Oscar Hopefuls ‘Selma,’ ‘Imitation Game’ Under Attack as Mudslinging Begins


Oscar voting began Monday, which means it’s time for an annual awards tradition: mudslinging.

In the last 10 days, Joseph A. Califano Jr. wrote an op-ed piece for the Washington Post lambasting “Selma,” while Christian Caryl of the NYR Blog (of the New York Review of Books) blasted “The Imitation Game,” both citing factual inaccuracies.

Califano, who worked with Lyndon Johnson, stresses that his recollections of 1965 are different from some scenes in the Ava DuVernay-directed film. He concludes with the sentence, “The movie should be ruled out this Christmas and during the ensuing awards season.”

It’s not clear what “ruled out” means; does he think all films are like “The Interview,” to be pulled from theaters if there’s a controversy? The reference to awards season is a little more sinister, raising suspicion that a rival studio somehow fueled this outburst.

Under the headline “The movie ‘Selma’ has a glaring flaw,” Califano says, “Lyndon Johnson and Martin Luther King Jr. were partners in this effort,” i.e., plans for the Selma march. But ultimately the film, scripted by Paul Webb, is sympathetic to LBJ, so Califano’s indignation is a little surprising and even comical. DuVernay fired back on Twitter.

Caryl doesn’t go so far as to demand that “Imitation Game” be eliminated from awards consideration, but does label some of the scenes as “monstrous hogwash” due to their alleged invention. With a flood of fact-based films in the awards race, it’s worth reminding Califano, Caryl and everyone else: A narrative film is not a documentary or a historical record. It’s a movie.

Dramatists have taken liberty with historical facts since Shakespeare. Last year, the real Philomena Lee put things into perspective. When asked about accuracy, she shrugged and smiled that “Philomena” strayed from facts, “but it’s a movie, so that’s all right.”

It’s become a maxim of awards season that only those films that are serious contenders get smear campaigns, so perhaps these attacks are actually a good sign for the studios. And there are sure to be more complaints to come, especially considering how many fact-based films are in the running this year, with a flurry typically just before the Feb. 6 start of Oscar final balloting.

By now, it’s become de rigueur for best-picture contenders to be badmouthed, but the media and Academy voters have caught on. They pretty much ignored the claims of inaccuracy about “12 Years a Slave,” “Captain Phillips,” “The Dallas Buyers Club” and others last year. The only attacks that seem to have had an impact were against “Zero Dark Thirty,” and that’s partly because those claims, including accusations of security breaches, were so over-the-top and vicious that they veered toward character assassination.

In the past, some victims have stated, off the record, that they have proof the mudslinging was started by a rival. If they do have proof, they should go on the record this year. The Academy keeps an eye on campaign irregularities and, in a get-tough action last year, disqualified a song nominee over that issue. So it would be great if the badmouthers were taken to task and their films were — in the immortal words of Califano — “ruled out” of the Oscar race.

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  1. PETER JAY says:

    Batman, I agree, so Cumberbatch is doing RICHARD III in England right now, is that quite opposite enough for you? Yes, Ben could have done IMITATION GAME in his talented sleep!

  2. Batman says:

    Let’s not forget Benedict’s poor character development.
    I’m disappointed, hoped he could bring something to this role instead of a copy of previous characters.

    Oh well, it happens.
    He might need to play a role quite opposite his type, just to get some self perspective, me thinks.

  3. I can’t wait to see this film. I am ignoring naysayers. I remember that they did the same thing to Denzel Washington and his movie “The Hurricane”. They do this to keep “certain” films and actors from winning awards. It’s rediculous!

  4. Marty says:

    After reading a serious discussion the flaws in Selma, “mudslinging” seems to apply more to defenders of the film than to those who criticize it. See http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/12/selma-martin-luther-king-113911.html?hp=m1

    The film’s critics (including Califano and Andrew Young!) do not seem likely to be engaging simply in Hollywood politics.

  5. PETER says:

    THE IMITATION GAME is far from the truth, not that it should not have been filmed. At least the public is getting some of the story. It was often over the top for cheap laughs, melodramatic, acting was okay. Ben Cumberbatch could have done that role in his sleep. Bradley Cooper; Jake G.; of course, Eddie Redmayne should be on all the Best Actor nominations instead of Cumberbach. And Tom Hardy also for LOCKE. But Cumberbach is flying back and forth from England where he is shooting RICHARD III, to L.A. to promote THE IMITATION GAME and himself, so we will see what happens. THE IMITATION GAME was a disappointment to me. THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING is much better. But I do think that Cumberbach is wonderful how hard he works, all the variety of so many roles he’s played, and was fabulous in PARADES END, OSAGE COUNTY, 12 YEARS, STAR TREK.

