OPERATION ODESSA

Operation Odessa Miami

There have been many great docs about the Miami underworld, specifically Billy Corben’s Cocaine Cowboys series. Operation Odessa (2018) from Showtime Documentary Films is surely one of the very best of these films. Operation Odessa is a jaw-dropping true-crime documentary that really must be seen to be believed.

NARCO CULTURA

Narco Cultura

Since 2006, the drug war in Mexico has claimed at least ten thousand lives. People across the world are familiar with horror stories of random citizens being murdered by narcos. Many people see those responsible for these violent acts as villains, but some view them as romantic figures. This dichotomy …

THE FINAL MEMBER

The Final Member

The Icelandic Phallological Museum houses the world’s largest collection of mammalian penises. The museum’s founder—Sigurdur “Siggi” Hjartarson—is the subject of the fascinating documentary The Final Member (2012). Siggi Hjartarson’s private collection runs the gamut from microscopic to gargantuan, including penises from whales, dogs, pigs, bears, bulls and hamsters. Siggi believes …

TALES FROM THE ORGAN TRADE

Tales From The Organ Trade

Thousands of people around the world are in desperate need of kidney transplants. Demand for healthy organs, especially kidneys, vastly outstrips supply—some people wait for years before an appropriate donor emerges. As a result, an active international black market for body parts has emerged. Ric Esther Bienstock’s Tales from The …

CROPSEY

Cropsey Andre Reed

Cropsey (2009) is a creepy documentary that explores how fact and fiction intersect in a real-life murder case in Staten Island, New York. Like many kids that grew up in Staten Island, directors Joshua Zeman and Barbara Brancaccio were told the story of Cropsey, a lunatic child-killer that escaped from the …

JODOROWSKY’S DUNE

Jodorowsky's Dune

Alejandro Jodorowsky achieved international status as the premier director of epic psychedelia with films such as El Topo and The Holy Mountain. His follow-up project to The Holy Mountain was to be an adaptation of Frank Herbert’s epic cult sci-fi novel Dune. Jodorowsky assembled an amazing roster of talent to help realize …