I’m always on the lookout for good movies. Ever since killing my cable (aside from HBO) I have been browsing the Netflix and Prime Instant Video machines. They offer an insane amount of content, especially quality documentaries I never would have found on my own (nor on Reddit for that matter). All of the movies below can be found on Netflix EXCEPT Meru, which is on Amazon Prime Instant Video.
Here’s a list of movies Travis and I have been watching over the last few months:
Meru is a mountain in the Himalayas that’s never been conquered. A handful have tried and none of made it. The reason the mountain has never been conquered is because of the various styles of climbing required. Everything from mountaineering to technical climbing to big wall. Just thinking about their task at hand makes you feel exhausted.
This movie is extremely interesting for the plan and simple fact the mountaineers filmed everything themselves. The extraordinary climb takes the main characters through their preparations, failures, set backs and mental fortitude. Be prepared for an awesome story and some beautifully shot cinematography.
I remember reading about this marathon when I was first starting out in the outdoor industry. I hadn’t thought about it until my fiancee and I were searching for something to watch and it popped up on my recommend Netflix list.
The Barkley is an extremely goofy, incoherent and amazingly bad ass marathon that consists of a 72 hour adventure race with special quirks and rules. Simply trying to participate in the race requires special instructions and even if you do figure it out, you’re not guaranteed to be entered. And that’s just the beginning.
This is an easy watch and also an uplifting story about ordinary people doing some very extraordinary things for the sense of completion and pushing their own limits.
Touching the Void
Whoa, get ready for a crazy story. Touching the Void is easily the craziest true story I think I’ve ever heard. I highly recommend you go into this film watching only with the vague idea that the film is about a couple 20 somethings who go out on their own to conquer a never-ascended mountain in South America.
Unlike Meru, this film is a re-enactment but still does a tremendous job of recalling and depicting what the mountaineers went through on their mission. You’ll finish watching this film and feel like your problems currently are infinitely less than the two main characters’.
Jumbo Wild centers around British Columbia and a spot of land in the mountain near Jumbo Valley. The local, sleepy town is being awoken by a European Ski Resort mogul who wishes put a massive ski resort smack dab in the middle. Naturally, you’re outraged at the mogul and his aspirations to ruin the locals’ cherished land.
However, the documentary does a good job of explaining in depth the concerns of the locals as well as the backstory on the mogul himself. All in all, the film is very well shot and tells a interesting story about the ski resort industry and its impact on small towns.
Now that it’s in HD on Netflix, this is possibly the best way to fall asleep every night. Elegant, beautiful, and stunning, the Planet Earth series is masterfully shot and also great for learning. Planet Earth allows you to see how various creatures interact with the earth as well as the depletion of certain areas of the earth, and is always awesome for a ‘Netflix and Chill’ situation.
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