  6. Jim Ponsoldt says:

    the attack on “the imitation game” is utterly absurd. the film is wonderful and definitely deserves awards consideration in a number of categories, including film, director, actor, and, yes, screenplay.

  7. kaleokualoha says:

    On the other hand, Egypt’s objections to “Exodus” have some merit. The pyramids WERE built before Abraham during the Old Kingdom.

  8. Movkmoynihan says:

    The only one that surprises me is ‘Birdman’ as that os a terrible movie. We lasted 30 minutes ne gore we hot up and left

  9. MichaelZ says:

    You’re right. These films aren’t documentaries. Just as Al Sharpton isn’t a credible news anchor like Brian Williams. But in Sharpton’s case, just look at the damage done when media conglomerates present half-truths and fictionalization without cluing in the general public. Allowing the general public to perceive “Selma” as a biography is almost as bad.

    Fictionalized entertainment, centered on major historical figures like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., President Johnson, etc. should be released with a clear acknowledgement of the fictionalization. “Selma” wasn’t.

    In a horrible year for filmmaking, the film didn’t need the passive aggressive dishonesty which is now biting it in the ass. Too bad.

  10. Danny says:

    Selma, 12 Years a Slave, The Help, and The Butler are produced at this racially tense time in our history to stir up old angers, hatred and fear for a painful and spiritually primitive era in our history.

    There are about 20 of these types of movies being filmed as I pen this. With all of the recent cop killings, protest and riots, this Government wants to transport the consciousness of this nation back to a 1950’s mentality of fear, hate, and ignorance and intolerance of other nationalities.

    These scripts, historically accurate or not, tend to summon negative emotions in the viewers and create dialogue on race that a large majority of our society had advanced from.

    I am aware that there are those who would say that racism still exist, and to some degree, that is true. However, some of the racism and sexism that we witness now has been test tubed and created using thespians and the big screen as a microscope to enlarge a disease that our collective humanity don’t need to examine any longer!

    Heading into the spiritually and technologically promising year 2015, why are we focusing on fear, hate and doubt? We need more films on how we relate, respect and love each other now, not the ugliness of what got us here!

    • Alicia says:

      I respect your opinion, however we will have to agree to disagree. To address why there is civil unrest along racial lines, the reason for it should be examined. History and underlying tension is not going to suddenly disappear because individuals, such as yourself, are self-aware or operate on a higher spiritual plain. This country has a history of suppressing and exterminating minorities, be it Native Americans and the trail of tears, Japanese internment camps, the enslavement of Africans and the middle passage, and the decimation of an entire black community known as Black Wall Street in Missouri. Minorities have always been second class citizens in America, and the attitude of some, such as those on Fox news, is get over it, it happened, it’s done, black lives may matter, but he or they were scared. There is no excuse for the behavior or treatment of minorities, and it can not be justified away by present day spiritual awareness and enlightenment. Mind you, I do not dislike any demographic, however I am aware that there is a history of tension and the eruption of violence toward minorities cannot be ignored. Brown skin does not equal aggression, the justification of excessive and deadly force cannot be tolerated and that is what these protest are meant communicate. Further, to assert that these movies fan the flames of a racially divided country further proves my point, the tension has always been there, it’s not the films that created or foster the unrest. Individuals that say “get over slavery, there was white slavery you can’t claim it as only yours” are delusional. White slaves weren’t taken against their will, they were indentured servants who chose to come here. The white experience in America, can in no way, be compared to that of minorities. Nor can it be justified. The silver lining that I see in recent events is that I know exactly where I stand in the eyes of some, I have no misgivings or misunderstandings. As swiftly as minority lives can be taken, there is someone there to justify it away just as quickly.

      To address political fear mongering, I agree with you. Our political system is broken. Political parties on both sides of the aisle feed into the fears of Americans be it terrorism, both cyber and physical, and economic woes, real or perceived. When politicians and talking heads are allowed to go on national television and spew hateful, disrespectful, racially divisive comments to feed into their base, it is irresponsible and a malaise on this county.

