Confession: I adore a good documentary. I find them endlessly fascinating. In the last few years there have seen some truly amazing documentaries. I have rather eclectic tastes and the “Documentary” genre on Instant Netflix has only made my selection even more random.
With the cold winter weather right now, nothing sounds quite as good as curling up on the couch with a giant blanket and watching a movie. So I thought it might be fun to share my favorite documentaries. Here are my favorites by genre:
1) Devil’s Playground
I have been enthralled with the Amish since I was a child. My grandparents lived near an Amish community and we would always see their buggies. Their cloistered lifestyle is just so curious and interesting. However, everything I ever thought I knew about the Amish was completely obliterated after I watched this documentary.
This film documents the Amish Rite of Passage known as Rumspringa. This is sort of a “get out of jail free” card for Amish teenagers. For a certain period of time, typically a year, they are allowed to live like the “English” and do whatever they want. After this period they must either agree to pledge their life to Amish ways, or leave the community forever. Y’all this documentary will blow your mind. Watch it. Soon.
For Game-lovers or Puzzlers:
Chase is a crossword puzzle fanatic so he loves this peek into the crazy competition that is the New York Times Crossword puzzle. Even though I am not a huge crossword puzzler, I also loved this film. It is funny and interesting.
Foodies/People interested in Nutrition
3) Beer Wars
Chase and I don’t really even drink beer but this is SUCH a good documentary. It really shows you how important it is to support local microbreweries. It made me want to go out and buy beer just to support these people trying to launch something that they are SO passionate about. If you are a beer drinker or simply a beer appreciator (word?), you will love this movie!
4) Supersize Me
I am pretty sure everyone has probably already seen this, but if you haven’t, you must check it out! It details a man who eats nothing but McDonald’s for every single meal. It demonstrates the marketing ploys behind fast food and the horrendous health effects of fast food.
For the Fashionista:
5) The September Issue:
Ok, so Chase actually watched this with me and liked it–so that is saying something. It is a fascinating look at Vogue magazine and what it takes to create an issue. It definitely gave me a heightened sense of appreciation for both the fashion and magazine industries. Also, if you liked The Devil Wears Prada, you will love this movie. Anna Wintour = Meryl Steep.
For the Runners or Fitness Lovers:
6) Ultramarathon Man
Chase actually totally disagrees with my decision to put this one on the list. He did not love this documentary, but I did! It details Dean Karnazes and his quest to run 50 marathons in each state in 50 days. This dude is a machine. If you are having trouble with workout motivation–WATCH THIS MOVIE. Seriously, your 45 minute workout will seem like a piece of cake after watching Dean run 1000s of miles.
7) Spirit of the Marathon
For anyone who runs, races, or wants to, this movie is amazing. It follows several people training for the Chicago Marathon. I loved that it showed all aspects of training–the glorious moments and the agony. I felt like this documentary was incredibly inspiring. Chase is NOT a runner, but he really liked it as well.
Do you like documentaries? Have you seen any of these? Do you have any documentary recommendations?