Watching documentaries is a simple way of updating what people know about the world through real-life application and study. Every year things in all fields change, whether it is about life, science, or politics. Of course, vices are no exception. You can literally find lists of the best gambling documentaries, the best drug documentaries, and other documentaries about vices all around the Internet, and every 2 years or so they get updated with the latest information about the topic. Here are a few of those documentaries, ranging from drugs, to gambling, to alcohol:
- Breaking Vegas
Breaking Vegas was a documentary on The History Channel that first aired in 2004. The series was inspired by another documentary of the same name; “Breaking Vegas: The True Story of the MIT Blackjack Team.” The documentary catalogs several methods people use to beat casinos. Whether it is card counting and other legal strategies that trigger casino owners or flat out cheating using electronic devices.
- Breaking Vegas: The True Story of the MIT Blackjack Team
The documentary that inspired the “Breaking Vegas” series tells the story of the ambitious MIT Blackjack team, a group of MIT students formed in 1979 dedicated to using mathematics to defeat casinos in the game of blackjack and win a lot of money in the process. The story tells how the team started, made their first attempt, then broke up but eventually reformed using a different name and different members, and their success.
- American Addict
American Addict and its sequel The Big Lie: American Addict 2 forms a trilogy with the final installment being released in 2018. These two documentaries focus on the politics, business, and medical aspects of prescription drugs and their effects on American society. With Sasha Knezev and Ana Renovica as director and producer respectively, both installments have received lots of praises and are considered as two of the most successful documentaries about the topic of drugs.
Another drug-related documentary is Crackhouse, a BBC documentary about Carl John, who is on a homecoming trip to find and communicate with some of his friends who have fallen victim to drug addiction. Carl himself is an ex-drug user and the documentary highlights the daily life of a drug addict and the things they have to do to survive.
If historical documentaries are more your thing, consider watching Prohibition, a PBS trilogy about the Prohibition era and the effects of banning alcohol. The era is also the greatest example of what happens when you apply too much moral control on society and turn once law-abiding citizens into instant criminals for something as mundane as liquor. The documentary catalogs the rise of organized crime, the eventual change of public opinion on the matter, and people who made their name in one of the most romanticized eras in US history.
Why not take a look at these interesting documentaries during your spare time?