William Gates, at a 3 on 3 basketball tournament recently, in which he was the guest speaker, I would have to say that i was so amazed to see how compassionate he was, and the man that he turned out to be. Arthur and William are lucky. This film is obviously not just to highlight basketball players but to show life as it exists with a lot of poor black families: the good and the bad, the achievements and the big mistakes. Yes, the possibility of tricking an audience into believing something with a documentary is greater, but unless it's political in some respect it doesn't matter. It likely would have won had it been nominated, and it ranks right up there among some of the best documentaries of all time.
Hoop Dreams is about domestic abuse. They are taken from real life. This is the story of two young men who have grown up in the projects on the South Side of Chicago. I just want this one to make it. I would like to thank the filmmakers and the two families. Sure, it's an entertaining game but that's all it is. Joseph won't even release the boy's transcripts until he pays up.
Agee also is recruited by the private school but can't pay the tuition and is kicked out in his sophomore year. Joseph High School in Westchester, Illinois, a predominately white suburban school well-known for the excellence of its basketball program. At the same time, one could also see the ruthless, non-forgiving side of competition, and how it could be used to manipulate those participating in it. This documentary spoke to more than just the overlying story of the two young men who followed their overriding dream by doing what they deemed necessary, with the film itself chronicling their true-life tribulations along the way. The movie is almost 3 hour long but every moment is worth watching.
Yes, the topic is that of basketball. From their first year of high school until they start college, we observe all of the expectations, efforts, joy, disappointments, and numerous obstacles that make their journey. William wanted so bad to surge ahead, but his knee did not feel the same. Three hours have never gone by so quick. Of course not every family in the ghetto is in a position where a father is a criminal and drug user, but when two kids in the same story are in that situation, it's got to be somewhat prevalent. Not too far into the three hour running time, I found myself going from casual onlooker to absolutely hooked.
My Review The best film about American life I have ever seen. The kids are stars in their own high schools, but do have some issues with attitude and commitment. Absorbing, you get sucked in and the film has this grip on you. Basketball was their light, and they followed it out of darkness. Your heart will cheer, break, and then cheer again for these two great kids as they struggle with their dreams of reaching the ultimate level, as well as their struggle to just find a way through their daily lives. I love how Ebert always links to your blog on Twitter! It reminds them that they are not alone.
The story is amazing in its scope. There, Gates plays for a typically gung-ho coach and has a lot of ups and downs, both on and off the court. You can sometimes question the manipulative techniques on display, but the film is actually not as guilty as some, the makers have a genuine affection for their subjects and do as much as they can within the rules of documentary to help them out without compromising their objectivity. They transport us, remind us that we are not alone in our struggle, and let us know that our lives are worth living. I would like to say to all those who have seen this remarkable documentary, be on the lookout for Hoops Dreams 2 which will be released in the near future!!! William and Arthur are both talented.
They must have gone through numerous negotiations to attend and film various scenes, such as family's private events, classrooms, academic counseling, recruiting sessions with college coaches, and surgery operation rooms. And once the troubles begin, there is very little in the way of guidance from parents, coaches or teachers for these young dreamers to fall back on. Joseph's, in suburban Chicago, that produced Isiah Thomas. The movie still presents a powerful portrayal of the lower-class inner city blacks in America and the desperation they have to endure. Hoop Dreams come s true as both a slice of life and a fascinating socio-anthropological study. That in itself was interesting enough for me to give this movie a good rating.
At one moment near the end, William's coach says goodbye to him and as he walks out his coach mentions that that's the system: one goes out, another comes in. This is the real thing. Not only does William become a starter on the varsity, he also becomes an honor student. I am not going to spoil those surprises, either, but will say that I cheered in parts. The situations and consequences are very real and you find yourself rooting for and against the forces of everyday life.