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"That's why when somebody say, 'When you get to the NBA, don't forget about me,' and all that stuff.  Well, I should've said to them, 'If I don't make it, don't you forget about me.'"

When filmmakers Steve James and Frederick Marx set out to make a documentary about high school basketball that they hoped would be seen on PBS, they had no idea that it would become a three hour spectacle that inspired critics and audiences alike.

Hoop Dreams (1994) isn't really about high school basketball, but about the lives of two students and their families as they climb the ladder with hopes of becoming NBA stars.  Yes, those who enjoy basketball will not be disappointed, but there's more in this film that will make almost any viewer jump for joy or cry tears of frustration.

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Direct download: Episode_59_Hoop_Dreams_1994.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am CDT

"I don't really know what the truth is.  I don't suppose anybody will ever really know.  Nine of us now seem to feel that the defendant is innocent, but we're just gambling on probabilities - we may be wrong.  We may be trying to let a guilty man go free, I don't know.  Nobody really can.  But we have a reasonable doubt, and that's something that's very valuable in our system.  No jury can declare a man guilty unless it's sure."

How do you make a 96 minute movie consisting of twelve people talking in a room interesting?  Based on a teleplay of the same name, Sidney Lumet's 12 Angry Men (1957) does just that, transforming a jury's deliberations into a taut thriller.  This may have been Lumet's first feature film, but it's a debut worthy of a master of suspense like Alfred Hitchcock.

12 Angry Men was nominated for three Oscars, including Best Picture, but lost out to The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957).  It may have lost at the Oscars, but it certainly hasn't lost the test of time.

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Direct download: Episode_58_12_Angry_Men_1957.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am CDT

"Here a woman wouldn't go in the house of a single man.  Just spending time together implies sleeping together."

For the uninitiated, Francesco Rosi is known as something of an artistic crusader for the poverty-stricken and hardworking people of Southern Italy.  Most of his films were political in nature, and often criticized the government's treatment of some of its more underprivileged citizens.

Christ Stopped at Eboli is no exception.  Think of it as a classic Italian version of Northern Exposure: a doctor is exiled to a small town in Southern Italy, where he learns to appreciate the lifestyle and morals of the people there.  It's long, it's languid, and it just might make you think.  Listen in to learn more!

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Direct download: Episode_57_Christ_Stopped_at_Eboli_1979.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am CDT

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