The phrase “based on a true story” can mean anything from “slavishly accurate” to “vaguely based on a real thing that might have happened” — and most movies using the tagline fall somewhere in the middle. On his website Information Is Beautiful (via Collider), McCandless does a scene-by-scene breakdown of 14 recent, notable “true story” films, citing where they stick to the truth and where they deviate. Color-coded graphs show at a glance which films got it mostly right (Spotlight, Selma, The Big Short) and which played fast and loose with the facts (The Imitation Game, Dallas Buyers Club, American Sniper).
Enough with the studios like 20th Century Fox, Sony, Paramount, and the Weinstein Company, none of which put out even a single film this year that was directed by a woman. Enough with the executives who would rather hand a lucrative blockbuster to a man who’s never made a movie before (like Seth Grahame-Smith, the novice director recently picked by Warner Bros. to direct a big-budget adaptation of The Flash) than a woman who has.