I can’t tell you how glad I am that I downloaded this film on iTunes for $7.99 instead of purchasing the actual DVD for $29.95.
Simply put, this surf movie did not live up to my expectations.
Billabong’s “Still Filthy” was inspired by their 1988 release of “Filthy Habits”.
The 1988 film started “a revolutionary formula that simply featured kick-butt surfing cut tightly to kick-butt music”.
I don’t think that Billabong did a very good job of following that same revolutionary formula.
The surfing in “Still Filthy” has its moments, but all together it isn’t anything that special compared with other recent releases. Lee Wilson, Andy Irons, Shane Dorian, Wade Goodall, Joel Parkinson, and Taj Burrow are definitely the standouts in the movie.
There is a section with little snippets of a ton of Billabong riders that don’t have their own sections and I think the surfing in this section is some of the best. While certain clips are unbelievable, like some of Taj and Wade’s aerials or Shane Dorian’s backside tubes at Cloudbreak, in my opinion this film didn’t top many of the other films already out there.
As for the second part of that formula, the soundtrack in “Still Filthy” is terrible. I know there will be those of you out there who like it, and for you, I’m sorry, but I don’t even think I can watch it again based on the soundtrack. It was the worst I’ve heard in a long time.
The music did not draw me into the surfing at all, it was pretty much just obnoxious and I had to turn it down and just try to enjoy the surfing. The best way to enjoy this film is with the TV on mute and your iPod in hand. If you do it this way… maybe you will notice more spectacular surfing than I did.