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DO: watch a documentary

TV gets a bad rap, but just like anything, it can be used both for good and evil. With all of the junk that’s available to us, there’s also comes a lot of intelligent, visually striking, and interesting stuff like documentaries. They are great for educating yourself about something that you might not know a whole lot about, so expand your knowledge and pop in a documentary this weekend. If you need some suggestions, here are a few that I’ve watched lately and highly recommend!

Jiro Dreams of Sushi

Jiro Dreams of Sushi recounts the life of 85 year old Jiro, the most renowned sushi chef in the entire world. He’s an obsessed and dedicated artist who was kicked out of his parent’s home as a young boy, and found his survival building a career in sushi. He now runs a small sushi restaurant in Japan that seats 10 people a night, and must be booked years in advance. Eating at Jiro’s restaurant is an honor thought out to the T. The story recounts his relationship with his sons and other young protégés. Working under Jiro is an intense and brutal training, not meant for those who crack easily under pressure. Above all, this documentary is a visual masterpiece. The food, the scenery, the shots and the camera angles are beyond pleasing to the eye, and definitely worth a watch.

Fresh

Fresh is a new documentary, not too unlike old favorites like Food Inc., that sheds light on the injustices of today’s food industry. It’s a great film to watch to make yourself an informed individual when it comes to what you put into your body. Of course, there have been a lot of advancements in the food industry since older documentaries, and this film not only points out the problems, but it also highlights individuals who have taken the steps to initiate change. The film stresses action and how to fix the issues, empowering individuals and making you recognize that you can, in fact, make a difference.

Frozen Planet

Created by the makers of Planet Earth, Frozen Planet is actually a TV series that airs on the Discovery Channel. As expected from the makers’ past projects, it falls nothing short visually. Striking scenes of the Earth’s Polar Regions and its inhabitants keep you captivated. The regions being the last areas left untouched by human presence, are vast and full of nature’s wonders: frozen forests that grow at glacial speed, river systems that cut through mountains of ice in the most beautiful of colors, and animals realizing survival in one of the world’s most hostile environments. If you like Planet Earth, you’ll fall in love with this one too.

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diane -May 19, 2012, 5:22PM

Another wonderful documentary is “Bill Cunningham” about the New York Times fashion photographer- totally inspiring!

mickey02 -May 20, 2012, 3:08AM

Would ANYONE from corporate care to reply to this and justify these actions?

I’m messaging you to let you know a little secret about Free People and their sister stores. Urban Outfitters has recently stolen a design from an independent designer, did some minimal tweaking and were trying to pass it off as their own. The designer’s lawyer sent a letter to Urban Outfitters demanding they remove the stolen design and it is no longer on their website. If you Google Urban Outfitters stealing designs you will see this is a practice they’ve been doing since the early 2000′s. I have officially boycotted Free People and it’s sister stores because by purchasing these stolen designs I feel partially morally responsible. I wear nothing but Free People…well did. I’ve been a loyal customer since 2009 and it won’t be easy to walk away from the brand that fits my style but I will find alternatives and I already have. If you want the name of the designer you can message me back and I will provide the proof. All I’m asking is that you consider what this is doing to small business owners trying to earn a living and to please pass the word around that this is Urban Outfitters only means of making a profit..by stealing the designs of people who put their hearts and souls into their work. I can’t speak of Free People or Anthropologie doing this same thing but I do know Free People is aware of this practice. So before making that purchase from any of these stores please keep this information in the back of your head and decide if you want to be part of the solution or contribute to the problem. Thank you for taking the time to read this.

-Michelle Kovach

kay -May 20, 2012, 12:53PM

GO Mickey GO! About Time someone addressed the Elephant in the room!!!

me -May 20, 2012, 4:43PM

love this saturday do! I recently watched “Happy”. Great documentary!

Pros and Cons for Freight Brokers -May 21, 2012, 4:46AM

This is very inspiring…..I realized that I have been wasting my Saturdays.

LOL -August 22, 2012, 1:26AM

Sorry Mickey but taking a state charm and putting it on a chain isn’t exactly an ingenious masterpiece that can’t me thought of by anyone else….((rolls eyes)).

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