“Based on a True Story…”

It’s gotten to the point where I more or less can’t watch movies based on true stories. My wife rented The Imitation Game a couple of weeks ago and I spent the entire movie doubting that anything I was seeing actually happened that way, anxious to look up all the ways that the filmmakers decided that history wasn’t interesting enough or was too messy to fit a tidy narrative.

I wish every filmmaker exploring history created a detailed footnote website, like this one. I haven’t seen Free State of Jones yet, but I will.


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