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MV5BMTQ0Nzk4NzU2N15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMjQ2MzA2OQ@@._V1_SY317_CR1,0,214,317_AL_Hey Bartender (2013)

From IMDB: Two bartenders try to achieve their dreams through bartending. An injured Marine turns his goals to becoming a principal bartender at the best cocktail bar in the world. A young man leaves his white-collar job to buy the corner bar in his hometown years later he struggles to keep afloat. The bar is three deep and the bartenders are in the weeds at the greatest cocktail party since before Prohibition. Hey Bartender is the story of the rebirth of the bartender and the comeback of the cocktail. Featuring the world’s most renowned bartenders and access to the most exclusive bars in New York with commentary from Graydon Carter, Danny Meyer and Amy Sacco.

My thoughts: Fun. I enjoyed this one. It was great to see a little bit behind the scenes of these kind of rockstars bars as compared to your typical corner pub. A little pretentious at times, but still a fun watch.

MV5BMjA5NDg0MDQ0OF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwODU1MzA1MDE@._V1_SX640_SY720_I Am Divine (2013)

From DivineMovie.com: I AM DIVINE is a definitive biographical portrait of Harris Glenn Milstead, a.k.a. Divine, and honors him in just the way he always craved — as a serious artist and immortal star. Divine’s entire story is told, from his early days as a misfit youth in Baltimore through his rise to infamy as a cult superstar. Like the characters he portrayed in numerous films, Divine was the ultimate outsider.
He transformed himself from a bullied schoolyard fat kid to a larger-than-life personality and underdog royalty as his alter-ego Divine. Divine stood up for millions of gay men and women, female impersonators, punk rockers, the ample figured, and countless other socially ostracized people. With a completely committed in-your-face style, he blurred the line between performer and personality and revolutionized pop culture.

My thoughts: A great film. If you are in any small bit a fan of Divine, I suggest watching it.

MV5BMTcyODM2ODEzOF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMTczODIxOQ@@._V1_SY317_CR2,0,214,317_AL_The Jeffrey Dahmer Files (2012)

From IMBD: An experimental documentary film that uses archival footage, interviews, and fictionalized scenarios to tell the story of the people around Jeffrey Dahmer during the summer of his arrest in 1991.

My thoughts: From what I’ve seen online, this was rated pretty run-of-the-mill. I really enjoyed it, however. It shows news footage from the arrest/discovery/trial mixed with interviews of those involved with the events (from detectives to the others living in the apartment building). All of this is juxtaposed with reenactments of the events leading up to Dahmer’s arrest. I found it quite interested that this film didn’t show or talk about any interactions with his many victims; it was strictly concentrated on the arrest and aftermath.

Tiny-a-story-about-living-small-poster.jpg.662x0_q100_crop-scaleTiny: A Story About Living Small (2013)

From IMDB: What is home? And how do we find it? TINY follows one couple’s attempt to build a Tiny House from scratch with no building experience, and profiles other families who have downsized their lives into houses smaller than the average parking space. Through homes stripped down to their essentials, the film raises questions about sustainability, good design, and the changing American Dream.

My thoughts: I’ve always been fascinated by tiny houses. I enjoyed this a fair bit, but it does talk a lot about finding a sense of place. If you’ve never lacked a sense of place, you might find it a bit annoying and stereotypically millennial.

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