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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Dirk Nowitzki, The Perfect Shot (Der perfekte Wurf )

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Dirk Nowitzki, The Perfect Shot  (Der perfekte Wurf ) premiered September 2014 in Germany, and the U.S. version of the German documentary premiered this week in Dallas. (It opens wide in July 2015.)

At one point during the 105-minute film, we see Dirk's reaction to being told that the NBA did a study where he came out as the “most marketable player.” It’s not surprising. Dirk is a relatable guy that you instinctually root for, even if you don’t want his team to win.

The documentary captures the highs and lows of Dirk’s career and (surprisingly) personal life. Balancing both stories is a difficult task for high-profile biography, but with Dirk these things are so connected that it could be no other way. His relationship with mentor Holger is the heart of the film and unlike anything you’ve ever seen.

Although biased as a Dirk and Mavericks fan, I think that the access to Dirk’s story will thrill any basketball fan. Anyone can benefit from seeing Dirk’s commitment to excellence up close. I found the whole film inspiring.

Simply put: Power forward to this inspiring documentary that gets up close to an approachable but previously mysterious sports hero.

Award potential: Unlikely. As any fan of Hoop Dreams will tell you, sports docs are overlooked at the Oscars.

The ten buck review: Worth ten bucks.

Thursday, April 9, 2015


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What a nightmare.

Shailene Woodley, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort and Theo James are unquestionably the dream cast for any teen movie; this one is a nightmare.

With two misses in her Dauntless outfit’s belt, it’s now safe to say that the extraordinary Shailene Woodley has clearly been miscast. I just can’t understand her version of the strong Tris character from the books. Like Divergent, I never knew what her quiet character was supposed to be thinking and her few words didn’t help.

Kate Winslet is back for another chance to do something with her worst career role by miles; she delivers another one-note performance.

And the film’s plot will make anyone not familiar with the books wonder what the big deal is. Fans should be insulted.

Divergent, was a pale comparison to any of the Hunger Games films. Insurgent, the sequel and bridge in the series, manages to make Divergent look like an award-winning film.

Simply put: A bridge over a troubled series.

Award potential: Dream on.

The ten buck review: Not worth ten bucks.