Documentaries Worth Watching

by Joan on February 21, 2011

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Hello Readers!

Last week, for the first time since Nancy and I started Just The Right Things, I failed to write anything.  Ironically, when I was thinking about writing something I had a topic in mind.  It was….

Wait for it….

Procrastination.  Yep, I was going to write about procrastination.  I thought I’d share with you my excellent system to keep me “on track” with errands and tasks and WRITING BLOG POSTS.

Apparently, my system sucks.

So this week I thought I’d write about something I’m better at – TV watching.  We watched three fantastic documentaries through our Netflix “Watch Instantly” feature this past week that are worth recommending. (They’re also available on DVD as well.)  If you’ve been looking for something interesting and different, check these out!

The Art of the Steal – Described as “a gripping tale of intrigue and mystery in the art world, this film traces the history of the Barnes collection of Post-Impressionist paintings, which was worth billions and became the subject of a power struggle after the 1951 death of the owner.”  It is truly gripping.  Even if you don’t really like art that much, the political and legal wrangling in the world of the elite in Philadelphia will make your head spin.  It’s such a cool story that Excellent Husband Don and I are thinking about a trip to see the collection – VERY soon (that will make sense if you watch the movie…)

Between the Folds – This film explores the world of modern origami.  Sounds weird, I know, but you will be blown away by what these people can do with a flat piece of paper.  It’s mesmerizing.  And very, very cool.

Just for Kicks – It’s all about sneakers and how they went from comfortable footwear to a high-end fashion accessory, especially in the hip-hop world.  (Two of the Hobbs kidults have a crazy sneaker addiction, and this film made me grateful their collections can still be contained in one room.)

Happy viewing!

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