We live, we are alive – so is our planet. So, naturally – pun intended – there will be hope and fear. There will be technology, because, duh – we are all somewhat enslaved to it. And if that ain’t it for you, there will also be chills and thrills, because it is October, after all! So, without further ado, here ya go:
Tiny World (Apple TV)
Apple is stepping its original content game up with a mix of TV Originals, Movies and Documentaries so it should come as no surprise that one of the best documentaries of the 2020 comes from the guys that gave us iPhones. Narrated by everyone’s favourite goofball, Paul Rudd (‘Ant-Man’, ‘The 40-Year-Old Virgin’, ‘Clueless’, ‘Anchorman’), the series is just a fascinating look at the tiniest creatures on Earth, following them through their daily struggles.
Kiss the Ground (Netflix)
Environmental documentaries are important, even if those are not for everyone, but get this – what if there was one that actually worked for the ones that are super-duper concerned about our planet as well as those who do not feel good about watching the docs foretelling all that ‘inevitable’ doom-and-gloom? Enters ‘Kiss the Ground’, Netflix’s refreshing and hopeful look at a solution that has, in fact, proven to be a saving grace for this wonderful planet of ours. With the voiceover from Woody Harrelson himself (‘Zombieland’, ‘No Country for Old Men’, ‘True Detective’), it dives into the importance of soil for the life on Earth and ways in which we can repair it so the impeding annihilation gets rescheduled… for TBD.
The Social Dilemma (Netflix)
You’re probably sitting here and reading this article, because maybe Twitter, Instagram popped up with #FlipYourWig and directed you here. Maybe it was Google or even YouTube? Well, either way, you’re here because the internet sent you to us or social media did. Possibly, you are reading this on your phone – so get this, what if smartphones and social media have an impact on our brains and behaviours? If you ever wondered that – or you’re wondering now that we’ve asked – then ‘The Social Dilemma’ is 100% for you. Jeff Orlowski’s documentary is a one big caveat – a warning sent out to all of us that, through interviews with tech professionals and other experts, as well as a good old dramatisation, explores modern technology and its grasp over all of us.
David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet (Netflix)
On the top end of the ‘doom and gloom’ spectrum for those who, actually, need brighter red lights and larger STOP signs is the newest film from the voice of several generations – Sir David Attenborough, the only man on Earth that gets to lecture us, because he has earned it and his love for our planet, wisdom relating to it and experience in field make him perhaps one of the last bastions of hope for humanity. This series looks at his career, the devastation that places like Chernobyl suffered – and where, perhaps, we are all headed – as well as the growing population and carbon levels, deforestation, and general decline in our wilderness. It is most heartbreaking, and yet, extremely eye-opening films of this year and it is our duty to Mother Nature that should compel us to watch it and learn.
Cursed Movies (Shudder)
So Halloween is around the corner and you might be wondering, what can I watch in this month of horrors? Well, we will help you with that in our more extensive Halloween feature, but in the meantime, why not jump onto a documentary that looks into… well, horrors—Horrors on set! More specifically, this limited series from Shudder goes deep into the stories from Hollywood’s most “cursed” productions. A lot of us have seen ‘The Exorcist’, ‘The Crow’ or ‘The Poltergeist’, most of us heard of it, but not all of us really know. Does it matter? No, it doesn’t – this series is captivating, pulling you into the world of rumours circulating about this unlucky set and attempting to debunk the assumption that there has been a play by the powers from the dark beyond. Series features interviews with people working on those productions and it is often intercut with “dark magic and ritual practitioners” so if you’re a horror fan and this isn’t on your list, then we don’t know what you’re even doing with your hobby!
Feels Good Man
‘Feels Good Man’ is an enthralling documentary that studies the origin of Pepe the Frog – one of the most infamous memes on the internet that was eventually adopted by the alt-right and white supremacists on the internet. The documentary is an affectionate look at the work behind the drawing that was created by the eloquent artist, Matt Furie, who created Pepe for laughter and joy but could not have controlled what the Internet of Things had done to a cartoon that lived long enough to see itself become the villain. Want to learn more about what Intellectual Property means? Want to see what happens to things touched by hate? This is a warning about the dangers of the worldwide web and how memes can easily be manipulated into something that they were never meant to become.