Thursday, 15 June 2017

Thursday Movie Picks: Movies Based on True Events



I have the honour of being the one who suggested this week's theme as I was going to use The Bling Ring. I was a little obsessed over this story for a short period of time as I was fascinated by the crimes and why the hell this bunch of kids did this. But I think I used the film for another theme so I'm going in with these...

Battleship Potemkin - Mutiny 1905 on the Russian Battleship Potemkin


Known for its amazing sequence on the Odessa Steps, this story about a crew of a battleship rebelling against the cruel officers is indeed based on real events. In Sergei Eisenstein's masterpiece, the crew are supported by the people on land who come to their aid who then gunned down on by the police. The crew of the battleship then aim their guns at the police but peace is restored when other ships refuse to fire on their comrades. A straightforward bloody picture with roots in a bloody battle. Although silent, it speaks volumes. I go into more depth HERE.


Pain & Gain - The Sun Gym gang


I never ever thought I would be picking a Michael Bay film but here we are. I saw this for free at a three day event where press got to see a whole bunch of films all day. It was a dream come true for me, even if this black comedy based on real events was screened. I also had to sit through The Wolverine.  Based on the Sun Gym gang, a group of bodybuilders who commited crimes including kidnapping, extortion, torture and murder, the film is changed slightly to become a story about the American Dream and how far a group of guys will go to get it. It is very funny in places but over all terrible, which is probably why I enjoyed it. I didn't delve too far in the real stories which is unsual for me but I had seen enough of this group of violent idiots.

Made in Dagenham - Ford sewing machinists strike of 1968


Seems like a run of the mill 'feel good' British drama set in the 60s - wrong! Musical adaptation aside, the story about the women of Ford who went on strike over the equal pay was a landmark labour-relations dispute that paved the way for progress. The story follows a group of women who protest sexual discrimination and demand equal pay, even going as far as protesting outside Parliament. It does make you feel good I'll admit but it also looks at the bigger picture and proves that we can do anything if we set our minds to it, especially if it is for the right cause.


Don't forget to check out where it all started over at 

14 comments:

  1. I haven't seen any of these but I did like The Bling Ring lol

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    1. That almost made it. The doc on the DVD was insane! Those kids were crazy.

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  2. Nice picks! I've never heard of Battleship Potemkin before. That's crazy!

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    1. That is crazy!! Get thee to YouTube pronto heheheh.

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  3. Interesting choices. Haven't seen Pain & Gain-the Michael Bay connection has kept me away I must admit-but the others are wonderful film.

    Potemkin is marvelously fluid for a silent Russian film of this period and the story involving.

    I LOVE Made in Dagenham. Hard to chose an MVP since all the women are strong forceful and capable people but I have a soft spot for Miranda Richardson who makes every second of her small role count.

    There are so many too choose from this week I went the simpler route of just picking the first three favs that came to mind.

    Frost/Nixon (2008)-In 1977 well known showman David Frost (Michael Sheen) famous for glib interviews with pop stars is suffering a bit of a slump. He hits upon what he thinks is a surefire idea for a ratings grabbing showpiece. He sets out to interview former president Richard Nixon (Frank Langella), living in seclusion in San Clemente, CA after resigning in disgrace following the Watergate scandal. Nixon’s agent Swifty Lazar sure that it will be a puff piece encourages Tricky Dicky to take the sizable amount of money offered and run. The series of interviews get off to a rocky start with a loquacious and obdurate Nixon evading any sort of hard questioning but suddenly an unexpected breakthrough changes the course of the sessions into a revealing confessional. Sheen & Langella repeated their roles from the hit Broadway play that was the basis for the film which in turn was based on the actual interviews.

    The Queen (2006)-In 1997 Queen Elizabeth II (Helen Mirren) has been on the English throne for 45 years, respected and beloved worldwide. Even more popular, though not within the royal family, is her former daughter-in-law Princess Diana whose marriage to Prince Charles had collapsed in acrimony after a decade of high exposure. She has since become a goodwill ambassador for many worthwhile causes as well as a paparazzi magnet and a bane to her former mother-in-law. When Diana is killed in a car accident caused by those same paparazzi hounding her the queen believes the proper course is a quiet funeral followed by a period of private mourning owing to the fact that Diana is no longer considered a member of the royal family. That turns out to be an almost catastrophic miscalculation that threatens the sovereignty of the throne and which requires new Prime Minister Tony Blair (Michael Sheen) to step in and guide her through to avert a disastrous outcome. Helen Mirren won an Oscar for her much lauded performance.

    Inherit the Wind (1960)-Small town teacher Bertram Cates (Dick York-best known as the first Darrin on Bewitched) is arrested for teaching Darwin’s evolutionary theory to his students and put on trial. Representing him gratis is famed attorney Henry Drummond (Spencer Tracy) as the opposition is spearheaded by blustery litigator Matthew Harrison Brady (Fredric March) while wryly cynical newspaperman E. K. Hornbecker (Gene Kelly) observes and reports. As passions run high in the oppressive summer heat the local pastor Reverend Jeremiah Brown (Claude Akins) incites the townspeople with fiery rhetoric. A real acting showcase for both leads aided by a beautiful performance from Florence Eldridge (she was March’s spouse in real life) as Brady’s gentle wife who tries to temper his more outrageous behavior. Semi fictionalized version of the Scopes Monkey trial wherein famed lawyers Clarence Darrow & William Jennings Bryant fought in court over Darwin’s theory.

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    1. You're right it being hard you choose. I had several picks and narrowed it down. It's also crazy to see just how many films were inspired by real events.

      Frost/Nixon was better than I thought it would be - the leads were superb. Not a fan of things about the Royals. Done to death to be fair. I'm really intrigued by your last pick!

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  4. I have seen Battleship Potemkin which is gritty and modern even though it is a silent film that's almost 100 years old. I just saw clips of Pain and Gain which looks like it would be fun to watch. I haven't even heard of the last one and didn't know about the real event.

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    1. I definitely recommend checking out the real story behind Made in Dagenham. It was a big deal over here and not just because of the musical that followed :)

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  5. Good job choosing the theme this week. Interesting choices, I am not familiar with any of them, but now I want to see all except the first.

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    1. Thank you! The real stories behind the picks today are fascinating and that goes for everyone.

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  6. I haven't seen any of these but Pain & Gain is on my watchlist (dunno why) and Made in Dagenham sounds very interesting.

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    1. I think it's on there because it's not like any Bay film plus it's hilarious

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  7. LOVE Made in Dagenham! Such a feel-good film that comes by it honestly, and the performances are all delightful.

    WOOT WOOT to the Pain & Gain lovers!

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    1. Hahahah!! Aw Pain & Gain!!!

      It is a bit of a feel good - even better that the real events started something good

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