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Old 01-09-2017, 12:41 PM
 
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I don't know how legit the math is in this movie, but there was one huge technical error:


Not a single engineer has a slide rule on his desk. Engineers in those days--especially those involved constantly in mathematical calculations--would not have taken a breath without their "slipsticks" in hand.


Heck, I've still got my slide rule on my desk.
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Old 01-09-2017, 01:51 PM
 
Location: New York NY
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Just saw this and enjoyed it a great deal. To start with, the performances of the three lead women felt right to me. Monae (sp?), Spencer, and Henson hit all the right notes and made it very,very real to me. As did the depictions of the everyday humiliations of Jim Crow, which I experienced only the very very tail end of as a little kid.

What surprised me most was that I never gave any thought to the fact that before computers became omnipresent people actually had to sit down with pencil and paper (or slide rule) and DO all those calculations! First reference in the movie to "the calculators" and I was expecting to see a room full of machines, not a room full of black ladies in high heels and dresses.

C'est formidable!

And yes, every black middle-school kid should see this. Math may be difficult. But a lot of black people excelled at it one time, and a lot can again.
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Old 01-09-2017, 07:32 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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And yes, every black middle-school kid should see this. Math may be difficult. But a lot of black people excelled at it one time, and a lot can again.
I think every middle school kid should watch actually.
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Old 01-09-2017, 08:59 PM
 
Location: Saint Louis
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The other day, Vice News on HBO had an interview with the real Katherine Johnson. I looked to see if they had the interview online anywhere, but they didn't.
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Old 01-10-2017, 09:33 PM
 
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
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I finally got the chance to see this tonight. What a fabulous movie! I'm definitely going to have to see it again this weekend.
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Old 01-11-2017, 05:16 PM
 
Location: West Los Angeles
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I definitely will NOT see this movie, rife with fake history.

For example, one of the female characters in the film is actually based on Dr. Jack Crenshaw, who was not a Black woman, and the other two are given too much credit for what was done by upwards of 300 other people. And then there are the characters who did not even actually exist, played by Jim Parson and Kirsten Dunst.

More about this bit of Hollywood fakery here:

Hidden Figures Movie vs the True Story of Katherine Johnson, NASA
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Old 01-11-2017, 06:05 PM
 
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I definitely will NOT see this movie, rife with fake history.

For example, one of the female characters in the film is actually based on Dr. Jack Crenshaw, who was not a Black woman, and the other two are given too much credit for what was done by upwards of 300 other people. And then there are the characters who did not even actually exist, played by Jim Parson and Kirsten Dunst.

More about this bit of Hollywood fakery here:

Hidden Figures Movie vs the True Story of Katherine Johnson, NASA
Sounds like you've never seen a biopic before, if you think that article represents this biopic any quantitative leap from other biopics.
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Old 01-11-2017, 08:17 PM
 
Location: West Los Angeles
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Sounds like you've never seen a biopic before, if you think that article represents this biopic any quantitative leap from other biopics.
Not everything in a biographical film is absolute cannon; however, this film is generally one big fallacy and should not be regarded as a true story as most people are doing.
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Old 01-11-2017, 09:03 PM
 
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Not everything in a biographical film is absolute cannon; however, this film is generally one big fallacy and should not be regarded as a true story as most people are doing.
Going by the article you presented, there were some secondary characters in the movie who represented an amalgam of characters in real life. Some real events were presented more dramatically than they occured in real life. Many biopics do those things.

However, all the significant events of these three women's as depicted in the movie did actually happen. The women did the things it shows them doing, and they faced the challenges it showed them facing. It's certainly not "one big fallacy."
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Old 01-11-2017, 11:57 PM
 
Location: West Los Angeles
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Going by the article you presented, there were some secondary characters in the movie who represented an amalgam of characters in real life. Some real events were presented more dramatically than they occured in real life. Many biopics do those things.

However, all the significant events of these three women's as depicted in the movie did actually happen. The women did the things it shows them doing, and they faced the challenges it showed them facing. It's certainly not "one big fallacy."
No, one of the characters did things that were actually done by Jack Crenshaw.
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