It’s amazing how one mans personal vendetta against Blockbuster spawned one of the most convenient ways to consume entertainment.After Reed Hastings received $40 in late fees for Apollo 13 he knew the world needed changing. His spite eventually provided the masses with unlimited entertainment for a set fee of $8.00/month. He brought us relics into world where watching 8 consecutive basketball documentaries requires no effort, cost, motion, or pants. Tis a beautiful thing.
I tried to make a list of my favourite documentaries but there were too many. There are supposedly 76 897 sub genres but I’ve managed to narrow my top docs to three categories: random, sports, and business. Click here for Top Sports Documentaries (number one is my all time favourite). And if you’re interested in business documentaries click: Top Business. Here are
Top 5 Random Picks
5.) Room 237 (2012)
A documentary that deconstructs The Shining. Listen, I understand the word “deconstructs” implicates boring but this documentary is fantastic. It makes a convincing case that Stanley Kubrick directed the Moon Landing. Imagine if that were true!? The moon landing solidified America as an unstoppable superpower and made television the primary medium for consuming and creating culture. The theories are all supported visually with scenes of Kubricks movies. One theory I enjoyed suggested how the hotel is a metaphor for consciousness (I think the third floor represented the dream world)? I can’t remember. I’m not doing this justice. Just watch it.
4.) Central Park Five (2012)
This documentary is like Memphis Three except about five young black men wrongly convicted of rape. The film illustrates the height of racial profiling during New York cities crime wave in the 90s. One crime expert (who was black) said when he heard the news about a central park jogger being raped his first thought was “I hope that wasn’t one of us”. That’s how bad and ignorant public perception was, if one black man was a rapist, it was to the detriment of black men everywhere.
3.) Following Sean (2005)
Great documentary showing the passage of time. Shows a 1969 interview with four year old Sean and finds him 30 years later. When we first meet Sean he is a carefree son of two drugged out hippies, running around the streets barefoot discussing how he prefers to eat grass rather than smoke it. Cut to 30 years later and he’s leading a pedestrian life as a maintenance worker with a steady girlfriend. The beauty of this film is in it’s mundanity. Sean wasn’t exactly a triumph through tragedy but concomitantly well adjusted for the progeny of drug addicts. There’s a scene where 34 year old Sean is using a drill at work while talking about how his dad never influenced him. Cut to footage of 4 year old Sean being taught how to use a drill by his dad. Everyone is influenced by their parents, even if they consciously choose not to be.
There’s seven million documentaries about the evils of the fast food industry and very few about this pressing issue: Getting a credit card and racking up debt will RUIN YOUR LIFE. The documentaries most poignant interview is with two mothers whose children killed themselves. There is nothing sadder than watching a parent talk about their kids suicide. One of the sons had over 10 credit cards and $12000 worth of debt before he completed his first year university. The two mothers tried passing a law to make it illegal for credit cards to advertise on college campuses to no avail. You can’t fight Citigroup.
Mini Rant: Did any of us learn anything in careers? I actually showed up to that class so Ill answer it for us: no. I was beyond financially illiterate until I was 22, and even now I’m just getting by. Why not give seventeen year olds a course called “Budgeting”?
But Maxed Out is only inadvertently about the rising cost of living and education, it’s primarily about the ruthlessness of credit card companies. The crux of the documentary is the trappings debt brings. Credit cards are supposed to help alleviate the feelings of financial destitution but in actuality they exacerbate it. If life were that Dragon Tatoo movie credit card companies would be the fat smug pervert ready to ass rape anyone who needs money.
1.)Monica and David (2010)
David: Nothing. Just more Monica
I could barely transcribe that without crying. That’s a lie I’m definitely crying. I can’t even watch Rashida Jones and Paul Rudd pretend to care about each other now that I’ve experienced real life romance. And by real life I mean Netflix.