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American Vandal and our growing obsession with the mockumentary

Its Stonehenge may only have been 18in tall but This is Spinal Tap is monumental, casting a long, none-more-black shadow over the mockumentary form. More than three decades on, it remains a masterful study of self-deluded blowhards convinced of their inherent majesty. But by also skewering the pit-stop road rhythms of the rockumentary, the movie’s meta was as heavy as its metal. It acknowledged the parasitical nature of its chosen genre because for your mockumentary to really sing, it helps to spoof something that has already accrued plenty of recognisable signifiers, familiar elements to play up to or against.

The unexpected but apparently unstoppable explosion in long-form true crime investigations – from the rough-justice podcast Serial to HBO’s killer nailbiter The Jinx – has pulled the genre up from its lurid roots and popularised a loftier, more austere tone. Where once true crime

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‘American Vandal’ combines true-crime, mockumentary genres

When I first saw the trailer for “American Vandal,” I felt personally attacked. The show is a parody of the true-crime documentary series genre, following two aspiring filmmakers/high schoolers as they investigate an act of vandalism at their school. As a die-hard fan of anything true-crime, I felt protective of the genre and not ready to watch anything making fun of it. But I bit the bullet and binged the entire series in one sitting. Calling it a parody may not even be correct; instead, it is a love letter to the true-crime genre.

The series follows Peter Maldonado (Tyler Alvarez) as he and his best friend Sam launch an investigation into a prank — 27 cars belonging to faculty members at their high school were vandalized with penises spray-painted on them. Senior slacker Dylan Maxwell (Jimmy Tatro, who’s the real breakthrough star of the series) has been

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‘American Vandal’ combines true-crime, mockumentary genres | The …

When I first saw the trailer for “American Vandal,” I felt personally attacked. The show is a parody of the true-crime documentary series genre, following two aspiring filmmakers/high schoolers as they investigate an act of vandalism at their school. As a die-hard fan of anything true-crime, I felt protective of the genre and not ready to watch anything making fun of it. But I bit the bullet and binged the entire series in one sitting. Calling it a parody may not even be correct; instead, it is a love letter to the true-crime genre.

The series follows Peter Maldonado (Tyler Alvarez) as he and his best friend Sam launch an investigation into a prank — 27 cars belonging to faculty members at their high school were vandalized with penises spray-painted on them. Senior slacker Dylan Maxwell (Jimmy Tatro, who’s the real breakthrough star of the series) has been

Read more at: http://www.dailycardinal.com/article/2017/10/american-vandal-combines-true-crime-mockumentary-genres

Netflix satirizes itself with ‘American Vandal,’ a mockumentary about true-crime obsession and shows like ‘Making a …


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I didn’t count how many times the word d–k is said in Netflix’s
new original series “American Vandal,” but it’s a lot.

The documentary-style
series 

— 
which debuts on Netflix
Friday 

— 
satirizes the serious true crime
documentaries like Netflix’s own “Making a Murderer” and HBO’s
“The Jinx.”

Since the podcast “Serial” in
2014, interest in unsolved crimes and the possibly unjust
imprisonment has reached its peak, thanks to the internet — and
in particular, sites like Reddit.

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Netflix’s true crime mockumentary American Vandal exposes the shocking truth behind a rash of phallic graffiti

I don’t like the true crime genre. Call me a monster if you like, but if I never have to hear another teary person discussing their lost loved one(s) while a narrator with a deep voice slowly explains the happenings in a sombre voice I’ll be only too happy.

That’s why the upcoming Netflix Original series American Vandal is right up my alley, combining my disdain for true crime with my love for the ridiculous. It’s a true crime mockumentary that investigates a devastating high school incident in which 27 cars were spray painted with penises. Over the course of the show an aspiring documentary film maker will seek to prove the innocence of the high school student convicted of this heinous act.

I love TV series and movies of this nature because they’re just so silly and I enjoy the way they pop the bubble

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Netflix’s true crime mockumentary American Vandal exposes the …

I don’t like the true crime genre. Call me a monster if you like, but if I never have to hear another teary person discussing their lost loved one(s) while a narrator with a deep voice slowly explains the happenings in a sombre voice I’ll be only too happy.

That’s why the upcoming Netflix Original series American Vandal is right up my alley, combining my disdain for true crime with my love for the ridiculous. It’s a true crime mockumentary that investigates a devastating high school incident in which 27 cars were spray painted with penises. Over the course of the show an aspiring documentary film maker will seek to prove the innocence of the high school student convicted of this heinous act.

