9 biographies and real-life dramas to stream
Crime, war, money, drugs, politics, the 70s, terrorist attacks, conspiracy theories and good old American patriotism: they’re all here. Sure, there are books to read about historical events, but Hollywood has made it so much easier to get some facts into your skull while eating popcorn. Here’s our pick of 9 real-life dramas to stream on Showmax.
Ask any person over the age of 30 what they were doing on Tuesday, the 11th of September back in 2001 and they will be able to recount in detail what they were doing the very moment when they either saw the second plane crash into the World Trade Centre tower or when they received the news of the attacks.
And that’s the thing – they remember the Twin Towers. People tend to forget that on that day, 184 people also lost their lives when American Airlines Flight 77 slammed into the Pentagon.
Some are surprised to find out that the Pentagon was ever even a target, let alone knowing about those who escaped the attack. The impact on the Pentagon remained largely overlooked until this thorough documentary was released. It includes official footage as well as interviews with first responders and Pentagon employees.
I am willing to bet half a Bitcoin that you (without Googling) have no idea who Mark Felt was. But you should know the name “Deep Throat”, right? Or how about this Liam Neeson quote:
“I don’t know who you are. I don’t know what you want. If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you I don’t have money. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills, skills I have acquired over a very long career, skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you let my daughter go now, that’ll be the end of it. I will not look for you. I will not pursue you. But if you don’t, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you.”
This is not that movie. However, Neeson plays the role of Mark Felt, who, using the pseudonym Deep Throat, fed information to journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein when the Watergate scandal unfolded back in 1972.
This the very strange but very true story of how four wealthy college students, for some reason, decided to plan the most unfathomable art heist in history – stealing rare books from their university’s library. The film also includes interviews with the original crew of four.
During filming the actors were not allowed to meet these guys, because there were fears that they might sympathise with them, hence affecting their acting.
Aaand we’re back with the drugs theme! Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz (who are also married in real life!) star in this real-life drama about Colombian drug pig Pablo Escobar’s turbulent sexcapades and love affair with attractive journalist Virginia Vallejo.
Seriously, go watch those kids’ movies now!
This life story comes straight from bizarro world, complete with a stellar cast in the form of Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba and Kevin Costner. If you look up Molly Bloom, you will find that she is an American entrepreneur, author and speaker.
Here is the thing, though – you don’t just become a speaker. No one, when they are a starry-eyed child, says: “I want to become a speaker when I grow up one day.” You need to cause a lot of shit to become a speaker, otherwise you have no inspiring story to tell of how you rise above adversity and your own shortcomings.
What did Molly Bloom do to become a speaker? She actually started out as a skier and she was actually training for the Olympics, but her skiing career came to an end after a horrific back injury. Here it comes: she started an exclusive high-stakes poker game that lead to her arrest and then a job with the FBI!