3. High Flying Bird
It’s crazy, the first iPhone debuted in 2007 and since then many iterations have come and gone. These pieces of technology have plenty of abilities and features but famed director Steven Soderbergh decided to make feature films with these smartphones. High Flying Bird is the second of Soderbergh’s films to use an iPhone, the other being Unsane. This movie stars Andre Holland, Zazie Beetz, and a few other notable stars.
Set during the famed 2011 NBA lockout where the players used their representation to receive equal profits from the league. Previously, the owners of the NBA teams were taking in a largely unequal amount of each teams profits and the players wanted to bring that to a 50/50 split. Ray Burke (Holland) is a representative at a major agency that currently represents Erick Scott (Melvin Gregg), a rookie basketball player who hasn’t been able to make any money since being drafted and is feeling the struggle of the lockout. Ray meets with his boss, the players association head, and various owners throughout the weeks leading up to a large forum between the owners and reps. Erick develops a small rivalry with another local player and this leads to a new plan headed by Ray.
Any sports movie fan will appreciate the “inside baseball” dialogue that happens throughout this movie. The lockout wasn’t all that long ago and many o the details were very public. This should intrigue any fan of the NBA to give this movie a view. Not to mention it’s wonderfully shot using just an iPhone and has some awesome appearances by Sonja Sohn, Kyle MacLachlan, and Zachary Quinto.