Documentaries that explore various conspiracy theories.
Paradise Lost 2: Revelations
The acclaimed HBO documentary film about the Robin Hood Hills Murders.
Paradise Lost 2: Revelations revisits the 1994 Arkansas murder of three 8-year-old boys and the three teenagers convicted of the crime. A follow up to Paradise Lost, Revelations features new interviews with the convicted men, as well as with the original judge and police investigators.
Paradise Lost 2: Revelations, is yet another look by HBO filmmakers Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky at the case of the West Memphis Three. Despite a plethora of evidence pointing away from the three some people just aren't willing to listen.
This sequel to the 1996 documentary Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robing Hood Hills has a heavy focus on John Mark Byers, stepfather to one of the murder victims Christopher Byers. In my opinion he didn't play a role in the three 8 year olds deaths, but that doesn't mean he's not a crazy son of a bitch. Much like the first film and the recently released documentary West of Memphis this is a must see film. If…
In the first film the documentarians had what seemed to be unlimited access to anyone and everyone in the case of the child murders. For the follow up, "Revelations", there is a definite step down. Not as much access. Not as many mind blowing moments. But it is still an entertaining viewing experience.
John Mark Byers who is a stepfather of one of the victims, steals the show and loves the spotlight. He is irritating and hilarious at the same time. It may seem like the filmmakers are trying to make you hate him, but in my opinion he is bringing that on himself. He is a more than willing participant in the film and is more theatrical of a performer than some broadway stars.
If the first movie taught me the dangers of inciting a witch hunt, this sequel film actually WAS a witch hunt. How the filmmakers misstepped so drastically is beyond me. Revelations seems like a very similar movie in the way it is paced and shot. It slowly gives out details, but this movie suffers from a lack of revelations to give to the audience. I was left with minimal updates to the case that didn't end up going anywhere. While the first movie remained relatively unbiased, this sequel didn't even bother to hide its bias. The film actively wants me to hate John Mark Byers based on unfounded evidence, despite the fact that the last film taught me to wait…
Ended up buying too many Metallica songs as a result of watching these documentaries.
Missed opportunity: John Goodman playing John Mark Buyers in the David Fincher directed adaption.
Revelations succeeds in pretty much disregarding the neutral standpoint from the first film. Taking place about 3-5 years after the original, it presents a dec-at-best followup with couple new pieces of evidence, and shifts the focus almost entirely to the stepfather of one of the victims. Is the evidence important? Of course. But the movie as a whole just didn't have the same feeling as the first one. It basically forces the audience into a corner with who they're supposed to support. Don't corner me, dog! It'll be interesting to see how this quadrilogy pans out with the next installment.
This is the one were nothing gets resolved. It's a bit of a recap for people who missed part one and "where are they now" of sorts with everyone involved in the first documentary. The filmmakers and HBO this time took the opportunity and their soap box to go on the offensive. The first movie was a faithful telling of what was going on in that courtroom. This is a personal attack on everyone involved on the prosecution's side and a plea for help for those three still very young men.
What stands out the most is the bizarre, award-worthy acting job put on by John Mark Byers, the stepfather of one of the young boys who was murdered. He…
My experience of watching this was a bit tricky since I've already seen part 3, but damn, Byers is such a character that this still counts as a must-see.
Worth it, especially for the outrageous shot of John Mark Byers taking out his full-mouth piece set of dentures and waving them in front of the West Memphis 3 support group.
Truly heartbreaking stuff.
There's a steep drop in quality from the first film. Some of the reasons for this are entirely understandable - the filmmakers necessarily had to depend on a lot of archive footage; very few family members agreed to participate, etc. But there's also a smug assuredness to this film that I found especially off-putting. I think John Mark Byers is suspicious as all hell, but I don't have any particularly good evidence that he was involved in the murders beyond the fact that he's a habitual liar and he's done a few suspicious things. The bombshells in the film felt slightly overblown, like the filmmakers didn't have faith that the very real injustices of the first film were enough to…
Not as much access as the first documtary but still entertaining.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Watched Paradise Lost 2
Christ almighty this is a SURREAL film at times.
Despite the filmmakers trying to incriminate him in the initial trial...... Mark Byers agrees to be filmed again and takes center stage this time around and.... I mean, you can't write this shit. I felt like I was watching Crumb again. Where I'm watching a real guy that is more bizarre than the weirdest stuff I've seen in fiction.
I mean I just didn't like the guy in the first movie. The second movie I'm convinced he's a goddamned maniac. I mean if he didn't kill his son and wife... fine. But that doesn't change the fact that he is a.... fuckin'.... lunatic. With some really twisted…
En su momento tendría valor informativo por volver a poner de actualidad el caso con la excusa de la apelación. Pero visto hoy en día no aporta nada, salvo un injusto ensañamiento con un hombre claramente desequilibrado.
Si te vas a acercar de nuevas a este caso, es bastante prescindible.