As I type this I am grooving on this new tune from The Weeknd.
I also now fully understand how my dad felt when flannel became fashionable again. This is an 80’s jam, recycled for the youtes. Thanks a lot Grand Theft Auto .
In our most recent podcast we talked a little about documentaries that we all enjoyed. You can listen to that here. I watch a lot of documentaries and docu-series, even bad ones. It seems to be my go to when I get free time. So I thought I would put together a list of 5 documentaries that I have recently enjoyed that are not called Tiger King (which you should watch, even if you think you shouldn’t).
This one is fucking awesome. For years there was a scam involving the grand prize winners of the McDonalds Monopoly game. This is that whole story, gives you all the juicy deets too. I had never heard about this one and at the end you find out why. Overall just a great series that shows what greed does to people. I’d watch it again, that’s how good it was.
So, when I saw this trailer I was kinda like, hmm, this is gonna be fucked up. I wasn’t wrong, but even I couldn’t imagine how it actually plays out. It’s a great watch for a couple of reasons, 1) It will make you feel really uneasy and 2) It leaves you feeling good about humanity. A side stories are how much info that you can get from stuff posted on the internet (scary) and how when we work together we can accomplish about anything (#SoChoice).
The Pharmacist (Netflix)
Dan Schneider might be the most self reflecting, honest, caring person I have ever watched in a doc. The guy’s mind is way open and he absorbs everything. He thinks critically and acts on his findings and feelings. Short story, the guy’s son is shot in a drug deal, and he does what he can to bring his killer to justice. Then he spots disturbing trends with prescription drugs and fights to save people’s lives he doesn’t know. It’s a great ride.
The Trials Of Gabriel Fernandez (Netflix)
I hesitate to add this as this is maybe the most gut wrenching documentary I have watched in recent times. It’s about child abuse that leads to death and all the people that dropped the ball in the process. It’s a hard watch, very hard, and you really feel for the people involved that tried to save this kid and well, were basically told not to worry about it. Admittedly I have not done my due diligence to see if this doc is one sided, it doesn’t seem like it, but I cannot be sure. As a parent this was a hard watch. Watching the siblings of Gabriel give police statements was real rough. The officer though gives a speech to the brother that really hit home. It’s not something you will finish and think “Man that was good!” It’s like a reminder that there are some pretty fucking awful people out there among us.
30 For 30 – Vick
I LOVE the 30 for 30 series and think that ESPN does a great job at picking great stories to share. It’s an excellent way to learn the actual stories behind some athletes, games, moments, all that shit. One night it just happened to be on and I realized that I didn’t really know much about Michael Vick other than his fall from grace. Seeing where he came from and how many folks looked out for him was pretty amazing (and sorta shocking) in this day and age. My biggest take away from it was that Vick learned from his mistake and did all he could do to make it right. He didn’t ask for your sympathy, he didn’t make a public show when he made things right, he just did them. I don’t like what he did, but I believe he has remorse for his actions.
Going beyond this, I think it’s important to mention that some documentaries are so heavily one sided it almost ruins them when you find that out. “Making Of A Murderer” stands out as a heavy offender. It was so crazy popular that I had my whole family messaging me theories and folks were circulating petitions to get him out of jail. Then I read all the evidence that was omitted from the movie and, well, that showed me something. Like reality television, these stories can get crafted and that to me is a disservice to what documentaries are supposed to be. I was a huge Michael Moore fan, but when he started making “smear pieces” it really put me off. Even when I agreed with his agenda. I like to see both sides presented and be allowed to draw my own conclusions. Is that too much to ask?
I also recently watched the Chris Benoit Story from the Vice Series “Darkside Of The Ring”. That was really fucking awful to watch too. I knew nothing about this guy, so it was crazy to learn about all that went down. I would for sure recommend that whole series if you like wrestling.
Feel free to tweet me any questions or some of your faves! Things always fall through the cracks!