Just great and I watched it over and over and found something new each time. Woody and Wesley were great with each other. The interplay and look into a different side of basketball was great. The understory with Rosie Perez and Jeopardy was great. “I will take foods that begin with the letter Q Alex”
Another film I would watch anytime and anywhere, White Men Can’t Jump is one of the most entertaining basketball films of All-time. Woody Harrelson and Wesley Snipes have some of the best on-screen chemistry that you would see among any duo of actors in a film. Simply hilarious, I was a young kid when I saw this film on opening day in Chicago and it was my first time in a movie theater so this film has a very special part in my life as I was growing up.
Spike Lee really highlighted the life of a star high school player with no idea of where he wanted to go as far as playing is concerned, but how young men in similar situations are forced to grow up sooner than needed. Moreover, He Got Game highlighted history of basketball’s importance on the east coast and the life of a future NBA star. Jesus Shuttlesworth (Ray Allen) has to overcome the burdens that his skills hadn’t warranted yet. Going to play college ball between his choice or saving his father by going to play for the rival school; a greedy girlfriend that wants him to take the money and go to the league right out of high school; and staying true to himself as a person in the midst of all that is going on.
One of Spike Lee’s best films in my opinion, He Got Game told a great story of a father and sons relationship with basketball and how one bad decision can ruin the life of one and effect the life of another. This was a very unique story with a great ending that only Spike Lee could deliver. This film is on my list because of the overall message and what it meant to me personally. This movie was poetic and it connected with the true feelings of the streets. Denzel Washington’s performance in this film was powerful as usual, this film really hit home for me as a kid growing up in Chicago and I can connect with this film on many levels because Denzel reminds me allot of my father in this film.
Movie starring Duane Martin and Tupac Shakur. This movie shed light on possible issues present with young talent in the inner city. Play for your coach or the local thug. A tough call and tough life decisions abound in this well done movie. Martin and Shakur did an incredible acting job. A must see whether you like basketball or not.
Arguably 2 Pac’s greatest on-screen performance, Above The Rim captured the life of inner-city basketball, street-ball, and the negative influences or temptations that come with being raised in an environment where drugs and crime effect the lives of many people especially promising athletes. Above The Rim really motivated me to work on my basketball skills especially my ball handling. Dwayne Martin portrayed a very believable character and he was actually a very skilled ball player in real life. 2 Pac’s on screen acting was so believable he should have gotten an Oscar. Above The Rim is one of those timeless films I would watch at anytime.
This movie honestly got me into Basketball altogether. I was so amazed when Duane
Martin did the behind the legs spin to the basket. Sticking to the urban motif of the
highly coveted NYC high school star, this movie shows what legends think of the current
crop of up-and-coming players who also try to provide a cautionary tale, so that talent
does fall victim to the streets. Although not a well put together movie basketball
movie in terms of playing (hell neither was Hoosiers) but in terms of message and
captivity, definitely one of the greatest Basketball movies of all time.