Incredibly entertaining ESPN documentary about the St. Louis Spirits of the American Basketball Association, that high-flying league of the 1970s that provided more entertainment than the corporatized NBA of later years ever dreamed of doing.
Wow, how is this gem not discussed more often in conversations about Dustin Hoffman's work of the 1970s? Great character piece has Hoffman as an ex-con, just out after six years in the hoosegow, trying to integrate himself back into the day-to-day, and spiraling downward as the obvious limitations on his opportunity reveal themselves one by one.
Truly one of Spike Lee's greatest achievements. A film that operates in 1970s Hollywood mode with its localized, existential narrative about the repercussions that follow crime and immoral decisions, but then opens broadly into a grand story about American idealism, and the self-serving narratives on which an entire society is founded. Great acting, stunning visuals, exquisite sound design, and an operatic level of ambition that I wish Mr. Lee would follow every time out.