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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…
John Mark Byers is the real "star" of this show, with his crazy antics. Nice follow-up to the original, though they might not have had a whole film's worth of material. Really looking forward to the third installment.
+ John Mark Byers even more crazy.
+ The three accused are finally grown up and realising what happens.
- A lot of flashbacks of the first movie to retell the story
The follow-up to Paradise Lost focuses primarily on the question of whether Mark Byers, the father of one of the murdered boys, might actually have been the killer.
A dangerous and slanderous sequel to a documentary about the devastating dangers of slander.
Before the Internet obsessed over Serial's Adnan Syed and Hae Min Lee, they obsessed over the West Memphis Three.
Paradise Lost 2 is, obviously, the sequel to Paradise Lost, an HBO documentary that told the story of three teens who were accused of ritualistically murdering three little kids in West Memphis, Arkansas in 1993.
This second documentary doesn't so much bring new information to the case as explore the old information. The still-working (voluntarily) defense attorney brings in a volunteer criminal profiler to review the court's evidence, and, for example, the profiler wonders why the apparent bite marks on the murdered-children's faces were never investigated. The profiler also talks about things like there being no way to wash away all…
FIVE YEARS LATER THE AMERICAN FLAG SHIRT RETURNS.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
SO MANY QUESTIONS BUT SO EYE-OPENING!
I know its a bit distasteful to judge movies like this on any entertainment value, but the simple fact is that with the first Paradise Lost you had lighting in a bottle with cameras at almost every opportunity in unprecedented access to the case that pretty much never happened again because of its influence. There is clearly no attempt to top themselves here, just to keep the viewer informed on the case. But despite the similar running time we don't learn very much new information on the case.
It all generally has a much odder tone to it all as great time is dedicated to John Mark Byers, one of the fathers on the victims who is frequently putting on…
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