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February 28, 2015 / jilleun

Documentary Wednesday, February 2015

We’re at it again! This month we watched four documentaries, again.

  1. Somm (imdb)
  2. TINY: A Story About Living Small (imdb)
  3. Bronies: The Extremely Unexpected Adult Fans of My Little Pony (wiki, imdb)
  4. Manufactured Landscapes (wiki, imdb)

Jilleun-

  1. Somm- I thought this documentary was equal parts interesting/ridiculous. I had no idea such an intense world about wine even existed. It was weird to watch the process of these guys learning and retaining all this information, all the while I was judging them for choosing to just spend their life drinking wine. It was also somewhat unrelatable for us since we aren’t wine drinkers. Overall I feel like I now know a little more about the subject and it was a pretty entertaining documentary. 4/5
  2. Tiny- I have to say I totally understand the appeal of this minimalist lifestyle; But I also love having my space. One major difference I saw with all of the people interviewed was they were all very active outdoors. So the outdoors was basically another living space for them, which is slightly crazy if you live in a place with extreme weather changes. I also wish the documentary showed more tiny houses and how the houses functioned. 3/5
  3. Bronies- This was so so bizarre. I was watching this documentary and yet not really believing what I was seeing. The only thing I can somewhat put together is, most of the boys/guys that were into My Little Pony, were looking for friendship and acceptance which they found in this community. Although towards the end I finally realized what was so odd, they loved the show for the same reason people seek out organized religion. It wasn’t mentioned in the documentary if any of these people were religious or not but I would be really interested in seeing the statistics. I was hoping by the end I would understand, but I still don’t. 2/5
  4. Manufactured Landscapes- So I thought this documentary was lame. I think it’s because this documentary was based from a photographer’s work that already existed, it was made more like a slide show of photos with one third of a story mixed in. I’m not sure what was they were trying to accomplished, I wouldn’t recommend it. 1/5

Kelvin-

We, by accident, watched some super strange documentaries this month.

  1. Somm- The journey that follows a few guys as they try to pass the master Sommelier test. I wondered what they did for jobs the entire time? They spent hours a day looking at flash cards, smelling wine, tasting wine, reading books about wine, all so they could take this test. I have completely different passions, but really? Could there be that much to know about wine? Seems pretty boring to me. It did surprise me that they could smell, swirl, quickly taste a little bit of wine and they could tell you a ton about it, including where the grapes were grown down to smaller-than-county precision. I wonder if anyone can do that with Diet Coke? 3/5 stars
  2. Tiny- Just thinking about living in an ultra small house like this makes me anxious and claustrophobic. I don’t know why someone would willingly live in one of these things! It was interesting, but not mind-changing, to hear some of the reasons why people decided to build/buy a tiny house: to spend more time with their loved ones, to reduce their impact on the earth, to trim down the amount of ‘stuff’ they have. The list went on and on. To me, the reason why we have nice and big houses is to appreciate the things the modern world has given us #firstworldproblems. However, hats off to the people that 1) can actually build something, ’cause that ain’t a thing I can do 2) are able to live in such a small place, especially with one or more other humans. It isn’t the life for me. 3.5/5 stars
  3. Bronies- Summed up in two words: So. Bizarre. I was basically enthralled the entire time, because it’s so far outside my view of life that I was just soaking it all in. There was a lot of talk about the good values that My Little Pony (MLP) teaches, I’m not criticizing that at all. The values that it is purported to teach are honesty, kindness, laughter, generosity, loyalty and… magic. When they were going over these “Elements of Harmony” the first thing I thought of is Boy Scouts. These Elements sound a lot like what they teach you in the Boy Scout Law, which is “A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.” This, to me, means these (seemingly mostly male) kids could be getting these same values from Boy Scouts, instead of a little girls show. Either way, it was interesting but still: So. Bizarre. 3/5 stars
  4. Manufactured Landscapes- I’ve watched many-a-documentary in my day and this is by far the worst one I’ve watched. It didn’t even have a point! It was basically showing landscapes and factories in China set to extremely ominous music. There was nearly zero dialog, which made it even more boring. The one thing I got out of it? China is screwed up in more ways than one. 1/5 stars

Favorites:

  • Jilleun- Somm
  • Kelvin- I guess, TINY. This month was hard, there wasn’t one that I thought was really excellent.
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