We live in difficult times, and sometimes a pick-up is just the thing we need while we’re forced to spend all our time indoors. Films are often the best way to to, and documentaries in particular are a great way to pass the time. While often seen as a more serious genre of film, documentaries can also offer feel-good content to lift your spirits and change your outlook on life.
Won’t You Be My Neighbor
Few people do we associate with childhood as much as Mr. Rogers. This documentary showcases his life’s work: creating enriching television programming for children. The film features animated segments that feel a bit out of place, but the piece is otherwise a fantastically assembled love letter to television, and to one great man behind its growth.
Catwalk: Tales From The Cat Show Circuit
This documentary dives into the world of the cat show circuit: events dedicated to showing off beautiful and well-groomed purebred cats. It’s a strange phenomenon, but the film takes on its subject matter with a lighthearted, fun approach.
Comedian Gilda Radner is a widely-overlooked artist whose comedic work influenced a generation of comedians to come after her. In the world of female comedians, Gilda Radner was a trailblazer. The film features many comedians who looked up to Radner’s work, including Melissa McCarthy, Bill Hader, and Amy Poehler. Love, Gilda is currently available for streaming on Hulu.
Bathtubs Over Broadway
Bathtubs Over Broadway is another documentary with a quirky premise that could easily be mocked, but is instead portrayed in a way that feels genuine and uplifting. Former Letterman Show writer Steve Young tracks down the wonderful and weird history of Industrial Musicals: created for cooperate audiences to promote the sale of products.
Horror Noire: A History Of Black Horror
This film takes a look into the often-forgotten history of black horror films: a genre that often feels schlocky and B-rated in terms of quality and production. Still, they can be fun on their own merit, and have influenced many a serious screenwriter. You’ll finish the film with a new outlook on the genre.
The Botany Of Desire
The Botany of Desire is a film about four plants which have affected human development beyond any others. The film is beautifully shot and surprisingly engaging. It can currently be streamed on Amazon Prime, and is narrated by Michael Pollen: author of Omnivore’s Dilemma.
Which films would you add to our list, and why?