Make 3 hours to watch it sometime.
The 1994 documentary Hoop Dreams is about what it takes to get to The Show. It follows two aspiring basketball players from inner city Chicago and their dreams of NBA glory.
On one hand, there is a very extensive list of things that absolutely have to go right. On the other hand, there is an equally extensive list of things that absolutely cannot go wrong. Yes, it takes mad game and even madder drive. But these are still not all the ingredients in the recipe for what is – in the words of Tom Wolfe – the Right Stuff.
And don’t anyone waste time and electrons emailing me with your “bread and circuses” smack. Even Alex Jones talks repeatedly about finding joy in life. I, for one, get a lot more positive and insprational life lessons watching sports than I do from politics.
I give you Hoop Dreams, the best … sports … movie … ever.
“One of the best movies about American life that I have ever seen.” – Roger Ebert