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Serial killers, LSD and female wrestlers, shows you should binge right now




Actor Cameron Britton, who plays serial killer Edmund Kemper on the Netflix show Mindhunter.
Actor Cameron Britton, who plays serial killer Edmund Kemper on the Netflix show Mindhunter.

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Every month we take a look at what movies or TV shows are deserving of your binge time with Mark Jordan Legan. Following are his picks for February:

MINDHUNTER (Netflix) 

From David Fincher, who directed everything from The Social Network to Gone Girl, this ten-episode series chronicles the early days of the FBI’s Behavioral Science Unit.

In the late 1970s, two FBI agents created what would become the groundbreaking Criminal Profiling Program. Only by extensively interviewing convicted killers sitting in prison did they start to realize the power in “profiling” these criminals and their behavior.

The two FBI agents are wonderfully played by Jonathan Groff and Holt McCallany, but one performance that is already getting Emmy Award talk is for Cameron Britton. He plays killer Edmund Kemper, a real serial murderer who killed ten people, including his paternal grandparents and mother in the years between 1964 and 1973.

It's obviously for mature audiences only, but for fans of films like Silence of the Lambs or Zodiac, it's something they'd really enjoy.

WORMWOOD (Netflix)

Wormwood is from the legendary documentary filmmaker Errol Morris, who's seen by many as the godfather of the modern documentary with his innovative and trailblazing crime documentary The Tin Blue Line and the Fog of War.

It's the compelling yet devastating true story of the CIA’s experiments into LSD and mind control. In 1953 a military scientist named Frank Olson was unwittingly given LSD and later was found dead on a sidewalk outside a high rise hotel in New York City that was declared a “suicide” by authorities.

Using an effective mix of reenacted scenes with such top actors as Peter Sarsgaard and Tim Blake Nelson and real interviews with family members, attorneys and government officials, it packs a political and emotional punch. 

GLOW (Netflix) 

Set in the 1980s, GLOW is the fictionalization of the people involved in the real syndicated television show called GLOW (which stands for the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling) that aired from 1986 to 1990.

One of the main characters is a struggling Los Angeles actress named Ruth, and she is brilliantly played by Alison Brie, who's a broke and desperate actor looking for any kind of work. 

What really works is how this diverse group of women all come together and truly form a community, and in an odd roundabout way, it's really is about female empowerment in a male dominated landscape ... one that takes place in the world of gimmicky television wrestling.

Mark Jordan Legan is a writer, living in Los Angeles. If you're interested in seeing past Binge segments, click here.