Here are some more documentaries I highly recommend for your viewing pleasure. And they’re all on Netflix! As always, click on the links to be transported to the trailers.
The Queen of Versailles // This documentary is about one of the richest families in America and how the 2008 financial crisis derailed their plans to build the biggest home in the country (valued at approx $100 million dollars). This home was supposed to have like thirteen bedrooms twenty bathrooms and ten kitchens or something completely ridiculous and not at all necessary. Because seriously, WHO NEEDS TEN KITCHENS? The Queen of Versailles is every bit as frustrating as it sounds, but it is also wildly fascinating – you know once you get past the fact that is about rich people complaining about not having any money. It really is an honest look at just how crazy American consumerism can become. I found it highly entertaining even if inside I was screaming “WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU?” the entire time.
180 Degrees South // So basically this documentary about rock climbers / surfers and another documentary about snowboarders – three activities I take no part in – are the reasons Patagonia is at the top of my list of places I must travel to immediately. I just want to run around and yell about how pretty it is there and save the trees. So yeah, if you also like pretty scenery, loving the earth, and watching in horror/awe as rock climbers scale mountains this is the documentary for you.
Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead // Words cannot begin to describe how much I love this documentary. Joe was overweight, on a million different prescriptions and “about a cheeseburger away from a heart attack.” Sick of feeling so awful all the time he decided to embark on a 60 day all juice diet. And while I normally roll my eyes at things like this because I hate the message it sends to people about get-thin-quick schemes, this documentary doesn’t ever try to tell you that you should do what Joe did. It is never preachy, but definitely lets the material speak for itself. Joe just wants you to eat more vegetables, some of them in juice form if you wish, and make healthier choices with your life before you find yourself in his position at the beginning of his journey. But that isn’t even the best part, the best and most inspiring part of all happens when 429 pound Phil decides to step up to the plate. Spoiler alert: I definitely spent the last fifteen minutes of this documentary crying.
Hungry For Change // I have always been wildly fascinated by the psychological relationship we have to food and I think that is why this documentary was right up my alley. Hungry For Change asks the question why are smart people holding on to unhealthy habits? Most people know by now that the Standard American Diet is full of processed foods and sugary content and is terrible for them, but they’re so psychological entrapped by it that it can be difficult to break free. All of these fad diets are just contributing to the problem. This documentary explains why it is so hard to break free, why you should break free, and what you can do to get there.
Jiro Dreams of Sushi // Haha, clearly I have been on a bit of a food kick lately. Fortunately (unfortunately?) this one offers no advice on health and nutrition. This is simply a documentary about a man so passionate about his work that is impossible to watch this documentary without smiling. Jiro is a world-renowned sushi chef and the owner of a three michelin star restaurant. The entire thing is in Japanese so for those who aren’t a fan of subtitles this probably isn’t the documentary for you, for everyone else – enjoy!
Senna // This documentary is about the life and career of Ayrton Senna – a Brazilian Formula One race car driver. Now, I passionately hate racing, but even despite that this is an incredibly beautiful and heartbreaking film. It is easily one of the best sports documentaries I have ever seen – and if you know me you know I effing love sports documentaries. I just recommend you grab some tissues for this one. Even re-watching the trailer made me cry!
I’m always looking for some more documentary suggestions so if you have any please let me know!