I’ve always enjoyed watching Documentaries, and ever since getting Netflix, I have binged out on some great ones. So I decided to talk about five of my favourites below.
I Know That Voice (2013)
Ever watched an animated movie or series and wonder how the voice actors do their job? Its something that I’ve always wondered about. Or how one person can do multiple voices across a variety of shows (or, in the case of many of The Simpsons voice actors, multiple characters in the one series). This insightful documentary shows the behind-the-scenes lives of many well known voices, including the likes of John DiMaggio (Bender – Futurama, Jake the Dog – Adventure Time), Tom Kenny (Spongebob/Gary – Spongebob Squarepants, Ice King/Gunter – Adventure Time, Dog – CatDog, Heffer – Rocko’s Modern Life) and Tara Strong (Timmy Turner – The Fairly Odd Parents, Ben Tennyson – Ben 10, Dil Pickles – Rugrats, Bubbles – The Powderpuff Girls).
This is a fascinating look at the world of voice acting, and how these actors perform their craft. It is available on Netflix in the USA and Canada, as well as iTunes.
If you haven’t heard of the term ‘catfishing’ before (firstly, where have you been hiding?) this is the documentary that started it all. After receiving a painting of one of his photos from an 8 year old girl, New York photographer Yaniv (Nev) Schulman begins a budding friendship (and later, romance) with the girls older sister. A series of red flags sets Nev and his filmmaker friends (including his brother Ariel (Rel) Schulman and friend Henry Joost, whom both directed Paranormal Activities 3 & 4) off on a journey to discover the truth. What they uncover has to bee seen to be believed. If you haven’t seen this film, do it. Its a frightening look at the world of Facebook, and how easy it is to be caught in a trap.
Catfish is available on Netflix in the UK and Ireland, as well as on iTunes.
A Lego Brickumentary (2014)
If you have kids, chances are you have some form of Lego in your house. This brilliant documentary looks at every aspect of the company, from its beginnings, to how its being used to help children with Autism and other learning difficulties. If you are a Star Wars fan also, you might remember the Giant Lego X-Wing that was set up in Times Square in 2013. This documentary also covers the design, construction, transportation, and unveiling of that very model. As well as all this, it covers of how lego is changing the way people design everything from cities to houses. You can watch the trailer for the film here.
Currently, A Lego Brickumentary is only available on the US iTunes store; but it has been on Netflix in the past, so be sure to keep a look out for it there in the future.
The Pixar Story (2007)
Pixar are giants in the animated film industry. This documentary looks at the company from its beginning to its involvement with Disney and its string of hit films. Although this film is nearly 10 years old, it is still a fascinating look at how a group of technicians from Apple and Lucasfilm changed the way people think about animated film. The documentary also shows how each Pixar film goes from conception to development, and finally, general release.
Currently, The Pixar Story is only available on French and Belgian Netflix, but it is available on iTunes.
This is an interesting documentary that shows the dangerous side to online relationships. A sordid love triangle that takes place online between two men and the ‘talhotblond’, who lures the unsuspecting men into her web of lies, deceit, and ultimately, murder. A shocking true story that will make you think twice about who you strike up a conversation with online.
Talhotblond is available on Netflix in the UK & Ireland currently. *This documentary is not to be confused with a 2012 lifetime tele-movie of the same name, which is a dramatic re-telling of the story, directed by Courtney Cox*
So there you have it, 5 of my favourite Documentaries. I hope that you watch some of these over the weekend, and I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below or feel free to follow me on twitter. Also, what are your favourite documentaries? Again, leave me a note in the comments below.
Have a great weekend