      Regarding immigrants, I have no issue with anyone coming to America, all I ask is that you do it legally and pay taxes. Asserting that they are more successful than those born here, is in some cases true, but it should be examined why. Is it because they know the struggle and want better for their children? Is it because they save and spend their money differently? Is it because they are willing to do the work that some Americans are not? Is it because their communities are more cohesive? I cannot knock anyone trying to make a better life for themselves, but what I dislike is the notion that they are lazy, a burden on the system, taking good American jobs or high jacking the American dream. If you are qualified, you should get the job. Period. Only a quarter to a third of all Americans have post secondary school education, is that not more of a problem that should be addressed? Why is America falling behind in the fastest growing industry, the STEM fields? I am proud of the degree I have and the on one I am actively pursuing. I will blame no one for my lack of success, but myself, not someone from another country.

      Spiritual and technological enlightenment is all well and good, but the human race has a bad habit of suppression and extermination. It’s, dare I say, human nature. Hate is taught, you are not born with it. These films do not teach you hate, they remind you how far we have come and how much farther we have to go. My hope for the generation growing up today is that they foster tolerance and understanding no matter the race or culture. We all bleed red and I am tired of seeing it in the streets. It’s time we take responsibility for our actions and not blame films, video games or news anchors. WE KNOW BETTER, SO WE SHOULD DO BETTER.

    • I agree fully. They keep us in a stasis of fear and doubt by not ever letting things drop, there’s a paralysis of anxiety from the endless war on terror, 24hr newscycles, goverment shutdowns, IRS scandals, Secret Service scandals, CIA torture. Americans feel helpless and scared, while immigrants come here, work hard, and thrive within a generation since they aren’t exposed to it their whole life. People argue they’re keeping us in the Matrix and not letting us progress, just showing us the same crap over and over. And we buy it over and over. Did you know Star Wars is coming out again!? And again, and again…

    • Alicia says:

      I have to disagree with you, Danny. Isn’t that the beauty of open forums! I believe these films were meant to be thought provoking and tools for expression, not fear and hate mongering. A common theme that I have seen in posts is that there is no need to rehash anything that makes anyone uncomfortable, be it concerning race or culture differences and disparities. Would you call Schindler’s List fear or hate mongering? It is a fantastic film that delves into a dark chapter in the history of not one, but two populations. What were the effects of these events on lives of those involved, their culture, attitudes, legacy? Is it uncomfortable, yes. Is an honest conversation about the effects of these events necessary, absolutely. Further, if our society has advanced past racial issues, can you explain the recent spike in senseless murders, whether they were a result of stand your ground or the perceived likelihood of aggression of an individual based upon race? There is a thin veil of unrest and intolerance along racial lines that cannot be denied and should be explored. Until WE can have an honest conversation about race and disparities experienced both historically and in recent history, then there will never be true peace or resolution. Is your answer to racial and civil unrest to cast aside history because the newest bit of technology is sure to bring us into a gilded age of peace and prosperity?

      • Danny says:

        My point is, the rehashing of all of these types of movies, married to the unusual amount of racial events in the news lately, are fanning the flames of ignorance and fear all over again.

        What you suggest, that these issues be cultivated, conversated and given the forum of open dialogue is not working Alicia.

        And the time that it took to get past so much of it from 1950 til the present, we do not have the luxury of this time span to relive again. History doesn’t repeat itself, historians repeat each other!

        We have taken social and spiritual steps backwards on race relations, tolerance and togetherness. Alicia, this thing can become a race war if it keeps up! And, our real war, is a spiritual one, no physical, not ethnic nor cultural.

        Do me a favor? Please read every story this week that has to do with Ferguson or a white Police officer engaged in any altercation with a black citizen. You will read words of such hatred from blacks and white towards each other, that it becomes obvious to the reader that there won’t be a peaceful solution if these conflicts become physical!

        If in the event that this country suffers a major grid shutdown, electrical, gas, food, water, be-it the result of a tsunami, asteroid, nuclear exchange, or zombie attack(and I am only half way kidding about the zombies, as the military has the capability to do it, google it, you’ll see)!

        Tension among blacks and white would be a disaster of far greater proportions, coupled with any other.

        I know this is long Alicia, and forgive me for such a lengthy dissertation. I just happened to know for a fact that humankind are running out of time with regards to love of our collective humanity, and these racial incidents, movies, news, and dialogue, are detrimental to our divine destiny!

