This week basketball nirvana begins – days and nights of endless college hoops for those so inclined. If you want to dig a little deeper into the art, business, culture and athleticism of b-ball, you may want to check out the following documentaries.
For starters, there’s the great Hoop Dreams, a look at two inner-city high school basketball players’ lives as they chase their dreams of playing in the NBA. Almost 10 years old, it’s still relevant and fascinating.
ESPN’s 30 for 30 TV series tells the stories of a number of basketball prodigies, including Len Bias in Without Bias, Reggie Miller in Winning time: Reggie Miller vs. the New York Knicks, Allen Iverson in No Crossover: the Trial of Allen Iverson, and Paul Westhead in Guru of Go.
The six turbulent seasons of the Roosevelt Roughriders girl’s basketball team is captured in The Heart of the Game and The Other Dream Team depicts the extraordinary story of the 1992 Lithuanian basketball team, whose athletes became symbols of Lithuania’s independence movement.
Magic & Bird: a Courtship of Rivals, captures the friendship, talent and grace of two great stars and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s On the Shoulders of Giants is about the Harlem Rens, an all-black basketball team that played during the Harlem Renaissance.
Onto this week’s new DVD releases:
Anna Karenina – DVD and Blu-ray: a remake of the great Tolstoy novel starring Keira Knightly and directed by Joe Wright.
Rust and Bone – DVD and Blu-ray: a French film about an unemployed father who falls in love with a killer whale trainer.
Zero Dark Thirty – DVD and Blu-ray: the Oscar nominated film about the hunt for Osama Bin Laden starring Jessica Chastain.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – DVD and Blu-ray: the 1st of a trilogy based on the adventures of Bilbo Bagggins.
The Girl – DVD: Toby Jones stars as Alfred Hitchcock in this made for HBO movie about his relationship with Tippi Hedren.
Time of My Life– DVD: a Belgian film about two friends, one of whom is diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.
Secret of the Caribbean with Trevor McDonald – DVD: a personal tour of the beautiful Caribbean Islands.