Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Top 10 Documentaries on Netflix

Keeping up with Tuesday's top 10, here's my top 10 9 picks for best documentaries to watch on Netflix according to someone with way too much time on her hands who spends 25% of her day thinking of wine, 50% of her day thinking about food and 25% of her day thinking about what she's going to watch on Netflix when she gets home.

In no particular order, let's begin!

1. SOMM - 'Four sommeliers embark on an all-consuming course of study for the prestigeous (and nearly impossible to pass) Master Sommelier exam'. I love documentaries like this, it shows you a completely different side to sommeliers and a peak into a life not many of us know.

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2. Spinning Plates - 'This gastronomic documentary profiles three distinctive restaurants based in very different locales: Chicago; Tucson, Arizona; and Baltown, Iowa'. When I finished this documentary I almost replayed it right away. I found it so interesting the contrast between different restaurants from a fine, Michelin star restaurant to a struggling Mexican restaurant to a local gem that has had to build and rebuild. Very entertaining.

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3. Dear Zachary - 'Kurt Kuenne's tribute to his murdered friend, Andrew Bagby, tells the story of a child custody battle won by Bagby's ex-girlfriend and accused killer'. Always a sucker for drama and crime, this one really pulled at the heart strings.

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4. For Grace - 'As chef Curtis Duffy oversees every aspect of opening his own restaurant, Grace, he recalls his turbulent childhood and difficult adult relationships'. I'll be honest, I haven't watched this one yet, but it's on my 'must watch ASAP' list. It just came to Netflix this month and I've heard amazing things.

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5. Blackfish - 'This fascinating documentary examines the life of performing killer whale Tilkum, who has caused the deaths of several people while in captivity'. If you are paying any attention to Tilkum, who's been in the news lately for falling ill, you'll want to watch this documentary. It's very eye opening and quite sad how these amazing creatures are treated. My parents never took us to Sea World, and I was always jealous of the kids who had gone. Looking back, I'm glad we didn't support this. #FreeWilly! #FreeTilkum!

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6.  Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead - 'Two men whose bodies have been trashed by steroids, obesity and illness, document their rigorous healing path in a big to regain their health'.  If you've been around these parts for a couple of years, you'll know I wrote about this documentary and I took my own juicing challenge. It's fricking hard man! I failed, but kept trying. I just love solids too much. These guys though, they made a big impact as to how I see food.

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7. Super Size Me - 'Director Morgan Spurlock takes a hilarious and often terrifying look at the effects of fast food on the human body, using himself as a guinea pig'. My mom took me and my sisters to see this film many years ago. We all stopped eating McDonald's and other fast food right away. Maybe I need to watch it again to get my eating back on track.

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8. Bridegroom - 'This timely documentary tells the story of Shane Bitney Crone, who finds himself without marriage's legal protections when his same-sex partner dies'. Living in the times that we are in, it's heartbreaking to watch a film judge someone on who they love. Another 'pull at your heart strings' documentary, this one shares the struggle of two guys who were so in love but the beliefs of ones family kept him from even attending his partners funeral.

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9. Fed Up - 'This eye-opening documentary examines the underlying causes of childhood obesity, which has become an ever-more serious medical issue in America'. Childhood obesity, need I say more? As someone who grew up as a rather thin child, it's hard for me to imagine kids larger than I am at 31!

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I'm going to leave you with these nine because, although there are more than 10 documentaries that I've watched, some of them I don't think are worth your time, or not-as-good-repeats of some that I've shared above.

Let me know what your favorite documentaries are!

Linking up with Karli at September Farm


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4 comments:

  1. I made it a goal of mine to watch one documentary a week (particularly a science-y one) and I can't wait to watch Blackfish now even though I know it's going to infuriate me haha. Thanks for the list!

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    1. I'm really loving documentaries lately. IT's fun to be entertained and learn a little at the same time!

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  2. I've seen Blackfish mentioned on a couple of other blogs. Sounds like one I need to check out. I feel like I need to watch the food documentaries, but once I do I'll want to give up all the bad things and I'm not ready to give up Coke yet :(

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  3. I've heard about Blackfish before, but I'm afraid to get too emotional watching it! I've also heard the rebuttals from some of the Sea World trainers who stated that some of the things were deeply exaggerated. I guess there's always two sides to a story! SOMM and Spinning Plates sound really interesting though- I'll definitely be adding them to my Netflix queue! Did you see Chef? That was another one that I really liked!

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