Binge Watching

 

Before You Stream…

 

Many of our staff suggested VidAngel when it comes to binging media content! It is a helpful tool that connects with your streaming services and allows you to skip, filter, and mute inappropriate or questionable content on your phones, tablets, and tv. Due to the high number of families now isolated or quarantined, VidAngel is offering their services free for two weeks.

We’d also recommend parents use movie review sites sush as PluggedIn, Common Sense and the parent’s guide within the IMDB app to help you vet which media your family consumes.

Free Solo

The 2019 Oscar winner for best documentary, Free Solo is about one man’s quest to climb El Capitan—a 3,200-foot vertical rock face—without using any ropes or safety equipment of any kind. A single mistake along any inch of the climb would doubtless mean his death. If you’re afraid of heights, this might be the scariest horror movie you’ll ever see—and it’s real. Available on Disney+ and Hulu. (Rated PG-13 for brief strong language.)

Jiro Dreams of Sushi

If restaurant closures have you dreaming of sushi, this documentary will either tide you over or make you long for it even more. The titular Jiro Ono is considered the greatest living sushi chef, and his restaurant was the first sushi establishment in the world to earn three Michelin stars. Available on Netflix.

Fastball

You don’t have to be a baseball fan in order to enjoy this Kevin Costner documentary about the history and science behind big-league pitching. The film compares different pitchers and the various ways that pitch speed has been measured over the decades in order to determine definitively who had the fastest fastball of all time. Available on Amazon Prime and Tubi.

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

A documentary about the late, great Fred Rogers, creator and star of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. It looks at the impact he had on generations of children—and adults—through both his TV show and how he treated people in real life. Available on HBO Now. (Rated PG-13, because not everyone in the film is Mister Rogers, some thematic elements and language.)

Searching for Sugar Man

In South Africa, the 1970s-era music of an American singer-songwriter known only as Rodriguez becomes massively popular, even years after his reported death. Two filmmakers set out to learn more about this man who was more popular than Elvis in their country. Eventually they find out that he’s not dead—and he has no idea that he’s a star. Available on Netflix. (Rated PG-13 brief strong language and some drug references.)

Chicken People

Some people raise show dogs. Others raise show…chickens. These are the Chicken People, and this documentary follows three of them as they prepare for a competition known as the “Westminster of chickens.” Available on Amazon Prime.

The Barkley Marathons: The Race That Eats Its Young

A famous race with a secret application process. A backwoods 100-mile-plus ultramarathon, run both day and night, with more than 10 miles of cumulative elevation climb and no trail to follow. A race so difficult that, in its first 25 years, only 10 people even finished. This is the annual Barkley Marathon. Available on Amazon Prime and Tubi. (Not rated, but likely would be PG-13.)