There are few fly-on-the-wall sports documentaries as revered as Steve James’ 1994 film Hoop Dreams
, which followed the lives of two high-school basketball phenoms in Chicago as they tried to make their way to the NBA. James’ first feature documentary to revisit the world of sports, Head Games
, owes more to Michael Moore’s advocacy work than D.A. Pennebaker’s cinema verite
style, but in its own way, it’s just as powerful a portrait of what sports mean to the people who play them.
The movie opens with a portrait of former college-football player, ex-professional wrestler, and Harvard graduate Chris Nowinski, who, after suffering a concussio...