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?
I find "Boy Interrupted" absolutely mesmerizing.
Since I'm bipolar too and in the throes of a depressive episode right now (silly me stopped taking his meds one year ago, because you know, people with bipolar disorder always end up going off them anyway because you are so sick with the side effects and since you have not experienced the highs or lows for such a long time that you think you are "cured"), I wonder if watching that documentary on a loop is like experiencing suicide by proxy (which would be good) or if it is going to lead me to suicide (which would at least put me out of my current misery).
However, the film offers another perspective on suicide: that of the loving ones who all talk of being irreversibly mutilated (there is two suicides in the documentary: it should be called "Boys Interrupted"). And I'm not sick enough to not aknowledge this reversed perspective.
Whatever, terrific but harrowing documentary.
I told those kids to be quiet.
Well there was that Vogue editors doc that was frothy and light...
They need to take a page out of TLC's schedule. HBO should have shows like Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.
R27, take your fucking meds. Seriously. You owe it to society. If I were in charge, I would have a program in place to monitor people like you for adherence to your regimen. You're just too fucking dangerous to others around you when you go off your meds. As a victim of an irrational bi-polar friend, I can tell you that it makes my stomach churn when hear that you're cycling off your meds. I'm terribly sorry that you are sad and depressed, but it is an illness that you can at least manage if your have your meds on board - so spare me the sob story.
PSYOPS to depress the population as a whole, one of the major agendas of the entertainment industry as orchestrated by Tavistock
OP, did you watch the "VICE" half-hour documentary series?
It was EXCELLENT. But also unrelentingly depressing.
I love them and talk about them all the time.
Rosie O., mad at the dirt
I'm waiting for "The Assassination of Valerie Cherish"
I hear it's terribly depressing
Interesting, R32. What else do you believe are PSYOPS used to influence/deceive/manipulate the public? I think 'climate change' is a major one. Also, the idea of extra terrestrials helps explain away several thing(deep subject).
I am very open to this concept. Would love to ehar what you have to say.
The recent doc on Susan Sontag portrayed her as a see you next Tuesday in her personal relationships and as a mother.
R36 look at the Prince Andrew/Epstein scandal that is burning in England
It hinges around Monarch programming. Monarch programming is a mind-control technique comprising elements of Satanic Ritual Abuse (SRA), Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) and Multiple Personality Disorder(MPD). It utilizes a combination of psychology, neuroscience and occult rituals to create within the slaves an alter persona that can be triggered and programmed by the handlers. Monarch slaves are used by several organizations connected with the world elite in fields such as the military, sex slavery and the entertainment industry.
Almost all high level people within the Illuminati (Jesuits/Vatican/Freemasons) have MPD (Multiple Personality Disorder). This means the person switches between different personalities (like a Schizophrenic or a Quadraphonic). This is absolutely necessary if you practice high level Satanism, because if you couldn't switch you would probably die from the horrible rituals. You have to disassociate. The reason for those terrible rituals is to gain occult powers.
People don't get MPD just by themselves, and it's no coincidence that the Illuminati top has it. They were programmed when they were babies, often by their own parents.
Several people who have left tell the same story of how they were abused all their lives by a "handler", which often could be their own father or mother
What about my documentary?
Isn't there a doc now about J Lo and the difficulties of doing a tour . . .poor thing making all that money!!!
The world is a depressing place.
Love Zachary from...
The most absolutely disturbing doc ever.
Andrew's parents are SAINTS!
I cried like a baby.
Shirley Turner was SATAN-