Winter Binging

We’ve spent an inordinate amount of time inside this Winter.

Usually I just get over it and put on a coat and scarf.
But this year, we’ve experienced the kind of cold that bites at you.


If you’re house bound and bored occasionally, too,
then I have some Netflix recommendations for you…

…in the way of documentaries.

I’m learning lots, folks. I’m learning lots.

With the range of the documentaries listed,
hopefully something will peak your interest.

So grab some hot chocolate
and get ready to think about another point of view.


This is for you if:

You enjoy politics, or more so in this case,
if you want to understand the other side of a Presidential candidate.

I found Mitt to be authentic, witty, laid-back, and very smart.
His family is just wonderful. It’s hard not to like them.

I like that this film focuses more on Mitt as a person
and less on political stances.
We got enough of that throughout the election process
from all of them.

>>> MITT <<<

Release year: 2014


This is for you if:

You want a social justice piece. It’s eye-opening.
The main premise of the film is the constant cycle
of violence and killing.
Relevant Magazine says this about the documentary:

“It isn’t an attempt to make you change your opinion about the death penalty—
it’s an attempt to make you wrestle with the one you have.”


Release year: 2011


This is for you if:

You eat food in the United States.


I am particularly interested in where my food comes from, 
but if you live and eat in the U.S., you really need to watch this.
Find out how the food process really works
and who is benefitting.

Thankfully,  a lot of changes have already happened since this film
came out in 2008, but we still have a long way to go.

>>> FOOD, INC <<<

Release year: 2008


This is for you if:

You want to know what’s going on inside the most
secretive and, possibly, most dangerous country in the world.

With unprecedented access inside, Lisa Ling travels to the country
and what she finds is astonishing.

The people are more oppressed than they even know,
with no access to the outside world.

A social justice piece about the intelligence black hole.


Release year: 2007

*The entire film can be watched on the you tube clip below*


This is for you if:

A. You loved “Free Willy” as a child

B. You’ve ever been to Sea World

C. You have a heart for animals

D. You’re just mesmerized by killer whales

Killer whales are some of the smartest mammals on earth,
and this documentary explores the psychology
behind these beautiful creatures
and their history surrounding parks and trainers.

It’s riveting, and you might need a kleenex, too.


Release year: 2013


This is for you if:

If you enjoy wine, or if you’re just interested in the wine world at all.

Or, if you’re interested by uber dedicated people. 

These are some of the most dedicated, I assure you.

This documentary explores the process
of becoming a 
Master Sommelier.

The exam has one of the
lowest pass rates in the world,
so be warned–it’s no easy feat.

It’s completely intriguing (and baffling)
how, with just a few sniffs,
 these guys can tell you the exact region, county, and year
from which the wine came.


>>> SOMM<<<

Release year: 2012




Now grab some popcorn and enjoy.


I would love to chat about your favorites, by the way.
Leave a comment below, and let’s get some discussion going.
Let me know what you liked, what you didn’t, and what you think
about the different points of view.

Also, have you watched any good documentaries lately that are not listed?

Share them with everyone below! I’d love to watch.


    • sbpcobb
      02/12/2014 / 10:59 am

      It’s eye-opening! I’m amazed how, until that point, a lot of us were just oblivious…

  1. rebekah childers 02/12/2014 / 11:52 am

    ‘a place at the table’ is a very good documentary in the same thread as ‘food, inc.’

    also, the movie, ‘the line.’ it’s not on netflix, but it is available on youtube. it’s about 40 minutes and covers the diverse issue of poverty in america.

    they both make me cry.

    • sbpcobb
      02/12/2014 / 12:00 pm

      I will definitely have to watch both of those. Thanks for the recommendations! I can tell I’m going to need kleenex for these, too.

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