The Road Movie

Many cars in Russia are equipped with dash cams. There are various reasons for the proliferation of the cams, including pure voyeurism, evidence in case of accidents, and protection against the police, who apparently shudder at the notion of being captured on camera. This low-res panopticon has become a source of …


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

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 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

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 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 …