What to Watch 11.3.16

What’s the cable guy doing telling you what’s on Netflix? I get it, it sounds weird I know. The truth is, and I will admit it without any trepidation, Netflix has the best content when it comes to documentaries and educational films. Most, ok some, of the content did originate in cable-land but after it’s aired once, twice or however many times the network decides, it goes into the ether and either sits there or goes over to a content provider such as Netflix.

Anyway… I hope to post more of these as new films and shows air, so check back from time to time.

Right now, as of the beginning of October, there is some great stuff on. You’ve got the stuff that’s been on there a bit like Forks Overs Knives and Vegucated. There’s also Food Inc and the Katie Couric narrated film Fed Up. Some, like Cowspiracy and Plantpure Nation, have been on for a few months but are relatively new. All of the latter should be watched, they are super important.

You’ve got some others though that I don’t see mentioned everywhere and I wanted to give them a moment. For instance, Plastic Paradise should be watched with as much of a sense of urgency as all the other films I just mentioned. I know that you know plastic is bad, but this film exposes the true scope of just how horrendous this shit is for the planet, and where it all goes. From the site:

Thousands of miles away from civilization, Midway Atoll is in one of the most remote places on earth. And yet its become ground zero for The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, syphoning plastics from three distant continents. In this independent documentary film, journalist/filmmaker Angela Sun travels on a personal journey of discovery to uncover this mysterious phenomenon. Along the way she meets scientists, researchers, influencers, and volunteers who shed light on the effects of our rabid plastic consumption and learns the problem is more insidious than we could have ever imagined.

It’s dark and gloomy, but it’s a hard reality everyone should see. Just like More Than Honey. The title, like Plastic Paradise, is self explanatory. It’s about bees and hows they are disappearing/ dying off. You and I know what happens when the bees die but maybe your friend doesn’t and they are interested in seeing the film; make a date and watch it with them.

What truly prompted me to put this post together though is the fact they finally released all of the episodes of Truth And Power on Netflix. Truth And Power is a series of shows that focuses on some sort of activism or cause. You’ve got an episode on Black Lives Matter (important), Corporate Prisons (yes, important) and the fifth episode titled “Activists or Terrorists?” This episode follows activists Will Potter, Ryan Shapiro and others into vegan activism and how the government, and other agencies, view them. How is it someone who leaflets about veganism can be lumped in as a domestic terrorist? Yeah, I had the same question.

This episode did air on Pivot, a cable station, but it seems to no longer be viable. I am going to have to dig a bit more to see what happened. Regardless, it’s really worth the effort and it’s only a 20 minute episode, so you really have no excuse as it can be watched in no time. The other episodes in the series are great too.

Ok, so while those are inspiring and eye-opening, they are dismal as all hell. So here’s a flick that’ll lighten it up.

Watch “The Barkley Marathons.” Trust me, do it!

You are welcome, it’s hysterical!

 

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