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Movies based on true stories.

  1. #1050682016-07-15 19:10:44 *Kirn said:

    The Dark Horse (2014)

    This is a New Zealand movie about a chess-player with a grand name Genesis Potini, who is known for creating a chess school for underprivileged kids. He was a speed chess player, and we was suffering from bipolar disorder. And not some weak shit disorder either, like people boast about these days, he had fits that landed him into mental hospital on few occasions. Despite his problems, he took on teaching, and in just few weeks time trained one of his students to become a winner of the local Youth Championship.
    So, how true? Honestly, I can't say. The most I found is this article, and it's not even on any movie or historical site, it's on a chess site. Still. Basic outline is true - guy is crazy, guy takes on teaching chess club, guy leads his club to victory in a shortest time. Drama stuff? I'd say, it's Hollywood, but truth is, stuff like that could have been happening left and right there at the time, so that dramatization might not have been too far off.
    Interesting is that some stuff isn't even in the movie. Apparently, Gen took on teaching kids with disorders, like ADHD and stuffs. And got some results, contributing to spheres of research that try to cure those conditions. He was really obsessed, even more than it is shown in the movie, with chess. He was, apparently, more violent, than it is shown...
    Sooo... basic outline is true, but particulars are more of a fiction, and some of the interesting stuff wasn't covered. Also, I will say this right now - it's more of a human drama movie, than a movie about chess. Doesn't make it worse, but I did have to make that warning.

  2. #1051612016-07-17 17:41:29Ecstasy said:

    The Blind Side is a 2009 American semi-biographical sports drama film. It was written and directed by John Lee Hancock, and based on the 2006 book The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game by Michael Lewis. The storyline features Michael Oher, an offensive lineman who played for the Baltimore Ravens and the Tennessee Titans, and currently is signed with the Carolina Panthers in the NFL. The film follows Oher from his impoverished upbringing, through his years at Wingate Christian School (a fictional representation of Briarcrest Christian School in Memphis, Tennessee), his adoption by Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy, to his position as one of the most highly coveted prospects in college football, then finally becoming a first-round pick of the Ravens.

    Sandra Bullock got a whole bunch of awards for the role in this movie.

    Race controversy
    The Blind Side has been criticized as presenting a white savior narrative in which Oher, an African-American male, is unable to overcome poverty and personal failure without the guidance of adoptive, white mother Tuohy. For example, Jeffrey Montez de Oca of the University of Colorado writes that in The Blind Side's portrayal of adoption, "charity operates as a signifying act of whiteness that obscures the social relations of domination that not only make charity possible but also creates an urban underclass in need of charity." Melissa Anderson of the Dallas Observer argues that the "mute, docile" portrayal of Oher effectively endorses the Uncle Tom stereotype of African-American submission to white authority.

    Taken from the movie's wikipedia page.

  3. #1052552016-07-20 15:43:00Kirn said:

    Elvis and Nixon (2016)

    This movie is about pretty much one day - when Elvis met with Nixon, and they took a picture, and apparently, everybody was very happy about it. This happened before complete recording of such things became mandatory, so details of the meeting are kinda still semi-secret. Making this a fiction about a true, but quite vague historical event.
    So, apparently, it is true. The King - Elvis Presley himself - one day just went to Nixon, asking for a federal badge. Weird, right? I myself had no idea that even happened. I mean, just thinking that Elvis - being most famous entertainer of USA - and Nixon - being most famous stuck-up asshole of USA - actually met and agreed on something and had a picture. Holy hell...
    How true? Well, noone can say for sure. Except for Jerry Schilling, who is represented in the movie, and who is alive and was participating in the production. Here is article about his account of the events. So, movie is a comedy, and it does what it does to poke fun at things, to entertain us. However, some similarities, while not true to the event itself, can be quite true to life. Also, check out that last part about why Elvis even wanted the badge. Nice, eh? Very practical.

    http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2016/04/20/20/332D60AF00000578-3539865-image-m-39_1461180897103.jpg

    But there's more. Here's the article about a guy called Egil 'Bud' Krogh, who worked on this thing from other side - he was part of Nixon's staff at the time. So, if you want to get a more point-by-point account of the events, this is the article you wanna read.

    All in all - if not for this movie, I would never knew about the event. Goddamn incredible, really.

