I started watching Breaking Bad a few months ago and spent every night watching an episode, or four, for five weeks. When I was done I decided I would hold off on starting any new series to give me time to work on writing my book. Then I got tendonitis (what I thought was carpal tunnel) and had to lay off using my iMac, my iPhone and my iPad – I’m a spoiled brat. It was hard even to hold a book and turn pages. That’s when I decided to watch a documentary. It wasn’t a series, just a one-time thing, so I could watch just one and then walk away when my hands recovered.
Well, that’s what I thought until I was faced with the plethora of awesomeness that people have documented. I think “documentary” is just a nice way of saying reality TV. I’ve watched at least 13 documentaries in the past week and a half. I couldn’t even remember all of them for this post. There are documentaries on everything, and some of that everything is some crazy crap. Here are some that I’ve watched over the past two weeks.
Two 9/11 conspiracy theories: 911: In plane Sight and Loose Change 9/11 – My husband said he would talk to me about anything in the world, even crafts and my blog, but he won’t talk to me about these documentaries. He says they’re ridiculous. Well, okay then.
Extreme Cheapskates – I watched this one because I am one, but I’m not this bad. Dumpster-diving? No. At least not for food. Yes, I’ve taken a piece of furniture or two out of the trash, but come on. That stuff was in good shape. It should have been at Goodwill. But I’ve never taken food out of the trash. I mean, if it was totally wrapped and never touched, I might consider it, but I haven’t seen that yet. Maybe I should start looking.
Colossal Squid – I watched this mostly for my son. He loves sea animals, particular large ones like whales, sharks and giant squid. This documented the first live colossal squid ever found (just a few years ago). It was found by a fishing boat off of New Zealand or Australia – or somewhere down there.
Heckler – I really liked this one. If you’ve ever gotten haters on your blog or in your face, this is a good one to watch. Jamie Kennedy interviews stand-up comedians about being heckled. It brings to the front the fact that there are more opportunities for people to heckle or be critical these days, particularly on the Internet. It made me rethink making fun of people who appear famous or popular – I guess they have feelings too.
That Guy…That Was In That Thing– I really liked this one too. It was about a group of character actors. You’ve seen them all before, but you don’t know their names and you can’t remember where you’ve seen them, but you know you’ve seen them in that one thing somewhere, but you don’t know where.
When Strangers Click – This was about the world of on-line dating. It was pretty interesting. I enjoyed it.
The Queen of Versailles – You want to see some rich people? Check this one out. These time share owner billionaires started building the largest house in America (90,000 square feet!) for their family of 10 and then suddenly the recession happened. The plans for this house had 10 kitchens and 30 bathrooms. Puh-lease. Can we be friends?
Confessions of a Superhero– And if you thought I hadn’t already fallen into the world of trash reality TV documentaries, this is where I really began my downward spiral. This was about want-to-be actors that dress up as superheroes to have their pictures taken with tourists for tips at the Chinese Theatre on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Most of these people were straight-up odd.
I Thing We’re Alone Now – This is a documentary about – you guessed it – Tiffany of mid-1980s fame. But, specifically about two men that are obsessed, like restraining order obsessed, with Tiffany. I can’t believe I spent an hour and a half of my life watching this. But it’s like those potato chips, once you start, you just can’t stop. At least I can’t stop.
I watched at least five other documentaries, but they weren’t really worth mentioning. The following documentaries are in my queue: Mansome, Pink Ribbons, Inc., World’s Most Dangerous Drug, Hitler’s Children, Extreme Drug Smuggling, Fame High, The Other F Word, and An Original DUCKumentary…because I like ducks.
Have you watched any documentaries lately that you would recommend…or strongly not recommend?