- Another Hiatus
We all need a break now and then. We're taking one. For how long? Time will only tell.1m | Jul 3, 2023
- The Falcon and the Snowman
Christopher Boyce was a straight A student. Then he met a fellow alter boy by the name of Andrew Daulton Lee. They smoked dope, flew falcons, and sold American military secrets to the Soviet government.
But, that's only half the story.
In this episode of Biopics (Mostly) Suck, we are going to give more information behind certain scenes in the film. What really caused Christopher to commit espionage? What was the deal with Australia? Why were the Mexican police so angry at Daulton?
After that, the rest of the story is just a prison break, the American legal process, and the petty reasons prisoners are put into solitary confinement - blah, blah, blah. And, did the CIA really let Boyce and Lee continue to get away with it all?
Join us as we tell the true story behind this movie based on a true story.1h 25m | May 1, 2023
- War Dogs
Stop me if you have heard this one before.
Two twenty-something guys are international arms dealers and sell weapons to the US government. They do well at it, until they don't.
Ok, that is the plot of the movie "War Dogs", but what really happened would be a movie more suited to a complex socio-political plot in a Steven Soderbergh movie.
We'll talk about true story behind this movie based on a true story. But, what was left out is more entertaining.1h 21m | Mar 1, 2023
Richard Loving and Mildred Jeter love each other. They got married, but cannot live as a married couple in Virginia, even though Virginia is for lovers. Why? He is white, and she is black. Or is she Indian? If she were Indian, the law says it would OK for her to be married to a white man in Virginia, unless she is called Negro, then it is not OK. Oh, these white supremacy laws really do complicate everything.
Well, Richard and Mildred didn't like it either, and they took their case to the Supreme Court which smacked down the racist laws and allowed people of all races to marry whomever they wanted.
There are mysteries about this seemingly straight forward story to be discovered. We'll talk about the law that kept the Lovings from being married and the real story behind the letter Mildred may not have sent to Robert Kennedy.
Join me as we talk to Lolita, David and Dawn. We'll tell the true story about the behind Loving, a movie based on a true story.1h 32m | Dec 31, 2022
- Tidbits And Pieces: Volume One
It's time for a clip show!
With 25 shows under our belts, and great cohorts like John and Dawn, we have discussions that have not seen the light of day. Now is the time!
We will talk about what is the better baseball film - Moneyball or Bull Durham. We will finally hear what John thought of the movie "Rocketman", now that he has seen it. And finally, we will share a discussion we had about why we do what we do on this podcast.
1h 0m | Apr 4, 2022
Amadeus Wolfgang Mozart was a prolific genius who has inspired people for centuries. I think we can count the movie "Amadus" in that tally, because Mozart's story (and the rumors of Salieri killing Mozart), inspired screenwriter Peter Schaffer to craft a brilliant play which inspired Milos Foreman to create a timeless movie that looks and sounds fantastic.
But, what about the real story. Was Mozart a filthy man-child? Did Salieri really say he killed Mozart? And, what about the Requiem.
Dear Listener, all will be revealed as my friend David, a classical music fan, joins me to dive into the world of "Amadeus".1h 21m | Mar 7, 2022
Billy Beane brought sabermetrics to baseball. Well, at least according to the movie "Moneyball".
- If baseball is a game that has always been steeped in statistics? Why are statistics now controversial?
- Has sabermetrics changed the game of baseball?
- Who did Aaron Sorkin throw under the bus this time?
- Where does Steven Soderbergh fall into all of this?
Join us as we talk about everything right and wrong about Moneyball, and why this is a biopic that does not suck.1h 23m | Feb 7, 2022
Bernie Tiede was a killer who took advantage of an old, lonely woman. Or, did he provide a public service? Why did the director of this movie advocate for Tiede's release from prison? Why did Jack Black jump on board?
The true story of this movie based on a true story really takes place after the movie has been released. Join us as we take a trip through murder and crime in an East Texas town that leaves John and Dawn surprised, confused and frustrated about Bernie Tiede and crime and punishment.
1h 5m | Jan 3, 2022
- The Trial Of The Chicago 7 - Part Two
Aaron Sorkin is back with all his Sorkin-y traits: complete with impassioned monolouges and strange asides. It's not the first movie based on a true story he has done (we talked about "Molly's Game" a couple of episodes ago), but the question is, did he do justice to the true story of the Chicago 7? Let's just say some heroes will rise and some heroes will fall as we talk about the movie. And Aaron Sorkin will be one of them.49m | Apr 26, 2021
- The Trial Of The Chicago 7 - Part One
Aaron Sorkin is back with all his Sorkin-y traits: complete with impassioned monologues and strange asides. It's not the first movie based on a true story he has done (we talked about "Molly's Game" a couple of episodes ago), but the question is, did he do justice to the true story of the Chicago 7? Let's just say some heroes will rise and some heroes will fall as we talk about the movie. And Aaron Sorkin will be one of them.1h 5m | Apr 22, 2021
- We Are Going On Hiatus
Everyone needs a break now and then. After 21 episodes, it is time to rethink our approach to making this podcast. Enjoy what we have made and we will be back soon. Keep in touch on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with the handle @MostlySuck. Be sure to visit our website at www.biopicsmostlysuck.com, and oh, yeah, if you like what we are doing, tell your friends. Take care!5m | Feb 18, 2021
- Talk To Me
Petey Green was a drunk, and ex-con, a radio and television show host, a social advocate, and a voice of the Washington DC black community. If you don't know about Petey Green, you will be a fan once you listen to this episode. But, what did the filmmakers leave out? It was the very thing that drove Petey Green - and provided his legacy.
