Watch This, Not That: Documentaries

I kind of remember when reality TV was invented. For me, it was invented when Season 8 of MTVs The Real World debuted. Th at’s when I started watching it and I remember thinking it was the exact opposite of the real world. It’s been all downhill from there. A few years ago I had a gig writing comedic recaps on reality shows such as Vanderpump Rules and The Real Housewives of Dallas. That was it for me and have since given up on reality TV (except for My 600lb Life). It’s all documentaries for me and readers, have I got some watch this and not that’s for you.

My first recommendation is YouTube’s The Boy Band Con: The Lou Pearlman Story. In the 90s, most teenage girls were either Team Backstreet Boys or Team N’sync, and if you were Team 98 Degrees you were no friend of mine. Anyway, did you know Lou Pearlman is the reason you had to pick a side? Did you also know that he was a complete fraud who scammed several elderly people out of their life savings with the help of U.S. Representative Charlie Crist? Well, it’s true. Brought to us by Lance Bass’s production company, The Boy Band Con is such a good telling of the boy band craze, the man behind it, and how he deceived so many while simultaneously making music history.

Speaking of the 90s, my next suggestion is all about nostalgia. Before there was Netflix and Chill, there was Be Kind, Rewind. In those days, when you wanted to watch a movie at home you had to physically leave your house and drive (or ride with your parents) to the local video store. For most of us, that video store was Blockbuster. Aahh, Blockbuster. The smell of the weekend. My next watch this is Netflix’s The Last Blockbuster.

I loved this documentary. It tells the story of how Blockbuster came to be, why it was the greatest, what happened to it, and how the very last one is hanging in there. For anyone who wants to reminisce or would like to know more about their botched Netflix deal, I highly suggest The Last Blockbuster.

Here’s something you don’t need to know about: Paris Hilton. Since I’d scored big with that boy band documentary, I let YouTube’s autoplay guide me and next up was This Is Paris, a documentary on Paris. Good god. Sure, her voice finally caught up with her age, but that’s about the only thing that’s tolerable. Other than that the entire documentary is pretty insufferable.

If you watch it, be prepared to weep when you see her museum of MacBooks, explaining that she needs to buy a new one after every breakup. Feel your heart break when you discover she NEVER wears then same outfit twice. At one point she talks about the abuse she endured at bad kids camp that still haunts her to this day (Side note: she recently testified in court against this camp). It’s a serious situation although Nikki Hilton brings us back by asking Paris “do you remember how horrible you were to our parents?” Look, I grew up with a Mexican grandmother so it’s real hard for me to feel bad for Paris. Anyway, unless you’re interested in learning how Paris stayed rich after growing up rich, I do not recommend This Is Paris.

And while we’re on the subject of spoiled rich kids, I also don’t recommend Netflix’s Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal. We all know the story: Aunt Becky used that Full House money to get her bratty, underserving child into USC. And she wasn’t the only one. A bunch of rich parents did it, all with the help of a guy named Rick Singer. The majority of it is shot in reenactments which I get because most of the people this scandal involves are in jail.

The documentary is meant to show how fucked up the system is but here’s the deal: it’s nothing new and it’ll probably never change. And the worse part is there will always be kids that want to go to these shit colleges that allow this.

FUN FACT: I went to school with a girl who wanted to go to the University of Texas at Austin but didn’t get in. Instead of just going to another University of Texas she lied to everyone, telling people she got in and would actually walk around the campus pretending to be a student. She eventually got caught. This happened 20 years ago so this story also serves as a reminder that people don’t forget.

Anyway, my point is, I would rather watch a documentary about that girl than one about something that isn’t that surprising other than Aunt Becky learned dick all from the life lessons on Full House. I do not recommend Operation Varsity Blues.

“The Changeling” 1980

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By far one of the best scary movies I’ve ever seen, and the reason: it messes with your psyche more than anything. It’s not gory, there are no overly made-up monsters; it’s just creepy, plain and simple – a very interesting mind-fuck, if you will.

I don’t want to give the entire movie away so I’ll just say it’s about a messed up father whose past basically fucks with everyone. Shitty description I know but I don’t want to ruin the movie by giving up its whole synopsis.

I have no idea why this movie isn’t mentioned more. I was introduced to it by my parents about 10 years ago and I’ve yet to meet anyone who’s seen it or even heard of it. Since  2008’s The Changeling came out anytime I mention this movie I usually have to follow it up with “not that Angelina Jolie bullshit.” Anyway, this is a great watch and the best part is……..

Because it came out so long ago (at least I’m guessing that’s why) the entire movie is on YouTube. Just click the link below and enjoy! You’re welcome.

YouTube Channel: Top5s

About a year ago I took a boring day at work and turned it entertaining by searching for the best videos of ghost sightings I could find. That search led me to the YouTube Channel, Top5s, which led me to binge-watch the channel all day. The owner of the channel (whose name I don’t know but when you watch some of the videos you’ll know why) posts videos every week and if he does what he did last October you’re going to love the posts he has coming up. The topics of his videos range from ghosts to stories of possession to UFO sightings to time travel, even theories on what lies outside the observable universe. Additionally, every so often he’ll put together a documentary on a random topic – they’re pretty short but full of information. It’s incredibly hard not to get hooked on his channel. He also has a website where you can read top 5s not featured on the YouTube channel as well as submit stories of your own. I watch this channel weekly and have included links to some of my favorite videos as well as the link to his website. Enjoy!

5 Terrifying Cases of Alien Abduction

5 Extremely Creepy Mysteries

5 Extremely Creepy Cases of Demonic Possession

5 Creepiest Paranormal Photographs Ever Taken

5 Extremely Cursed Dolls

The Real Men in Black – Documentary

https://www.top5s.co.uk/