There are few athletes more controversial than Ted Williams. The Splendid Splinter was a generational lightening rod. He was a two time war hero, an enemy of the press and the fans, philanthropist, and curmudgeon. He was also one of the best hitters ever. He is the perfect subject for a film, but no Ted Williams revue could come close to touching his life. Such is the PBS documentary American Masters: Ted Williams.
Beyond monster slam dunks and iconic Cinderella upsets there are alluring dynamics that make basketball one of the most popular sports in the world. Factors that go far beyond the nostalgia of city playgrounds and Hoosiers cornfields. There are a handful of compelling basketball documentaries on Netflix that explore the growing world of hoops, traveling from Harlem to Canada and India to explore high school, college, the NBA, and even wheelchair basketball.
Director Peter Jackson is best known for his groundbreaking Lord of the Rings movies. His new World War I documentary They Shall Not Grow Old ranks with the trilogy as a stunning cinematic accomplishment. Jackson's studio remastered century-old footage so well, that their film brings the Great War into the next millennium.
Hulu is no longer just a way to catch up on TV shows. The streaming giant has made inroads with their own programming and Hulu Plus. Hulu has experienced highs (The Handmaids Tale) and lows (Hard Sun). The service has also produced a handful of must-watch documentaries. Ranging from Batman to mascots, these original Hulu documentaries cover vastly different topics worth exploring.
No sport creates stories quite like America’s pastime. The type of action on the diamond and the time between pitches give baseball a unique culture that has engaged fans over three different centuries. There are three baseball documentaries on Netflix that explore vastly different facets of the game.