In high school I had the oh-so-deep realization that artists took pop cultural fluff and turned it into high art. In my case it stemmed from seeing Norman Mailer transform your standard pulp war fiction into The Naked and The Dead, although it should have been obvious to me a lot earlier, say with Shakespeare.
Anyway, it's been done again with The Gronholm Method ("El Metodo"). This movie takes the Apprentice/Survivor concept from pop entertainment to art - an extremely well done depiction of people united in being pit against each other. It was striking to see this movie just shortly after watching "Crash" on DVD - Crash is okay, but this is a lot better. See it if you get the chance.
(For some reason, it also reminds me of a similar film for paranoid sci-fi fans, Cube.)