Monthly Archives: June 2012

Netflix Recommendations (Top 5 Documentaries)

With the summer of no cable television well underway (Yay day 2!!), I thought it would fun to compile a list of some of my favorite documentaries on Netflix.  So, without further delay, here are my top 5 favorites in no particular order.

  1. The King of Kong – In terms of a documentary, this one has everything. It has a villain (Billy Mitchell), someone to root for (Steve Wiebe) and plenty of crazy to go around (Twin Galaxies) in a riveting documentary following the pursuit of the world Donkey Kong record.  Any description of this documentary cannot do justice to how awesome it is!
  2. Food Inc. – A must see documentary for anyone who eats food (most of us). This documentary provides an eye opening look into the processes and practices of how our food gets from the farm to the supermarket to the table. 
  3. Anything by Morgan Spurlock – From Supersize Me to Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden, anything by Morgan Spurlock is tremendously entertaining and well worth your time.Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden

    (Editors Note: Apparently Netflix wants to crap on my point and only had one Morgan Spurlock movie available)
  4. Confessions of a Superhero – I love crazy and this documentary does not disappoint as director Matt Ogens takes a detailed look at some of the individuals who parade around Hollywood Boulevard dressed as superheroes or fictional characters and pose for pictures with tourists.
  5. Spirit of the Marathon – When I was training for my half marathon a few years ago, this documentary was really inspiring showing how marathons affect various individuals.  I think I may end up watching this one again in the future.

The Summer of My Content or Cutting the Cord

This post is about an experiment to cut cable. The main reason I cut cable was money. I make no uncertainties about that. Throughout the past few years, my bill has been steadily climbing. It started out under $100 for cable, internet and one DVR. Throughout the next few years it kept inching up to $102… then $108… then $116.

Usually, I would follow the pattern of getting an increase in my bill then calling Time Warner and mentioning to them that AT&T was in my neighborhood offering discounts. Time Warner would then try to move my bill down slightly above what it was, but close enough where I wouldn’t complain or switch companies.

After the last bill increase, I began to question why I’m exerting so many calories to give my business to Time Warner. Were they offering an exclusive service that I can’t get anywhere else? Shouldn’t they be working to keep me satisfied (perhaps an a la carte option). I’m sick of paying for Women’s Entertainment or Lifetime. Realistically, I watch the following cable channels:

• History (Pawn Stars, American Restoration)
• A&E (Intervention)
• Discovery
• Animal Planet (Whale Wars)
• MLB Network
• Bravo (Whatever the Better Half wants)
• FX (It’s Always Sunny)
• Comedy Central (Southpark)
• AMC (Breaking Bad)

I’m sure there are others that I watch occasionally, but those are the majority of the channels I watch. After evaluating this, I asked myself the following question: Do I get $65 dollars a month or $780 dollars a year of value from those channels? The answer was a resounding ‘no’. I do enjoy watching television and I still would like to keep up with some of the shows I watch so I’m giving Hulu+ a 30 day trial. I hope to have an update on that in July.

While I had cable, I also subscribed to Netflix and so I plan to increase my usage in those services on my Xbox 360 or Roku box. All-in-all, I’m calling this the Summer of My Content. After the first evening of no cable, I’m excited for the future.