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15 Must Stream Documentaries on Netflix! Part 2

22 Dec

It’s been a while since my first post about Must Stream Docs on Netflix so it’s time for a new one!  Also in no particular order — definitely watch them all if you can! Plus, it’s the holidays! What do you have to do that’s more important than watching documentaries all day long??? JK! Enjoy and Happy Holidays!

1. Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry
This compelling documentary explores three years in the life of celebrated Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei, who uses social media and his art to inspire protests against the state… more

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2. Jiro Dreams of Sushi
This delectable documentary profiles sushi chef Jiro Ono, an 85-year-old master whose 10-seat, $300-a-plate restaurant is legendary among Tokyo foodies… more

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3. Mansome
From director Morgan Spurlock and producers Will Arnett and Jason Bateman comes a raucous but thoughtful documentary examining what defines masculinity… more

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4. Children Underground
This Oscar-nominated documentary explores the tragic policy decision by Romanian dictator Nicolei Ceaucescu to outlaw the use of contraceptives and encourage his impoverished populace to have more children… more

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5. Grizzly Man
Renowned nonfiction director Werner Herzog chronicles the tragic and untimely death of outdoorsman Timothy Treadwell, who devoted his life to studying grizzly bears… more

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6. The Invention of Dr. NakaMats
This hilarious documentary from director Kaspar Astrup Schroder profiles prolific Japanese inventor Yoshiro Nakamatsu… more

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7. A Matter of Taste: Serving Up Paul Liebrandt
Sally Rowe’s documentary dishes a rare glimpse into the heated world of haute cuisine, with brilliant and controversial chef Paul Liebrandt… more

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8. Indie Game: The Movie

This captivating documentary follows several independent game designers as they painstakingly develop their games and hope for breakthrough success… more

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9. Only When I Dance

To achieve their shared dream of becoming ballet superstars, two young black dancers from the slums of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, must overcome poverty, prejudice and incredible odds… more

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10. Man on Wire

Philippe Petit captured the world’s attention in 1974 when he walked across a high wire between New York’s Twin Towers… more

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11. Dark Days

Documentarian Marc Singer trains his camera on a group of homeless people who live in an abandoned New York City railroad tunnel… more

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12. The Great Happiness Space

This compelling film explores the rarely seen world of Japanese host boys, men who are paid to entertain wealthy women in exclusive nightclubs… more

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13. America the Beautiful

Director Darryl Roberts’ provocative documentary examines America’s fixation with outward appearance and the unrealistic standards of beauty… more

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14. Without the King

In this provocative documentary about Swaziland’s ruling family — the last absolute monarchy on the African continent — King Mswati III faces myriad challenges as he governs a troubled, poverty- and AIDS-stricken country… more

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15. First Position

Follow dancers training for the Youth America Grand Prix, one of the world’s most prestigious ballet competitions… more

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11 Must Stream Documentaries on Netflix!

14 Oct

I wouldn’t say top 10, but they are definitely worth watching.  In no particular order — they are all good and you won’t be disappointed! Enjoy! There’s a part 2 to this list here!

1. Waste Land

Renowned artist Vik Muniz embarks on one of the most inspired collaborations of his career, joining creative forces with Brazilian catadores — garbage pickers… more

2. Please Vote For Me
Though China’s government is Communist, the third grade election for the prestigious position of Class Monitor at the Evergreen Primary School in Wuhan is being decided by a democratic vote… more

3. I Think We’re Alone Now

This documentary focuses on two individuals obsessed with 1980s pop star Tiffany: Jeff, a 50-year-old man with Asperger’s syndrome, and Kelly, an “intersexual” who claims to have had an inspirational… more

4. I Like Killing Flies

In this quirky documentary, filmmaker Matt Mahurin peers into Shopsin’s, a hole-in-the-wall Greenwich Village restaurant that’s been dutifully serving comfort food to satisfied customers for more than… more

5. Pressure Cooker

Three Philadelphia high school students negotiate the challenges of the inner city and the demands of their tough-minded culinary arts teacher, Wilma Stephenson, to become contenders in a citywide… more

6. Kings of Pastry

Acclaimed documentarians D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus venture inside the deliciously cutthroat Meilleur Ouvrier de France, the legendary French pastry competition, to capture this fascinating… more

7. The Parking Lot Movie

Over the course of three years, filmmaker Meghan Eckman tracked the comings and goings of a solitary parking lot in Charlottesville, Va., chronicling the lives of the attendants who were working… more

8. Last Train Home

Documentarian Lixin Fan follows a couple who, like 130 million other Chinese peasants, left their rural village for work in the city, leaving their children to be raised by grandparents. The husband… more


9. Mad Hot Ballroom

Ballroom dancing goes from lame to cool for a group of New York City students in this insightful documentary, which follows a group of 11-year-olds as they learn to dance old-school styles including… more

10. Picture Me

Go behind the scenes and experience both the glamour and the darker side of the high fashion industry as filmmaker Ole Schell documents girlfriend Sara Ziff’s rise to international model status in… more

11. Exit Through The Gift Shop

Amateur filmmaker Thierry Guetta’s project to chronicle the underground world of street art takes a fascinating twist when he meets Banksy, an elusive British stencil artist, in this Independent… more

Watch This! Not That… #5

2 Feb

WATCH THIS!:

1. Candyman: the David Klein StoryIMDb, trailer

Really interesting documentary about David Klein, the quirky eccentric man behind the Jelly Belly jellybeans. Find out the real story of how the Jelly Belly brand became. For those of you who remember ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic, he makes an appearance as well!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. BreakoutInfo, trailer

