A couple of months ago, I finally hooked up my AppleTV, and even though it’s not everything I’d wished it to be, it’s still pretty freakin’ cool. And I spent a good part of the Christmas holidays renting and downloading movies and sundry podcasts (NASA has a great series).
Anyway, if you haven’t already seen them, I recommend two documentaries I rented on AppleTV this weekend:
1. Live Forever: The Rise and Fall of Brit Pop. Frequently hilarious and fascinating, it’s an exploration of the ephemeral and huge successes of Brit Pop, beginning roughly around the time of Kurt Cobain’s suicide and and waning with Princess Diana’s death. It also provides some great insight into the musical implications of the end of Thatcherism and the dawn of New Labour.
2. American Teen: Follows the lives of several teenagers from a small town in Indiana as they enter into their senior year of high school. It’s disarmingly honest, and by the end, you find yourself rooting for everyone… and remembering how confusing, fun, and terrifying high school could be. I highly recommend it.