List Friday: The 10 Best Documentaries of 2015

This article was entirely written by me and originally posted on Taste of Cinema, in January 2016. It is the result of the public feedback to the films, and a hint of personal preferences.

After a year full of so many documentaries about compelling topics, it is difficult to compile a list of the ten best documentaries of 2015, but there are certainly a few that stood out. While many of the films were biographical films of well-known personalities, there were also a few that succeeded in bringing forward powerful stories of ordinary people.

The power of documentary film is that of exploring situations and lifestories usually unavailable to the general public, a fact that has popularized documentary film more and more, year after year. What drives us towards documentaries is curiosity, borne from our thirst for knowledge, an immortal trait of humankind. The films on this list did the best job in provoking the viewers’ voyeuristic disposition.

10.Finders Keepers (Bryan Carberry, Clay Tweel)

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This is a highly entertaining film about what appears to be an ordinary American reality TV subject. Shannon Whisnant, amateur entrepreneur as he calls himself, buys a storage locker in which he finds a human foot, hidden in a grill. In his attempt to gain fame over this finding, the authorities intervene and they find the owner of the storage space, and the leg, John Wood.

The film is a tragicomedy exploring the life beyond the absurd debate of who is the proper owner of the foot. The foot becomes an obsession, and the film interestingly documents its importance to the parties involved. John Wood’s family is interviewed, revealing the history of hardships the family has had to face. Continue reading “List Friday: The 10 Best Documentaries of 2015”

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List Friday: podcasts = love

I can’t clearly remember when I discover the wonderful world of podcasts, but it has been a few years, and I can say that I have tried a bunch, before finding my favorite, close to heart list of podcasts.

Some are well-known, discussing historic or society topics, while others – you will discover – are just pure entertainment, for the time in the week when you just want to have a funny, feel-good audio background to your everyday chores.

Of course, podcasts are perfect for travelling, either to work, school, or on longer journeys. I don’t know how I would have survived on my (long) trip to Cambodia without a few episodes that I downloaded for offline listening.

Let me know what do you think of these podcasts and which are your favorites! Also, what app/s do you use for listening to podcasts and when do you enjoy them – in the morning, maybe in the afternoon, relaxing, or before bed?

  • Filler is a UK based podcast, the creative child of Harry Hitchens and Matt Shore. Weekly, they have discussions with bright, innovative, creative people, from YouTube personalities, to filmmakers. This is the podcast to listen if you are in need of a dose of inspiration. The conversations are genuine, overall beautiful and they have succeeded in creating a warmth around the episodes that makes the listener feel part of the conversation!

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List Friday: 8 cool gifts to give the movie buff in your life

Last week I made a list of 10 gifts you can give a book lover for Christmas. Since I am also in love with everything cinematography and this blog is about that topic too, this week I give you a list of cool gifts for that person in your life that can’t stop talking about all things movies. Depending on your budget, you can improvise starting from these ideas.

Hope the list inspires you in your Christmas gift shopping, now let’s get started:

1.Movie Poster

   

2.Movie Journal

 

3.Blu-rays/DVD special editions

   

4.Home Cinema Projector

5.Netflix/Hulu/Mubi subscriptions

      

6.Clapperboard

7.Cinema related books

   

8.Popcorn maker

        

 

Ok, now get to shopping! There are only a few days left until Christmas 🎄

Have a lovely day,

Jo

List Friday: 10 gifts to give the bookworm in your life

Odds are you’re reading this because a: you’re a book lover or b: you’re looking for a gift for a book lover in your life. You’ve come to the right place! I will try to give you some cool ideas so you’ll amaze your friend/sibling/parent/etc… this Christmas season! They are heavily based on what I would love to receive, and trust me, I’m a book lover!

Enough talking, let’s get to that list!

1.Book ends

I do not have book ends, I do love bookends, and I would LOVE to receive bookends. The fact is, most of them are pricey, but if your budget allows it, go for it and buy your reader friend some book ends. They will be appreciated especially if your friend is passionate about having beautifully designed books. It is a great way to display his or hers favorite books!

     


 

2.Literary pillows

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3.Bookstore gift card

   


 

4.Book light


 

5.Audible subscription


 

6.A special edition book

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7.Unique bookmarks

         


 

8.Book set

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9.eReader

   


 

10.Bookish clothing/accessory

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Hope this ideas help you! Just find out what genre and books your friend likes and it will be easy to come up with a good gift. Good luck!

P.S.: Click on the photos – it will take you to the website where you can buy the item.

This is not a sponsored post. I chose everything influenced by my own preferences.

List Friday: 10 films with great atmosphere

It’s Friday, which means that probably you’re relieved the week is over. You can finally stay up late, play that video game you’ve been obsessed with lately, order pizza and/or binge watch that show… you know which one!

So, in honor of Friday and relaxing, enjoy this amazing cinematography gathering of movie stills. (These are some of my favorites, in no particular order.)

This post marks the beginning of a new series on my blog: List Friday. Bookish Stuff Friday was fun, but it’s time to talk about more than just books. Do you agree? But don’t worry, there will be enough bookish stuff featured in the new series too!

Let’s get started with this list:

  1. The Ballad of Narayama (Keisuke Kinoshita, 1958)

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