NETFLIX DOCS | THE FULL LIST

Posted on September 9, 2016

We love our documentaries in the Blosser household. Below is a running list of all the documentaries we’ve watched, check out the Netflix Documentaries tab to see a little more in-depth about each. Generally, if it isn’t worth blogging about, it wasn’t one we liked much. Some of our favorites are in bold.

Food Documentaries*
I love food, but most of these documentaries are talking about the food system and it’s political situation as opposed to cooking, etc. 

  • The Kids Menu
  • Hungry for Change
  • Sugar Coated
  • Crafting a Nation
  • Bite Size
  • Food Chains
  • Cowspiracy
  • GMO OMG
  • Pure Plant Nation
  • Fed Up
  • Cowspiracy
  • Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead
  • Killer at Large: Why Obesity is America’s Greatest Threat
  • Farmageddon
  • Vegucated
  • Jiro Dreams of Sushi

Health Documentaries

  • Remote Area Medical
  • Code Black
  • The Human Experiment
  • Truly Strange: The Secret Life of Breasts
  • Breastmilk
  • How to Die in Oregon
  • The Business of Being Born
  • How to Survive a Plague

Environmental Documentaries

  • Tar Creek
  • Plastic Paradise: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch
  • The Forest for the Trees

Social & Cultural Documentaries

  • The Mask You Live In
  • Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory
  • The Beginning of Life
  • Welcome to Leith
  • 1971
  • First Comes Love
  • Invisible War
  • Divorce Corp
  • Hot Coffee
  • Freakonomics
  • The True Cost
  • Advanced Style
  • Exit Through The Gift Shop
  • Two: The Story of Roman & Nyro
  • Closure
  • Magic Camp
  • The Wolfpack
  • The Dark Matter of Love
  • Burt’s Buzz
  • Tiny: A Story about Living Small
  • Blackfish
  • The Whale
  • The Interrupters
  • Cruise Ship Disaster: Inside the Concordia
  • Hot Girls Wanted

Sports Documentaries

  • Bigger, Stronger, Faster
  • Hoop Dreams
  • Pumping Iron

Energy Documentaries

  • Catching the Sun
  • Pump
  • Journey to the Safest Place on Earth
  • Pandora’s Promise

Gaming Documentaries

  • All Work All Play
  • Atari: Game Over

Crime Documentaries

  • Fight for Justice: David & Me
  • Little Hope Was Arson.
  • Happy Valley
  • Playground
  • Crime After Crime
  • The Imposter
  • Who Took Johnny
  • Disappeared
  • Lost Paradise: Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills
  • Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father
  • Aileen
  • The Smartest Guys in the Room
  • Cropsey
  • Talhotblond
  • Girlhood
  • Into the Abyss
  • The Thin Blue Line
  • Making a Murderer
  • Kids for Cash
  • Shenandoah
  • Central Park Five

NETFLIX DOCS | ROUND 11

Posted on September 8, 2016

I’ve been slacking hardcore on documentaries lately – Gilmore Girls has been on the tube an embarrassing amount. Pulling together a list of Netflix documentaries that we’ve enjoyed lately, see the running list of ones worth watching here.


Fight for Justice: David & Me

1h 19m. 2014. Available on Netflix Stream.

Crime doc. We’re interested in the justice system and how it works. This doc covers a lot of it and the injustice that inevitably happens. Convicted killer tries to turn his life around and a young filmmaker tries to prove his innocence.


The Mask You Live In

1h 31 m. 2015. Available on Netflix Stream.

Woooof this was an emotional watch. This covers the “boy crisis” in America and the love affair with pushing masculinity from a young age. Refiguring the system can create an opportunity to create a healthier generation of boys. Watch it, watch it, watch it!!


The Beginning of Life

1h 36m. 2016. Available on Netflix Stream.

This was an interesting one. It talks about children and how carefully their needs need to be met and how they shape the course of human society. Not for casual watching, a good bit of the interviews are in Spanish and have subtitles.


