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NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY | Round 12

Posted on March 14, 2017

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It’s been a long hiatus since I delved into the documentary section of Netflix. There was Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, then it was the holidays, which called for Christmas with the Kranks and Love Actually. Then… I revisited The X-Files for the umpteenth time and fell into a deep commitment to The West Wing. Couple that with golden nuggets of cinema like Zootopia and The Corpse Bridge, I’ve been slacking. But, without further adieu, a list of recently loved documentaries on Netflix.


See the running list of ones worth watching here.


Pervert Park

1h 18m. 2014. Available on Netflix Stream.

Crime/social doc with a dark twist. Not a family watch and was honestly a bit much for me at times. But a fascinating story nonetheless – follows Florida sex offenders who are living in a trailer park with hopes of reentering society.


CT Fletcher: My Magnificent Obsession

1h 41m. 2015. Available on Netflix Stream.

Biographical/sports doc. C.T. Fletcher’s life story to from near-fatal heart attack to a fitness freak who opens his own gym. He’s got one of those dynamic, incredible personalities that bleeds through the screen. We watched for Kent but I ended up liking it even more than he did.


Holy Hell

1h 42m. 2016. Available on Netflix Stream.

Social doc. Made by a former cult member, this doc follows a California cult and it’s leader. It’s beyond fascinating and left me kinda in a daze of “what the hell did I just watch”. It’s an emotional, insane watch.


Inside Job

1h 48m. 2010. Available on Netflix Stream.

If you enjoyed The Big Short and it’s premise, this is a great watch. It looks into the greed & corruption that fueled the 2008 housing collapse and it’s repercussions on the global economy. It won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 2011 and is narrated by Matt Damon.


Babies

1h 18m. 2010. Available on Netflix Stream.

Social doc. If you’re jaded from watching too many gritty docs, this is your antidote. It follows babies from birth in the US, Africa, Europe & Tokyo. It’s sweet, interesting and gave me a healthy reminder of how privileged we are in the US.


Trapped

1h 20m. 2016. Available on Netflix Stream.

Social/political doc and on my list of top 20 favorites. Trapped follows the battle between the government and women’s reproductive health clinics in the U.S. Yes, it’s about abortion clinics. Director Dawn Porter does a phenomenal job of humanizing the battle for reproductive rights and the women and families that depend on it.


After the Spill

1h 2m. 2015. Available on Netflix Stream.

Environmental doc. A quick watch that talks about Louisana post-Deepwater Horizon, the BP oil spill that has caused devastating effects on Louisiana’s citizens, culture and shoreline.

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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
  • After the Spill

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
  • Holy Hell
  • Trapped
  • Pervert Park

Sports Documentaries

  • Bigger, Stronger, Faster
  • Hoop Dreams
  • Pumping Iron
  • CT Fletcher: My Magnificent Obsession

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.


 

5 Food Documentaries on Netflix You’re Missing Out On

Posted on March 15, 2016

Food Chains


Watch it!
1 hour, 22 minutes

Kind of like how I thought my teacher slept at school, I always thought food came from nearby. In reality, the food at the store has traveled sometimes thousands of miles! Often, the people who harvest the food are treated terribly and could have their lives forever changes for pennies on the pound.

Cowspiracy


Watch it!
1 hour, 30 minutes

Global warming is a very real thing (Sorry, Rick Scott!) We’ve long known that our cars, factories and fossil fuels have contributed to the problem. But, it goes farther than our cars. One guy goes on a mission to unearth the truth behind agribusiness and it’s impact on our environment.

GMO OMG


Watch it!
1 hour, 24 minutes

Genetically modified organisms *shudder*. It’s a growing concern for consumers and it’s becoming a political issue as well. We have a basic understanding of what they are, but where are they? Meat? Fish? A father loads his wife & boys into a van and they take off in pursuit of the truth about GMOs and their presence in our day to day lives.

Pure Plant Nation


Watch it!
1 hour, 36 minutes

It just makes sense, plant-based food is what is best for our body. But in a nation of burgers & bacon, it’s easier said than done. Pure Plant Nation looks at the places on Earth that aren’t affected by the cancers and ailments that affect Americans. The answer to our health is in our food!

Fed Up


Watch it! 
1 hours, 35 minutes

Take a few days and count up the sugar you eat. Once you’re aware, it’s insane to realize all the places sugar hides. Check out this list of 56 different names for sugar – it’s no joke. Sugar isn’t kind to our bodies and causes a whole host of health issues. But it’s not just the food, the government and big business behind sugar is staggering. Fed Up digs into the political pressure behind our food.

