During the holidays, we watched a LOT of streaming television and movies on Amazon and Netflix. What can I say? Give us an Internet connection and we’ll find endless ways to entertain ourselves! In all honesty though, one unexpected genre we really got into were documentaries. I think when I was younger, I would shy away from documentaries, assuming they were always preachy or only pertaining to subjects that depressed me (and that I didn’t want to spend my free time on). But really though, there are so many fabulous filmmakers these days who are covering any number of topics — some serious, yes, but sometimes really fun too.
Three that I recently watched include Bill Cunningham New York, Somm, and Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead. Fourth on the list to watch this month: Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s. Check out the trailers for each below, and see what I thought of them too! Take note: you don’t have to have Netflix to watch any of these — all are also available via iTunes!
I was utterly charmed by Bill Cunningham New York. Bill is the celebrated New York Times photographer who is essentially THE original street style photographer. What’s interesting to me is how he is the utter antithesis to the pomp, circumstance, and circus that fashion week has become. He’s a true visionary and totally surprising and inspiring. Watch this one for a dose of zany street style, and to learn more about the history of street fashion photography (and a good shot of New York City history too). It’s a gem.
WHERE TO WATCH: Netflix or iTunes
If you are a wine lover, have ever worked in the business, or have ever even served wine at a restaurant, I think you’ll love this film. Somm follows four guys as they prepare to take the Master Sommelier exam — one of the most difficult tests in the world, with what appears to be (as I’ve calculated it) a 10-15% pass rate every year. These guys learn enough about wine (and tasting it) that they can sniff and taste a wine, then identify it by narrowing down the vintage, varietal, region, and sometimes even producer. It’s incredible — and it makes me want to study and work as hard on anything as they do on this! San Franciscans, you might also get a kick out of local food and wine industry folk making appearances.
WHERE TO WATCH: Netflix or iTunes
Joe suggested we watch Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead after getting that damn juicer and toying with the idea of juice fasting. Whatever your approach to diet and health, you won’t be able to deny how inspiring and moving this movie is (is it awkward that I cried a little at the end?). What starts as one Australian man’s journey to drink only juice for 60 days to “reset” his body becomes so much more, as he meets Americans during the course of his road trip who in turn go on the journey with him. If you’ve been wanting to reset your body in the new year, this film could be the motivation you need!
WHERE TO WATCH: Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and currently free on Hulu
The film Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s is next on my watch list. About a year and a half ago, I was given a copy of the book Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf Goodman, and was really interested to learn about the history of one of the world’s most famous department stores. There’s definitely an element of glamor and eye candy in the film that draws me in — but I’m hoping it also covers a lot of the history. Plus, I’m curious to learn more about how Bergdorf’s gorgeous window displays come together. (But, truthful aside time. Most hmmm inducing in the trailer: the idea that service there is second to none. Frank New Yorker moment? I’ve never really been anything but ignored or treated like a bother at BG, so I’m still waiting on getting the famous Bergdorf’s service. Oh well — it’s still really fun to walk around there!) Has anyone seen this film yet? The reviews aren’t glowing, but I’m still gonna give it a shot!
WHERE TO WATCH: Netflix and iTunes
Let me know if you check any of these documentaries out, and of course, what you think!!