The Kids Menu

1h 28m. 2015. Available on Netflix Stream.

Food doc. An encouraging, eye opening doc. Focusing on childhood obesity, this doc shows that kids often make better eating habits if they’re given the right tools.


Hungry for Change

1h 29m. 2012. Available on Netflix Stream.

Food doc. This one talks about the silent influence of the food industry on your day-to-day habits. Kinda struggled to finish this one.


Sugar Coated

1h 31 m. 2015. Available on Netflix Stream.

Food doc. We all know sugar is the culprit for many health related issues and Sugar Coated delves into the history behind sugar. It’s impact on society, politics and lobbying is explored. Definitely a good watch.


Welcome to Leith

1h 26m. 2015. Available on Netflix Stream.

Totally fascinating. A teeny town in North Dakota is targeted by a big time white supremacist. When he tries to colonize the town and turn it into a village of white supremacists, Leith has to take matters into their own hands.


Catching the Sun

1h 13m. 2015. Available on Netflix Stream.

Catching the Sun explores solar energy, it’s potential to invigorate the economy and the personal stories behind the people desperately lobbying for clean energy. Of course, a good bit of anti-solar people fight back and provide a little drama ;)


All Work All Play

1h 33m. 2015. Available on Netflix Stream.

Definitely an interesting watch if you’re into gaming or watching streams. E-sports are exploding and this doc follows several professional League of Legends teams on their way to the Extreme Masters championship.


Crafting a Nation

1h 36m. 2013. Available on Netflix Stream.

Beer documentary! The best kind, amirite? Craft beer is insanely popular in the U.S. and this doc follows the revolution. Local economies are benefitting and smaller brands are becoming common in the fridge. Follow different craft breweries as they struggle to open and make a name in the beer industry.


1971

1h 19m. 2014. Available on Netflix Stream.

Watch this one. Seriously. A group of activists raid an FBI office in 1971 and find damning evidence of illegal surveillance and decades later, they’re talking about it.


Code Black

1h 20m. 2013. Available on Netflix Stream.

This one really shifted my perspective on a lot of things. Code Black is a term used when a public hospital has an extremely packed waiting room. In fact, some people wait days to be seen in a public hospital because private hospitals won’t treat patients who can’t pay. Doctor and filmmaker follows a public hospital up close.


Little Hope Was Arson.

1h 14m. 2013. Available on Netflix Stream.

Crimeish doc. 10 churches are burnt in a tiny East Texas town and a devoutly religious community deals with the aftermath.


Bigger, Stronger, Faster

1h 46m. 2008. Available on Netflix Stream.

Chris Bell follows his famous powerlifter brother, Mark Bell. Steroid use is rampant in competitive lifting and professional sports and Bell takes a critical look at sports and competition. It’s an emotional watch and really interesting for someone with zero interest in lifting (me). If you liked The Mask You Live In, this one also touches on the themes of masculinity in America and their impact on males.


Bite Size

1h 29m. 2014. Available on Netflix Stream.

Food doc. This follows four obese kids as they try to shed weight. Either by working out, dieting, going to “fat camp” or all three.


Hoop Dreams

2h 51m. 1994. Available on Netflix Stream.

Critically acclaimed documentary that has won awards at Sundance and beyond. Somehow, I am just now watching it. It’s a long one, nearly 3 hours, but a fantastic watch. It follows two high school boys in Chicago as they try and make basketball a career. It touches race, sports, family dynamics and more. An absolute must watch.


 

We Went to Europe!

Posted on September 8, 2016

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This ones long overdue. We went to Europe and it was amazing. We spent 10 days, starting in Copenhagen, Denmark and ending in Stockholm, Sweden with a stop to Paris in-between. We bought our tickets back in November on a whim from Norwegian Airlines. It’s worth signing up for their emails, we bought round-trip tickets for under $600. The low-fare seats were comfy, even though it was a ten hour flight. The cities we visited were beautiful and filled with kind people. We were warned that Scandinavian countries are crazy expensive, but we were able to travel and explore pretty affordably.

