26th March 2020

Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness (Netflix)

This one is a hard-to-believe true crime story that is compulsive viewing. It’s about an eccentric big cat Zoo owner known as Joe Exotic (real name: Joseph Maldonado-Passage). You get to meet Joe and these strange characters that have America’s largest collections of wild cats caged up in Zoo like facilities whilst making money. If this subject isn’t enough to grip you, Joe is plotting the murder-for-hire of Carol Baskin ( another sinister character) she is a rival and they are at war. At the heart of the story, that we hope doesn’t get lost is the fact that these Tigers are extinct in places like India and Africa because of illegal selling and breeding in America. We need to stop people like Joe and even Carole. You never quite work out who the enemy is watching this…. Yikes!

Diego Maradona (Channel 4)

From Asif Kapadia, the director of the Ayrton Senna documentary, we are getting a close look at the “God” of football, Diego Armando Maradona, after his big club move from Barcelona to Napoli, which eventually led him to not only a Serie A win, but also the infamous World Cup final against England, in which he scored THAT handball goal. A movie is mostly composed of archival footage from the initial idea to document his life that came from his first agent, Jorge Cyterszpile – a film that, ultimately, never got produced.

Our Planet (Netflix)

As soon as you hear ‘Sir David Attenborough’, you should immediately be on board. The legendary narrator is back to tackle the human impact on the environment and issues of conservation, as well as the climate change and its impact on all living creatures. Now, more than ever, global warming is an impeding threat and we should all stay educated on this important topic.

 Dont Fu*k with Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer (Netflix)

Have you ever heard about the murder of Lin Jun? It’s one of Canada’s most infamous murder cases. Lin’s killer, Luka Magnotta, went viral before committing the murder – the killer was releasing videos of himself on the internet, and those videos featured someone as heinous as his future crime: killing kittens. This feature will look at his failed modelling and acting careers, stripping and escorting, filming porn and, eventually, drowning and suffocating innocent and defenseless kittens. This journey eventually led him to taking another person’s life that culminated in a world-wide manhunt.

 Miss Americana (Netflix)

Stepping away from all the murder, the end of the world looming around the corner and humanity’s active and passive attempts to destroy the environment and its other living inhabitants, we can watch Miss Americana – an intimate, up-close and personal look at the real-life, backstage and concert footage, courtesy of one Taylor Swift. She shows her vulnerable side and talks about going into hiding after the public back and forth with Kimye.

Cheer (Netflix)

This six-part docuseries follows the nationally-ranked Navarro College Bulldogs Cheer Team, prepared by Monica Aldama to compete in the annual National Cheerleading Championship in Daytona, Florida. Here, you will learn the history of cheerleading, formation of their association, follow their day-to-day training activities and, naturally, see some girls absolutely kicking ass on that floor! Lot of big characters with funny one liners.

 The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez (Netflix)

How broken is the system behind Child Protection Services? That answer may be answered by this heartbreaking story of abuse and murder – Gabriel Fernandez, an 8-year-old boy, who was abused, tortured and eventually killed by his mother and her boyfriend. Despite multiple reports of said abuse, social workers never removed the boy from this horrible environment, eventually getting charge over this in Los Angeles Superior Court. This documentary examines the effectiveness of LA County’s social services, and how ineffective it is most of the time.

Free Solo (Netflix)

This thrilling and absolutely captivating doc will keep you on the edge of your seat, as Alex Honnold – the world-renowned rock climber – attempts the first free solo climb of El Capitan, which unfold right in front of your eyes! Without using any protective equipment, Honnold puts his life on the line and takes us with him on this brave and insane adventure. Not recommended for the faint of heart!

Art and Craft (Amazon Prime) 

Imagine being so skillful and prolific at art forgery that your arrogance leads you to donating your fakes to museums all over the United States. No, it’s not a plot of a new feature from Coen Brothers or Christopher Nolan – it is a real-life tale of Mark Landis, both his early days, the registrars attempt to catch him and his take on what we know as ‘art’.

Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened (Netflix)

Remember the Fyre festival? No? Neither do the people who were supposed to go there. Or the artists that were meant to perform there. Apparently, the organizers also did not remember about the festival, because how else can you explain that it basically didn’t happen? Oh, yeah, fraud. This is the history of the infamous Fyre Festival, from, so to speak, ‘creation’ all the way to unraveling. Founded by Ja Rule (ya know, the rapper) and Billy McFarland, this ‘luxury’ music festival promoted by the likes of Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid, Emily Ratajkowski and Hailey Baldwin and yet, it became one of the biggest disasters and bogus stories on the music scene. Disclaimer: this film is co-produced by Jerry Media, social media agency that not only promoted the festival, but also worked on covering up the fraud – as well as MATTE Projects, which was behind the promotional shoot. What can we say? I guess they know everything about what went on behind the scenes!

Central Park Five (Amazon Prime)

Racism in the United States is still as ever-present as it ever was, just like injustice, unfair sentencing and planting evidence. Can you even imagine how bad it was in the 80s and 90s? ‘Central Park Five’ tackles the rape of Trisha Meili and the racial hysteria that led to the conviction of five innocent young black boys, despite the evidence telling us otherwise. Ken Burns, one of the best documentary filmmakers, covers the arrest, interrogation, trials and convictions of, at the time, teenage boys – A MUST WATCH!





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