America the Beautiful

I found out about this movie from Feed Me.  It looks to be a good documentary on our obsession with “beauty”.  Go here to learn more about the movie.  America the Beautiful  Unfortunately, being a documentary (and one taking on the beauty industry), it’s only got limited showings (and none that I can find in my state).

One thing that really got to me though, is when I went to Netflix to see if it was available to rent (hey, I’m an optimist, and I’ve found some really obscure films on Netflix I never thought I’d find), the films it gave me as being “like” this movie.

Freaky Circus Guy:  Jane Burekdirects this documentary that takes you inside the wondrously strange and fascinating world of circus sideshow performers. Burek’s film follows the eccentric Ken Harck, whose passion is collecting circus posters from the 1920s and ’30s (he has the world’s largest collection). Harck takes his obsession to a new level when he decides to launch a sideshow — complete with sword swallowers and other oddities — on a New Jersey boardwalk.

Bizarre and Strange Things From Around the World:  This mind-blowing collection of clips from the far-flung corners of the globe compiles some of the oddest activities ever captured on film. Death-defying extreme stunts, self-mutilation, voluntary electrocution, insect consumption, cannibalism and pyrotechnic spectacles are just a few of the freakish things you’ll witness in this riveting study of the weird and wild that will satisfy even the most discriminating appetite for the aberrant.

Gay Republicans:  This fascinating documentary scrutinizes a faction of the Republican Party that doesn’t often get face time in the media: the gay members of Log Cabin Republicans (a reference to Abraham Lincoln, the nation’s first Republican president). Faced with President George W. Bush‘s firm opposition to gay marriage in the 2004 presidential election, club members have to decide what’s more important — their politics or their sexual preference.

There were a couple other films, a documentary on the aftermath of the 9/11 attack on the twin towers in New York, another on alternative energy sources.  But really, what does exposing the “beauty” industry have to do with bizarre things in the world or circus people?  For that matter, what does it have to do with gay republicans or alternative energy resources?

I just don’t understand their search criteria for determining what is “like” something else.

Anyway, if you get the chance to see America the Beautiful please do.  And then tell me how it was.

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