My wife and I recently got back to talking about “The Big Short,” which I will reiterate as being one of my favorite movies … well … ever. The context of the conversations has mostly been in regards to gift giving (not terribly relevant here) but also a little about how accurate/truthful the story seemed to be (definitely more relevant here).
So it was with great interest that I discovered this link today, a scoring of major Hollywood films that portray “true” stories … and how true to life the movies actually are.
It’s all very fascinating to those of us who sit there during a movie and wonder about that sort of thing (e.g. “Did that REALLY happen?”). So I encourage folks to check it out. And happily, “The Big Short” scored very well in the “truthy” metric, so I can continue to enjoy the movie without regret*.
* I use the term regret because in today’s political climate wherein the trustworthiness of our news organizations is being called into question, and wherein websites like RightwingTruthLibTardsSuck.com continue to gain a foothold despite their peddling of patented falsehoods, a “true” story glammed up for Hollywood with some lies and half-truths becomes a much less desirable use of my time.
I touched on some of this (the going down the rabbit hole of truth) with friend David Lee Simmons in our “Spotlight” podcast. I encourage you to give it a listen if you haven’t.
And for something not completely unrelated, I recently watched Batman v. Superman and updated my comic book movie rankings.