A Day Of Movies – Pt. 1 – True Story

When I was about 12-13, I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease. It kept me home from school for extended periods of time. Hell, I was absent 129 days in my freshman year. It was an ordeal, to say the least.

As it turns out, I was misdiagnosed, and only had I.B.S – but that’s a story for another time. The point is that during all the time I spent home alone, I developed a deep love for movies. Let me put it to you this way: I was the only 13 year-old I knew who had seen, “Taxi Driver,” “Godfather,” and, “The Conversation.”

I used to spend whole days watching movies. It was an escape from my crappy life. Pun completely intended. As I grew, though, and started to take care of myself, my syndrome became a lot easier to handle. I started getting out there more. I didn’t have nearly as much time to spend at home, watching movies. Luckily, that’s sort of my job now.

Since it’s been so long, I decided to go all in and do a whole day of movies (as you can see from the title). I started with, “True Story,” a film starring James Franco and Jonah Hill. It’s based on the – well – true story of Christian Longo and Mike Finkel.

Here’s the cliffnotes version of said story: Mike Finkel works for the New York Times. He gets fired for making stuff up in a report, and heads home, hoping to find another job in his field. Unfortunately, that sort of infraction will follow you around the journalistic world. You can’t be making things up in your work.

Luckily for Mike (as sick as that sounds), not long after his firing, he discovered that Christian Longo, a man suspected of murdering his wife and three children, had stolen his identity while on the run from the police. Obviously, any good journalist would see the story there.

I don’t want to tell you much more.

James Franco and Jonah Hill are on their game in this flick. I hate to take away from Jonah, but Franco steals the show. He’s downright chilling, especially so in the scene where Longo testifies in open court during his trial.

If you have the time, you should most definitely check this out.

PS: I almost forgot about Felicity Jones. She gets one of the best scenes that I have ever seen for a love interest/wife character. I haven’t done the research to find out whether or not Finkel’s wife really did what she was depicted as doing, but it was badass.

When you see the flick, you’ll know what I’m talking about.

Felicity Jones in True Story (Photo by Mary Cybulski - © 2015 - Fox Searchlight)
Felicity Jones in True Story (Photo by Mary Cybulski – © 2015 – Fox Searchlight)

PPS: This film was made by a first time director named Rupert Goold, and I have to say – he did excellent work. It’s up there as one of the best debuts that I have ever seen.

Rupert Goold working with James Franco on set (Photo by Mary Cybulski - © 2015 - Fox Searchlight)
Rupert Goold working with James Franco on set (Photo by Mary Cybulski – © 2015 – Fox Searchlight)
Joseph Finnegan
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