Friday, February 21, 2014

what to watch: documentaries

With so much to watch lately {Oscar-nominated movies, the Olympics, college basketball}, it's easy to forget that there are some great films out there. For the past two months, I've been on a documentary-kick and have watched my fair share on Netflix, YouTube, and iTunes. I find that it's a really great way to unwind at night or start off a Saturday morning.

So grab a drink, a snack, and your laptop - I promise that these documentaries will not leave you disappointed!

Documentaries to Watch - Shaun White: Russia Calling || Sprinkles and Style

Shaun White: Russia Calling || We all know the outcome of Shaun White's Sochi Olympics, but this feature that first aired on NBC in January is still worth watching. It gives a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into the sport and tricks he made look so easy and effortless. You learn a bit about Shaun as a person and how hard he actually can be on himself while he's training. It was really very interesting and made me respect him a lot more as an athlete and person. {This isn't really a documentary, just a 45-minute feature.}

Documentaries to Watch - Blackfish || Sprinkles and Style

Blackfish || This documentary has made quite the buzz since it debuted at Sundance - and with good reason. It's an extremely well done film that gives background to the horrific events that have happened at Sea World over the years. It really makes you think twice about the park and the shows they put on there and whether or not they should be keeping these killer whales in captivity. It can get graphic and really sad at times, but I think this is one definitely worth watching.

Documentaries to Watch - The Book of Manning || Sprinkles and Style

The Book of Manning || My dad first introduced me to ESPN's 30 for 30 films and I've been hooked ever since. Though I didn't see it when it first aired, I made sure I saw The Book of Manning at some point. I'm not a fan of Peyton or Eli as players {both have beaten my favorite team, the Patriots, in the post-season}, but this family's story is pretty great and so touching. You learn the history of this football family - from Archie's legacy {their dad} to Cooper's illness {their oldest brother} and, of course, the great college careers of Peyton and Eli. The love in this family is so great and wonderful to see. Warning, it's a bit of tearjerker, but in a good way.

I plan on watching Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's sometime this weekend, though I have heard mixed reviews. Have you seen it? Any thoughts?

And if you have any documentary recommendations, I'd love to hear them!

Have a great weekend!

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