I love TV series and movies of this nature because they’re just so silly and I enjoy the way they pop the bubble

Read more at: http://www.criticalhit.net/entertainment/netflixs-true-crime-mockumentary-american-vandal-exposes-the-shocking-truth-behind-a-rash-of-phallic-graffiti/

Some hits, misses in true-crime mockumentary “Trial & Error”

By Hank Stuever, The Washington Post

After HBO and Netflix struck gold with serialized true-crime documentaries (“The Jinx” and “Making a Murderer”), a flood of similar projects followed, in which cold cases and suspiciously prosecuted crimes have been stretched into elaborately layered whodunits that last several episodes —  often without a final answer.

It was inevitable, then, that satire would want in on this game, and that seems to be the point of NBC’s new mockumentary-style comedy “Trial Error” (which premiered March 14), in which John Lithgow stars as Larry Henderson, a South Carolina poetry professor and dedicated “rollercizer” accused of pushing his second wife, Margaret, through a plate-glass window and killing her. A similar fate befell Larry’s first wife, and that, combined with his tone-deaf reaction to either incident, makes him a particularly unsympathetic defendant.

His rich brother-in-law tells the camera that this case calls for “a Northeastern” attorney (while touching

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Some hits, misses in true-crime mockumentary ‘Trial & Error’

After HBO and Netflix struck gold with serialized true-crime documentaries (“The Jinx” and “Making a Murderer”), a flood of similar projects followed, in which cold cases and suspiciously prosecuted crimes have been stretched into elaborately layered whodunits that last several episodes – often without a final answer.

It was inevitable, then, that satire would want in on this game, and that seems to be the point of NBC’s new mockumentary-style comedy “Trial Error” (premiering Tuesday), in which John Lithgow stars as Larry Henderson, a South Carolina poetry professor and dedicated “rollercizer” accused of pushing his second wife, Margaret, through a plate-glass window and killing her. A similar fate befell Larry’s first wife, and that, combined with his tone-deaf reaction to either incident, makes him a particularly unsympathetic defendant.

His rich brother-in-law tells the camera that this case calls for “a Northeastern” attorney (while touching his nose to imply that Larry needs

Read more at: http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/tv/ct-trial-and-error-review-20170314-story.html

Some hits, misses in true-crime mockumentary ‘Trial & Error’

By Hank Stuever

The Washington Post

After HBO and Netflix struck gold with serialized true-crime documentaries (“The Jinx” and “Making a Murderer”), a flood of similar projects followed, in which cold cases and suspiciously prosecuted crimes have been stretched into elaborately layered whodunits that last several episodes – often without a final answer.

It was inevitable, then, that satire would want in on this game, and that seems to be the point of NBC’s new mockumentary-style comedy “Trial Error” (premiering Tuesday), in which John Lithgow stars as Larry Henderson, a South Carolina poetry professor and dedicated “rollercizer” accused of pushing his second wife, Margaret, through a plate-glass window and killing her. A similar fate befell Larry’s first wife, and that, combined with his tone-deaf reaction to either incident, makes him a particularly unsympathetic defendant.

His rich brother-in-law tells the camera that this case calls for “a Northeastern” attorney (while touching his nose to imply

Read more at: http://www.heraldnet.com/life/some-hits-misses-in-true-crime-mockumentary-trial/

‘Trial & Error’ review: Poor attempt at crime ‘mockumentary’ | Newsday

REVIEW

THE SERIES “Trial Error”

WHEN | WHERE Premieres Tuesday at 10 p.m. on NBC/4

GRADE C+

WHAT IT’S ABOUT Larry Henderson (John Lithgow) is a professor of poetry in a small town in Virginia, also accused of murdering his wife. After his brother-in-law Jeremiah (Bob Gunton) withdraws his support, Henderson is on his own — and the local prosecutor Carol Keane (Jayma Mays) is out for blood. In his corner, Henderson has an idealistic New York lawyer, Josh Segal (Nicholas D’Agosto) and helpers — investigator Dwayne (Steven Boyer) and assistant Anne (Sherri Shepherd). This is in the style of a mockumentary (think “The Office”) and follows Segal et al.’s efforts to prove Henderson’s innocence.

MY SAY If that word “mockumentary” doesn’t present a red flag, then “Trial Error” may be just for you. If the phrase “almost terminally endearing sense of humor” doesn’t either, then proceed. But after

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