s upbeat and smoothly edited sequences have the Meathead crew getting inventive with their urban combos across rails, up over fences and off roofs (some of it switch – nice hit Charles Gagnier) and even over sewage storage containers (not as dramatic as it sounds). They even put the “urban” back into urban skiing, when the Quebec contingent add actual houses to their list of obstacles. But as far as urban goes, skiing in and out of dumpster bins with Jake Doan and Andy Perry sticks in my mind as the indelible image of the film. In a world where conditions aren’t stellar, you have the get creative, right?
Travelling to Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Quebec and Newfoundland McDonald and James manage to get their cameras in the right places to capture the thrills of tight tree skiing, doing flips inside 7 foot diameter culverts and, of course, lots of rails.
The Meatheads’ devotion to the sport makes you raise your fist in solidarity and say, “Right On Brother”. By Mark “The Attorney General” Quail