  4. #1064022016-08-23 20:54:10 *Kirn said:

    The Man Who Knew Infinity (2015)

    This one is about math. A-and, I probably lost you all right now. But still, this movie is about Srinivasa Ramanujan, an Indian genius mathematician, who in 1914 went to England to show them Brits, what's what. And he did.
    So, how true? Well, the guy has a pretty big wiki page. In addition, I haven't found a decent article on truth of the story, but here's a praising review, which mentions some obvious dramatizations and inconsistencies like Hardy's age and overly simplified racial bigotry.
    However, interesting this about that movie is that it really serves only to tell the story of this Indian mathematician. There's no patriotism, no moral in the end. Quite honestly, dramatizations are sorely needed, because, really, it's a movie purely about math, and that's it. So yeah, for anyone with unhealthy love for mathematics - this is surely a must-see movie.

  5. #1067542016-09-07 16:22:23Kirn said:

    All the Way (2016)

    So, LBJ was the guy who became president after JFK got shot. Btw, LBJ's vice-president was HHH, and imagine how funny that presidential alliteration! But enough with the humor. Lyndon Johnson, as he got sworn in, took on a hard work of both changing the laws, which didn't make many friends for him, and trying to actually win in next election properly. And that movie in about that period of time - Lyndon's presidency from Kennedy's death and 'till his election.
    Bryan Cranston is the lead here, and the movie holds on his charisma and presence, as you can expect. Actually, it's like he reprising his Trumbo role, cause that one also was political and grand. This one is even more so. Now, the movie follows civil rights legislation. Those events are well known historically. But also the movie tries to explore the characters of people involved... And I can't really say much about it. I have seen a few good and bad reviews, but honestly, it's anybody's guess, how well this is represented.
    Actually, I will admit my incompetence in this matter and leave you this wikipedia link. That's all I can give today.

  6. #1067822016-09-08 20:04:09Kirn said:

    Genius (2016)

    Yes, next one so soon. This one is about 30-ies, about editor Maxwell Evarts Perkins and writer
    Thomas Wolfe and their work together. Now, Maxwell, apparently, was responsible for discovering Hemingway and Scott Fitzgerald. And then this Wolfe guy came along, and he wrote a metric fuckton of pages. And Maxwell's job was to make the book presentable to the public. Which meant to cut a lot of stuff.
    So, praised be the internet, this one actually got an article on my usual site which I urge you to read right away. What can be said about it? Again, story is made slightly more dramatic. Maxwell wasn't taken by the work immediately, Aline's suicide attempt was much less dramatic, there was some additional monetary settlement, which contributed to the separation of the writer and the publishing agency. However, a lot of key elements were done right - Wolfe had older obsessive lover, Maxwell really got into work, books were fucking huge (I mean sheer volume right now)...
    Are characters represented right? I mean, it is what movie essentially concentrates on. Hell if I know, really. But, considering it's the world of writers - huge boisterous people with large personalities... I'd say, it is believable. And to add to that, that Wolfe died cause of brain tuberculosis, which probably contributed t his writing and behavior quite a bit... So yeah, I'd go with believable, though, obviously made to fit the dramatizations of the screenplay.

  7. #1071792016-09-22 04:41:53 *Kirn said:

    Free State of Jones (2016)

    This movie tells a very interesting story - about an armed rebellion against the confederacy in the state of Louisiana, which is considered by many to be one of the most pro-confederacy states even. Led by a man named Newton Knight, played in this movie by Matthew McConaughey.
    So, this is really interesting. First of all, I never knew this was a thing, but apparently, part of Louisiana did rebel hard during civil war, and they never were really suppressed - war ended. And thankfully, there is something to read about there, so I can relate you to the usual site that picks at specific facts and also to a related article about preparations for the movie.
    It seems, only parts of what shown was true, and as you can imagine, a lot of untrue parts were made up for dramatics by Hollywood. Nephew Daniel is fictional and clearly made for us to feel bad. Moses is fictional and made up as representation of local Negroes. Asshole tax collector is fictional and is clear representation of many asshole tax collectors of the time who, I imagine, were just as bad. Military commander of the region is based on the real person, and the attack at the church actually happened, but the guy was shot at different event and not strangled there.
    Historical facts are there too. Anger at '20 Negroes law', hiding out in swamps, taking over the county and getting a shitty end of the stick after it was all said and done, cause - surprise-surprise - slavery and nigger-hating didn't quite end there. Nope, rich fucks were reinstated, KKK started riding out... good times.
    Trial of Davis Knight is actually true, and that is what cracks me up about this all - family matters. Because it is true - Newton married to white woman, had 9 children with her, went to have a common marriage with black woman, had 5 kids with her, and then, after she died, entered common marriage with her daughter from other white man and had 2 more kids with that one. Which is what they don't show in movie - you see his having only 2 kids there. So, those who call that guy white trash actually do have a point. At the same time, he was a military leader that got the whole rebellion going quite successfully, so it can be assumed that he was just as grand as he is portrayed in the movie. It's just that Hollywood made the image more romantic by taking away the more questionable parts, just as they do.

