Who doesn’t love grabbing popcorn and cocooning inside their quilts to watch 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 no Lara Jean, and there is no Peter Kavinsky out there, just made for us. And even if there is, who knows whether we are destined to meet him? So, if you have come 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 accept what reality is truly made of.
Why documentaries, you ask? Documentaries feature the facts of reality in a more or less dramatic fashion to make it more acceptable to the audience. It helps in building connectivity with the people and takes one step toward acknowledging the world in which we live in.
5 best documentaries to watch this weekend
Our Father (2022)
Our world does not follow a binary division 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 depicted in Our Father. The chilling documentary follows the life of a doctor Donald Cline, who, without the knowledge of his patients, impregnated his sperms. From shocking and creepy to being mere grotesque, Our Father exposes the dark side of human nature and how some groups of humanity become the victims of the same.
Made you Look: A True Story about Fake Art (2021)
If you’re in the mood for a conspiracy because you’re just not able to quench your thirst for gossip, then this is the right fit for you. Directed by Barry Avrich, Made you Look: A True Story about Fake Art (2021) unveils the largest art fraud in history, which was 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 others, or were they partially aware of the happenings but instead went with the flow for more money?
The Bleeding Edge (2018)
Yet another medical conspiracy, The Bleeding Edge, is a 2018 documentary 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 discover (shocker) that capitalism has inserted its tentacles into the regulatory agency, the FDA, that should be overseeing the devices that doctors are implanting into patients. With a strong mix of personal stories and pulling back to explore the larger issues, The Bleeding Edge will change the way you interact with your doctor next time you need to have some kind of invasive procedure. While it is wrong that this burden has been pushed onto patients, at least this documentary arms you with the knowledge you need so that you can avoid some horrific outcomes.”
American Murder: The Family Next Door (2020)
Warning: Not for the faint-hearted
One of the most chilling crime documentaries that are available for streaming on Netflix, American Murder: The Family Next Door unravels the 2018 investigation of the disappearance of Shannan Watts and her two children. The potential involvement of the victim’s husband in the crime caused a litany of harrowing incidents that are surely not to be watched by the soft-hearted. With its primary focus on victims, the documentary reveals the nature of social media being a double-edged sword and the kind of rift it can create in relationships.
Gaga: Five Feet Two (2017)
Released in 2017, Gaga: Five Feet Two is directed by Chris Mouk. As the title of the documentary suggests, Gaga: Five Feet Two is a celebrity documentary on Lady Gaga which covers the time period around the writing and release of her album Joanne. This time also intersects with the time when she was cast in A Star is Born, along with director/star Bradley Cooper. The documentary gives a more intimate look into Lady Gaga’s life, who is also seen battling fibromyalgia.
All of the above-mentioned documentaries are available for streaming on Netflix.