A National Geographic series that documents how prisoners plan and break out of prison. Really cool how they shot the series with graphic sketches to show their escape route.  The actual prisoners tell their story while actors reenacted everything.  You will be surprised by how intelligent they really with their scheming — apparently, just not smart enough to stay off the grid!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Never Let Me GoInfo, trailer

Starring Kiera Knightly, Andrew Garfield, and Carey Mulligan. Three close childhood friends grow up in a boarding school and then finally have to come to terms with and face what their purpose in life is. Very well told and beautifully captured.  Definitely watch!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOT THAT…

1. The AmericanIMDb, trailer

Sure, it’s George Clooney. Who cares, the movie could not have been more dry and boring…

2. Skyline –IMDB, trailer

I guess I had already expected for it to be bad.  But it was seriously so bad that I just couldn’t finish it. This was beyond bad!

Watch This! Not That… #4

23 Dec

WATCH THIS!:

1. 127 HoursIMDb, trailer

Awesome based on a true story movie of an outdoor adventurer who gets his arm stuck under a boulder. Danny Boyle did an excellent job directing this film and I’m glad he stuck to his creative indie style. James Franco was perfect the role too. If you’ve got a weak stomach, prepare yourself for the “nerve cutting” scene!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Ride the Great DivideIMDb, trailer

This is a really cool documentary about three people’s experiences while they try to finish and conquer the world’s toughest cross-country mountain bike race alone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Kray (aka The Edge)IMDb, trailer

It’s very rare I get the chance to watch Russian films, but I really did enjoy this one.  If you like a good action-drama with steam engine trains and a bit of history in it, this is the movie for you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOT THAT…

1. Tron: LegacyIMDb, trailer

I definitely went in with too high of expectations.  First off, only some parts of the movie was 3D (what a waste).  Sure, the movie had some well-respected actors like Jeff Bridges and Michael Sheen, but there’s just no saving the cheesy dialogues and horrible plot.  Also, don’t expect to see a lot of fighting scenes if that’s your thing…

2. Eat Pray LoveIMDb, trailer

I think this movie was hyped up a TADDDD too much — was not good at all.  The soundtrack didn’t do much for me either.

5 Films I Can’t Wait To See #3

14 Nov

1. Tron: Legacy (Dec. 17)


2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 (Nov. 19)


3. Tiny Furniture (Nov. 12 limited)


4. White Material (Nov. 19)

 

5. The Dilemma (Jan 14)

Watch This! Not That… #3

2 Nov

WATCH THIS!:

1. The TownIMDb, trailer

Ben Affleck did a great job writing and directing this film.  He plays an experienced thief who falls for someone he kidnaps and releases during one of his heists.  You really want to root for his character who tries to leave what he’s known and done all his life to build a new one with his new-found love.  Mad Men’s John Ham also did a fantastic job playing the FBI agent who always seems be one step behind Affleck’s character, and just can’t seem to quite keep up.  If you like an action-crime thriller with some drama, this is the film for you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Aftershock – IMDb, trailer

This is a film about the 1976 Tangshan Earthquake in China which claimed the lives of  240,000 people.  Chinese director, Feng Xiaogang, known for his successful box office comedies, did a wonderful job capturing the affected lives of the victims. The cinematography was great, but what really made the movie was how the director grabs the viewer and let’s you experience the struggle for survival, sacrifices, and love that the victims had to endure and overcome.  Be sure to have a box of tissue next to you on this one.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Girl Who Played With Fire IMDb, trailer

The second film of the Girl With The Dragon Tattoo trilogy.  Usually sequels can be a hit or miss, but this one’s just as good so definitely watch if you get the chance! You get to learn more about Lizbeth Salander’s past and her relationship with her father.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOT THAT…!

1. PredatorsIMDb, trailer

I’m not even sure why I watched this to tell you the truth…  Well, the scenes in the trailer did make it seem interesting.  There wasn’t much of a plot, dialogue was dry, horrible casting. Enough said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. The HordeIMDb, trailer

This movie was pretty much just an excuse to be able to make something filled with purely blood and gore.  The storyline wasn’t good and the ending was crap… If you like zombie movies, opt for something else like Rec (the REAL Spanish version with subs).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 Films I Can’t Wait To See #2

25 Oct

1. Black Swan (Dec. 1)

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2. True Grit (This Christmas) 3. Made in Dagenham (NY & LA: Nov. 19) 4. The Tempest (Dec. 10)


5. Stone (In Select Theaters: Oct. 8


Watch This! Not That… #2

20 Oct

WATCH THIS!:

1. The Girl with a Dragon TattooIMDb, trailer

The first movie made of Stieg Larsson’s book trilogy. There’s a Hollywood version of this film being made, but we all know how that usually turns out… Don’t ruin it for yourself and watch the original!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. BabiesIMDb, trailer

Super cute movie. No narrative. Just adorable babies in their own different surroundings.  Be sure to catch the ending where they show present photos of each baby!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Jackass 3DIMDb, trailer

Want a movie that requires no thinking?  Here it is!  Super hilarious and they DEFINITELY took advantage of the 3D effect! Absolutely disgusting, I love it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOT THAT…:

1. Splice – IMDb, trailer

Just plain HORRIBLE.  The trailer is very misleading. You think this alien thing is going to escape and complete mayhem will break out. Uh, no… not AT ALL what happens. Don’t waste your time or money on this one.

2. MacGruber – IMDb, trailer

Okay, I know this is suppose to be stupid funny, but this one’s just too much… I say go watch Jackass instead!

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