Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Criterion on FilmStruck: Hoop Dreams (1994)

Hoop Dreams movie poster
Hoop Dreams (1994) – Directed by Steve James; Written by Steve James and Frederick Marx; Cinematography by Peter Gilbert.

By Kenny Howell

An incredibly engrossing documentary about several years in the life of Arthur Agee and William Gates, two kids who have dreams of playing in the NBA. 

Years before Richard Linklater showed us 10 years of life in Boyhood, Director Steve James (The Interrupters) followed Agee and Gates from their first years in high school, all the way into college. In that time we learn a lot about growing up on the south side of the Chicago, as well as what it takes to make it to the next level in basketball. 

James gives an in depth look at growing up in poverty, the cattle call that is youth basketball, family life, and just how hard it is to reach your dreams. It's beautiful, tragic, and maybe the best sports documentary of all time.

Hoop Dreams is now streaming on FilmStruck.

Rating: ****

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