Something Light-hearted and transporting
Strictly Ballroom (Available on Netflix)
Love and Friendship (Available on Amazon Prime)
When You Need Someone Else’s Reality - Personal Docs
Jacob (Available on Amazon Prime)
Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father (Available on Amazon Prime)
A film that preceded the true crime craze but if it had premiered on Netflix last year would have been all people would be talking about. A portrait of personal heartbreak and human resilience done in a creative way that weaves together home video style and road trip style footage to make something undeniably cinematic.
Free Solo (Available on Hulu)
The 2018 Academy Award Winner for Best Documentary Feature is likely to be the most thrilling adventure you can take from your couch. The film’s subject, Alex Honnold attempts to become the first person to climb El Capitan and as the title suggests, all without ropes or safety lines. While the climb itself is worthy of a film alone, the film explores the personal complications his determination brings and the filmmaking ethics of documenting something so deadly. While Alex is on the edge of the cliff you’ll be on the edge of your seat.