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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.
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…
Where the first film wasn't pushy about dramatic aspects of this case, this follow up seemed to be following red hearings and empty promises. It built a compelling look at strangers who see the flaws within the case verdict, and fight for no other reason than justice.
the weak point in the series, this film acts mostly as a bridge, and points the evidence away from the young men convicted of committing the crime in the first film.
this entry seems a little unfocused, but ultimately strengthens the case of the first film, and helps the audience to feel even more confident that the West Memphis 3 did not commit the crimes they were convicted of.
worth watching, but make sure to watch this series in order of release.
Even better done than part 1.
Not as compelling as the first edition, but that Byers fella is some troubled.
Mark Byers is pretty much acting out my warning list. This is less about the defendants and more about how Mark Byers is easy to dislike.
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