THE LAND tells the story of four teenage boys who devote their summer to escaping the streets of Cleveland, Ohio to pursue a dream life of professional skateboarding. But when they get ... See full summary »
NYPD cop Ruda is a cop during the day and a religious Santerio (High Ranking Priest) of "Black Magic" by night. A curse is placed on the NYPD by the mother of a boy shot by cops. Now the NYPD needs Ruda to help break the curse.
A tight little parable set in a playground basketball court in which the devil challenges a guy working on his jump shot to a game to ten. It's imaginative and swiftly paced and the basketball is amazingly clever and well-done. The director is an actual Christian and wears a cross, so it's not just a creepy play off a Christian text, but is an insider's movie. I met the director and the star at a film festival in the Catskills. Great people.
The film is very short - only about eleven minutes. But the costuming is very nice, and the playground is a jewel - a kind of box canyon playground on a bright summer's day in Long Island. What I remember is how crazy the devil is in the film - an amazing dribbler who can do impressive feats. Luis da Silva has been in Nike commercials. Many ballers do not think this is real basketball because that's not how people play in the NBA. But it's a fictional movie, and the dribbling is nightmarishly tricky. Quite a fun film, and everyone has to face the devil, and beat him, in order to have a decent life.
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