The key here is the mix of tones Spurlock achieves: a blend of boyish gee-whiz fascination and a winking sense of the absurdity of grown-ups devoting their lives to this sort of fantasy and role-playing.
Every movie, like Rocky's whole life, has a million to one shot. So what happens to all the scripts that get finished, make it into the right hands, get announced in the press -- and then wind up on the scrapheap?
It took a full 30 seconds for the cast of Kevin Smith's "Comic Book Men" to make their first penis joke. Immediately, we realized the show would do little to dispel any of the stereotypes associated with comic store owners and staff.
My most cherished responsibility as a bona fide indie filmmaker is to let everyone know the shot is alwaysworth taking. It costs nothing to encourage an artist, and the potential return is immeasurable.