Netflix is absolutely killing it with options lately. This roundup includes one of my favorite documentaries on Netflix yet, Closure. If you’re new to Netflix’s wealth of documentaries, I’ve talked about a bunch of great ones here.
Plastic Paradise: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch (NR, 2013)
This is so terribly sad. Especially because I watched this documentary with a Styrofoam cup of coffee and a plastic (al biet reusable!) water bottle in hand. Plastic is polluting our oceans on so many levels – more than the average person realizes. We’ve seen photos of animals wrapped in plastic line and soda can rings around the heads of turtles. But it’s the plastic from the 60s and 70s that is breaking down in the ocean that is absorbing residual toxins like DDT, a lethal incesticide outlawed in the US. The “garbage island” is floating in the Pacific, littered with decades of plastic on it’s shorelines. The most interesting part? Taking a receipt on thermal paper is putting large amounts BPA into your body, the same chemical everyone is “avoiding” through new plastic formulas for water bottles.
Exit Through the Gift Shop (R, 2010)
Didn’t name this post “best netflix documentaries” because of this one. I… I don’t even know how to explain this documentary. For starters, the description is misleading – I was expecting a documentary about the street artist Banksy. The film is more centered around Terry, an eccentric, French entrepreneur who’s life is commented on by Banksy. Terry sells vintage clothes and graduates to being a (fake) filmmaker and ends up selling insane amounts of manufactured art that makes him mass amounts of money. I watched the whole bizarre thing out of odd interest, but you might wanna SKIP THIS ONE.
Two: The Story of Roman & Nyro (NR, 2013)
A gay couple has two twin boys via a surrogate, who is still involved in the boy’s lives. Partially told by adults, partially told by the young boys – this is a really sweet one that dissolve the myths of families raised by gay couples. Oh, and Jon Bon Jovi is their godfather.
Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead (NR, 2010)
It starts with a man juicing veggies in the trunk of his car. Six weeks before, he was 300+ lbs and very, very sick. was “nearly dead” living a life of covering his sickness with various medicines. 60 days of fasting on green juice and traveling around the country talking to Americans who eat trash – the perfect premise for a documentary, right?
He sits in a cafe with a group of men, one who has had heart surgery. The father of 6 says that he is here for “a few good years” and he wants to “eat what he wants” – if he lives to 55, great. 65? That’s great, too. The consensus amongst many people he talks to – they know they will die early from eating terribly. The right now is more important than the long term.
If you’re a fan of ‘Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead’, catch the sequel ‘Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead 2’ – also on Netflix!
Closure (NR, 2013)
One of my favorites to date! Closure follows Angela Tucker, a black girl who was adopted into a white family with one biological child and multiple adopted children. Now a college graduate and married to a filmmaker, Angela is ready to find her biological parents. After some intense internet sleuthing, she finds a lead and her family picks up and travels across the country with her. The journey to finding her biological family isn’t without disappointment, but is a really beautiful story about family.