i just started working in full again this past week. in the time leading up to it, i've been "working from home" and watching an insane amount of documentaries (my previous life as a laborer will never allow me to believe that working from home is actual work).
anyway, here are netflix picks...which you've probably already seen:
- everest. beyond the limit. at least the first two seasons. don't bother with the 3rd.
-everest. the wildest dream
-Touching the Void, which i watched twice even though it physically hurt me.
(obviously there's a theme going here)
-180 south. this is an obvious pick at this point because it includes both mountain climbing and Chile. a little eye-rolling, but it's shot really well and you'll be jealous of Jeff Johnson's life.
-Pulling John, about arm wrestling. it's awesome.
-bigger, strong, faster: about PDA's in sports. OUTSTANDING. draws and makes connections between sports, movies, drugs and the american dream. really good.
-**if you go to vice.com, you can find Vice's amazing documentaries. They are the best and they're free and they're quick. the one about Liberia will absolutely destroy your whole world. if you've ever done drugs, the Swansea Love Story is very difficult to watch and the Krokodil Tears is pretty fucking horrifying. i put asterisks in front to indicate that all of vice's doc's are awesome and free. if you've ever been a skateboarder, they got you covered too. the north korea edition of "vice guide to travel" is also pretty mind-blowing. the vodka one is good too. they're all ok. dig in.
-All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace. This is a wild one. Highly recommended. You can find is streaming via some google searching. "topdocumentaryfilms.com" has it if i remember correctly.
Old Stand-bys (both are on netflix i believe):
-Man On Wire. This is my favorite documentary of all time.
-Deep Water. round-the-world sailing doc. this is my second favorite. it's my #1 pick, but only when i'm feeling kind of dark. very applicable to ultrarunning i think.
also, Beer Wars will make you not want to drink InBev stuff (not that you did anyway). King of Kong everyone has already seen, but it's still pretty good. The pinball doc isn't bad. If anything, it's just a nice reminder of when I was a kid.
Eric, if you happen to read this, please add some more that I haven't seen. Thanks!
All of these will somehow be applicable to running. Enjoy.