Screen Junkies » biography http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Tue, 30 Sep 2014 20:27:36 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 7 Badass Biographical (And Semi-Biographical) Films You Need To Watch http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/the-rum-diary-and-other-badass-biographical-films/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/the-rum-diary-and-other-badass-biographical-films/#comments Fri, 28 Oct 2011 13:00:08 +0000 Nicholas Pell http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=234135 From commies to porn stars, this list has it all.

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The Rum Diary is allegedly a novel, not a biography. Whatever. All we’re saying is that it stars Johnny Depp as a wandering freelance journalist who can’t put enough substances in his body. Sounds close enough for jazz to us.

There’s something about seeing the true-life story, or the semi-true-life story, of a legit badass like Hunter S. Thompson on the big screen that appeals to people. Unlike a fictional account, you can actually find something to aspire to, or at least have fantasies about a cool new drinking buddy.

With that in mind, here are seven badass biographical and semi-biographical films.

Der Baader Meinhof Komplex

What could be sexier than a bunch of German communist terrorists who dress like the Velvet Underground? This movie doesn’t white wash terrorism, but it sure does provide it with a glamorous edge during the first two acts. Watch as chic Germans smoke cigarettes, wear sunglasses, steal cars and blow up American army installations. You can get a history lesson while you watch this and it’s one action film your girl won’t mind watching with you in the least.

Boogie Nights

No, Dirk Diggler is not a real guy. He is, however, loosely based on John Holmes, AKA Johnny Wadd, with many scenes, such as the classic interaction with the Ric Springfield-loving crack dealer, lifted directly from his life. This film ages like a fine wine, with classic interactions and one-liners like “You know, people tell me I kind of look like Han Solo.” We were as surprised as anyone else when we found out Marky Mark could act.

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WHAT’S ON TONIGHT: TUESDAY, AUGUST 18th http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-episode/whats-on-tonight-tuesday-august-18th/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-episode/whats-on-tonight-tuesday-august-18th/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Mr. Janus, Mr. T, and Mr. Kotter. Tonight's TV preview is very polite when applying monikers.CHECK OUT WHAT TO WATCH AFTER THE JUMPNOTE: ALL TIMES EASTERN AND PACIFIC!!!

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Mr. Janus, Mr. T, and Mr. Kotter. Tonight’s TV preview is very polite when applying monikers.

CHECK OUT WHAT TO WATCH AFTER THE JUMP

NOTE: ALL TIMES EASTERN AND PACIFIC!!!

BIOGRAPHY: MR. T
Network:
Biography
Time: 8 – 9PM

Reasons to watch: Once upon a time I met Mr. T and asked, "Hey Mr. T., how are you?" His natural response was: "I’m like Tony the Tiger! I’m GREEEEAAAATTTTTT!!!! All you other TV shows, you’d better eat your grubs and you’d better eat your protein cuz T is back on TV where he belongs!!! AYE-YAYE-YAYE-YAYE-YAYE!!!!"

No lie. Find out what makes this guy tick tonight at 8pm.


HELL’S KITCHEN
Network:
FOX
Time: 8- 9PM

Reasons to watch: The winners of tonight’s contest receive volleyball tips from 2000 Olympian Annett Davis. Volleyball tips. Really? Is that a thing of value outside of homo-erotic ’80′s movies? "Excuse me, Waiter. The meal was excellent. Do you accept ‘volleyball tips’ as payment? NO?! What planet are you from?"

 


THE TRUTH BEHIND THE SITCOM SCANDALS
Network:
Biography
Time: 9 – 10PM

Reasons to watch: Finally find out what really happened behind the scenes of Roseanne, Welcome Back Kotter, and The Facts Of Life. I bet that something went down with that Tootie. She always seemed like a shifty one.


SHAQ VS.
Network:
ABC
Time: 9 – 10PM

Reasons to watch: To prove that he is the most dominant force in athletics, Shaquille O’Neal challenges a variety of players across the wide world of sports. In the series opener, Shaq takes on Steeler’s QB Ben Roethlisberger in a test of football skills. Can Roethlisberger survive a motorcycle accident AND a Shaq Attack?! We shall see…


PRIMETIME: THE OUTSIDERS
Network:
ABC
Time: 10 – 11PM

Reasons to watch: Juju Chang interviews those who have had contact with extraterrestrials as well as skeptics. If I were to ever make first contact with an alien species I, like most Americans, would kick it between the legs. You know, just to say I did it.

WHO’S ON LATE

LETTERMAN
Diane Kruger; Donald Trump; Billy Currington

CONAN (repeat)
Bruno; Stephen Moyer; Cirque de Soleil; Zumanity

KIMMEL (repeat)
Ashton Kutcher

FERGUSON
Kevin Bacon; Michael Irving

FALLON (repeat)
John Krasinski; Stephen Moyer
 

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