Dawn and John join Rob for a discussion that celebrates Petey Greene, and highlights the important work he did in the Washington DC community which the movie missed.1h 20m | Jan 20, 2021
- Molly's Game
Molly Bloom fell out of pursuing skiing as a profession and fell into running high stakes card games in Los Angeles. The celebrities that would attend were a means to attract players with money to lose. She ran a good game until the wheels fell off of the bus. There was the time she took a stake in the game (this made it illegal). Then there were the drugs. Oh, and getting beat up by a mobster. And then there was the Russian mob. Then she wrote a book about the whole experience, which was followed by her arrest, her trial and her being severely in debt to the U.S. government because they siezed her money and would not give it back unless she shared details about the players in her games.
Aaron Sorkin wrote and directed this tale of a money and celebrities without a hint of salaciousness and while presenting a heroine who is a celebration of an empowered woman. That term is never used in the film, and there is no reason why it has to be used. Why does it have to seem odd that a woman can be in charge of her own destiny, without giving up her body for it and without having a man there to clear the way for her? Rob and Dawn talk about all of that as we tell the true story behind this movie based on a true story.1h 13m | Jan 7, 2021
- The Imitation Game
Alan Turing should be hailed as an international hero. Instead, he was castrated by his government for being gay. He played a key role in decoding messages from the Nazi's during World War II, and by some estimates, shortened that war by two years and saved millions of lives with his genius.
The question before us for this episode is "Does 'The Imitation Game' give Alan Turing his due?" Does it provide a depiction of the man that is fair? And, let's not go with the "But movies always take liberties." approach. We know they do. But there are times when they leave the worst impression by doing so. For this episode, sharing the true story behind this movie based on a true story is a cause to bring the people in this story their due.
Is that a bit of strong coffee for a movie podcast? Why, yes, I think it is.1h 10m | Nov 19, 2020
- Dog Day Afternoon
What would you do for the person you love? Would you give them something you don't want them to have? Would you rob a bank for them? Would you kill for them?
"Dog Day Afternoon" is about the bank robbery, but it is wrapped up in the Gay Liberation movement that was kicked off just a few years earlier with the Stonewall Riots. It folded in an increased public consciousness about the rights of people in the prison reform system. It blended instant celebrity provided by news media coverage. This movie is a stew of influences and ends up being a mirror we hold up to ourselves. We may not like what we see. And the truth provides a clearer reflection than dramatization can provide. If you're ready, let's get started.1h 2m | Nov 5, 2020
- Never Cry Wolf
One of my favorite films that few people have heard of is this achingly beautiful story about a man who studies wolves in the arctic. The themes are complex, the actors are brilliant, and the film is unique in its depiction of man and nature.
While this movie is based on the book that is based on a true story by Farley Mowat, how true is that true story? How do you grade a movie when the true story it is based on is less than truthful? Who determines what a natural resource is? Why doesn't John like this movie and why do he and Dawn have an aversion to nature?1h 6m | Oct 15, 2020
- Howl - Part Two
The Beats. Iconoclastic representations of freedom. Romanticized. Criticized. Eulogized. But, what did it mean to be a Beat?
"Howl" does not tell you because it is a biography of a poem. A poem that exercised the freedom of spoken word and thought. A poem that reinforced that same freedom as the subject of an obscenity trial. A poem that has spoken to people for nearly sixty years.
This is our two-part examination of a film. "Howl" While seemingly simple due to its scripts written from transcripts, bears some examination to set the context for the time period in which it exists. John Helix sets that context for us in Part One as we talk about the movie. In Part Two, we will examine the facts and compare them to the film.47m | Oct 1, 2020
- Howl - Part One
The Beats. Iconoclastic representations of freedom. Romanticized. Criticized. Eulogized. But, what did it mean to be a Beat? "Howl" does not tell you because it is a biography of a poem. A poem that exercised the freedom of spoken word and thought. A poem that reinforced that same freedom as the subject of an obscenity trial. A poem that has spoken to people for nearly sixty years.
This is our two-part examination of a film. "Howl" While seemingly simple due to its scripts written from transcripts, bears some examination to set the context for the time period in which it exists. John Helix sets that context for us in Part One as we talk about the movie. In Part Two, we will examine the facts and compare them to the film.53m | Sep 17, 2020
- Norma Rae
What do you know about "Norma Rae"? I mean, aside from the five second clip which is shown at the Oscars every year of Sally Field standing on top of a table holding a sign that says "UNION".
Did you know she was a real person? Did you know that the movie helped union efforts in the United States (briefly) before Ronald Reagan came into office? If you are reading this on Labor Day, did you know that unions are the reason you likely have today off? There are so many questions. Thankfully, myself, Dawn and our friend and union organizer Lolita are hear to provide the answers.1h 9m | Sep 3, 2020
- I Should Have Hit Record
What happens when you plan a great episode and forget to hit the record button? You end up with no episodes to release and a date coming up quick. What to do, what to do. I know! Let's do a personal journey episode. If I ever use the term "influencer" please put me out of my misery.16m | Aug 20, 2020