At the end of the day, neither my husband nor I have the patience for a movie or the stamina for a drama. Sometimes we feel good enough to watch a nice documentary, though, and we’re finding lots of excellent ones on Netflix. Some of our favorites:
Being Elmo: about Kevin Clash, the creator of Elmo, who apparently is Sesame Street these days. Brought tears to my eyes and made me stop profaning my toddler daughter’s idol behind her back.
Helvetica: I don’t have the energy to be a typeface geek, though I genuinly wish I did. This documentary about the font Helvetica made me really love it, and is full of quirky people being quirky and geeky about fonts. I get all warm and squishy inside when I see a nice spread of Helvetica Bold now.
The Pruitt-Igoe Myth: if you’ve never understood the mechanics behind urban decay and the failure of public housing, and how the plight of the urban poor developed in mid-20th century America, watch this documentary. It will lay out the basics for you and make you feel smarter.
ETA, The Thin Blue Line: a classic that I first watched in a film aesthetics class in college. It lays out an at-the-time controversial murder case. The convicted murderer was eventually exonerated and freed, largely due to the popularity of this documentary. Bonus points for having Philip Glass music.
Any more good 'uns?