        Further dialogue is only making things worse Alicia, and giving a town forum to these issues won’t work this time. We are out of time!

        Blacks marching and protesting, staging die-ins, are all a waste of time and emotions! It is taking our collective humanity down a pessimistic path of no return.

        Alicia, don’t you find it a strange coincidence that we are experiencing all of these racial events of Police killing, Police murders, protest, racially divisive movies at this time in our history?

        They are intentionally lighting the fuse of fear! If there were not a black President in the White House, I seriously doubt we’d have all of this racial turmoil. This stuff is being orchestrated intentionally Alicia, and we as a people will not recover from it this time!

        We are in the Aquarian Age.which began November 11, 2011 or 11/11/11. And the real trouble began September 11 2001. The fall of those towers signified the fall of the Piscean Age, and the demise of the dollar.

        Russia and the Ruble, the U.S. Dollar, China and all of the world monetary systems are failing Alicia. It is far more devastating than they will admit.

        What we are witnessing Alicia is the corrupt, trying to cling to power by manipulating the masses with fear of racial inequality, financial collapse, a cold war resurgence, and the fear that we will not be able to provide for our families.

        And, these Government gangsters profit from the fallout of our fears. Race is big money. War, even the fear and rumor of possible war is big money.

        We are out of time Alicia, and at this point, all that matters is who/what we are spiritually! The dialogue as to the unfairness of the various ethnicities no longer matter.

        Spiritual awareness is what each nationality and race should focus on now. Wow, I bet you’re glad you replied to my comments? Lol!!!!!! Sorry, didn’t mean to go on. Take care.

    • Nick says:

      How could a movie about a nonviolent proponent of civil rights, peace, love, freedom, and equality possibly stir up anger, fear, hatred, and intolerance in anyone but the morally bankrupt?

  11. Jesse Pinkman says:

    Tom Wilkinson is AWESOME actor, i love it.

  12. j. smith says:

    I think you need to get over the slave issue and quit using it as a crutch.

    • Alicia says:

      Anonymity is a hell of a drug and it is much easier to make an insensitive, trolling comment when you think no one knows who you are. Do yourself a favor and not make blanket statements about something you do not understand. If you care to add value to the conversation, try discussing the actual article, not your petty, nonsensical opinion of a community.

  13. j. smith says:

    Not a well written article Variety. You should state who Joseph ccalif anodised under LET because that is very important. Califano uses quotes from LBJ -MLK phone calls and meetings recorded on tape. it really takes away from the movie when things are portrayed wrong historically. It shows the ignorance of the director and also there views that the American public are idiots. Most of Americans don’t know there history and they get the wrong idea. They need movies that are accurate! I’m not seeing this movie because I’m not an idiot Luke so many of these directors think we are. Plus when I see a movie like this that is wrong I’m like this is a really poorly done movie. I’m not sure why Oprah signed on to do it with the inaccuracies but maybe she is stupid too. Or just wants money.

  14. Like the Butler, black Americans take an historical story and embelish it Hollyweird style to create a version that suits the black narrative, despite that they make up half of the story and are full of inaccurate facts, this doesnt dissuade the liberal moral lesson of Selma.

    • Robert Jordan says:

      My thought us that Americans are poorly informed and lack historical perspective. So lacking, we are unable to make good decisions or draw the correct conclusions in charting (or demanding of our leadership) our course forward, on a personal and societal level. Events appear random and lack context. As such society is susceptible to demagoguery and manipulation.
      A good example is the breathless hyping of the “threat” of IS. We are looking at maybe a few thousand lightly armed irregulars lacking rudimentary logistics, zero air, crude organization, an essentially unpopular ideology involving the oppression of “minorities” and the murder of civilians, arrayed across open ground, yet presented as an “existential threat” to the west.
      For perspective, 100 years ago the French and German armies mobilized in a matter of weeks 4 million men each, trained and equipped, not just with personal arms but thousands of artillery, machine guns, etc and this doesn’t even include the British Commonwealth troops of which over 800,000 were killed between 1914-18. Serbia lost 1/4 of its population! And this is just an example.
      By all rights IS is simply not serious but because of uncritical absorption of the news from government and partisan outlets, the military and related industries are able to promote a fear completely out of proportion for their nefarious purposes.
      Until the populace pulls itself away from trivialities, and gains perspective through serious study, we are doomed to decline.

