We have had one hell of a month and I don’t mean in terms of Thursday Movie Picks. I mean in regards to what’s happening in the world… With most of my Thursday Movie Picks having been scheduled for this month, it’s only now that I sit down to write this one in complete amazement. Something is literally taking over the world and putting it in standstill. It sounds like a scifi movie and not the fun kind. So in order to get our minds off things, I recommend three documentary mini-series to make you feel even shittier. These are dramatic, sad, emotional and quite frankly, horrible stories. They are very interesting though, so at least there’s that.
If you’re thinking of looking into Ted Bundy, one of the most horrific serial killers there has been, I recommend this documentary series. It’s by the same guy who did the movie where Zac Efron played Bundy. I also have a tiny connection with the director, Joe Berlinger, who I almost had the chance to interview. Instead I interviewed a guy he made another documentary about. In all honesty, Berlinger has a good eye for documentaries. I like his style and the Bundy tapes was a good insightful 4-episode series. It was just enough and not too much. As somebody who has a weird fascination towards serial killers, this Bundy documentary definitely scratched my itch. PS: Berlinger really has a thing for long titles, huh?
This year I decided to venture out a bit more form my comfort zone and watch even more documentaries. I have started to more in recent years but like, 2020 could be my year! Though with the current situation, all I want is to escape reality. Anyway, The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez tells a horrific story of a young boy who gets killed by his mother and her boyfriend. It’s a story of the system failing this young boy over and over again, until it was too late. It doesn’t have that sort of Spotlight type angst due to it being 6-episodes long and ranking almost 6 hours worth of footage. In other words, it does get a bit too long and ends up being a bit too messy in terms of the timeline. But even telling you this wouldn’t really matter because this is a documentary series I still recommend. It’s so sad… so brace yourself!
Another surprise documentary I watched this year that left me emotional. This is a story of a football star Aaron Hernandez… who ends up killing a man. Yet the story is not that simple. There are aspects to this documentary that sort of rub me the wrong way. The fact that his sexuality was brought into it might not be the best angle and yet, I was also fascinated by this. It’s really a shame he cannot tell his own side of the story anymore. Ah, and yes, spoilers, he dies. But then again, going into it and knowing this with these types of documentaries really doesn’t matter. This has 3 episodes and while definitely shorter than the Gabriel Fernandes one, it also suffers from a messy timeline. Other than that, worth a watch for sure.
THIS AMAZING SERIES IS CREATED BY WANDERING THROUGH THE SHELVES2