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Sunday, 25 September 2016

TV | Five documentaries you should watch

When I make the effort to leave my phone alone and really concentrate, I actually really enjoy a good documentary and in recent years, they've become more and more popular.

Shows like Making a Murderer and Louis Theroux documentaries have almost drawn a new crowd to the world of documentaries. Years and years ago, a documentary to me would be the type of thing my nan would watch late at night - usually an hour special about a gory unsolved murder from years ago, but nowadays people will even watch documentaries instead of movies during those Netflix and chill dates.

Here are some documentaries I believe are worth a watch and that are quite easy to follow, too. Because I do believe some documentaries can be a bit overwhelming and can throw too much at you, especially if you have a short attention span - which is perhaps why I have yet to get past the third episode of Making a Murderer!

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I've blogged my praise for this hour long special before, and even now I'll recommend it to friends. It's all about two female twins who run into oncoming traffic along the motorway and moments later, are up and walking as if nothing happened. When the police arrive, they try to run again, even hitting an officer with brutal force and running again into oncoming traffic - if I remember rightly. The fact that one gets run over by a truck and is absolutely fine afterwards - and so afraid of police that she runs into oncoming traffic again - is probably the least weird thing of the documentary. It's super interesting and filled with twists.

You've probably heard a lot about this case what with the documentary recently airing and although I have yet to watch it, I've heard good things about it. The documentary is all about the unsolved murder of six year old JonBenét who was found murdered in the family homes basement. There are loads of really curious parts of the case that are looked into in this documentary, such as the fact that the house and basement was searched thoroughly before the body was found during a second search of the basement, and telling 911 calls. I actually only really heard about JonBenét for the first time a few months ago when I discovered a bizarre conspiracy theory that her death was actually faked and she grew up to become Katy Perry.  The whole case is kind of disturbing, and it's really sad that it's never been solved, nor has the family got any justice for the loss of their child. 

I've watched a few documentaries based on the Amityville murders and ghost stories over the years (and read about the subject vastly) but this is one of my favourite documentaries. I find the whole legend fascinating - the murders and the ghost stories that followed them, plus the spooky ghost photo of the little boy. I haven't watched this documentary in a good few years but I always remember it to be good and think I'll be watching it again over Halloween this year.

I saw this in the cinema a few years back and didn't really understand it until I watched it a second time once home. If you haven't seen it, I'm not going to give a lot away, but it revolves around a family who seemingly accept the return of their child that had gone missing years earlier. Despite the fact that there are obvious changes, such as his eyes being a different colour, the family welcome him regardless. Of course all is not as it seems, and this documentary will keep you thinking until the very end.

There's actually so many 9/11 conspiracy theory documentaries floating around the internet that it's hard to choose just one - or even find the time to watch many - but this is one I particularly remember being fascinated by. Now, I'm going to find this hard to explain as I understand that 9/11 is a very sensitive subject and we'll probably never know the truth, but I am also adamant that there is so much we don't know about what really happened that day, and this documentary really helps you understand that. There's so many questions that need answered, like why a news reporter suggested a third tower (the 7th tower) collapsing before it was showing any signs of collapse and how the towers fell in such a way that it looked like it was due to demolition. Of course, 9/11 is one of the biggest conspiracy theories and after watching this documentary, you'll likely find yourself falling down a deep, dark hole of theories, but I do think it's worth watching even just to open your mind a little bit. 

All of these documentaries can be found online and on YouTube (and I believe that The Imposter can also be found on Netflix) now - apart from The Case Of: JonBenet Ramsey as it's only just aired but will likely be online soon. 

I think it's important to delve into documentaries now and then, even the conspiracy theories because even if you don't believe them, it's important to open your mind and question things now and then. 

Why not watch one with friends and see what their thoughts are? 

Are there any documentaries you can recommend? Let me know!

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for this - I love a good documentary so I will have to try and find these and download them :) x


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