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With the Olympics coming to an end this week, I figure what better time to release a sports film as potential oscarbait.  If you’ve seen Miracle, this is basically that same movie, and it will be directed by Gavin O’Connor.  Because it’s a sports film, most of the players will be played by relative-unknowns because it’s much easier than finding several 6ft + actors who realistically pull off the part.  I haven’t done anything inspired by a true story yet, so here we go!

Dream opens with a young David Robinson sitting on the bench in 1988 during a tough game against the Soviet Union.  It’s the Olympics in Seoul Korea, and the U.S. Mens team is getting blown out of the water.  Their coach is some scumbag looking type of guy played by Kim Coates, who chews his gum incessantly and clearly doesn’t want to be there.  David asks to be put in the game, because he can help, and the coach ignores him.  As time winds down, we see the final score is Soviets 130, US 67.  They got blown out.  David walks out of the gym and says “We have to get better.  I believe we can.  I DREAM we can” and the title card and really inspiring music comes highlighting Dream in the center of a rotating basketball.

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Fake Movie Friday – Pusher


I’ll preface this by saying, I thought this would be hard to do each week.  It’s scary how easy it is.

Pusher is the latest Jonathan Levine film (The Wackness, 50/50) starring Andrew Garfield as an ambitious young student name Nick Marshall at University of NY Law School (fictional, but it’s NYU).  He’s great in the classroom, is going to graduate at the top of his class and everyone likes him, including fellow law student Willa played by Bryce Dallas Howard.  Despite Willa’s father Police Chief Charles Winston, played by Ed Harris disliking Nick initially, they begin dating and are eventually engaged to be married.   While everything seems to be going well for Nick and he’s close to graduation, there is a big secret about him that no one else knows.  Nick has always been secretive about where he comes from and who his family is.  Turns out he actually the nephew of the infamous Santorini Crime Family headed by Vinny “The Dog” Santorini.  Vinny played by Chazz Palmintieri has been using Nick for years as a drug dealer.  Anything that the wealthy mafioso needs to sell he gives to Nick to unload on the wealthy elite and their students.  Because he only sells to the rich and powerful elite, there is very little chance that their will be blowback on him.  People like him and they like his products.
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