I’ve written some basic thoughts and shared our itineraries for each country already, so this is a little more advice for first-time international travelers, anxious type A planners & egregious overpackers (aka – me).

  1. Make sure your accommodations get better as you go. 
    Our trip had a lot of happy accidents – like staying in an incredible Paris neighborhood by chance. More importantly, our sleeping situations improved vastly from place to place. In Copenhagen, we stayed at Sleep in Heaven hostel, which was a killer price and pretty nice for a hostel. But, the beds squeaked and our bunkmates snored so we didn’t sleep much. When we moved onto Paris, we stayed at this Airbnb which was a vast improvement from the hostel. Even better, when we moved onto Stockholm we stayed at Motel L which was insanely luxurious after our experience in the hostel. Had we started at Motel L and ended up in the hostel, we would have been really cranky.
  2. Remember you’re human.
    We hit the ground running as soon as we landed and didn’t really stop until we got to Stockholm six days later. By the time we checked into Motel L, Kent and I found food and then spent the rest of the day lounging in bed. We were exhausted, our feet were sore and we desperately  needed the recoup. Had we paced ourselves a little more, we probably could have avoided this.
  3. Download TripAdvisor’s app! 
    We didn’t pay to have cell service/data in Europe, so we were at the mercy of WiFi most of the time. TripAdvisor’s app lets you download cities to access offline, which was a game changer. I got lost in Paris and had to hunt for a cafe with WiFi to access Google Maps to get me home, because I didn’t have Paris saved in TripAdvisor. *special thanks to Kent, Dan and Alexis for dealing with me calling WiFi “weee-feeeee” for ten days :*
  4. Europe isn’t cold in May.
    This one is kinda embarrassing on my part, I saw it was high of 65 and my Floridian self kinda panicked. I thought I’d be cold so I packed a whole bunch of shit I didn’t need and ended up lugging it around for ten days. Our Airbnb had a washing machine so I could have cut down on what I packed and been totally fine. You can afford to skimp on everything but socks and underwear ;)

Thoughts on Paris

Posted on June 16, 2016

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Dan & Alexis outside Berthillion, which is on our all-time favorites list.


So, we went to Paris! I wrote here about how I poorly planned this leg of our trip and only left us two days to explore all that is Paris. That aside, we had a really great time in Paris (& got engaged!). A few thoughts on making the most out of your trip to Paris:

  1. Location matters. We stayed in Le Marais by chance, I found a nice Airbnb and booked it without knowing much about the surrounding area. We didn’t use the metro and took a taxi once, because we were so well situated in the neighborhood. We walked to great places like The Lourve, the Notre Dame, Berthillion and Las du Falafel.
  2. Don’t expect Parisians to speak English. We were spoiled in Copenhagen where most people spoke perfect English. We picked up a few french phrases (“bonjour madam” before ordering anything and lots of “merci”s) but largely nobody spoke English. In fact, the first phrase we learned was “par le vous anglais?” which roughly means, “Do you speak English?”. We definitely looked like lost Americans a few times ;)
  3. BVA is an easy airport. I booked tickets out of Paris to Stockholm through Ryanair, which only runs through Beauvais airport (BVA). I was really nervous about flying out of there because it’s an hour outside of Paris and we had to catch our shuttle bus at 6 AM to make our flight. We bought tickets here and the bus picked us up at the Porte Maillot Coach Park. It was completely painless and they let us hop on an earlier bus because we were there early. The airport itself was small and so we got through security quickly. Since it’s small, the terminals weren’t posted until 10 minutes to boarding.
  4. Eat all the cheese. Food just tastes better in Europe, especially cheese. It’s partially because cheese doesn’t have to be pasteurized in Europe, which is problematic for pregnant ladies, but great for the rest of us. The taste is way better than anythign I’ve had here in the States. As a result, I ate camembert baguettes and brie baguettes and swiss cheese and ham baguettes for days. *This also applies to the pastries. Kent and I ate chocolate eclairs and hazelnut doughnuts and tarts and anything sugary like it was our job.
  5. Do the Touristy Stuff. The Eiffel, the Notre Dame, the Lourve, the Catacombs. They were all worth the expense/wait/walking. Who knows the next time we’ll be back, so I’m glad we saw it while we were there.
  6. Pickpockets? We were warned by many people about the pickpocket situation in Paris, especially near tourist attractions, but never saw anything or had any issues. We met another American couple at a cafe our first morning, they said they watched dozens of people get pickpocket’d at the Eiffel. We were lucky, but definitely keep an eye out.