BEST DOCUMENTARIES ON NETFLIX | ROUND 10

Posted on January 12, 2016

I had the apartment to myself this weekend, which meant DOCUMENTARY FREE FOR ALLLLLLLL. I watched a bunch. Rewatched a bunch. Ate only sushi and drank only La Croix. Did a bunch of work on the blanket I’m crocheting. We got an AppleTV for Christmas and it’s THE BEST. Blows the Roku out of the water.

So, over the weekend I watched: Pump, Cowspiracy, GMO OMG, Fed Up, First Comes Love, Truly Strange: The Secret Life of Breasts, Twice Born: Stories from the Special Delivery Unit, Food Matters, and a bunch of Inside Man.

Over the last few weeks, we’ve watched Making a Murderer (duh), Super Size Me, Bottled Life, A Genius Leaves the Hood, Dear Jack, Silenced, Three Stars, Famous Nathan, Printing the Legend and Chef’s Table.

Anyway – recently watched and loved documentaries on Netflix!

 

Pump

I talked about this here!

 

Cowspiracy

91 minutes. 2014. Available on Netflix Stream.

SO – this is one of my favorites yet. This documentary focuses on the impact of animal agriculture on the environment. Basically – the business of raising cattle for meat consumption is destroying the rainforests and the ozone faster than ANYTHING else. Faster than cars. Faster than logging for paper products. With a huge demand for meat – this is an enormous industry and an even bigger issue for our future.

This film was crowdfunded and met 217% of it’s goal with $117,092 raised! That’s impressive.  It features all kinds of interviews – Sierra Club, Oceana, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, Sustainability Institute, Amazon Watch and many, many more. Definitely a good watch.

 

GMO OMG

I talked about this here!

 

Fed Up

92 minutes. 2014. Available on Netflix Stream.
It’s no secret that our food system in America is in a bad place. This documentary focuses on the obesity/diabetes epidemic in the United States. Huge amounts of sugar is pushed upon the average consumer through processed foods, a point Fed Up blames for the growing health issues amongst the US’s population. Fed Up delves into the government approved food programs, school lunch programs and responsibilities of different departments. The lobbying power of the food industry is incredibly powerful and plays a huge role in our day to day eating habits – whether we realize it or not.

First Comes Love

2013. 105 minutes. Available on Netflix Stream.

Nina Davenport is in her 40s and not married. With her biological clock ticking, she decides to take the matter of having babies into her own hands. This documentary is about a woman having a baby on her own, regardless of the societal, familial and financial issues surrounding it. This was a really sweet watch and brings the idea of a conventional family into question. Nina creates her own tiny family, supported through pregnancy by her best friend Amy and fathered by her gay best friend, Eric.

Truly Strange: The Secret Life of Breasts


This was an episode from the Smithsonian Channel’s series Truly Strange. In modern culture, boobs serve as a sex symbol. At their most important function, they’re used to nurture life. This episode delves into boobs on every level – why are boobs today so much bigger than they used to be? Why is cancer so prevalent in breast tissue? Arguably the coolest part of the episode is when breastmilk and chemicals come into the same conversation – is formula a better option when we’re exposed to chemicals, heavy metals and other dangerous substances?

 

I’ll continue the list in another post. See my other fav Netflix documentaries here.

Netflix Documentary Round Up | Part 9

Posted on November 21, 2015

Sometimes, I get tired of the crap you can find on TV. Reality TV is so mindless and easy to put on in the background, but Netflix has consistently provided thought-provoking, fascinating documentaries to keep your lazy couch days a little more productive ;). Recently watched on Netflix:

Journey to the Safest Place on Earth


This touches on the growing problem of radioactive waste and where it should be stored. Radioactive, nuclear waste has to be stored safely for 250,000+ years and nobody is exactly lining up to store it. There’s a place in Washington state that had nuclear waste dumped into the ground with the belief that it would eventually neutralize – lol. It’s now the most contaminated site in the western hemisphere. A good watch!

*This is not an easy one to put on in the background while you do something else. This is narrated heavily by a German physicist, so you’ll be reading a good bit of subtitles.

Great British Baking Show


Ok, not exactly a documentary, but an absolute MUST watch for anybody who likes to bake. I blew through the entire season in a week’s time and I feel like I learned a good bit. British TV is refreshing, there’s no bitchy fights for the sake of ratings and no suspenseful cut scenes to build anticipation. They worked through just about every kind of pastry, cake, bread and pie you could think of. Kinda makes you want to start buying butter by the case, buy some stretchy pants and bake for days on end.

