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The Mark Roehl Certified Netflix Documentary List – Part 2

Here is part two of my favorite documentaries. If you missed part one, you can view it by clicking here.

11. Beer Wars – A great documentary about the stupid laws we have in America around Beer and how anyone who isn’t Coors, Bud or Miller is fighting an uphill battle.

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12. Nerdcore Rising – A crazy documentary about a new form of hiphop called Nerdcore that follows MC Frontalot on his national tour….

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13. Monster Camp – A documentary on Larping. If you can find it, it is absolutely surreal.

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14. Dumbstruck – A documentary that follows the ventriloquism community for their annual Vent Haven convention… If my memory serves correct, this documentary also includes a ventriloquism wedding (of the puppets)…

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15. Chasing Ghosts – Beyond the Arcade – This was similar to King of Kong and focused on the video game culture in the early 1980’s and Twin Galaxies. Definitely worth a watch. If the picture below won’t get you to watch, then I don’t know what to tell you.

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16. Pulling John – I really don’t remember much of this one, but I had it on my list and I know it’s about arm wrestling.

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17. Grizzly Man – The story of a man in Alaska who wanted to live amongst grizzly bears… This won at Sundance.

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18. Who Killed the Electric Car – A documentary about the EV1, the first electric car made by GM and how they did everything in their power to sabotage it. It does a great job showing how dumb the American auto maker was (and still is).

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19. Indie Game: The Movie – A great look at the world of creating independent games and some of the challenges designers face. It’s also interesting to follow up on the games featured and see what happened to them after they were released.

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20. The People vs. George Lucas – A documentary on how George Lucas screwed up Starwars at the expense of making more money.

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21. Food Inc. – A documentary that will make you rethink food.

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22. The Short Game – A documentary about the 7-9 year old world golf championships. It made me angry because every one of those kids would beat me, but overall, a good documentary definitely worth watching.

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23. Frisky Business – This is a British documentary on the largest online sex retailer in the country. I watched the entire series within 24 hours…. It was fascinating. I rated it 5 stars.

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If you have any other great docs I should check out or any comments on any of ones listed above, please drop a note below.

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Life Without Cable – Fall Edition

As I’ve written about before, I’ve given up Cable Television in an effort to save money and also to better use my time. As such, periodically I write about what’s passing my time without cable. Here is the Autumn 2012 list.

Running with Tobey – In the first 6 months of the year, I averaged a little above 22 miles a month. Since I’ve given up cable, I’ve been averaging a little more than 49 miles a month. As part of this, I’ve also lost about 10-15 pounds. The weight loss can’t be traced to running, but it has certainly aided it. Prior to cutting cable, the longest run I had made this year was 4 miles. Recently I’ve run 6.5 with Tobey (new PR for him) and 5.5 with both pups (New PR for Lily). Running with both pups was a major accomplishment because it’s like running without arms.

(Mark and Tobey at the 2012 CHA Dog Jog where we raised over $1200 for homeless animals in Columbus)

Netflix – Let there be no mistake, Netflix is awesome. There are so many crazy and awesome documentaries on there. Some of my newly recommended:

1. Jiro Dreams of Sushi – An amazing story of someone who dedicated their life to their craft. It is amazing to see someone who is passionate about their work and what they can accomplish. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but this lived up to the recommendation from various people (Netflix also thought I would enjoy it).

2. Dumbstruck – This documentary had everything: inspiration, crazy and more crazy! It…. was….. awesome. Whether it was the amazing success of Terry Fator or the former Ms. Mansfield (and future Mrs. Ohio) explaining what ventriloquism meant to her or the crazy chick who had a wedding for two of her puppets. Like a wonderful train-wreck, I could not stop watching.

3. Make Believe – Who knew there were so many teenagers trying to follow their dream and become professional magicians…. also, who knew they were that good (minus the Africans, they were horrible compared to everyone else). This was a great movie that followed 6 of the world’s best young magicians as they tried out for the Teen World Championship.

Ohio State University – I’m taking an intro to Java Programming at The Ohio State University (My alma mater). When I was a bright eyed 18 year old freshman, I had dreams of becoming a CIS major. Unfortunately, that faded fairly quickly in my first programming class (Turbo Pascal (whatever that is)) when I had a socially awkward graduate student as an instructor. He insisted on naming every variable either foo or bar, which confused me beyond belief. I managed to pull a ‘B-‘, but the damage had been done.

Fast forward to now. My employer sent an email that they were offering an Intro to Java course through Ohio State that would be taught onsite. I was in. It’s been a lot harder and more time consuming that I thought it would be, but it validated that I made the right choice in majoring in Business. At this point, I’ve got a passing grade wrapped up, but since it’s an introductory course, I have to pass the final in order to pass the class. The goal is to avenge the ‘B-‘ I received my freshman year and pull down a solid ‘B’. 🙂

Other things taking up my time I didn’t write about, but hope to in the future: Pandora, Whatifsports Hardball Dynasty, OSU football, getting married, Google Nexus 7.

As always, I encourage you to leave a comment with your thoughts and any documentaries or movies I should check out.