Step Into Liquid
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Second generation surfing documentarian Dana Brown (son to Bruce Brown, who directed The Endless Summer 2) strikes out with his own original piece of filmmaking with his 2003 ode to the world's surfing enthusiasts entitled Step Into Liquid. Part travelogue, and part attempt to redefine surfing's image, Brown travels to some of the ordinary surfing locales -- such as Hawaii and the West Coast of the United States -- as well as some rather unexpected ones, including the west coast of Wisconsin on Lake Michigan to Easter Island to a secular surfing school in Ireland. While in these… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

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"[Brown] collects some fascinating stories."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"In any sport, whether it's whacking a ball into a cup or your opponent into submission, the majestic and the absurd are very close cousins, and Brown is generous enough here to give us a long look at both."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"All about the sights, which are glorious."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Step Into Liquid is not only about passion, it demonstrates it through a deep and loving knowledge and respect for the subject matter."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Movie Views
"A surfing documentary that offers a satisfactory amount of thrills within a tsunami of platitudes and hyperbole."
‑ Jason Anderson, eye WEEKLY
"An awe-inspiring survey of global surf culture."
‑ Scott Foundas, Variety
"Step Into Liquid could very well be the perfect surfing movie."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Simple-minded though it is, it's wonderful entertainment."
‑ Tony Medley,
"The cinematography is stunning, the camera so close to the surfer that it takes you inside the wave, beneath the falling crest."
‑ Marcy Dermansky,
"Absolutely unlike any documentary you've ever seen, Step Into Liquid nearly qualifies as a religious experience."
‑ Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
"When Step Into Liquid remembers that it is indeed all about the wave, it pulls us right into it."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"Step Into Liquid delivers eye-popping shots pumped up by the genuine cowabunga enthusiasm of true believers. By the end all you want to do is get in the water."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Some of the images are breathtaking, particularly the underwater shots looking up through the water to the surfers on the surface."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"Produced with an insider's knowledge and affection, but surfing's moment as an exotic pop phenomenon with a big curiosity factor for landlubbers has passed..."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"A wonderful commercial for everything that makes surfing so enjoyable for many people."
‑ JoBlo, JoBlo's Movie Emporium
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