Thursday Movie Picks 2020

Thursday Movie Picks Television Edition: Mystery

Welcome back to regular Thursday programming! I’m hoping to be back full speed and what better way to begin than a television edition. This month’s theme is mystery! Now while the theme itself is fabulous it’s also way too vague. Yet of course I found a way. I also sort of went with a theme within a theme because what is better than the mystery of DEATH and MURDER.

3. CRIME SCENE: THE VANSHING AT THE CECIL HOTEL (2021)

It’s easy to guess my theme within the theme because I went with three true crime mini series. Out of everything I think true crime is the best mystery for me always. Netflix has had so many in recent years and while some drag out way too long, others are just perfect. For The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel I’d say it was just enough.

While it took some unexpected turns I feel like the case itself was well put together in this one. Plus this mystery is just too interesting and fascinating, it would be difficult to make it boring.

2. NIGHT STALKER: THE HUNT FOR A SERIAL KILLER (2021)

I really liked this true crime mini series because I hadn’t heard much about the Night Stalker. While horrible and definitely somebody one does not want to run into, I find these kinds of cases more fascinating. Call me psychotic or whatever but the more gruesome the crimes, the more curious I am.

Night Stalker also has a link to Cecil Hotel which was a very interesting connection for me. I think I even watched these two very close together so that’s a gruesome double feature moment right there.

1. AMERICAN MURDER: THE FAMILY NEXT DOOR (2020)

No idea why they have to add like a main title and then the subtitle to these but seems like a trend. Anyway this one is one of the more scarier cases. Like there’s honestly so many layers to this it’s insane. I actually liked how the documentary portrayed the wife. It may be subject to criticism but I feel like it’s an important part of this whole case. Problematic, yes, but still important because I found it fascinating.

Also the husband is dumb. So dumb it just made me realise how dumb people can be. It would have been a more compelling watch if it weren’t for the kids. That’s what makes it less tolerable.


THIS SERIES IS CREATED BY WANDERING THROUGH THE SHELVES

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2 Comments

  • I still haven’t seen the Night Stalker doc, I really need to get on that. I enjoyed the other two, but I got so mad during the 3rd episode of Cecil Hotel where I thought they were going to go full conspiracy theory. I’m glad they brought that back around in the last episode.

    • MettelRay

      Ah yes that was the misstep I thought the documentary made but I’m happy they included it. It’s a big part of the case so it makes sense to have it but maybe the way it was shown didn’t really work.

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