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Title: The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst - Documentary Miniseries
Post by: wilder on March 13, 2015, 04:22:43 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/bnuOhNx.jpg)

Filmmaker Andrew Jarecki examines the complicated life of reclusive real estate scion, Robert Durst, the key suspect in a series of unsolved crimes.

Directed by Andrew Jarecki (Capturing the Friedmans)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tEPG9z9rHsc


Anyone else watching this?
Title: Re: The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst - Documentary Miniseries
Post by: Reelist on March 15, 2015, 10:37:06 AM
Gonna start it ASAP as I'm now a proud HBOGO account holder and Capturing The Friedmans is beyond great.

This was in the news today:

Robert Durst arrested in New Orleans  (http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/infamous-murder-suspect-robert-durst-arrested-new-orleans-n323766)
Title: Re: The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst - Documentary Miniseries
Post by: Pedro on March 15, 2015, 06:59:07 PM
I upgraded to HBO today so that I could start watching this.  Capturing the Friedmans is one of my favorites. 
Title: Re: The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst - Documentary Miniseries
Post by: jenkins on March 17, 2015, 12:10:00 AM
and it's like wildly appropriate that the capturing the friedmans director made this, having read about robert durst today. that's quite a pickle of a life. butso the thing i wanna know is, who's gone back to watch the movie? never seen it, now is the time to get me to

reminder:
jarecki directed it, based on the durst story, ryan gosling is durst, the dp was michael seresin (birdy, foxes, etc)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1175709/
Title: Re: The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst - Documentary Miniseries
Post by: Alexandro on March 17, 2015, 12:41:54 AM
I remember seeing All Good Things and thinking and probably even commenting here that the story was just too weird for a feature and it would be better served as doc. Now both Durst and Jarecki grant my wish. The Jinx was riveting in the best possible way. And Durst is an infinitely more sympathetic and strangely interesting character than anything ryan gosling could have done.

I loved the way the whole thing is structured, from the basically biographic to the filmmaker's involvement taking central stage by the end.

One thing I did not like is how they stole the concept intro from True Detective...that was kind of lame. Everything else, incredible.
Title: Re: The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst - Documentary Miniseries
Post by: jenkins on March 17, 2015, 12:47:03 AM
oh :/ chill on the series
Title: Re: The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst - Documentary Miniseries
Post by: Tictacbk on March 17, 2015, 02:15:14 AM
Yeah this was pretty amazing television by the end.  If you haven't read all the news about it yet, you should probably go watch it all.
Title: Re: The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst - Documentary Miniseries
Post by: Garam on March 17, 2015, 06:53:35 AM
One thing I did not like is how they stole the concept intro from True Detective...that was kind of lame. Everything else, incredible.

that's HBO standard isn't it? Deadwood had that sort of opening a decade ago...

I watched the first 5 episodes in a row last night. It'd have to fuck up pretty badly in its final hour for it not to be my favourite true crime doc i've ever seen.

Durst's eyes look like bottomless pits.
Title: Re: The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst - Documentary Miniseries
Post by: Neil on March 19, 2015, 03:25:22 PM
Easily one of the best things i've ever seen. So captivated by this and what Jerecki was able to pull out of it.
Title: Re: The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst - Documentary Miniseries
Post by: Garam on March 20, 2015, 05:16:46 AM
I don't think i've ever felt so harrowed by an interview with a murderer before. I felt less creeped out by the talking head Nazi leaders in World at War.


You're seeing him in his element, he's still in the act really, you can see the thrill he gets from so casually accepting why people could accuse him of these things. "Sure! i can see why they'd think that, because [...tells the truth]". Seeing this guy get a buzz from skirting so close to the line of the truth after so much natural bullshit. He feels untouchable. Who can blame him after that Texas trial? He almost seems bored of his freedom and just wants to push it, like when he mills around the porch of his estranged brother's flat (that sequence is kind of hilarious in a really grisly, dark fashion btw. Sipping his Orange Julius. lol.)


Watching his body language fail to comply with his firm, unflappable denial when confronted with the envelope was just...one of the most fascinating things i've ever seen. He's never been in that vulnerable and tight a spot before, no lawyers, no spin, no rehearsal. His central nervous system can't deal with that lack of control.


