This past month I’ve been staying up way too late watching a lot of tv. It’s sad. Most of what I’ve been watching has been documentaries, that’s good somewhat good right?
Anyways I wanted to share some of the ones that I’ve watched this past month and some that I’m looking forward to watching because there are so many good ones.
You can also check out my running list of some of my favorites here.
Abducted in Plain Sight | Netflix | I had so many mixed feeling while watching this documentary. It’s about Jan Broberg, who was 12-year-old, at the time. She’s abducted from a small church-going community in Idaho by a trusted neighbor and close family friend,Robert Berchtold. Broberg and her parents share just how their family ended up being brainwashed and blackmailed by Berchtold so he could make his sinister moves
Evil Genius | Netflix | This is a four part docuseries. It’s known as the “pizza bomber” which occurred August 2003. It was an attempted bank robbery in Erie, Pa., when the robbery-gone-wrong turned into a public murder. Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong was arrested for the delivery man’s death but the series sets out to prove that there’s more to the conspiracy and murder than what was previously thought.
Free Solo | Still in Theaters| In this documentary a professional rock climber, Alex Honnold, attempts to conquer the first free solo climb of famed El Capitan’s 900m vertical rock face at Yosemite National Park. I haven’t seen this yet, but I’m watching it this weekend! I’m sure I’ll be siting at the edge of my seat while watching it, take a look how they filmed it here.
Fyre Festival | Netflix & Hulu | Here’s a quick recap of what the Fyre documentaries are about. Businessman (and scam artist) Billy McFarland and rapper Ja Rule created a “luxury” music festival that was heavily promoted by social media and celebrity influencers. People paid thousands of dollars for tickets and were promised luxury villas and food. However when they arrived there were no bands, there luxury villas were dinky white tents, and they had very sad looking sandwiches for food.
The key difference between the two is how they contextualize McFarland and the Fyre Festival. Hulu’s version focuses heavily on depicting McFarland (they interview him) and it also leans on stereotypes about a generation. With Fyre Netflix gets right into the mechanics of festival planning and they lamenting that they didn’t do enough to shut it all down. I personally enjoyed the Netflix one more than the one on Hulu.
The Innocent Man | Netflix | This is a six part docuseries that takes a look at the notorious deaths that shook the small town of Ada, Okla., in the 1980s. These murders gained national attention and in 2006 John Grisham published a nonfiction book about the crimes. I didn’t think it was as good as The Staircase, Making a Murderer, or the first season of Serial, but if you like this type of crime docuseries I’d say it’s worth watching.
RBG | Hulu | RBG is all about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. This documentary focuses on her rise to the nation’s highest court that has been largely unknown to many until now. This was a fun one to watch because she’s become such an unexpected pop culture icon.
Surviving R Kelly | Lifetime | This six-part documentary details the sexual abuse allegations against R. Kelly that he has continually denied. R. Kelly’s career has been plagued with rumors of abuse, pedophilia, and predatory behavior toward women. Now, survivors are stepping forward to detail new allegations about his physical, mental, and sexual abuse.
BTK Killer Documentary | 20/20 documentary on ABC | Airs on February 1st.