5 Documentaries for Your Weekend

I don’t know about you, but I have a problem when it comes to Netflix and Hulu. I continually add all these wonderful things to watch to my list, but when it’s time to wind down, I watch the same shows I’ve watched 3 million times. Gilmore Girls, Friends, Parks & Rec. It’s a disgusting cycle, and it definitely isn’t helping me any with my mental health and productivity.

Recently, I created a 101 Things in a 1001 Days list (will talk about this more in the future), and one of my things was to watch 5 documentaries. Another thing is to cut out streaming services entirely for a couple of weeks, but uh… I’m going to wait until summer before I do that one. 🙂

Here are 5 great documentaries you should check out on Netflix this weekend:

1. Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold
This documentary was directed by Joan’s nephew, Griffin Dunne. It talks about her triumphs, her struggles, and her incredible career as a writer. If you’re into writing, even a little bit, I would definitely recommend this documentary. I was entranced and immediately bought one of her books after watching it.

2. Haunters: The Art of the Scare
This documentary isn’t for the faint of heart, and if you don’t like horror, there are parts you might not enjoy in this flick. I, however, love horror and haunted houses. Filmmaker Jon Schnitzer takes a look behind-the-scenes of some of the most terrifying haunted houses/mazes/experiences in the United States. It’s a pretty fascinating and creative world and has me considering working at a haunted house this Halloween season.

3. Finding Vivan Meier
This documentary takes a look inside the works and the little-known lifestyle of street photographer, Vivian Maier. Maier worked as a nanny for most of her life, and in the meantime, she took over 150,000 photos. What’s so interesting about that? She never published any of her works and was almost a complete unknown until after her death when some collectors came across her work and published it online. The response has been massive, and now her works are being showcased all over the world. I’m a photographer, and street photography fascinates me. This is a must-watch for anyone interested in photography.

4. Janis: Little Girl Blue
It’s been awhile since I’ve watched this one, but I remember the feeling it created for me. It’s a fantastic compilation of concert footage and interviews spanning Janis Joplin’s musical life in the spotlight.

5. Jim and Andy: The Great Beyond
If you want to just sit there thinking “Whoa, what?” for awhile, this is a great choice for you! This documentary is about the making of the film, “Man on the Moon”, which was a biographical comedy and drama about the entertainer, Andy Kaufman. In this film, Jim Carrey played Kaufman to much critical acclaim. His method acting was so extreme that he literally NEVER broke character when he was on set for this movie or around anyone involved with the movie. Jim became Andy. Through footage and interviews, you get to see this bizarre, but strangely moving transformation. This documentary is high on my list.

Well, that’s all, folks.
Have a great weekend, and please check back if you end up watching any of these! 🙂


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