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True Story (2021)


But both actors can only do so much when the script can't quite make Kid's descent into darkness wholly convincing. The misadventure ends with an almost laughably implausible action sequence, followed by an epilogue that lands somewhere between thoughtfully ambiguous and anticlimactic. With this project, Hart proves he's more than just a funnyman, but if he decides to try drama again, he'd do well to find something that takes story a bit more seriously. B-




True Story (2021)


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Editor's note: This story contains quotes and information originally discussed during a Twitter Spaces event hosted by NPR TV critic Eric Deggans and featuring NPR addiction correspondent Brian Mann, Dopesick book author Beth Macy, Dopesick series creator/showrunner Danny Strong and more. Follow us on Twitter, and read more of NPR's addiction coverage here. This story contains spoilers about events depicted in Hulu's limited series.


Modeling his storytelling on Scheherazade and not beholden to a western mode, Daniel Nayeri writes a patchwork of memory and anecdote. He layers stories upon stories to create a complex, hilarious, and devastating understanding of memory, family, and perspective.


AFTERMATH (2021) is out on Netflix in most countries now, and it claims it is based on a true story. We get that a lot, but this one is actually real. Though the movie is based on a combination of several true stories!


In Kevin Hart's latest release on Netflix, True Story, he plays a character by the name of Kid, a comedian who rose up from nothing to become rich and famous. While audiences may, at first, believe this is to set up parallels to his own life, and while there are crumbs of truth to that statement (like the intense, busy schedules both Kid and Kevin face in their day-to-day lives) it is primarily rooted in fiction. Over the series' seven episodes, audiences get to see things go from good to bad to worse as a tour stop in Philadelphia and a chance to see his brother leads Kid to land in some heavy trouble that would ruin his career if it came out. As the story develops, so too does the complexity of the situation.


The series concludes with an interview with Kid, the same one that we saw a portion of at the beginning of episode one. We find out that Kid painted the story as Ari and the woman being together and trying to extort Kid, with Carlton killing them as revenge for attempting to trick his brother. Audiences, of course, know that this is a lie, but it paints Kid out of the situation entirely, stating that he had no clue what was going on throughout the events. He says that he will continue the tour in dedication to Gene and Carlton because they would have wanted him to continue to be successful and that he wants to try and become "...the best guy that I can...that's the only way to give my story a happy ending."


True Story depicts a series of events that reveal the true nature of Kid. Just like he mentions in the interview, "When a person's back is against the wall and they gotta do whatever they can to keep from losing what they got, that's when you get to see who a person is." This opening statement that is given at the beginning of the series comes to adopt a new meaning. The statement, reiterated at the end of the series, is meant to say that viewers now know the kind of person Kid is. He murdered all three of the Greek mob bosses and his own brother to keep his career and image safe. Viewers go from seeing Kid as this innocent bystander who got roped into a bad situation to seeing him as this ruthless, almost emotionless man who was willing to do whatever it took to keep what he worked so hard to achieve afloat, be that giving six million dollars to his bodyguard or murdering his own brother and burning off the leech that he was revealed to be.


James White is a graduate from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln who loves to write and analyze various forms of media. Having just started his career with Collider in Fall of 2021, he hopes to bring a unique light towards shows that may otherwise be missed out on. His favorite movie is Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse, not just for the good story or the amazing animation, but for the incredible soundtrack as well!


What happened on that ship during the storm is almost too crazy to be true. Imagine waves so severe that a rhino is tossed overboard. Along with the rhino, the food for the giraffes was lost as well. The crate containing the female giraffe rolled and rolled until it shattered to pieces. She was presumed dead while every precaution was taken to protect the male. Amazingly, one of the crew saw the female giraffe move, so they covered and protected her as the storm raged on. When the storm finally abated they tried to get her out of what was left of her crate, but they were not successful. After three days of being fed pancakes (and the giraffes are indeed fed pancakes at one point in the novel), she mustered up the energy to pull herself up. However, as soon as she was upright the crew could see that her left rear ankle was severely injured.


