Best Netflix documentaries for August 2018

Best Netflix documentaries for August 2018

Netflix original documentaries and docuseries have been knocking it out of the park lately. Not only did Netflix win Best Documentary Feature at the Academy Awards this year, it has also racked up six nominations for Best Documentary Feature since 2014. So good! Let’s get streaming.

Docuseries

Dark Tourist

Metacritic score: 70

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In this docuseries, journalist David Farrier tackles into “dark tourism,” which is pretty much exactly what it sounds like: tourists who visit deadly, tragic or violent sites. In the first episode, Farrier spends time with Pablo Escobar’s own hitman and Farrier voices his own moral conflict between finding the murderer charming and reprehensible. I don’t love true crime enough to build my holiday itinerary around a serial killer, but I’m fascinated by the people who actually would.

The Staircase

Metacritic score: 95

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Netflix brings us three new episodes to this true-crime docuseries, which first premiered in 2004. The series follows the trial of Michael Peterson, an author accused of murdering his wife Kathleen after she was found dead at the bottom of their home’s staircase. After bingeing the entire 13 episodes and reading up on numerous theories, I still have absolutely no idea if Michael Peterson is guilty, innocent or framed by an owl. But as a true-crime fanatic, I’m obsessed with this case. Jump on the hype train!

Evil Genius

Metacritic score: 71

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Calling all true-crime fans! Netflix has blessed us with another mindboggling docuseries. Evil Genius: The True Story of America’s Most Diabolical Bank Heist is just a roller coaster of emotions. This docuseries dives into the 2003 pizza bomber case where a pizza delivery driver was forced to rob a bank while wearing a collar bomb. A big sensitivity warning: You will see someone blown up in the first 10 minutes. So I highly recommend you put any kids to bed before bingeing this four-part series in one sitting.

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The Toys That Made Us

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Netflix only released half of the first season back in December, and I spent months constantly checking to see if they added the other half. Lucky for all of us Netflix added four new episodes in May. The show is just so fantastically fun to watch. Even the way the He-Man and Barbie teams from Mattel talk about each other across both episodes was delightful. Trust me, you should take a few hours out of your day to watch this docuseries and just feel like a kid again.

Dirty Money

Metacritic score: 80

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My sincerest apologies, because Dirty Money is definitely not a feel-good docuseries. It will probably fill you with rage. But I’m recommending it anyway, because damn if it’s not informative. The show focuses on corrupt corporations, and it had me asking important questions like “How on Earth did they get away with that?” while screaming at my TV. You’ve been warned.

Chef’s Table

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This docuseries on the culinary arts is pure visual poetry. Every episode tells the story of a different world-renowned chef. As a generally stoic person, I’ve cried maybe three times over a movie or TV show in my entire life. The first episode of Chef’s Table, which tells the love story of Massimo Bottura and his wife, had me sobbing on my couch. Make of that what you will……….Read More>>

 

 

Source:- cnet

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