Monday, November 28, 2011

My Favorite Things:Hoop Dreams (Documentary)

Thank god for Hulu Plus. "Hoop Dreams" is a movie I saw on the WB back when I was I want to say 14. Didn't even watch the whole movie, only 10 mins. I went to go play basketball instead. Well today I was searching Hulu to find a movie to watch and I came across this. Now at first I didn't know it was the movie but once it got to the 10 mins I seen I knew it was *Laughs* 

The film follows William Gates and Arthur Agee, two African-American teenagers who are recruited by a scout from St. Joseph High School in Westchester, Illinois, a predominantly white high school with an outstanding basketball program, whose alumni include NBA great Isiah Thomas. Taking 90-minute commutes to school, enduring long and difficult workouts and practices, and acclimating to a foreign social environment, Gates and Agee struggle to improve their athletic skills in a job market with heavy competition. Along the way, their families celebrate their successes and support each other during times of hardship.

Funfact: In 2007, the International Documentary Association named Hoop Dreams as its selection for the all-time greatest documentary

The film was acclaimed by critics. Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert gave the film "Two Thumbs Up" on their show and both Siskel and Ebert named Hoop Dreams the best film of 1994.Ebert later called it the best film of the decade. In 2004, The New York Times placed the film on its Best 1000 Movies Ever list.  

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