    All in all? A lot of made up stuff, but this movie does tell about a very interesting events which aren't widely known, I guess. So there's obvious merit in watching it and then going to check on more facts.

  8. #1075922016-10-14 14:16:18Kirn said:

    The Infiltrator (2016)

    And it's Bryan Cranston again. Man, that guy does a lot of true story movies recently. This one is about the huge drug bust that was made possible due to infiltrating the cartel and actually working in laundering its money for a while.
    So, main question, as always is, how true this all is. And again, I found the article on my usual site. And looks like, most of the dramatic stuff was added there just for the effect. No cake-bashing, no voodoo rituals, noone saw what was actually in the case, even arrest at the wedding isn't exactly true. So, I guess, this movie just outlines the facts and generously sprinkles it with a lot of Hollywood drama magic.
    Oh well. At least the guy whom Bryan Cranston plays is happy with how the film turned out.

  9. #1077072016-10-21 02:53:58Lieutenant said:

    Deepwater Horizon (2016)

    Another movie made based on the April 20, 2010's explosion in the oil industry (in the Gulf of Mexico on the BP-operated Macondo Prospect), worst oil spill in the US history or something, so they say. 11 men were killed and the rest survived. Teaches you not to play with shit and do your job carefully, why exactly the protocol exists. Thing can be destroyed with only one man's flaw. And you'll understand why they pay you a lot for s such dangerous job(s).

    Okay so they actually have a comparison thinggy in some articles here

    I personally enjoy the movie. Though it's a bonus if you have engineering background/knowledge in it because of the term/language they're using in it, who doesn't know, well, don't know then. I do think they tried to make people understand at least, movie gets better behind everything, after all the technical parts. For some reason a news about it (I guess due to the movie) emerges here. This movie actually has 7.5/10 ratings on IMDB at the moment. Well that being said, I never really knew anything about this incident until after the movie came out. ) I would watch it again though, just for the heck of it.

  10. #1079002016-11-04 20:47:41Kirn said:

    Army of One (2016)

    God fucking damnit, it's Nicolas Cage playing a crazy guy. Already makes it a worthy movie to watch.
    Okay, seriously now. I actually want to make connection between this story and the story of a 'Hunting Party' movie, which I listed in the first post of this thread. Both movies are about looking for dangerous people at weird territory, and both movie were adapted from magazine articles.
    That's where similarities end, because this one is about a... well, a mad person. Not saying it in a bad way, but perhaps you have a person you know, who kinda lives in his own world and rarely shuts up? Yeah, this movie is about the guy like that. The difference is, that guy actually acted on what he was saying - he went to Pakistan to... no, he fucking routinely went to Pakistan to hunt for Bin Laden. Fuck, he will go there again using money he got from this fucking movie!
    So, how true? Well, it is an actual guy, who actually went to Pakistan to hunt for Bin Laden, and he does have a bad kidney and he is apparently batshit crazy. So yeah, that checks out. Rest of it is just Nic Cage being Nic Cage, which is perfect for this role. I will link you here the article that the movie was adapted from. It's a fun read.

  11. #1081652016-11-23 19:21:55 *Kirn said:

    War Dogs (2016)

    Okay, you will expect a really silly movie based on the trailer and the fact that it's from Hangover trilogy maker, right? Well, it is kinda damn fucking silly. And it is in fact based on a very true story. Well, you know how that young fuck made this silly thingy, which you all use now, called Facebook? Yeah, kinda that kind of story.
    At the end of the movie, in credits, they specifically claim, that the movie is based on the Rolling Stone magazine article, so here it is. And let me tell you right away what is bullshit in the movie. Pretty much, all shooting and gun-pointing is bullshit, added just to get some actual action in there. Main character's struggle with his wife? No fucking idea, probably also movie dramatization to get all you family demographics our there.
    What is real? Fucking hell, the fact that 2 20-something stoners landed major arms contract and became main arms merchants for Afghanistan deal organized under Bush administration. That alone is just as fucking silly as it sounds. The general story is true - two old friends meet, do business, work small deals, work their way up, land huge fucking deal, fuck about with Chinese ammo in fucking Albania. Yes, as silly as it sounds. The experiences arms dealer, played by Bradley Cooper in the movie, yeah, he based on a real person, and some of his deal details are represented fairly correctly in the film. Eventual falling out and final charges? Yes, true.

    This movie is made to be silly and presentable in Hollywood sort of way, but it does tell about something that is essentially exactly as silly and strange and kind of amazing, really. It's good fun, and it's fun to know that it actually happened.

