I’m a huge Netflix lover but sometimes I get a grumpy with their system. They’ll show Mr Smaggle a whole different set of shows and movies than me, which makes sense because he searches for and watches different things but I got mighty pissed off when Making a Murderer was shown to him and not me. I’m a true crime fanatic and there is no series better suited to me that Making a Murderer. Where the hell were you on that one Netflix? Idiot.
I’m a big documentary lover but I really need them to be recommended to me. There is nothing more boring than a boring documentary. I have first hand experience with this because Mr Smaggle is a fan of war history. A good war history documentary is one of life’s greatest pleasures. A bad war history documentary is like setting fire to your brain and your spare time simultaneously.
A lot of my time is spent crocheting and sometimes when I’m working on a new project that’s very repetitive, I need something stimulating on while I’m doing it. I like to watch documentaries so at least I’m learning something at the same time. Although I admit, I spent most of last weekend watching the latest season of Degrassi. It was amazing.
These are a few of my all time favourite documentaries. None of these are particularly new but sometimes people miss the release of docos the first time around and it would be a shame to miss these…
This movie is about the school shooting massacre at Columbine in 1999. I was in year 10 when it happened so it always resonated with me quite strongly. If you haven’t seen this, it’s a really important documentary to watch. Michael Moore is a little bit sensationalist but his messages are generally pretty tops. After you’ve watched Bowling For Columbine, read A Mother’s Reckoning written by one of the mother’s of the shooters. It’s important to keep fighting for better gun control laws in the US and to keep raising awareness for mental health in youth and this message is as important today as it was fifteen years ago.
I’m one of those people who straight up judge documentaries by their titles. Mr Smaggle made me watch this and I had a bad attitude because it was about a tight rope walker and it sounded SUPER boring and lame. I was so very wrong. This documentary is short, snappy and totally mesmerising. There’s footage in this documentary that you will watch and wonder why you’ve never seen it before and how it’s not a viral video. It’s a very lovely, easy watch.
This documentary is exactly what it sounds like. It’s about the puppeteer who has brought Sesame Street’s Elmo to life for the last few decades. It’s such a gorgeous look into the life of Bill Baretta and how he ended up where he is today. It’s also narrated by Whoopie Goldberg which is always awesome.
We originally watched this because Mr Smaggle and one of his mates played this ridiculously difficult game called Super Meat Boy until they were rolling around on the floor laughing with utter delirium, having played the same 30 second level about 80 times in a row. When we found out they did a documentary about the makers, we had to watch it. It’s a fascinating doco about the lives of indie game makers and it’s extraordinary to see the amount of work, time and sacrifice that goes into the making of these games.
I literally pearl clutched through out this entire doco. Warning: it’s really sad and will ruin aquariums for you forever. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing because it’s always important to shine a spotlight on our actions but just be warned, you may be quite a changed person after this doco. I know I was.
This is a fascinating look into the internet porn industry and these ‘factories’ where film makers advertise for girls, put them up in these houses with other porn stars and start this process of getting all they can get out of them while they’re young and fresh in the industry. I have a lot of conflicting feelings about porn and sex industries and this did nothing to make it clearer but it’s an interesting piece of a complicated puzzle.
I really enjoyed this doco – it’s about Aaron Shwartz a programming prodigy from America who took his own life at 26 after years of defending his ‘hacktivism’. He’s one of the reasons that many online journal collections are now available for free because he believed it was immoral that scientists were government funded to spend years doing important and often life changing research, only for their work to be locked up behind third party paywalls, accessible only for people who had money. Since his death, many science and medical journal collections with third party paywalls have been court ordered to be realised to the public free of charge and there’s proof of this change having major societal, medical and scientific impacts on the world.