Super Size Me

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Imagine a nonfiction television series focused on greed, gluttony, sloth, lust, pride, envy and wrath. Well, doesn’t that just describe the whole gamut of reality TV? Yes, but not in a condemnable way that acknowledges these things as the cardinal sins they are. We need someone to take these vices back and put them in their place, and Oscar-nominated documentarian Morgan Spurlock seems to be that person, like a premium cable version of John Doe in Se7en, only without the killing. According to The Hollywood Reporter, he’s got a new show headed to Showtime called Seven Deadly Sins, which he describes as being like Alfred Hitchcock Presents but with true stories. I’d say this joins the new trend this year for major documentary filmmakers hitting the small screen with nonfiction miniseries, but Spurlock has been producing and hosting stuff for TV for years and already currently has the continuing Inside Man on CNN, which kicks off its second season in a few weeks. Seven Deadly Sins will premiere on June 19th and the channel has it scheduled for 11pm, which might indicate this won’t be the most PG-rated program. In a statement, Spurlock said of the show, “You won’t believe it until you see it … and even then, you may not believe it.” Does he mean it’ll be dirty? Gross? Violent? Something too dark for primetime, apparently.

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Infamous big personality/camera hog Morgan Spurlock has made a cottage industry out of the documentary film. He first burst onto the scene with his 2004 feature, Super Size Me, which followed the filmmaker as he existed on food from McDonalds for an entire month. And from the success of that film has come a tidal wave of Spurlock-conceived, reality-based stunt documentary, both on television and in the theaters. He’s hunted for Bin Laden, funded a film entirely on corporate sponsorship, and lived through countless other experiments on his TV project, 30 Days. And in his latest film, Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope, he’s even experimented with keeping himself out of the movie and documenting a story in a more traditional way. But the one thing Spurlock has yet to do is produce a narrative bit of storytelling that he actually sat down and wrote. Yet. In an interview with /Film, the filmmaker let loose some info that indicates this isn’t going to be the case for very much longer. Earlier in the year Spurlock became attached to write and direct a film project that he described as being “very Erin Brockovich-ish,” and, according to the filmmaker, enough work has been done on the film that they’re ready to schedule shooting.

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In the year of our lord, 1996, pop culture commentator and writer extraordinaire Chuck Klosterman ate nothing but McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets for a week. He would later go on to chronicle this feat in an Esquire article about a man who made a name for himself eating McDonald’s for an entire month for the purposes of making a film. That film was Super Size Me, and that man was Morgan Spurlock. In 2010, two idiots from Film School Rejects would prove that history does repeat itself, despite itself.

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Some action movies make you drive a little faster once you leave the theater; some dramas make you re-think your life and donate money to the Red Cross. Which movies make you hungry?

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