Have always had a soft spot for true crime documentaries. This is an area where streaming channels have tons of binge-loving content.
I’d loosely followed the Laci Peterson case and for the first time recently dug in and watched all six episodes on Hulu (nearly 6 hours worth) of The Murder of Laci Peterson plus the related ID Murder Mystery episode.
Hulu has plenty of information on the Scott Peterson trial and Laci Peterson murder. The streaming platform has two documentaries about the grisly crime. There’s A&E’s 2017 docuseries The Murder of Laci Peterson, which dissects Laci’s disappearance and the police investigation into Scott Peterson, and Scott Peterson: An American Murder Mystery, an installment of ID’s An American Murder Mystery series.
Disturbing case. Was Scott Peterson stone cold guilty as it seems? Or was he framed by his wife seeing a bungled burglary across the street? I’m leaning more toward the jury of his peers getting it right, but see cracks in the case.
If you’ve watched both of these documentaries and/or know more about the case, feel free to share what you think in the comments. Or if you just want to commiserate about true crime. I used to enjoy reading true crime novels, too, but it’s been awhile since reading the last one.
Something we hope Netflix continues to do is buy up and share those excellent ESPN sports docuseries. They are documentaries in mini-series format running several episodes.
Netflix covers the docuseries niche surprisingly well. If you’re looking for something different to watch than a TV series or a single movie-length documentary, the docuseries might be your fix.
We don’t talk sports here very often because it seems far afield from movies, but some sports stories, if done right, would make amazing films. They’ve tried with some polarizing sports figures like Mike Tyson (more on him in a future post, as he is curiously tuning up at age 54 for a September 12, 2020 8-round exhibition boxing match with Roy Jones Jr). Pete Rose would make a heckuva good biopic, again, if done right. Somebody needs to get on his story, if they aren’t already.
And then there are team stories like the NBA Chicago Bulls with their historic two runs to threepeat finals wins (1990, 91, 92 and 96, 97 and 98) led by basketball virtuoso Michael “Air” Jordan.
Jordan was surrounded by another colorful character that deserves a movie biopic, Dennis Rodman, one of the greatest defensive NBA players to ever play the game.
Let’s not forget Phil Jackson, arguably one of the best NBA coaches of all time. He could have a biopic made about him too, although there wasn’t much off screen controversy like there were with others on the Bulls.
In the 10 episodes, we get some of Rodman’s bizarre off-court antics, mixed with his ferocious rebounding, but it’s mostly about Jordan, the captain and leader of the team. We get to see a present day Jordan with watery, yellow eyes — making me think he’s got some kind of liver health-related issues these days. Jordan sits with a tablet and watches clips of interviews with others we’re told he hasn’t seen.
The nonfiction series, which was a sensation on ESPN this past spring ahead of its bow on Netflix this weekend, is flawed as documentary in all but one way: It provides a remarkable testament to the power of Jordan’s celebrity, a power morphed but not undimmed by time. His talent on the basketball court, massive though it is, may indeed come second to the sheer force of his personality.
I binge watched The Last Dance with ease: fondly remembering the Bulls dominance in the 90s, Michael Jordan’s father’s tragic murder, his detour from baseketball to try and become a professional baseball player and triumphant return.
The Bulls offer a great story that is fruitful material for a movie, most likely too long, at least in any sane run time, but is a better movie story than the last basketball movie I saw in 2019, The Way Back ⭐️⭐️⭐️ starring Ben Affleck. In the meantime, it’s a good watch to see experience that amazing Bulls run in championship victories in the 90s.
The Last Dance is currently available to stream on Netflix.