Things To Watch #4

Ahh I know I've taken a few days off my blog because life got in the way but I'm back and I want to introduce to you the new and improved 'Things To Watch'. 
This will be a much more regular section on my blog now and I really hope you like it.
I've watched 'so' many amazing things lately and I honestly can't wait to share them with you...So on to the reviews...

1.  GIVEN
Given is a documentary that follows the Goodwin family for around 6 months as they travel all over the world.  The film is narrated by Given, the most adorable little boy who I think is around 4 or 5 in the film (I can't exactly remember if we are told his age?).  We see his family, this trip and the world through his eyes.  You get to experience birth, death, adventure, fear and everything in between though his view and its honestly one of the most inspiring things I have watched in a really, really long time.

Given's mum and dad are both surfers and the whole family live in Kauai.  Aamion, Given's dad, decides to take the family on this journey as its the same one his dad took him on, to learn, see and feel the world for themselves.  They travel across 15 countries and to a backdrop of the most beautiful musical sounds and some of the most stunning visuals I have seen.  Apart from the music, Givens narration is mostly the only talking in the film apart from snippets from his mom and dad. 

There is a calmness to this movie that just sweeps over you as you watch it, something about the breath taking cinematography and Givens honesty about the world and what he is seeing, really makes this such a special watch.

I think the Goodwins way of life is phenomenal.  I find it so inspiring and just love how they live their life in the most natural state as possible.

This isn't a kids film but I really do think that it would be a great one to let your kids watch if they are inquisitive about the world.  The way that Given explains all the aspects of life that he has been taught from his Mum and Dad would be so helpful to a lot of kids trying to understand the world a little better I think.

The director Jess Bianchi has made such a beauty of a film that I can not wait to watch whatever he  makes next.

If your looking for a slow and peaceful film to help you fall in love with this wonderful world we live in a little bit more, then please take a watch of this.
You can read more about the family and the movie HERE or watch it on Netflix.

2.  WHAT THE HEALTH
I first saw this film on Leanne's amazing blog and as soon as it hit Netflix I had to watch it straight away. 
The film is a documentary about the food, pharmaceutical and health industry.  The film follows  Kip Andersen learning about what really is in our food and what goes on behind the scenes to encourage us to be eating certain things.

To say this film is a hard watch is an understatement.  I have watched so many documentaries on this subject and similar things, some have been amazing and so insightful and some not so much but this one was really amazing.

I  am already a plant based eater, I don't eat meat or dairy.  I have over years done a lot of research and decided to eat this way for health reasons and because I believe its the best way for me. 
So because I've read and watched so much about this subject there wasn't so much new information for me in it but there was something about the way the information was told that shook me up.

Everything was said and explained in a very easy to understand, matter of fact way and I think that's what got me, it seemed so urgent and dramatic of a problem that we are all facing and I think this film just brought it home to me that its not good enough anymore that we settle for being treated like this.

I felt so utterly exhausted after watching this and just so upset at how so many people treat our health like business in this world.  I think this film should be a must watch for everyone and anyone.
You can watch it on Netflix now.

3.  INNSAEI
This documentary is all about the power of intuition, basically your gut feeling.  This is a subject I've wanted to write about on here for years and I've still never done it but I promise I will soon.  If there is one thing that I believe in stronger than anything in the world it's my gut feeling.  Over the years I have learned so much about it and have had so many instances that my 'gut' has got me through, so when I saw this film I knew I had to watch it.

I loved every second of watching Hrund Gunnsteinsdottir and Kristín Ólafsdóttir go on their journey to learning about intuition.  They speak with some of the most inspiring people in the world who are leaders in this sector, scientists, doctors and just really darn wise people.

The film takes you around the world to view different thoughts on the subject and it all has such a powerful message.

Taking time to slow down and connect with yourself and be in tune to who you are and what you think is just such an important message that I think can sometimes get lost on us all and I felt watching this film gave me the reminder that I was needing.

“Innsæi in Iceland has multiple meanings. It can mean “the sea within” which is the borderless nature of our inner world, a constantly moving world of vision, feelings and imagination beyond words. It can mean “to see within” which means to know yourself, and to know yourself well enough to be able to put yourself in other people’s shoes. And it can mean “to see from the inside out” which is to have a strong inner compass to navigate your way in our ever-changing world."

You can watch the film on Netflix now.

4.  ATYPICAL
This is a new original series from Netflix that was released just the other week.  The weekend it came out I wasn't feeling great with a cold and I binged every episode.  Each episode is just over 30 minutes and there are 8 of them in total.

I absolutely loved this show, completely and utterly loved it! 

Atypical is about Sam, an 18 year old boy who is on the autism spectrum.  The show follows Sam and his family as they live their day to day lives while trying to help him navigate the world.  The majority of the show focuses on Sam and his quest to start dating.

  I've never had any large amount of first hand experience with anyone on the autistic spectrum so from that side of things I don't know how well the show captured real life for people who are living their life with autism or being around anyone who is autistic but I can say that I think the whole subject matter was portrayed in the most respectful of ways.

This show has so much heart to it, that's what hit me the most watching it.  There was something so genuine about the story and the way that the show was written, I was invested in the characters almost immediately and I felt like I just needed to know what was going to happen next, which for me is a rare thing to happen when watching a half hour show.

The other thing that I think is worth is worth mentioning is that the show  is super hard to put in to a box which I loved, its a mix of so many genres.  It's really funny but its not a comedy and its got real drama but I wouldn't say it was a 'drama'.  I think there are elements of old teen shows in it too and a definite quirky feel running through the whole thing.  If anything it really reminds me of those shows from the 90's. You know the ones, the hour long 'dramas' that had a bit of everything in them,  they had heart to them, real standout characters and people who you just wanted to root for and for me Atypical has all that in abundance.

Also shoutout to the actor Keir Gilchrist , who plays Sam.  He honestly is so freaking amazing and makes the show what it is.
You can watch the whole series on Netflix now.

I really hope you liked my little roundup and found something new to watch from it.  Let me know what you have all been watching and loving too....

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