Hoosiers has long been pegged as a seminal sports film, and it’s that, but it’s really a story about an egomaniacal man with a history of violence who finds a quiet unassuming spot on the map where he will be anonymous, thus freeing him to give life another shot. It’s all over his face in the moment where the man who gave him his second chance questions his motives early on in the film. “I know what I’m doing,” he responds, showing a confidence that quickly drains from his face as his thoughts turn to a past that has left him shaken and uncertain.

Tucked away behind the scores and team triumphs is a character who is filled with rage, quietly questioning himself at every turn as he pushes forward fueled by guilt and self-actualization. “I never met anybody who wanted to win as badly as I did,” he says at one point, more a confession than a point of pride. It’s one of Gene Hackman’s finest performances.

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We are insanely excited to officially announce some very BIG news:
Beginning this week, RogerEbert.com will be running one essay from each new issue of Bright Wall/Dark Room magazine on their website.
We are partnering with them to make this possible, thanks to the work of their editor-in-chief (and writer/critic extraordinaire) Matt Zoller Seitz, who reached out to us and offered us a chance to be a part of the amazing work they’re doing to further Ebert’s legacy and spirit by continuing to build an international community of passionate critics, writers, and fans through the site.
We feel immensely blessed to be associated, in any way, with Roger Ebert (who was, for many of us, the man who first helped us fall in love with movies), and we couldn’t be more excited about this collaboration! 

brightwalldarkroom:

We are insanely excited to officially announce some very BIG news:

Beginning this week, RogerEbert.com will be running one essay from each new issue of Bright Wall/Dark Room magazine on their website.

We are partnering with them to make this possible, thanks to the work of their editor-in-chief (and writer/critic extraordinaire) Matt Zoller Seitz, who reached out to us and offered us a chance to be a part of the amazing work they’re doing to further Ebert’s legacy and spirit by continuing to build an international community of passionate critics, writers, and fans through the site.

We feel immensely blessed to be associated, in any way, with Roger Ebert (who was, for many of us, the man who first helped us fall in love with movies), and we couldn’t be more excited about this collaboration! 

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