Tar Creek


More sad environmental screw ups. This focuses on a EPA Superfund site, an old mining town in NE Oklahoma that has never really recovered from it’s mining years and continues to struggle. ‘Chat’ is abundant here, the byproduct of mining processes and is heavily contaminated with lead. The chat is piled into actual mountains and breaks down and carries in the wind, posing enormous health risks for the area. Once the area was deemed inhabitable, the drama of government buy-outs and putting worth into a family’s history and homes comes into play.

Atari: Game Over

My first gaming system was a Wii, so I missed out on the years of SEGA, Atari and Nintendo 64. Regardless, this was still an interesting watch. It touches on the corporate culture of the Atari, the one time gaming giant. The famed “worst game ever” E.T. and it’s supposed burial in the dessert is the focal of the documentary with a lot of interviews from the game’s head designer.

Divorce Corp


Dude, this one was GOOD. I’ve never experienced divorce first-hand, but this delves into the sinister world of the family law system. Divorce Corp talks about the unregulated world of family court which is a $50 billion a year industry. The strange world of custody evaluators, extortion and much more.

 

Netflix Documentary Round-Up | Part 8

Posted on August 28, 2015

Tallahassee graced us with an unseasonably cool week – I drove to work with windows down at 69 degrees. Something about the promise of Fall gets me in cozy-mode. I skipped the gym last night to quilt and watch Netflix, which brings me to yet another list of documentaries on Netflix.

Hot Coffee
2011 | 88m

Quick & Dirty: Ever heard of Stella Liebeck? What about the court case where a woman was awarded over $2 million dollars because she spilled a cup of McDonald’s hot coffee on her lap? The imfamous “hot coffee case” changed the way Americans look at the civil courts and paved way for tort reform. Hot Coffee is the story of what truly happened to Ms. Liebeck and examines corporate greed.

Still not sold?: First things first, look at what 190 degree coffee did to Stella Liebeck’s body. Be forewarned, it’s graphic: click here. Long story short, the courts found McDonald’s was responsible because they instruct their franchisees to keep coffee at 180-190 degrees, a temperature that causes 1st degree burns after a few seconds of contact. Before the Liebecks pursued McDonald’s in open court, there had been 700+ other burn cases that McDonald’s had settled out of court. They had an opportunity to change their policies and chose not to.

Here comes the corporate greed. It starts with tort – a wrongful act that leads to a civil legal liability. Your doctor messes up in surgery and sterilizes you. During delivery, a mistake deprives your baby of oxygen and leads to permanent brain damage. This is the kind of case, like the hot coffee case, that is handled in the civil courts. In the 1990s, “tort reform” became a big topic of debate. Tort reform aimed to limit the amount of money you could sue a company for. Instead of getting $6.5 million from the doctor who permanently disabled your child, you can only get $250,000.

Hot Coffee looks at it all: tort reform, mandatory arbitration, judicial campaigns, buying supreme court judges and the Hot Coffee case. WATCH THIS!

Freakonomics
2013 | PG-13 | 1h 33m

Quick & Dirty: Cause and effect is something we learn in elementary school, but Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner take it to a different level. Based on their book, Freakonomics examines the casual relationships and data in some unlikely topics. Will your child’s name impact their success in life? Is there cheating in sumo wrestling? What really caused the crime wave of the 80s to fall in the 90s?

Turns out, polio and ice cream aren’t related. But if you look at the incentives and data, you can find patterns of cheating teachers and athletes. This one is a quick watch for a weeknight-in and sheds light on some really interesting topics.

True Cost
2015 | PG-13 | 1h 23m

Quick & Dirty: True Cost is focused on the fast fashion industry. In the past, stores rolled our four lines a year. In today’s staples: Forever21, Zara and H&M, you can find different styles on the rack each week. In fact, the fashion industry puts out 52 “micro season” each year. To keep up, the average American throws away 68 pounds of clothing every year.

Still not sold?: This industry, known as fast fashion, is fueled by sweatshops. Unbearable conditions and $10 a month are common. Chemicals are common in clothing, affecting those who put the clothes together and those who wear them. Purses, belts and shoes have been found to have heavy metal levels over the legal limit. Lead, formaldehyde, flame-retardants and other toxic carcinogens are present.

Quick documentary that is eye-opening about conditions for workers and the campaigns that consumers fall for. Being a conscious consumer isn’t difficult when you know what to avoid and are willing to pay for a shirt that’ll last more than two washes.