5/1/17

Favorite Documentaries (Updated)

A little over year ago I wrote about my favorite documentaries that I recommended to everyone, and honestly I still highly recommend those to anyone. I don't know why but recently documentaries are some of the only things I watch besides a couple of TV shows I keep up with on Hulu. I guess I feel like even though I am wasting time I at least am learning something along the way instead of just sitting on my bed for three hours and potentially taking a nap.
On Netflix
Abstract: The Art of Design | This will (probably) be the last time I talk about this docuseries, but honestly I talk about it so much because I love it a lot. I just can't get over all the amazing work these artists produce, and my favorite episodes are the ones I don't expect to love like the one on Tinker Hatfield, which I absolutely love and made me more interested in Nike and their industry.

Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things | As a self-proclaimed #maximalist, this documentary made me cringe while as wanting to throw all my stuff out. To me it is absolutely crazy that one of the guys featured can fit everything in one bag. I can barely fit what I take to school in one bag. While it stresses me out because I doubt I could ever live like that, it is still a really interesting documentary.

The Hunting Ground | My Southern Studies professor recommended this to me one day after class, and it's an eye opening documentary. Last summer I read Missoula, and it made me incredibly aware of how sexual assualt is treated on college campuses. The Hunting Ground centers around an advocacy group started by two women who were assaulted at UNC. I don't recommend watching this on a Friday night by yourself, which is what I did, but it is worth watching and learning more about the culture on campuses.

Jesus Camp | I have loved this documentary since I was in elementary school. (Is that weird?) When I found out that it was on Netflix, I watched it immediately. For me the entire concept is just all kind of crazy, but it's one of those things I've never experienced, so watching the documentary allowed me to see inside this world that is so different from my own.

Schooled: The Price of College Sports | I think I might have talked about Schooled before, but I honestly can't remember. I know this isn't the best thing to say, but I have always thought the NCAA is pretty corrupt, and I have a lot of opinions about this but that would take too long. I think this is a really great documentary that gets you started in understanding all the craziness that is the NCAA. I don't really know what the solution should be, but Schooled definitely presents the problem.

On Hulu
OJ: Made in America | This is one of the greatest things ESPN has ever done. I've always been weirdly into the OJ Simpson trial, but I think it's one of the most telling trials in American history. There's a lot to be said about how we treat athletes and then also race relations in the 80s and 90s. The documentary is split up into 5 parts with each part being an hour, so it's defintely a time commitment, but 100% worth it. After watching this, I highly recommend watching The People v. OJ Simpson, the FX series. Again really good and interesting.

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week | I'll give y'all what my dad thought about this documentary. It's a different look at the Beatles because it only focuses on the touring years rather than the entire band's history. When you see the amount of touring the Beatles did, you realize and understand the stress and exhaustion that ultimately contributed to them breaking up. What's really great about the film is all the archival footage, and I think even my dad, a man who knows everything about the Beatles, hadn't see all of the footage.

The Business of Amateurs | This documentary was not really what I was expecting when I went into it. I expected it to be more like Schooled, and while it still focused on how the NCAA capitalizes on athletes, it's more geared to the injuries of athletes and how that affects their futures and careers after they are done with college sports. I am a big believer that college athletes are not treated fairly and that the NCAA and universities take advantage of these athletes and their marketability.

xx, jKm

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