Tuesday, January 19, 2016
In case you are not familiar with the story, Steve Avery was framed for a rape and served eighteen years in jail. He gets out, sues the idiot police department, and then winds up charged with a murder where all the clues are discovered by the same police officers he’s suing. A little dicey, no? Along the way, one shocking event after another unfolds.
The series is kind of like a cross between TRAINING DAY, THE BIG CARNIVAL, and DUMB AND DUMBER.
If anything, you watch this and feel 1000% better about your own problems. Yikes.
I think the big appeal of this series and why it’s caught the zeitgeist in such a big way is that you really CARE about poor Steve Avery and his downtrodden family. It’s a lesson writers always need to remember – whether it’s a documentary, drama, or crazy sitcom – first and foremost the audience needs to CARE. That’s what hooks a viewer, not CGI effects or vagina jokes.
Considering it’s Wisconsin I was surprised there wasn’t tailgating in front of the courthouse during the trial.
The filmmakers, Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos had extraordinary access. Great footage and phone conversations. They had so much footage you almost felt annoyed they didn’t record the murder. The ONE friggin’ night they take off…
During the trials, unlike on TV legal shows, attorneys don’t object every eight seconds. Witnesses get grilled and the opposing lawyers stoically just take notes. My guess is they’re writing: “We’re fucked.”
If a witness answers a question in the affirmative, instead of saying “yes” they always say “correct.” Even morons with IQ’s under 70 who testify that they don’t know the difference between yards and feet answer “That’s correct.”
Local TV newscasters and reporters come off like the coiffed vultures they are.
Zach Galifianakis will play Steve Avery in the movie.
HBO and PBS passed on the series.
Wouldn’t it be great if it turned out Robert Durst was the real killer?
And finally, don’t be accused of ANYTHING in Wisconsin.
By Ken Levine at 6:00 AM