RMG 065: Gleaming The Cube (1989)

April 26, 2017

In this episode, the Retro Movie Geek crew are joined by Jessy Hutchinson and we’re geeking out over Gleaming The Cube (1989) and

  • masking one off
  • social commentary in movies
  • roadkill
  • and much, much more!


From the DVD cover:

“Skateboarding means everything to Brian Kelly… That is until his adopted Vietnamese brother is murdered, and he sets off to solve the crime, and bring the killers to justice.

His skateboarding prowess, for which “Gleaming the Cube” is slang, becomes a life-saving tool as he has to escape from the killers who are chasing him!”



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7 comments on “RMG 065: Gleaming The Cube (1989)

  1. Awesome review. However, you guys barely talked about any of my favorite scenes in this movie. There was so much cool skateboarding detail and texture in it. This was an incredibly influential film for almost every 90s skater I know. And the big chase scene at the end?! OMG!!!

    I guess I was too young to have given the Vietnamese Anti-Communist Relief Fund that much thought. I will say that I think it’s just a MacGuffin that got too much attention from the screenwriters. It’s one of those things that needs either more or less explanation. I say less, because the plot of this film really is “A Brother’s Justice” and the point, I think, is that growing up entails cleaning up and accepting some responsibility, while retaining that unique part of yourself, rather than completely conforming.

    I liked you skater/poser story, Joel. I coincidentally just watched these hilarious video from Danny McBribe on that topic, yesterday. They were cracking me up. Recommended for your next YouTube rabbit hole.



    I’m glad Jessy brought up Gator’s backstory and Stoked: The Rise and Fall of Gator from 2002. It’s not great, but it’s probably in the Top 10 of skateboarding documentaries. I actually did that list once on MSC, but I don’t remember where I ranked this movie.

    I hope you don’t ever review Airborne, but I hope you guys have Mattroid on, if you do. He was exactly Seth Green from that movie when I met him.

    Thanks, guys. That was fun.

    • Oh, you are mentioning a few of those crazy scenes in the last 10 minutes. Thanks, Joel.

    • Great points all, Josh! And thank you for appreciating my poserness. I’d like to say it ended with my “skater” days, but, alas… And a big THANK YOU for the Danny McBride videos!

      And I was happy Jessy brought up the Gator info too. I honestly didn’t remember that little bit ‘o skater history. And while you may not remember where you ranked The Rise and Fall of Gator (I just checked MSC and couldn’t find it in the search), I guess the real question is where did Dogtown and Z-Boys land in your list?

      Oh, and Airborne WILL BE reviewed at some point. Of course, I have to accept the very real possibility that Darrell may never speak to me again. But thanks for the heads up about Mattroid. I’ll make sure we have him on for that one. 🙂

  2. The Brain Jul 5, 2017

    AAAAHHHHHH!!! I love this movie! This movie inspired me to start skateboarding at 11 and I spent the next ten years of my life ditching class and running from cops! So Amazing, my favorite line: “They killed my brother!” BAM epic skate session from Rodney Mullen. This is easily my favorite movie of all time, just due to it’s influence on my life. Great review!

    • Hi Brain, I know this comment is almost a year old, which proves how unbelievably shoddy we are when it comes to timely replies. However, the fact that I’m doing this now proves that either A. Guilt works or B. I’m a master at procrastination. I vote C. Thanks for your comment and for enjoying the episode! 🙂

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