Rambling Recommendations

by Ginger on November 13, 2015

in Random

Eh, I had fun doing recommendations last Friday, so I thought I’d do it again. I’m gonna focus on one specific category today: documentaries! (Wait come back, I promise they’re interesting!)

I’ve been on a big documentary kick lately, so Netflix and Amazon keep recommending MORE documentaries to me. It’s an awesome cycle. Anyway, here are some of the ones I’ve enjoyed a lot lately. (The links are to either Amazon or Netflix, wherever I watched them, though I would assume you could probably find them at other places as well).

Sriracha. This one is pretty short, about half an hour, and is basically a love letter to Sriracha wrapped around a bit of history about where it came from. I found it to be the perfect length, while still offering quite a few “I didn’t know that!” moments.

Candy Man: The David Klein Story. I started watching this because I’m a huge fan of Jelly Belly jellybeans & I was interested in the man who came up with one of the best candies out there. The story of David Klein, though, ended up being a much sadder one than I was expecting. It’s colored the way I think of Jelly Belly a little bit, to be honest, but it was still a fascinating story that I knew NOTHING about. (I still love Jelly Bellys too, don’t get me wrong).

American Experience: The Poisoner’s Handbook. This was FASCINATING. It’s a combination of true crime, history, and a bit of science, as it discusses cases in the 1920’s (mostly) in New York that led to the beginnings of forensic science being used to solve crimes, along with the two men who really were at the forefront of those efforts. Truly fascinating.

Ken Burns: Prohibition. If you haven’t seen this documentary before, it’s a really interesting look at the time leading up to, during, and through the end of Prohibition in America. There are some REALLY interesting parallels to modern politics too, and the idea of policing morality through political actions, and the unintended consequences that can arise. Anyway, Ken Burns does a great documentary, and this is no exception (but if you like to drink, be prepared to crave your drink of choice–there’s some truly lovely photography & slow mo capture of gorgeous drinks.

Nature: Animal Misfits. Nature is weird. There are some weird animals. It’s interesting to learn about them. The end.

Fame High & First Position. I’m putting these two together because they’re both about talented performing kids and their endeavors to move forward with their talents. I probably preferred First Position over Fame High, only because some of the stuff in Fame High is more about typical high school kid social interaction stuff, but they were both pretty interesting, if you’re into that kind of thing.

Ok, those are my recommendations for this week. I’m still on a big documentary kick though, so if you’ve got any you love, share in the comments!

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