Pursuit thirty eight: The Joys of Netflix: Part II

After writing Pursuit four: The Joys of Netflix, I have come up with a new top five list of documentaries and movies. Although each varies in subject matter and personality, I would highly recommend each of these films.

1. The Social Network
The Social Network, a film directed by David Fincher tells the story of the founding of the social networking site, Facebook and the resulting lawsuits. With its debut in 2010, The Social Network has received critical acclaim by numerous critics for its score, screenplay, editing, and overall acting. While the truth behind all the events within the film is debatable, the performances of this ensemble cast had my attention throughout the films entirety.

2. Freakonomics
Freakonomics is a 2010 documentary film based on the book Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner. Being described as six rouge filmmakers exploring the hidden side of everything, this documentary looks inside human behavior by completing case studies surrounding subjects such as the correlation between unwanted pregnancies and the crime rate in cities, discerning cheating within the culture of sumo wrestling, and the socioeconomic patterns of naming children. 

3. The September Issue
The September Issue is a documentary that follows editor-in-chief Anna Wintor and her colleges during the production of the September 2007 issue of American Vogue Magazine. Directed by R.J. Cutler, the film gives viewers insight into the effort that goes into making each individual issue of Vogue Magazine. While viewing this film, I saw many similarities between it and the movie The Devil Wears Prada that features Anne Hathaway and Meryl Streep. Anyone who is interested in fashion, design, or the magazine industry, this is a must see film for you!

4. Vice Guide To Travel: Guide to North Korea
Vice Guide To Travel: North Korea is a film from the documentary series in which correspondents form Vice Magazine are dispatched around the world to visit the most dangerous and "weird" destinations. Having not known much about North Korea prior to this film, I must admit that it enlightened me on political and social issues that have been affecting this country for decades. If you are looking to learn more about North Korea from some entertaining yet oddball Vice correspondents, this film is a winner.

5. Best in Show
With its film debut in 2000, Best in Show is a film that portrays itself as a documentary that follows around the owners and handlers of five show dogs, and their trials and tribulations at the Mayflower Kennel Club Dog Show. Directed by Christopher Guest, this film is sure to bring out a laugh or two. I had already seen this film closer to its release date, however I was in the mood to re-watch it since it has been over ten years since it came out (it was a good decision to watch it again). 

Following my pursuits,


Special thanks to:
Vice Guide To Travel and Vice Magazine: http://www.viceland.com/guidetotravel/
DP: film muse

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