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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…
For film makers stating they try to remain in the middle, it sure looked like they were trying to push us towards the idea that Mark Byars was involved. I do admit that he is nuts and I find him and his behavior a lot more irrational than any of the West Memphis Three's. It just amazes me at how much evidence these people overlooked, or found inadmissible but it seems pretty concrete to me. This whole thing is still a mystery to me but so far I haven't seen anything that convinces me that these three are murderers. Could they have done it? It is possible, but I haven't seen one shred of evidence that gives them motive, or…
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.
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…
Still completely engrossing like the first part but it's sneaky. Feels like the makers decided John Byers is guilty. There are scenes of people saying just that then flashbacks to the first film of Byers talking and ranting, gives it a more sinister context. Flat out manipulative editing, sort of poking fun at Byers who is eccentric and good on film. This is kinda bullshit since the first film was about persecution based on appearance and first judgements. I obviously don't know too much about the case, mainly from these movies but I'm sure the WM3 are innocent and I don't think Byers did it either. There's the whole "Mr Bojangles" thing which seems pretty important but the police fucked that up by losing a bunch of evidence. This is touched on more in the first part.
I’ve never been massive on documentaries, but there was something simply outstanding about Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills in the way that it encapsulated this destructive, savage tale with such detailed, intriguing arrangement that really unsettled me. The story is one of brutal power, both physically and psychologically, but yet I couldn’t tear my eyes away from the screen.
This follow up, with the sub-title of Revelations, shows the progression of this stark case in much the same way and despite a disappointing amount of time spent lingering on the previous events, Revelations informs the audience just as well. At the time of its release not much has occurred as dramatically or shockingly as the footage…
A documentary that did a good job in keeping the spotlight on this case (especially now looking back) but perhaps not an all too necessary one other than for the purpose of a retrospective look.
There wasn't a whole lot of new information to be presented here and certainly not enough to warrant the 130-minute running time. The presentation also felt a lot more biased in favour of the West Memphis Three (which is understandable) but also tries to put the focus on John Mark Byers. This is fascinating in of itself because he is certainly one fucked up, weird dude but it doesn't seem entirely fair when basing it on the facts (or lack of) presented in the first two instalments of Paradise Lost.
The use of Metallica's music was also a lot less purposeful and poignant than it was in the first with random songs thrown in. But I certainly have no qualms about that.
Less revelations than re-hash, Sinofsky and Berlinger follow-up a scintillating documentary with what feels like a made-for-TV (ha) extra, a courtesy check-in moreso than exploration of humanity.
The focus on the West Memphis Three supporters is an interesting angle, and reaps dividends early in the film, but as more time is spent with them it's an echo chamber of things mostly obvious from the first film. It reaches an odd sense of indulgence as much as documenting reality; there's so much worthwhile in charting the impact of the first Paradise Lost film but it doesn't actually come across that way here.
There's one big piece of evidence revealed in Revelations and it's a fairly compelling one, though the filmmakers are…
Lost in Paradise
So how do you follow-up and beat out one of the best documentaries ever created? The short answer is, you don’t. The longer but still fairly short answer is, that you take a lunatic hillbilly and make him appear absolute mad and then you reveal all kinds of fun facts and new aspects to the case, and when the general audience is on the verge of getting bored, you quickly cut to the previously mentioned hillbilly, now dancing and jumping around like a moron and yelling death treats to a made-up fiery graveyard, hypothetically believed to contain the three convicted individuals also known as ‘The Memphis Three’. Doesn’t that just sounds amazing to you as well? It…
Whether you think he had anything to do with the murders or not, it's insane to think that there's people like John Mark Byers in the world.
No aporta demasiado al anterior. Poca información nueva y mucha elucubración. Interesante pero menos intenso.
man that guy's nuts, he totally killed those kids
insane in the membrane
Not as groundbreaking or surprising as the first film, but still entirely captivating and compelling. Very good!
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