‘Tis the season to sit on your couch and watch Netflix. That’s pretty much all I’ve been doing the past few weeks and I’m not ashamed to say that what with all the shows and movies I need to catch up on. My list is never-ending so any time I can put toward cutting it down is useful. As I continue to blog regularly, it may seem that I am frivolous with my tastes and go through phases very quickly—this is true and I’ve realized that almost every week I find something new I’m interested in or obsessing over. Even though I just did a ‘What’s On My Screen” post, I’ve already collected a few new things I’ve been watching and listening to. Feel free to share any other’s I should check out as I’m always looking for new suggestions to keep me going through the long work week.
FINDING VIVIAN MAIER
I have been on a bit of a photography kick lately as I’ve tried to maintain consistency with my blog and my pictures. I find that the best way to do this is to gain inspiration from as many sources as you can and, as usual, I turned to Netflix for this. Finding Vivian Maier is a documentary recommended to me from a co-worker and I couldn’t be happier that she told me about it. It follows the story of a man involved storage bidding as he comes upon the hundreds of negatives in boxes belonging to a woman named Vivian Maier. What’s interesting about her is that her work is amazing, but there was no sign that anyone had actually seen it. There were also hundred of undeveloped film rolls, indicating that she hadn’t seen a lot of her pictures either. The documentary continues on a journey to discover who she really was and to showcase her art that desperately deserves an audience.
Still on my photography kick, I also found this documentary on Netflix about street photography and the difficulties that come along with it. A series of famous street photographers are interviewed about their techniques and their stories and we are given an in-depth look at each one’s individual style. There’s something so uncomfortable to me about the idea of taking people’s pictures without them knowing, but that comes with the territory and those who take that risk can get some of the most beautiful photographs. This documentary also discusses the transition from film to digital photography and what that means for the art. Some of them are understanding of the change and others are more reluctant at the idea of taking away the rawness that single shot film photography has.
WOMEN OF THE HOUR WITH LENA DUNHAM
I listened to the first season of this podcast a while ago and loved it, so it was great that Lena Dunham decided to bring it back again. My feminism is titillated with every episode and I am always left in awe after listening to her guests speak. I am also a fan of Lena’s writing so it’s a treat to be able to listen to her read her personal essays based on the episode’s topic. If you are familiar with Lena Dunham then you know what to expect so there isn’t really much I can say to persuade you check out the podcast, but I would highly recommend it, even if you don’t like her all that much, just to hear the stories of the very interesting people she converses with.
THE NIGHT OF
This show feeds into my true crime obsession so much so that I know I’ll be done watching all the episodes soon and it hasn’t even been a week yet. The plot follows a young man who is charged with the murder of a woman who he met randomly one night on the way to a party. My favourite thing about this show is that it really taps into what I think is most people’s fear—being convicted of a crime you didn’t commit. While we don’t know for sure that he didn’t commit it because he himself can’t remember the events of that night, we are inclined to trust him because of the immense opposition he faces due to his race and religion. In a sense, we are experiencing it through two biased viewpoints—those who think he did it because of his race and those that don’t because of that very factor. It’s a very interesting watch and all I want to do is sit on my couch under my fur throw and finish the rest of it in one go.