Who doesn’t love grabbing popcorn and hiding inside their duvets for a binge-worthy movie? Pretty much everyone, right? However, when all is said and done, we know that that was just a movie. We are not Lara Jean, and there is no Peter Kavinsky out there, just made for us. And even if there is, who knows if we are destined to find it? So if you’ve walked out of this fantasy world, too tired of all the rom-coms that end up raising your expectations, only to be demolished by reality, here are some of the best documentaries you can watch this weekend to help you come to terms with . What is reality really made of?
Why documentaries, you ask? Documentaries present the facts of reality in a more or less dramatic way to make it more acceptable to the audience. It helps build connectivity with people and takes a step towards recognizing the world we live in.
5 best documentaries to watch this weekend
Our Father (2022)
Our world does not follow a binary divide between black and white; Sometimes the most trusted professions, like doctors, end up playing the most malicious and evil characters in the drama of life. Such is the story represented in the Our Father. The chilling documentary follows the life of a doctor Donald Cline, who, unbeknownst to his patients, impregnated his sperm. From shocking and creepy to merely grotesque, Our father exposes the dark side of human nature and how some groups of humanity become victims of it.
Made you Look: A True Story About Fake Art (2021)
If you’re in the mood for a conspiracy because you just can’t quench your thirst for gossip, then this is the right place for you. Directed by Barry Avrich Made you Look: a true story about fake art (2021) reveals the largest artistic fraud in history, perpetrated through the most reputable company Knoedler & Company. The documentary ventures to unravel how much of the Knoedler company was involved in perpetrating the fraud. Were they completely in the unknown and duped by their clientele like everyone else, or were they partially in the know but instead went with the flow for more money?
The Bleeding Edge (2018)
Another medical conspiracy, the bleeding edge, is a 2018 documentary film written and directed by Kirby Dick and produced by Amy Ziering and Amy Herdy. According to collider, the bleeding edge ventures to “examine the medical device industry and discovers (surprisingly) that capitalism has inserted its tentacles into the regulatory agency, the FDA, which should be overseeing the devices that doctors are implanting in patients. With a strong mix of personal stories and stepping back to explore the bigger issues, the bleeding edge it will change the way you interact with your doctor the next time you need to undergo some type of invasive procedure. While it’s wrong that this burden has fallen on patients, at least this documentary gives you the knowledge you need so you can avoid some horrible outcomes.”
American Murder: The Family Next Door (2020)
Warning: not for the faint of heart
One of the most chilling crime documentaries available to stream on Netflix, American Murder: The Family Next Door reveals the 2018 investigation into the disappearance of Shannan Watts and her two children. The possible involvement of the victim’s husband in the crime sparked a litany of harrowing incidents that are surely not meant to be viewed by the faint of heart. With its primary focus on victims, the documentary reveals the double-edged nature of social media and the kind of rift it can create in relationships.
Gaga: Five Foot Two (2017)
Released in 2017, Gaga: five foot two is directed by Chris Mouk. As the title of the documentary suggests, Gaga: five foot two is a celebrity documentary about Lady Gaga that covers the time period around the writing and release of her album Joanne. This time also intersects with the time it was released A star has been born, along with director/star Bradley Cooper. The documentary offers a more intimate look at the life of Lady Gaga, who is also seen struggling with fibromyalgia.
All the documentaries mentioned above are available for streaming on Netflix.