Monday, May 4, 2009

TRAILER: Kobe Doin' Work...

I'm a Kobe Bryant fan. He's a brilliant basketball player, and now that he has a great team around him, is able to show us all just how brilliant he really is, not only in scoring, but leading a team, poised for an NBA Championship.

However, when you get him and Spike Lee together, the outcome is something that one can only hope will live up to it's pedigree. That film with the sky high expectations, is Lee's new documentary, Kobe Doin' Work. It looks insanely interesting, and is an all access pass that none of us are ever given.

“For most of us, a day at the office is never accompanied by media interviews and roaring crowds. For Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant, though, this is just a routine part of his job. In the spring of 2008, with the Lakers set to face off against the San Antonio Spurs in a late-season game with major playoff implications, legendary filmmaker and conspicuous sports fan Spike Lee took the opportunity to show what it’s like for a top athlete like Kobe to go to work. With unprecedented access, Lee follows him from his arrival at the Staples Center through team meetings and pregame warm-ups, during the game itself, and at the end of his day as he, his wife, and his kids get in the car to drive home.

I've seen bits and pieces of this film, mainly through ESPN's Tribeca Film Festival Special, and it seems like not only a sports film, but a meditation on film making.

Early in Kobe's career, he was granted the ability to not only play at the highest of levels, but with one of the greatest basketball big men ever, Shaquille O'Neal. He was a play maker, with amazing athleticism, and a flare for theatrics. However, as the years passed, Shaq left, and Kobe has since evolved into much more of a floor director. Still with a penchant for amazing plays, Kobe is now about getting the complete package, directing his teammates not only on the floor during games, but in practice, on the bench, and in the huddle. He's an aged veteran now, and the experience is showing, and hopefully this film will also not only show that, but be a great documentary.

Go see something good!

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