    • Nick says:

      It is amazing to me that you think there is a black narrative in Hollywood. I mean, it must be because of all of the black directors making mainstream movies. There were, what, two African American female directors who directed movies that went wide this year (Gina Prince-Bythewood’s Beyond the Lights and Ava DuVernay’s Selma — which technically won’t go wide this year). Even if you include Amma Asante, who is British and whose film, Belle, didn’t *really* go wide and was made by British companies outside of Hollywood, that is three black women out of 153 movies that went wide. That is right, a whopping 1.9% of all wide releases in 2014 (and really more like 0.7% since only Beyond the Lights actually went truly wide THIS year). And this year was a good year for diversity in Hollywood.

      How low does black representation have to go before people will be satisfied that blacks aren’t muddying up the “narrative?” Are you suggesting that blacks should have no narrative whatsoever?

    • Alicia says:

      That’s a bold statement to make and frankly offensive. Before discrediting an entire populations history, no matter the medium, think about why the films were made. It is no secret the sanitizing, rewriting and whitewashing of history that has taken place, in books and films of all races and cultures. If you are going to ridicule a historical film, not documentary, be equal opportunity. Lambaste Lincoln, Argo, Braveheart, JFK, The Patriot, Pearl Harbor and the list can go on and on, for their historical inaccuracies and liberties. Leave the black narrative out of conversations unless you are a historian.

  15. PETER says:

    Thanks, Julienne, we also want to forget that it was Africans who sold their African brother into slavery.

  16. TOM says:

    Selma seems to go by the decree of ‘don’t let the truth get in the way of a good story.’

  17. Julienne says:

    I just wish people did their homework. The facts of numbers and signatures of the slave owners are available for research. There were 3,000 black slave owners, during the Civil War. Something the Liberals have tried to scrub from History Books.

    • AND there were thousands of WHITE slaves in America. Something we can’t make money off of so no one even goes there. Like it’s racist to imply the burden of slavery wasn’t purely a black issue, it was a human issue. They claim it fully with no room for anyone else.

  18. PETER says:

    Fred Mertz, think what you want to think. I read in several sources that Lee Daniels changed the original book THE BUTLER so much that they added his name to the title to show that the film is his revisionist take on the book and history. The first scenes of Alex Pettyfer raping the butler’s mother, Mariah Carey, and shooting the butler’s father in front of the butler/little boy are totally fabricated as much of the movie is. Talk about racism. And the butler’s son was never in the black freedom movement. I heard the female producer of the film say that she had to step in to tone done Lee Daniel’s radical, racist, anti white movie to make it acceptable to a mass audience, including Caucasians.
    We will deal with the Japanese, Jap, WW II monsters later.

    • Wow, that is so inflammatory and over-the-top I can’t believe it. To think he fabricated an event such as that and calls it a true story is utterly shameful. I’m glad it was ignored by audiences and the Academy alike. The Onion had a great review of The Butler, worth looking up.

    • Alicia says:

      Your statement is a bit inaccurate, the reason the name of the film was changed was because The Weinstein Company went after Warner Bros. claiming The Butler title could not be used because of a 1916 silent film by the same name. If you are going to cry foul, at least be accurate. Further, to decry a movie, not a documentary, based upon liberties taken with source material should be equal opportunity, not only reserved for films that make you uncomfortable about race or different cultures.

  19. macd says:

    Calm down, everybody. As Mr. Hitchcock once said to Ms. Bergman (in a tizzy because she didn’t think she could get a scene right): “It’s only a movie, Ingrid”.

  20. Ethan Xander says:

    I whole-heartedly agree. If people want to “set the record straight,” that’s fine. But the last thing we need are “Truth Police.” Sometimes for the sake of narrative, characters need to be combined or entirely eliminated, or the movie becomes unwieldy, If you require 100% accuracy, see a documentary.

  21. PETER says:

    Randall, you are absolutely correct. Most people believe that what they see and hear in the false “history” “true life” movies is the real thing. That this is the way it really happened. They don’t have the time nor the desire to go home and research the subject on their Internet, as easy as that is, to search out the truth. After promoting THE BUTLER as the true life of the butler, the producers and director had to make a total turn around and admit how false the film was by adding the director’s name to the title to show that the film was his fictitious rewrite of the butler’s real life.
    And I understand that Angelina gave in and had the sadistic Jap cry at the end of UNBROKEN. The Japs in World War II didn’t cry, they laughed as they decapitated our U.S. servicemen!

