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Monday, August 27, 2007

Is That Movie Really Based on True Facts?

We've all heard those movie trailers that say that a movie is "based on a true story". Well, have you ever wondered if a story that is based on actual events was accurate? You can find out by visiting an interesting website with an interesting name, Chasing the Frog.

Navigation on this Website is pretty simple. On the main page, you will find the most recent entries in the center of the page, with a larger listing off to the left side. Or, you can click the link on the right hand side that says "Browse Our True Stories Section."

The movie 300 was a very popular movie, based on a real battle in history, but how closely did the movie follow history? I was actually very surprised by all the information I found about the Battle of Thermopylae and the Spartans and Persians. I was even more surprised to find that they included pictures, links to actual texts, video and more. Not only did they point out where the truth was stretched for good movie making, they even explained why. They also provide a link to the movie trailer for each entry.

Now, I'd like to draw your attention to the navigation strip at the top of the page. You will find these sections: Unmasked, Trailers, DVDs, True Stories, Posters, Based on Books, Classics, Box Office, News and Forum.

Unmasked: This section is devoted to unmasking movie villains. So far, they have unmasked Darth Vader and Michael Myers. You get to learn all about the different people who portrayed the villains, as well as, learn about their careers afterward.

Trailers: Here you can watch and listen to the trailers featured on this site, whether in the True Stories or Based on Books section. I thought this feature would be best used to confirm whether you want to actually see the flick after reading all about it. For example, while the story behind 300 is interesting, the movie was quite gory. So, you would know from watching the trailer that it might not be something you'd want to see.

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