2 Days in Paris

Posted on June 16, 2016

13323785_10154363483264180_148915484066881722_oI’ll admit – I planned the Paris leg of our trip pretty poorly. We got in late on Friday night, in time to grab a hot dog and sleep. We had Saturday and Sunday to explore before we headed out to Stockholm on Monday morning. Paris was beautiful and we could have easily spent longer there! A couple of things we explored while we were there & our favorites are below!


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Le Marais | The best happy accident of our trip was booking an airbnb in this neighborhood. I could have spent days in Le Marais alone, wandering up and down the streets. We didn’t use the metro to go anywhere because we were able to walk just about everywhere – The Lourve, the Notre Dame, Berthillion and world famous Las du Falafel were all within walking distance. Bonus, on Sunday morning there was a huge street fair going on that was a thrifter’s dream.


The Lourve | I’m not that into this style of art, but we decided to go anyway because it was a rainy Saturday. Kent and I poked through to see the Mona Lisa (which wasn’t as packed as all the forums say) and then sat and ate chambert sandwiches for the afternoon (oops). It was a good rainy day activity, but it wasn’t monumental in my opinion.


Eiffel Tower | Touristy but worth it. We were floored when we got there and realized how huge the Tower actually is. The surrounding area and the lawn behind it aren’t that nice, full of people selling wine/roses. We went on a Saturday night and it was very, very busy.

We bought tickets to go up to the top at 8 PM and it took us about 5 minutes to get up there. Buying ahead of time saves the lines, which gave me a headache just looking at. Some folks waited hours just to get up there. We went to the second level and decided to explore the surrounding area, while Dan and Alexis went to the top. The view was pretty much the same, we just didn’t have the patience to wait for the elevator to go up. Going to the second level took maybe 15 minutes from arrival, going to the top added an additional 1.5-2 hours.

On a side note, we stopped and ate at Chez Ribe which is right around the corner from the Eiffel Tower. It was decently priced and the food was good. Plus, they had wifi ;)


The Catacombs | I sat this one out, but Kent, Dan and Alexis went on Sunday morning. They got there when it opened and still waited in line for TWO HOURS. After that, it was a pretty decent walk through the catacombs themselves. I was tired and opted to wander around Le Marais instead and I’m kinda glad I did.


Berthillion | Hands down the greatest ice cream I’ve ever had. Kent always goes for the richer flavors like chocolate, while I went with pamplemousse (grapefruit). The chocoalte was crazy rich but the grapefruit was incredible. If you eat in, you can only get a waffle bowl, if you order at the window you can only have a cone. We thought that was a little strange, but it worked out just fine.


Las du Falafel | When I walked down Rue des Rosiers, it took me a minute to realize the first falafel shop is not Las du Falafel. It’s a bit farther down and had a significantly longer line than the first place I passed. That said  – it was worth the wait. The falafel was SO good and line moved pretty quick.


Notre Dame | This was maybe ten minutes from our apartment and we walked down on Saturday morning to find a really busy scene. We were a little daunted by the long line, but it moved really quickly and we only waited for 5-7 minutes. The inside was beautiful, Kent and I have never seen anything like it.