Do you think he knew the mic was on in the bathroom? It'd happened once before, and he's a smart cookie. Could be a desperate attempt to sound crazy to try for an insanity plea in the future. Chilling as fuck regardless.
Title: Re: The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst - Documentary Miniseries
Post by: picolas on March 21, 2015, 08:23:43 PM
cannot stop thinking about this.

no way he knew.
Title: Re: The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst - Documentary Miniseries
Post by: polkablues on March 28, 2015, 03:24:56 AM
Just finished this. Good god. I spent the entirety of the last episode purely in empathy for how freaked out Jarecki must have been going into that final interview. This is a man who has historically responded to being cornered by murdering people, so sitting next to him while you present him with ironclad evidence of his guilt has got to be bad for the blood pressure.

Oh, and fuck Texas forever. If that Galveston jury had been at Nuremberg, Josef Mengele would have ended up U.S. Surgeon General.
Title: Re: The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst - Documentary Miniseries
Post by: wilder on March 31, 2015, 01:29:25 PM
Blu-ray (http://www.amazon.com/The-Jinx-The-Life-and-Deaths-of-Robert-Durst-Blu-ray/dp/B00UIKAW3W?SubscriptionId=AKIAIY4YSQJMFDJATNBA&tag=bluray-012-20&linkCode=xm2&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=B00UIKAW3W&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER) on June 7, 2015
Title: Re: The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst - Documentary Miniseries
Post by: wilder on December 22, 2015, 08:47:46 PM
Robert Durst will return to L.A. to face murder charge in the summer - The Los Angeles Times (http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-robert-durst-will-face-murder-trial-in-l-a-next-summer-20151222-story.html)
Title: Re: The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst - Documentary Miniseries
Post by: Garam on December 23, 2015, 12:37:07 AM
Third time's a charm?
Title: Re: The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst - Documentary Miniseries
Post by: wilder on April 27, 2016, 04:35:43 PM
‘The Jinx’s Robert Durst Sentenced To Seven Years In Prison On Gun Charge
via Deadline

A federal judge in New Orleans has formally sentenced real estate magnate Robert Durst to 85 months in prison, followed by three years’ supervised release, for weapons possession.

U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt today approved the sentence that was agreed to as part of a plea deal reached in February on the felony charge. Durst, whose long-suspected involvement in several murders chronicled in HBO’s documentary The Jinx led to his arrest, also was ordered to pay a $5,000 fine and $100 special assessment.

But the legal saga is not over for Durst, who still faces a murder charge in Los Angeles for the killing of Susan Berman. Durst has insisted he’s innocent.

A loaded .38-caliber Smith & Wesson revolver was found in March 2015 during a lawful search of Durst’s New Orleans hotel room after an arrest warrant was issued for the Berman killing. Having previously been convicted of multiple felonies, Durst was indicted in the Eastern District of Louisiana on April 10, 2015, for being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Title: Re: The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst - Documentary Miniseries
Post by: Garam on April 27, 2016, 04:37:35 PM
I hope Andrew Jarecki has a good bodyguard.
Title: Re: The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst - Documentary Miniseries
Post by: Jeremy Blackman on December 17, 2016, 11:47:53 PM
Robert Durst says he was on meth during the filming of The Jinx

http://www.avclub.com/article/robert-durst-says-he-was-meth-during-filming-jinx-247641

Robert Durst—the millionaire former fugitive who’s currently on trial for one of several murders he’s been linked to over the course of his life—has said he was on methamphetamine during the filming of The Jinx, the hit HBO docu-series that brought him to national attention. “I was on meth, I was on meth the whole time…it should have been obvious,” Durst said in a 2015 interview with prosecutors, the transcript of which was filed in a Los Angeles court yesterday. “I think the reason I did it had to be because I was swooped, speeding.” (Durst’s lawyers have previously said that he was “tricked” into doing the show.)

Along with Serial, The Jinx helped kick off pop culture’s current wave of true-crime obsession. The series’ pivotal moment comes in its final episode, when Durst is caught muttering into a hot microphone, “What the hell did I do? Killed them all, of course.” Durst was arrested for murder the day before that episode aired, but has since plead not guilty, presumably on the grounds that “Killed them all, of course” is just the “Have a nice day, friend!” of meth users everywhere.
Title: Re: The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst - Documentary Miniseries
Post by: wilder on July 28, 2017, 12:01:27 AM
Witness distances herself from strong testimony she previously gave against Durst in murder case - Los Angeles Times (http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-robert-durst-murder-case-20170727-story.html)

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The witness also testified that Durst told her he liked the movie “All Good Things,” in which actor Ryan Gosling plays a fictionalized version of Durst. The film character is strongly implicated in the murders of three people and a dog. Asked by Lewin if Durst ever complained about inaccuracies in the film, Altman said the depiction of his treatment of the dog upset him.

“Is there any way he’d ever kill a dog?” the prosecutor asked.

“No,” Altman said.