I had read about the true story of the famous hurricane giraffes when I conducted research for my story on Belle Benchley, but I thank Lynda Rutledge for writing this work of fiction, which left me with the desire to learn more about them. I refuse to give out any spoilers about the novel, but I encourage you to pick it up. Perhaps you will fall in love with those giraffes and enjoy the adventures of Old Man and Woody as much as I did.


For the residents of Hinkley, the story continues. Almost three decades after the lawsuit, Brockovich revisited the neighborhood and met with residents who say they are still suffering the effects of the contamination.


Nobody was always happy about having to live so simply. Ingrained habits are hard to break. Once upon a time, Americans as a group had had the plushest lifestyle of any humans in the history of the Earth. But that standard of living was a thing of the past, and it was not coming back.


Jisoo M. Kim is Korea Foundation Associate Professor of History, International Affairs, and East Asian Languages and Literatures and Director of the Institute for Korean Studies at GW. She also currently serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Korean Studies. She is a specialist in gender, law, and emotions in Korean history. Her broader research interests include gender and sexuality, crime and justice, forensic medicine, literary representations of the law, history of emotions, vernacular, and gender writing. She is the author of The Emotions of Justice: Gender, Status, and Legal Performance in Chosŏn Korea (University of Washington Press, 2015), which was awarded the 2017 James Palais Prize of the Association for Asian Studies. She is also the co-editor of The Great East Asian War and the Birth of the Korean Nation by JaHyun Kim Haboush (Columbia University Press, 2016). She is currently working on a book project tentatively entitled Sexual Desire, Crime, and Gendered Subjects: A History of Adultery Law in Korea. She received her M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Cultures from Columbia University.


Twenty years ago, on Sept. 11, 2001, I was an eighth grader at Booker Middle School, just across a field from the elementary school where a White House adviser whispered in the ear of then-President George W. Bush that a second plane had collided with the second World Trade Center tower. In the years since, I have felt a peculiar sort of awe and disbelief that I was so close to one of the most significant events in American history. Who would have thought that my little Sarasota, land of grandmas and sunburned tourists, would be in the spotlight on the day the world changed forever?


Based on a true story, Gone Mom: The Disappearance of Jennifer Dulos details the story of Jennifer Dulos (Annabeth Gish), the wealthy, Connecticut mother-of-five who mysteriously vanished on May 24, 2019.


Movies based on true events spark true interest: knowing that the story actually happens changes the experience completely. Below we count down our best recommendations based on a true story which are available to stream on Netflix.


The Swimmers tells the true story of sisters Yusra and Sara Mardini (played by fellow sisters Nathalie and Manal Issa), Syrian swimmers trained to compete at the Olympics. When their athletic goals and overall safety are threatened by the increasing presence of war, the girls decide to take a chance and migrate to Europe, where they hope to live out their dreams and reunite with their family someday.


"Audrie & Daisy" tells the tragic story of teenagers Audrie Pott and Daisy Coleman. The documentary looks the rampant cyber bullying and abuse the girls were subject to following their sexual assaults and the police investigations that followed. In a day and age where stories of cyberbullying, online harassment, and doxxing are becoming more and more commonplace in real life, "Audrie & Daisy" stands out as essential viewing. The film first debuted at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, but would achieve a widespread release later that year on Netflix.


A strange, dark story involving large-scale theft, fake identities, elaborate cons, and even a supernatural element, "Bad Vegan" is a hard to believe but totally true documentary series that began long ago in a place of good intentions and stated purity. Sarma Melngailis used to run Pure Food and Wine, a highly regarded New York City restaurant where everything on the menu was both completely free of meat and animal products and organic too. Then Melngailis fell in love and married Shane Fox and brought him into the business. However, he wasn't really a curious businessman with an interest in healthy, sustainable living. He was actually a con artist named Anthony Strangis, who somehow convinced his wife to illegally hand over millions of dollars from Pure Food and Wine's coffers into his personal accounts because he claimed he could use the money to entice mystical forces into granting her dog eternal life. 041b061a72


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