Archive for the Historical Category

FIRST MAN

What are movies for, exactly? Well, like any other artform, they’re meant to tell stories. Most of those stories are fictional, but many also find themselves inspired by true events. The thing is, truth is often stranger than fiction. Reading the Wikipedia article or listening to an […]

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BlacKkKlansman

Some movies have a point they’re trying to make, some don’t at all. Some have some deep themes they want to explore, while some just want to entertain. What you always need, though, is a good story. Without a good story to latch onto, there’s not much […]

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THE POST

What would we do without the free press? Well, we’d certainly be a lot less annoyed as a nation. More importantly, though, we wouldn’t be informed and know what’s going on in the world. We rely on the work of relentless journalists and researchers in order to know […]

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DARKEST HOUR

I’m pretty sure that Gary Oldman is my favorite actor ever. No matter the project, whether it’s being directed by Francis Ford Coppola or by some hack, the man always gives it his all. His all is never terrible, though. Even in the worst films, he can sometimes be that one […]

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AMERICAN MADE

American history has a lot of untold facets that are begging to be explored and shared with its citizens. A big one of those is our good ol’ friends at Central Intelligence, and all of the shady, clandestine activities they performed, and most likely still are performing […]

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DETROIT

You have to be wary of those films out there that are marketed as, “The terrifying secret you never knew behind this big historical event.” 99% of the time it rings completely hollow and the films are usually just falsely crafted narratives to increase dramatic tension. There’s always that 1%, […]

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THE LOST CITY OF Z

Telling a story about a real life person can have some challenges, especially if the story you want to tell encapsulates almost two decades of the person’s life. The fact of the matter is, films have certain structures that not just offer for engaging narratives, but allows […]

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THE FOUNDER

The story of a small, family owned restaurant becoming one of the world’s largest fast food chains is indeed a fascinating story, but how necessary is it for it to be told? And if it is necessary, why is a film the right vessel for this story? […]

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THE BIRTH OF A NATION

Making a film about an iconic historical figure is like walking on thin ice. That ice is even thinner, and the water even deeper, when that certain figure is looked at with a degree of controversy. Obviously, it depends on the filmmaker and their intention, but in […]

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SULLY

I’m not a big fan of clearly manufactured drama of true events. When the famous plane landing in the Hudson River happened, all I remember was that Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger successfully landed the plane, was lauded as a hero, and that was pretty much it. There […]

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