Netflix usually sucks you in to a never-ending search for the perfect thing to watch. You may find something quick or you may just give up your search all-together. Here are some options that you probably haven’t seen, but should.
Making A Murderer
If you’ve missed the social media hype about this 10-episode documentary about wrongfully convicted murderer, Steven Avery, you’re one of the few. Making a Murderer has just about all of the seemingly corrupt police work and wrongful conviction that you can take. This documentary may cost you sleep and your faith in the judicial system. Prepare to have many debates on this with people who have also seen it.
Thin Blue Line
You might be reeling from the ending of Making a Murderer and looking for something to take your mind off of it. Thin Blue Line is the perfect documentary to do just that. Much like Making a Murderer, you’re given many different views on a particular crime. The director, Errol Morris investigates a 1976 murder case of police officer Robert Wood and the man convicted for the murder. The truth isn’t always clear cut and this documentary is a perfect portrayal of that.
You may never have heard of Cropsey and we’re here to change that for you. Cropsey was an Urban Legend that turned very real for children and parents in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and along the Eastern Seaboard. Cropsey was just a campfire story about a mental patient who lived in the woods and snatched up children. This chilling documentary is the true story of Cropsey, the “boogeyman” and he’s more terrifying than you could imagine.
It’s truly amazing what we are willing to believe as long as it’s giving us the answer we want. For this family, they fell victim to a lie that comes off as unrealistic to viewers. Losing a child is something no parent should have to go through, and getting that child back is just about the only thing that can make it better. This riveting documentary is centered around a grieving Texas family who believes they’ve gotten their 16-year-old son back who has been missing for 3 years.
Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son about His Father
Coming from someone who has seen this documentary 5 times, it’s an absolute must. The strength, love, and utter sadness of this film is life-changing. After you’ve watched it, you’re going to feel like someone has stabbed you in a place you didn’t even know existed. This documentary is beautiful, tragic and heart-wrenching. You’re not going to want to watch it alone and you’re definitely going to want to wound everyone else with it after you’ve seen it. You truly won’t come out of this the same person, and prepare to cry, a lot. Don’t look up any spoilers!
Short Term 12
Tears and more tears is what this movie will bring you. Happy tears and sad tears, though. You’re thrown into the world of neglected children and the impression they leave on you is lasting. The film is centered around a foster-care center for at-risk teens but the workers are also sure to leave a permanent lump in the back of your throat. This movie is a perfect portrayal of patience and kindness.
The Station Agent
You probably know Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister in Game of Thrones, but getting to know him as Finbar McBride is a must. This film is a beautiful example of friendship and hurt. If you have the patience for a movie a little on the slow-side, this movie is for you. Don’t be turned off by the idea of a slow movie because the characters in this movie are impossible not to fall in love with. They are brought together by their (newly) shattered sense of solitude and you’re bound to relate to them in more ways than one.