Not only an ideal early-90s time capsule (high-top Nikes, backwards caps), Hoop Dreams was also an involving and melancholic story of family sacrifice and ambition. Two Chicago teens, Arthur Agee and William Gates, might be among the best basketball players in their neighbourhood – but are they good enough to make it professionally? These are the dreams of the title, though director Steve James never allowed his documentary to be naive or line-toeing, certainly not during a scene in which Spike Lee delivered a brutally cynical speech about the nature of corporatised collegiate basketball. “Nobody cares about you. You’re black... This whole thing is revolving around money!” … [Read more...] about The 10 best sports documentaries
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Pete’s a music journalist, and this is the story of his love of music as a child, and how it gave him a sense of identity. His parents had come over from Greece with great promises of work that fell through, and they ended up running a chip shop. He writes about the acts that first made sense to him as a child, like Leo Sayer and the Barron Knights, and I really got that: my equivalents were the Bay City Rollers from a few years earlier. Pop music that means the world to you when you’re young doesn’t often get written about. … [Read more...] about On my radar: Tim Burgess’s cultural highlights
'And these are real people and I do think that a lot of the cast for the last two years, not all of them, but because it's become such a big deal, I do think a lot of them have gone in not for the right reasons - to improve their Instagram following, fame. If you want to call it fame.' … [Read more...] about MAFS EXCLUSIVE: A former star spills all about her time on the show and admits she can’t watch the program as it gives her ‘a little bit of anxiety’
The moment in question comes about halfway in. It’s 1911 and you are controlling the wizened and regretful ex-outlaw John Marston, who, like Clint Eastwood in Unforgiven, has turned his back on gunfights and bank raids to raise a family. This all goes to hell, however, when the government turns up and blackmails you into killing or capturing everyone you ever rode with. Eventually it becomes clear that, to accomplish this, you’ll have to cross the river into Mexico, where a surprise ambush means you’re forced to spend 10 long minutes killing wave after wave of attackers. This is death on an unprecedented scale for the game, which already feels like a defeat in itself given your character’s determination to reject his old way of life. … [Read more...] about Do we need Red Dead Redemption 2 when the first provided gaming’s best moment?
Speaking to Premiere, the director said the film, which stars Jesse Eisenberg as Mark Zuckerberg, was “hands down” his top choice. “It is No 1 because it’s the best, that’s all! It crushes all the competition,” said Tarantino. … [Read more...] about Quentin Tarantino: The Social Network is ‘hands down’ the best film of 2010s