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Hi Flying Bird

Ray Burke (Andre Holland) is an agent for young rookies recruited into the NFL. There is a lockout, and Ray learns that his company and his job are on the line after his credit card is denied at a lunch with one of his rookies who has found himself in financial problems as a result of the lockout. Caught between the NFL power players and the rookies for whom he is an agent, Ray devises a scheme to end the strike and get his rookies back to work. The acting in the film is terrific, especially by Holland. I also really liked the way he filmed it. I did some reading and see that he filmed a lot of this on his iPhone, which is impressive. He has some really interesting camera angles of his subjects that you don’t see very often, and the use of the “NBA players” providing commentary was a great addition to the story. And, true to Soderberg style, the film has some rather humorous parts. While the story is about the ways that players get caught up in the business of sports is intriguing, I don’t know much about this, and it was a real challenge for me to keep up with everything that was happening. The film moves fast I had to replay some scenes to try to pick up what was going on. Thumbs up from me for a film that makes an effective statement about black NBA rookies getting squeezed by the primarily white management. I also loved the ending. (2019; 3.5 Stars)

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