8 Things You Should Watch on Netflix — May 1st

Here’s another addition to my Netflix list series. I try to keep it as random as possible but all of them will naturally have a theme. This one is brain food. What you watch should be counted as a crucial part of your diet, so here’s a bunch of things to make you feel inspired, challenge some part of your thinking and stir whatever feelings they’re in between.

1) The Prestige

Two stage magicians engage in competitive one-upmanship in an attempt to create the ultimate stage illusion.

The story is simple, two magician are competing against each other. But when those two magicians are played by great actors like Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale, and the story is written by a master storyteller like Christopher Nolan, a simple story can turn into magic — no pun intended. What I love about this movie the most is I had no clue what was going to happen next. So if you’re looking for a great story with a mind bending finale, look no further.

2) Requiem for the American Dream

The definitive discourse with Noam Chomsky, on the defining characteristic of our time — the deliberate concentration of wealth and power in the hands of a select few.

I had no idea who Norm Chomsky was before I saw this movie, and if you’re currently in the dark like as I was, there couldn’t be a better introduction to him. The amount of quote gems and historical insight in this film is impossible to put into words, and with the sleek illustrations throughout, the information never feels overwhelming. With all the bullshit that is currently going on with the news and politics, it’s refreshing to hear America’s problems dissected by someone with sense — someone needs to get this film on Trump’s desk.

3) Tony Robbins: I’m Not Your Guru

A feature documentary film about internationally renowned life and business strategist Tony Robbins.

I’m always digging for inspiration and tools to add into the mental box, so I’ve come across my fair share of motivational books, theories, and gurus. The landscape has gotten even more diluted as social media has morphed into a clip and meme animal. But take everything you’ve seen out of your mind. Because It’ll only take you a couple of seconds to realize, none of those Facebook gurus have shit on this guy. If you’re looking to be inspired by a fascinating life story or think all motivators are bullshit, check this out.

4) Zack and Miri Make a Porno

Lifelong platonic friends Zack and Miri look to solve their respective cash-flow problems by making an adult film together. As the cameras roll, however, the duo begin to sense that they may have more feelings for each other than they previously thought.

This Seth Rogan comedy doesn’t get called a classic enough. The cast is hilarious, the story is ridiculous, and the love story that is hidden underneath all the wild antics is heart warming. If the title didn’t give it away, be mindful of who you watch it with, there’s a lot of awkward sex stuff in this movie, so I wouldn’t suggest watching it with a square or anyone you wouldn’t have a raunchy conversation with.

5) Primer

Four friends/fledgling entrepreneurs, knowing that there’s something bigger and more innovative than the different error-checking devices they’ve built, wrestle over their new invention

If all you watch are big budget superhero movies and remakes than this pick will be a little tough to get into, but trust me, this movie is proof that you don’t need a big budget to tell a great story. Without giving too much away, the story is a realistic portrayal of time travel, so it’s a guaranteed favorite by science and story maze lovers, but if you’re not, don’t let that scare you off. Because at the very least with the right group of people it’s an intriguing conversation topic.

6) Better Call Saul

“The trials and tribulations of criminal lawyer, Jimmy McGill, in the time leading up to establishing his strip-mall law office in Albuquerque, New Mexico.”

A story that takes place in the same universe as Breaking Bad is bound to be good, but when they picked Saul Goodman as the character to get a spin-off show, I was skeptical. The beginning is a slow burner, but like it’s Breaking Bad counterpart, it’s an elegant story and constantly puts it’s characters in scenarios that make your mind and heart clash as a viewer. A lot of great characters make a return — the story is a prequel to the Breaking Bad series, so technically they make their debut — so if your a Breaking Bad fan you should check it out for our boy Mike.

7) Minimalism: A documentary on the important things

How might your life be better with less?

It’s no secret; I’m into the zen stuff. If you share the same taste, this documentary is right up your alley. The amount of noise and bullshit that surround our everyday lives can be deafening so taking the time to reflect on what is important is getting more crucial to finding happiness, but how do you go about that exactly? It’s easier said than done, but this short documentary explores two guys journey to figure it out, and they might be on to something.

8) Cosmos

“A documentary series that explores how we discovered the laws of nature and found our coordinates in space and time.”

This show is tailor-made for big screen TVs and dark rooms. Throw in a comfy couch, and you got the perfect combination for a journey out of this world — again no pun intended. The Ol G himself, Neil Degrasse Tyson, is the captain on your trip and will take you all over time and space, dropping knowledge to put this crazy thing called life into perspective. It’ll blow your mind sober, but when your mind is under the influence, it’s a different experience altogether.

Found something you like? Got your own recommendation to add? Seen something already and want to tell me what you thought about it? Don’t hesitate to leave a comment or find me on twitter @wordsofslim

Till next time.