On Demand: 5 Documentaries You Can Watch This Weekend


Video Games: The Movie

Video Games: The Movie

These are the movies that are newly available online to stream or download before or during their time in theaters.

Back Issues: The Hustler Magazine Story is the definitive documentary on porn magazine Hustler, from its nightclub inception as it adapts to pornography in the 21st century. Director Michael Lee Nirenberg’s father was one of the original art directors in the 1970’s and 1980’s. Back Issues is a complete look at the personalities and features that made this the most offensive magazine of all time. The story is told by its publisher as well as the editors, cartoonists, models, attorneys, art directors and cultural figures for the first time ever.

Ok, so here’s a confession: I’ve never seen The People VS Larry Flynt. I missed it in theaters and I just never got around to watching it. Shame on me! However, not seeing that movie did give me a clean perspective on Back Issues, which relies heavily on imagery and shock value, but does depict a very driven husband and wife team that changed the industry.

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Emergency Exit – Available only on Amazon Instant Video
A major change in the constitution has revolutionized the life of thousands of people in Argentina, the legalization of same sex marriage.

Slowing states are opening up marriage to all, but same sex marriage has been legal in Argentina since 2010. I look forward to seeing the perspective of a different culture.

First Circle is a revealing documentary about Foster Care, family and healing in the Western United States. Shot over five years in Idaho and Oregon, the film follows families struggling to heal, administrators working for change, and the isolation of a western landscape responsible for both the manufacturing of and liberation from meth addiction.

Will it be eye-opening or just depressing? Probably a little bit of both.

Teenage – Teenagers didn’t always exist. They had to be invented. As the cultural landscape around the world was thrown into turmoil during the industrial revolution, and with a chasm erupting between adults and youth, the concept of a new generation took shape. Whether in America, England, or Germany, whether party-crazed Flappers or hip Swing Kids, zealous Nazi Youth or frenzied Sub-Debs, it didn’t matter – this was a new idea of how people come of age. They were all “Teenagers.”

Yet another documentary! This one looks to be more traditional and detail a great period in history.

Video Games: The Movie

From executive producer Zach Braff comes an epic feature length documentary chronicling the meteoric rise of video games from nerd niche to multi-billion dollar industry. Featuring in-depth interviews with the godfathers who started it all, the icons of game design, and the geek gurus who are leading us into the future, VIDEO GAMES: THE MOVIE is a celebration of gaming from Atari to Xbox, and an eye-opening look at what lies ahead.

Available to own the day it hits theaters in the United States and Canada, versions of the film will also be available in many other countries around the world, including the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, France, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, Australia, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and all of Latin America. Subtitling and dubbing will vary country by country.

Review by Jeremy!


About Melissa Hanson

Melissa Hanson aka Dial M For Melissa - Managing Editor / Podcast Producer - Growing up, Melissa’s favorite destination was always the video store and would agonize over whether to watch something new or to rewatch a favorite. Things have not changed. Follow on Twitter @DialMForMelissa

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