What is it with HBO's incredibly depressing documentaries?
First it was the documentary about the sociopath pre-teen boy who tormented his family for years before jumping out the window of his Manhattan midrise. That sent me into a tailspin for about a week.
Now they are showing a documentary about Oregon's assisted suicide law. Watching this documentary is literally like looking death in the face.
I don't think I have ever seen a single uplifting documentary on HBO -- ever!
I hear they're doing one about a retarded Jewish boy living in Nazi Germany who's puppy died.
Forgot to mention the boy is also an alcoholic.
Was the family relieved?
What if you had a sociopathic child and felt like this kid would eventually do a lot of harm? Would you kill that kid?
Sure, why not?
What about ME bitches?!!
The ghost of Aunt Diane, still toasted and pickled
Happy documentaries are usually boring.
What about Spellbound? You could say it's unhappy, in that only one of the kids involved could end up being the winner of the national spelling bee, but it also shows these smart, less-than-mainstream kids being pretty happy with themselves and their abilities.
Not to mention Beyonce.
R7 is right.
And anyway, it shouldn't be the purpose of a doc or a regular movie to be "uplifting" - although the documentary "The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom" [italic]did[/italic] end on a feeling of hopefulness.
And the Birders documentary was pretty chirpy.
What's the name of the first one?
R12 -- 'Boy, Interrupted'.
It was really and truly harrowing. Mostly because it was shot and produced by the boy's parents themselves. They were film editors by trade. Which adds an interesting layer to the narrative. Totally bleak and nihilist outlook.
There's Something About Diane was very intense. Hard to watch knowing the outcome and that the last image of her in the film was her mangled, burned, broken body after the head on collision.
I still don't believe Aunt Diane would have carted those children around while she was drunk...I will never believe it. I think she had an infected tooth which caused her brain to malfunction because of a high fever.
I think MSNBC are going to have a documentary on the Iraq war tonight. It will tell us how the Bush administration screwed over the American people, while murdering 150 thousand citizens in Iraq. I wish everyone would watch it.
[quote] who's puppy died
Oregon has an assisted suicide law but wouldn't legalize pot? What a world. What a world.
"Children of Chernobyl" makes the rest of these look light and frothy.
Sheila Nevins has always had an agenda. Apparently we're paying now for her menopausal fits.
I tried watching that on youtube and couldn't watch beyond the first 10 minutes, R20. Heartbreaking.
That movie Wanderlust does a great sendup of the genre. Jennifer Anniston does a doc about polar bears with testicular cancer that's too depressing even for HBO. The movie is sort of meh tho. Better than expected I guess.
I told them to be quiet.
Aunt Diane, driving up the offramp
That "Boy Interrupted" was just ridiculous. The kid was practically sending up flares and the parents just wrote it off. I saw it years ago and was wondering what the fuck was wrong with the self indulgent parents who seemed to care only about making a documentary. he was doing suicide play when he was like 6 or 7 years old, playing with a noose and saying he was going to kill himself..
I'm glad you stopped there, R22. I wish I had -- and I'm not easily rattled.
I felt the same way about Boy, Interrupted, R25. The whole thing felt contrived and the parents were self-obsessed. What did they THINK was going to happen when he was taken off his mood-stabilizing drugs?