Thoughts on Copenhagen

Posted on May 27, 2016

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The people are kind. Strangers who helped us figure out bus routes. The airport security woman who searched my flagged bag and found hand sanitizer, smiled and told me to have a great day. Uh – that’s not how it works in America. Almost everyone we encountered here was smiling, content and happy.


You can drink anywhere. Our first night in town, we ate dinner in a park near our hostel. People laid out, grilling and drinking beer – normal enough. Then we saw really young looking kids walking around drinking and the airport has free shots at the different liquor/beer shops. Drinking culture is very different here, you can buy alcohol at 16 and go to the bars at 18, nobody seems to give it a second thought. In all our nights out, we didn’t encounter any drunk people.


Danes embrace outside. On a Tuesday night, every park we passed was packed with people. Grilling. Eating dinner. Drinking beer. Tossing a frisbee. Walking the dog. It was like a 4th of July picnic, but on a regular Tuesday night.


It’s quiet. When we deboarded our flight from Orlando, the airport was silent. No hustle and bustle to be found. We were surrounded by people, hundreds, but it was quiet. Nobody shoved, shouted, yelled into the phone. The streets were the same – full of people and life, but calm and quiet.


Everyone dresses nicely. I told Kent I felt like people were looking at us more than usual, he then replied it’s because he was the only person wearing basketball shorts :’). People were dressed nicely, all the time. None of the leggings and trainers you see everywhere back home – skirts and trench coats and cute dresses all day, everyday.


Bikes are prioritized. The bike lanes in Copenhagen were as wide as a regular lanes and blended perfectly with traffic. There were bikes everywhere. If there was a road, so we’re a dozen or so bikes. It got to the point where we didn’t have to watch out for cars, we had to watch for bikers.


Yes, it’s kinda expensive. The food wasn’t as cheap as American food, but we were able to eat well for a good price. We started out mornings at Aldi and usually grabbed kefir and some fruit to fuel us up. On a few occasions we got pizza, because it was the cheapest option nearby. Nyhavn is one of the places where everything was $20~ a plate and we grabbed a medium pizza for $12 instead.

4 Days in Copenhagen

Posted on May 25, 2016

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Visit Carlsberg | Carlsberg is the beer of Copenhagen and their old production buildings have been turned into a beer garden/museum.

We went to Carlsberg right when they opened at 10 AM & in hindsight, we probably should have eaten a bit more before drinking a bunch of beer ;) Admission ticket gives you two beers and we opted for the beer tasting, which was another three beers. If you like beer, I’d recommend it!


Christiana Free World | Gonna give this one a “ehh” rating. I read up on Chrisitana before we came and some said it was a huge part of Copenhagen that had to be seen, others didn’t care much for it. I’m gonna side with the latter, we walked through around 2 in the afternoon & were in and out in 15 minutes. It wasn’t somewhere I’d spend a bunch of time in, there were some interesting things but overall not a place I’d go out of my way for.


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Tivoli Gardens | Had we been here alone, I’m not sure I would have gone to Tivoli. Since it was in the center of the city, I kinda assumed it’d be dinky. Dan recommended we go down one evening & it was incredible. A more whimsical, charming Disney contained in an urban setting with cooler rides. We paid 100dkk/$15 to get in and rides were extra. We could have spent the entire day there.


Nørrebro | Our hostel, Sleep in Heaven, was in the neighborhood of Nørrebro & it was kinda neat. Lots of little brunch spots, bars & cheap eats.


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Nyhavn | Not the cheapest place to eat, but a beautiful place to walk through. We especially loved the little trampolines along the canal.


Helsingør | Our last day, we bought an all zones ticket and took the train up to Helsingør, home of Kronborg Castle (Hamlets ghost is said to live here). The castle was impressive, but we had an even better time taking in a different side of Denmark. The library there was incredible and we spent awhile meandering up and down the city streets. Photo is from Helsingør. Easily the most beautiful place we saw during our stay in Denmark.


Fredericksburg | This area was probably my favorite, it had the classic Copenhagen look & colorful buildings.