  12. #1084362016-12-20 20:25:14Kirn said:

    Sully (2016)

    This one is about what they apparently called a miracle - pilot managed to water-land a plane after both engines hot shut down, without losing any of the passengers. The movie depicts those events, and the following investigation.
    I like Tom Hanks, so I was interested to see this, and it is a very solid drama. With increased credibility due to the fact that it really happened. And my usual source actually claims that major part of what was shown did indeed happen. Sully's background, crash itself, small family details, even flashbacks. Obviously, movie added dramatization to some things. And since movie needed antagonist, the investigators were made into such thing - that's why none of them is based on real people. To not imply that anyone is a really bad guy in this case. Also, in the movie things happen fast, while the real investigation lasted for a very long time.
    But yes, most of what is shown is as true as things can be in a movie, and no wonder - this is a recent event, and the movie director had possibility to talk to most participants of this.

  13. #1090012017-01-31 18:30:44 *Kirn said:

    Queen of Katwe (2016)

    First of all - this is about chess. This is your usual Disney story about a young girl - living deep in the ass-end of African slums - who almost accidentally joined a chess class for poor kids. And then turned out to be a chess prodigy, quite famous in chess world. The cool thing is, it is actually true.
    You know, I really did not expect much of this. I mean, it seems to be a trend of sorts recently to make movies about black people coming to success, and let's be fair, those movies can be good or bad or just plain political. However, this story is just what it is. Little African girl got into chess and ended up fighting for Master title in Russia. And that game helped her to turn around the life for her and her family. Pretty damn neat, if you ask me.
    The article on the usual site actually states, that pretty much all of the key points of this are correct. They toned down on religious matters, and they SERIOUSLY toned down on how actually fucking horrible it is to be poor in the deep asshole of Africa. But in all important things it is correct, and apparently, they even filmed on some of the actual locations, to bring that additional realism flavor. All in all, decent movie.

  14. #1092262017-02-21 19:16:27Kirn said:

    Holy shit, it's raining true story movies.

    Bleed For This (2016)

    This starts as a normal boxing movie - some hot-shot boxer gets low, starts training, gets better, scores cool win. Thing is, that's just half of the movie, cause then he gets into car crash and breaks his neck.
    And what he does? He screws gets into halo procedure and trains while having iron screws in his own fucking head. And fucking wins. And you may not believe this, but article at the usual site actually made me laugh because this time movie is not as fucking incredible as the truth. In movie the guy wears the metal thing on his head for 6 months. Real life? 3. In movie he starts training after a month after the procedure. Real life? 5 days passed.
    As someone who broke some vertebrae myself, this is a movie I can strongly relate to, and this is damn impressive story.

    Christine (2016)

    Now this one is a bit weird. Basically, it's about a female news reporter who, unable to cope with a fuckton of stress, one day went and shot herself. Live on TV. In 1970-ies. Which was a definite direction into more interesting news, I can tell you that right now.
    Quite honestly, I couldn't find the article on my preferred site, so here's another article, and this one is more praising and less fact-checking. I guess, we can assume that the outline is correct. She was weird in her own way, she was virgin, she shot herself on air.
    As I said, we can't be sure, how many details are right, thought, obviously, the base of the story is correct - she did get fucking depressed over a guy she liked got out of her reach and over her work and generally over life. Personally, I did not get involved while watching this, but I really couldn't relate to the character, and maybe it would work better for you.

    Hacksaw Ridge (2016)

    Now this one is nominated for Oscars. And you can see why - glorious war movie, made by Mel Gibson, trying hard to be as epic and impactful as Saving Private Ryan. Only, in this one the private is the one saving everyone. And it actually happened.
    How, I laughed hard when I realized, during the first part of the movie, what is the story here. Apparently, that guy - Doss - was a religious nut who didn't work on Saturdays and absolutely refused to carry and use ant kind of weapon. And he enlisted into the US Army to go fight Japanese. As a medic. And apparently, this fucker, who was ridiculed and bullied during combat training, turned out to be one of the bravest people out there - going out into artillery fire and saving about 75 people, one by one.
    Obviously, there's the article for this movie. And from that we can see that this movie is very obviously going for some additional drama to get more viewers. Hero's father threatening his own wife with a gun - not exactly true. Hero meeting his wife while she was nurse - not true. Being court-martialed - nope, also not true, though, the guy was given some shit in the army, both from other privates, and from some officers. On the other hand, apparently, the guy really was as heroic as he was shown in the movie - he did save a lot of people, there are unconfirmed rumors of him even helping the enemy wounded, he really was blown up a bit, and - most amazingly - the assault of the ridge really was halted to allow him time to pray.
    All in all - extremely well-made movie, which uses a lot of dramatization for the first part of it, but is pretty true to life in the second part.