    • Fred Mertz says:

      You are completely wrong. The producers were forced to put the director’s name on the film because the name “The Buter” had been used on a long-lost 1916 silent film and the studio that made the film disputed the use of the title to the MPAA, which allowed the usage if Lee Daniel’s possessory title was added. It had nothing to do with historical inaccuracies. I won’t even bother to address your nastyass racism at the end of your comment. Even my veteran father stopped using the word “Japs” decades ago.

  22. Ali Rich says:

    Taking liberties with conversations which were recorded and have been transcribed and studied by historians for years is a bit cavalier, isn’t it? Particularly for a subject which is as monumental as the Voting Rights Act and remains as controversial thanks to the Supreme Court.

    Selma, Imitation Game, Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club… how about Hollywood give everybody a break from Oscar bait biopics until screenwriters actually spend the time studying the history they claim to be reproducing? Might give some original scripts the chance to be produced for a change.

  23. Nick says:

    It is bizarre that someone thinks that an award show should ignore movies with artistic interpretation. How would Patton have fared under this anal and joyless scrutiny? It is one thing to want to tell your own story compared to how it is in the movie, but it is another to argue that a movie should never deter from strict fact. A movie’s number one obligation is to be, above all else, good. If it fulfills that requirement, nothing else really matters.

    • Completely disagree. Revisionist history has no place in the world, and when you bend facts for the sake of entertainment and tell audiences it’s a true story, then over time that popularized version of the truth becomes the truth, and in this age where no one reads over 140 characters it’s very difficult to reverse.

      I think Gary Oldman was 100% right last year. Can we all agree to go 3 years w/o 12 Years and Selma movies? The Butler was an embarassment, as was Bobby, so you see the liberal agenda sometimes falls flat on it’s face. But we’re done with the formula of racism movies hitting in December and playing all the right notes for entertainment value. It’s a disservice to history.

      • Dex says:

        @Randall Stinson
        “Can we all agree to go 3 years w/o 12 Years and Selma movies?”

        Yes, perhaps in the same way you go 3 years without World War II and Holocaust films. Oddly enough, you don’t hear the Germans whining about being constantly portrayed as Nazis and yet, Americans like you can’t even face occasional films about your own history.

      • Nick says:

        When you claim all artistic interpretations of historical events are “revisionist” and blame artists for the stupidity of audiences, you risk losing so much great work. No Lion in Winter, no Sound of Music, no Inglorious Basterds, no Andrei Rublev, no Passion of Joan of Arc, no City of God, no Zero Dark Thirty, no American Sniper, no Walk the Line, no the Right Stuff, no biblical movies ever, etc. This isn’t revisionist history. This is art. Many of them based on, but straying from, well documented history.

        If people believe it is all real, that is their problem, not the artist’s (and frankly, it says more about the need for proper mental health and education reform than anything else). Artists cite their source material from which their works are based, but also include a warning that all events and characters are fictional.

        If you dislike a movie and its message (such as the films pushing a liberal agenda you reference), dislike the movie and its message. But don’t claim that it is wrong to take artistic license at all when the only movies you dislike are the ones pushing liberal messages you disagree with.

        On a side note, since when is “slavery is bad” a strictly liberal message? Didn’t the Republicans pass the Reconstruction Amendments, freeing the slaves and granting black men equal protection?

  24. PETER says:

    But the movies is how our illiterate society, especially the young, learn history. Ben Cumberbatch and Kiera Knightly are wonderful performers, but there are ridiculous falsities, inventions in THE IMITATION GAME. After watching a “historical” movie, including IMITATION GAME, SELMA, etc., especially the ridiculous, Oprah THE BUTLER, a viewer should go home and research for a few hours on his Internet to find the truth, if he could handle it. And I think it’s going the other way with UNBROKEN. If Angelina showed us the extent of the atrocities that the sadistic monster Japs did to other human beings during World War II, her movie would be banned from screening.

  25. NoMinorChords says:

    All art – but movies in particular – are a distillation of reality. The best films are based on a true story – whether it happened or not. That can include aliens and superheroes as long as it represents something honest about who we are. Historical stories are an oxymoron – real events of significance are far too complex to depict in two hours. No, in real life Alan Turning didn’t invent the computer and MLK was not a saint. But that does not make these stories shameful or wrong – just incomplete, as all stories are.

  26. J.E. Vizzusi says:

    Maybe a new tag for Selma should be; “The Truth is always the hardest thing to deal with!

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