CANIBA

Caniba

True crime is as popular as ever.  Mainstream interest in podcasts like Serial and long-form docs such as Making a Murderer is clear evidence of the public appetite for tales of murder, mayhem, and perhaps even justice. Véréna Paravel and Lucien Castaing-Taylor’s Caniba—the subject of which is notorious Japanese killer …

HOLY HELL

Holy Hell Buddhafield

Holy Hell (2016) is a cult documentary that’s predictable in many ways but surprising in other deep and challenging ways.  After graduating from college, Will Allen wandered into a Los Angeles new age cult called Buddhafield in 1985.  The group was led by Michel Rostand—a well-tanned disciplinarian who rarely wore more than …