Documentaries are becoming all the rage this year, with a couple already making a huge impact with dazzling ratings after their release on Netflix this January. Documentaries might bring back memories of cringe drug safety tapes in PDHPE class, but honestly they’ve really stepped up their game over the past few years. There’s documentary series on notorious TV personalities, behind the scenes of a drug addict, and the percentage of Americans who are hoarders and need to get their shit together. However, these are the ones that really stood to us out on Netflix:
Ted Bundy is a household name these days; he’s almost as famous as Ellen DeGeneres – except Bundy’s name send chills down our spines. The prolific serial killer has killed 36 women and he still attempts to tell his ‘truth’: that he isn’t guilty, and he pleads for the court to reopen his case. The documentary features tapes of ‘his version of the story’ and looks into the manipulative and psychopathic mind of a serial killer. The rapes and killings are enough to say this man is beyond a creep. However there are more than enough occasions where interviewees carry on about his alleged hotness, which is quite sick (and untrue). Sorry, I don’t see it; he’s not Penn Badgley from You where he kind of gets away with the ‘bad boy’ thing.
Fyre is a documentary featuring interviews and behind the scenes footage of the notorious fraudist festival founder, Billy McFarland, and his failed organisation of the world’s biggest music festival, Fyre. If you aren’t living under a rock, you might have heard at least a little bit about your favourite supermodels, social media stars and celebrities being conned into paying thousands of dollars for a ticket to the ultimate glamping music festival located on a private island in the Bahamas – but it turned to be everything but that. This doco is highly engaging and stars Bella Hadid, Kendall Jenner and Hailey Bieber.
The American Meme
This film is both as lame and as great as its title. The documentary takes a dive into the lives of world-famous vine stars, youtube sensations and Instagram influencers. It’s a look into how messed up society has become from the internet and what these people have to do to get those millions of views and likes. It’s quite sad. Although the documentary tries to make all of us pity Paris Hilton and how horrible her life is – okay, hun.
Avicii True Stories
Following Avicii’s tragic death last year, the documentary celebrates the famous DJ’s life and tremendous accolades, yet also shows us the stress and constant exhaustion that led to his inevitable illness. Whether you’re an Avicii fan or not, this film will leave you feeling bittersweet. For every fan, or anyone who appreciates DJ and music festival culture, this is definitely the right film choice for your next Netflix sesh.
Tickled is . . . weird. Good weird? You’ll have to find out for yourself. The documentary starts off looking into the niche sport of competitive tickling, but turns into something much darker. The New Zealand director, David Farrier, is now notorious for his odd documentary style; his other documentary was a series that looked into dark tourism. You’re going to be shocked at how this film will change your perspective on something as innocent as tickling.
Which documentaries have you been enjoying this year? Comment below to let us know!