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Linsanity chronicles the surprising rise of basketball player Jeremy Lin. In February2012; an entire nation of basketball fans unexpectedly went Linsane when the New York Knicks gave him an opportunity to prove himself.
Linsanity offers lots for b-ball fans, but also has a higher purpose.
At age 25, the likable and surprisingly humble Lin has so little career behind him and, his fans hope, so much more ahead, that his onscreen soul searching about lost opportunities and early missed...
A little game footage can go a long way; and a lot of game footage, no matter how good, goes a very long way.
As a piece of filmmaking, Linsanity is scattershot and too reliant on newsreels. And the interviews, most of all with the religiously devout Lin are, alas, fairly unrevealing.
Leong's film isn't particularly stylish, but it makes the most of the climactic Knicks footage, as well as showcasing a sweetly goofy side of the 25-year-old ...
You may have watched Lin's rise to national prominence the first time, but it's still easy to get caught up in the moment.
Linsanity offers lots for b-ball fans, but also has a higher purpose.
Linsanity is the epitome of why we love sports Hollywood wouldn't be able to create a script like Linsanity. It's just too unrealistic to believe. This documentary captures the very real fairytale-like story very well.
Most Inspirational Film of all time Truly incredible, emotional, and moving. I was in tears several times throughout the film. Hands down the best sports story of all time. Great work Mr. Leong! Go Jeremy!
Yao Ming. He's 7'5" tall, weighs 296 lbs. and carries the hopes and dreams of 1.3 billion people on his athletic shoulders. This vibrant documentary captures not only the exceptional athlete and Chinese hero who arrived in America with no command of the English language, but also the simple guy who now lives with his mother in Houston, Texas and likes hanging out with friends, surfing the internet and playing video games. Also featuring NBA greats Shaquille O' Neal ("Scary Movie 4," "Kazaam"), Charles Barkley ("Space Jam," "Look Who's Talking Now").
Two ordinary inner-city Chicago kids dare to reach for the impossible—professional basketball glory—in this epic chronicle of hope and faith. Filmed over a five-year period, Hoop Dreams, by Steve James, Frederick Marx, and Peter Gilbert, follows young Arthur Agee and William Gates and their families as the boys navigate the complex, competitive world of scholastic athletics while dealing with the intense pressures of their home lives and neighborhoods. This revelatory film continues to educate and inspire viewers, and it is widely considered one of the great works of American nonfiction cinema.
After leading the USSR to a gold medal (and victory over the U.S.A.) at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, Sarunas Marciulionis and Arvydas Sabonis were poster boys for the Soviet sports machine. Four years later, after the fall of the Soviet Union, they emerged as symbols of democracy, helping their country break free from the shackles of Communism, and willing newly independent Lithuania to the medal stand at the Barcelona Olympics.
Five talented young basketball players from Akron, Ohio star in this remarkable true-life coming of age story about friendship and loyalty in the face of great adversity. Coached by a charismatic but inexperienced player's father, and led by future NBA superstar LeBron James, the "Fab Five's" improbable seven-year journey leads them from a decrepit inner-city gym to the doorstep of a national high school championship. Along the way, the close-knit team is repeatedly tested—both on and off the court—as James' exploding worldwide celebrity threatens to destroy everything they've set out to achieve together. More Than A Game combines a series of unforgettable one-on-one interviews with rare news footage, never-before-seen home videos, and personal family photographs to bring this heart-wrenching and wholly American story to life.
Filmmaker and Beastie Boy Adam Yauch documents the lives and talent of some of America's most gifted high school basketball players as they prep for the first annual Elite 24 all-star game in 2006 at Harlem's famed Rucker Park. Wilt Chamberlain and Kareem Abdul-Jabar were groomed on that same court, and young hopefuls such as Jerryd Bayless, Michael Beasley, Tyreke Evans and Kevin Love hope to follow in their footsteps
From the producers of 'Bowling for Columbine', 'Fahrenheit 9/11' and 'Generation Iron', 'The Hurt Business' details the lives of martial arts superstars, including Ronda Rousey and Jon Jones, competing in one of the fastest growing sports in the world and the struggles and triumphs that accompany all careers in cage fighting. Besides featuring legends, such as Georges St-Pierre, and up-and-comers in the sport the film covers the history of mixed martial arts fighting, from the coliseums of ancient Greece to modern day venues such as the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, all expertly narrated by Kevin Costner. Themes of injury both mental and physical are explored and the question is raised; is it worth it to sacrifice one's mind and body for sport?
Former NBA basketball star Dennis Rodman is on a mission. After forging a friendship with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, he wants to improve relations between DPRK and the US. But the DPRK team isn’t the only opposition he’ll face.
IVERSON is the story of one of the most electrifying and polarizing athletes of all-time, told largely in the NBA legend’s own words. Allen Iverson rose from a childhood of crushing poverty in Hampton, Virginia to become an 11-time NBA All-Star and universally recognized icon of his sport. Off the court, his audacious rejection of conservative NBA convention and unapologetic embrace of hip hop culture sent shockwaves throughout the league and influenced an entire generation of basketball fans. The tell-all documentary charts the career highs and personal lows of one of the most distinctive and accomplished figures the sport of basketball has ever seen.
Thirteen time All-Star, League MVP, Finals MVP, NBA Superstar Dirk Nowitzki is one of the greatest and most famous athletes of all time. Follow his rise to NBA champion under the tutelage of his longtime coach and mentor, Holger Geschwindner, whose unconventional methods and reliance on physics turned the 7-footer into the greatest shooting big man in NBA history, in this riveting documentary. The Perfect Shot was produced by International Emmy® Award-winning filmmaker Leopold Hoesch and features exclusive NBA footage and interviews with NBA legends such as Dirk Nowitzki, Kobe Bryant, Yao Ming, Steve Nash, Michael Finley, Jason Kidd, Rick Carlisle, Mark Cuban, David Stern, Don Nelson and former German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt.
World Champion. Congressman. Father. Manny Pacquiao fights any obstacle that comes his way. As his home country of 100 million people watches his every move, the question now is: what bridge is too far for Manny?