Shannon and I started watching Making a Murderer. I’m only on the first episode (of ten) but everyone tells me how amazing is, so I have some pretty high hopes.
That said, we’ve been on a documentary kick since last summer. HBO and Netflix seem to be great sources for finding access to some great watching material. Since television time is limited in the Croom household due to workload, etc. – I’ve been selective on which ones to watch. Here are some of the better ones I’ve sat though in the past few months.
Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief. This one freaked out Shannon sufficiently that when we walked past the Scientology center on Hollywood Blvd. this past summer, she sped up. I stopped and tried to convince her (and my friend Ken, who was with us) that that should at least go inside since I feel fairly impervious to brainwashing… but neither of them would have it. Pretty solid stuff.
Hot Girls Wanted. Interesting documentary about online porn; more specifically: the “teen amateur” genre. Of course it takes place in Miami and shows the shelf life of the career of most of the women in that specific facet of the industry. Spoiler alert: most last only three months.
Citizenfour. Great “behind the scenes” piece of the events that transpired when Edward Snowden exposed the United States government for spying on its citizens. Well planned and well executed documentary filmmaking.
Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films. This film is awesome. It’s a rise and fall story that explains so much of the VHS entertainment of my childhood. Plus: Chuck Norris! Also: Boobs!
Catfish. Before the series, there was the movie that spawned it. This film is where the phrase “catfished” came from (and the analogy is explained in it.) If you’ve never seen it, it’s worth the watch. Shannon and I still catch the MTV series on from time to time.