Saturday, August 24, 2013

The Frozen Ground true story

Synopsis: A detective seeks to catch the man responsible for the murder of women in Anchorage for the past 13 years. 



True story:  "The Frozen Ground" is based on Det. Glenn Flothe and criminal Robert Hansen. The real case happened in Alaska.



Tidbits

The movie was first shown in August 23, 2013 on the big screen.


Vanessa Hudgens found the script very disturbing. She actually spent time with the real survivor.


The actor who played the role of Glenn Flothe stated that he took the role very seriously.









An Officer and a Murderer based on Col. Russell Williams




Synopsis:  

A high ranking military officer who has been committing crimes is eventually discovered by a tenacious police detective.


True Story

An Officer and a Murderer came to tv as a Lifetime original movie in 2012. It is based on the crimes and life of Colonel David Russell Williams. The events took place in Canada. You can find tremendous coverage of this case on the net. Col. David Russell Williams began committing these crimes in 2007 (that we know of). He was finally brought to justice in 2010. In the end he confessed to everything. He was convicted on 88 counts and is currently serving a life sentence. He will be eligible for parole after serving 25 years.



Tidbits

According to Star.com, the director spent time visiting the actual locations. He was fascinated with Williams' personality and character. They decided to use most of dialogue from the Williams' taped interviews with police, instead of having the scriptwriter change it.



The movie received a lot of criticism because of it's slight deviation from actual events.

The police nor family members wanted anything to do with the movie. According to the Huffington Post, his medals, uniform and vehicle were destroyed.





Where to read up on the Col. Russell Williams Case

CBS News: Russell Williams: has some really extensive coverage on the case

CBC News Canada 



Timeline

August 2013: The movie debuts for the first time in Canada, a year after it aired in the U.S. 

The Pastor's Wife

Plot: A pastor's wife is arrested in the shooting death of her husband in their home.




The Pastor's Wife is a 2011 Lifetime movie based on the Mary Winkler murder case. Mary Winkler was arrested for killing her husband Pastor Matthew Winkler in 2006. The movie is also based on the book by the same name.




Documents

"The Pastor's Wife" the true story based on Mary Winkler: read the article and see the real woman



Here is an interview with Rose Mcgowan talking about the movie






Hollywood Dailies | The Pastor's Wife | Rose McGowan | Movie Trailer | Review

Half A Dozen Babies true story

Synopsis:  When a doctor advises a young couple to try to create a family using artificial means, they become pregnant with multiple babies.



True story:  "Half A Dozen Babies" is based on Keith Dilley and his wife Becki Dilley. It was shown on television for the first time in 1991 as a movie of the week on ABC.



Tidbits

The real family is from Indiana. The Dilley kids are mostly all in college. Keith and Becki are still together. 

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Mexico: movies about crossing the border

List of movies about crossing the U.S border into Mexico or the Mexican border in to the United States.


Bordertown
A woman crosses the Texas border into Mexico to find her missing sister who disappeared after traveling there. (read it here)

Undocumented immigrants: movies about immigrant life

List of movies about the experience of undocumented workers residing in another country. Movies that allow you to see the lives of immigrants or the immigration experience.



The Perez Family:

This movie details immigrant life experience of Cubans in America or Cubans in Miami, specifically those who arrived during the Mariel Boat Lift of the 1980's. This movie is superb and the music gives you the soulful feeling of Cuba. (read it here)

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Baby Sellers (lifetime movie)

Synopsis: (Inspired by true events) A tenacious Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent goes undercover to expose a U.S. adoption agency involved in selling babies to American parents who are desperate to have children of their own.


True Story: This Lifetime movie is inspired by actual events. The movie is set to air August 17th @8pm.


Update:

I have been working on this particular story for most of the week. I found out that two immigration agents actually consulted on the movie. This story is based on their cases. Also, I found the character played by Kirstie Alley very intriguing. I am almost sure her character was based on two women: Theresa Erickson and Lauryn Galindo. You can find my articles about them on Examiner. (read it here)


Oh, the main case I forgot to mention was that of Robert Porges and his wife. That case happened in 2000. Immigration agents worked for some time to bring Porges to justice.


A few more tidbits on Lauryn Galindo
They say she was the kindest most peaceful person you could ever meet. She immediately made nervous clients feel comfortable. They trusted her completely.

She lived a lavish lifestyle in her beachfront condo. People who visited her place said that she often greeted you with new age music playing in the background.


The former hula dancer also helped arrange the adoption of Angelina Jolie's child. She was very serious about her humanitarian work. She claims to have no knowledge of some of the things that took place amongst her employees, particularly her former driver Sea Visoth.

See the article "Guilty plea in federal adoption fraud case" in the Seattle Times.

Also, research the cases that happened in Nigeria and India.


 The India case can be find under "Bharat Atit."





"Baby Sellers" movie trailer

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Open Water (true story)

What were the names of the real people who inspired "Open Water" and "Open Water 2?"


"Open Water" is based on the case of Eileen and Tom Lonergan. The Lonergans were scuba divers from Louisiana.


The second movie is also said to be based on a true story, but the basis of that story has not yet been found.

End Of Watch true story

Synopsis: Two LA cops patrol one of South Central's most dangerous neighborhoods.


True Story: "End Of Watch" is inspired by former LAPD police officer Jaime Fitzsimmons aka Jamie Fitzsimmons.The real story happened in the nineties.

All Good Things true story

Synopsis: a real estate mogul is suspected in the disappearances of his wife, neighbor and best friend.


True Story: "All Good Things" was loosely inspired by Kathie McCormack Durst's missing persons case and the trial of her husband Robert Alan Durst.

Friday, August 9, 2013

The Conjuring true story

Is "The Conjuring" based on a true story or actual events?


True Story: "The Conjuring" is based on shocking true events that happened at a farmhouse in Rhode Island. It is based on the experiences of Carolyn Perron, who was in the farmhouse at the time. The first paranormal investigation team to go to the home happened in 1973. That team contacted Ed and Lorraine Warren whose experiences have been documented.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Child of Rage

Do you have any information about the movie "Child Of Rage"?


Yes, the movie "Child Of Rage" is based on the true story of Beth Thomas. Thomas has been very vocal about her experiences. She even appeared on a few talk shows to talk about the case, along with her mother. They have their own site and a documentary, I believe.

Untamed Love

"Is Untamed Love" based on a true story?


Yes, "Untamed Love" is a movie based on the true life experiences of child psychologist Torey Hayden. It is based on her book "One Child."

Trapped In Silence

Is "Trapped In Silence" based on a true story?



Yes, it is based on Torey Hayden's experiences as a child psychologist. More specifically, "Trapped In Silence" is based on Torey Hayden's book, "Murphy's Boy." The movie came out in 1987.

Baby Shower (2011)

Synopsis: Strange events happen amongst four friends at a baby shower.


True story: "Baby Shower" is inspired by two true stories: Jocelyn Rivas-Paola Olcese case that happened in Pirque, Santiago, Chile of 2007, and the ending of the movie is based on Gayle Merrick 1969 case.