Competition *CLOSED*: Win Time Bandits on Special Edition DVD! 71 1286

time bandits dvd competition

This competition is now closed. Thanks to all those who entered it. The winners will be announced and contacted soon!

It’s competition time again here at Thoughts On Film and this time we’re giving you the chance to win Terry Gilliam’s classic 1981 time travel comedy Time Bandits which has now been restored for a new DVD and Blu-ray release.

Time Bandits is a delightfully children’s fantasy about young Kevin (Craig Warnock) who finds himself travelling through holes in the space-time continuum in the company of half a dozen of fractious dwarfs. Along the way he encounters Agamemnon (Sean Connery), Robin Hood (John Cleese), Napoleon (Ian Holm) and winds up as a passenger on the Titanic, although not necessarily in that order. But is this just random entertainment laid on for history fan Kevin’s benefit, or part of a wider struggle between the forces of good (Ralph Richardson) and evil (David Warner)?

The film is an absolute joy to watch from start to finish, showcasing Gilliam’s inimitable quirky style to great effect and the latest release, with all its special features, would be a great addition to anyone’s collection. Here are the special feature details as well as the cover artwork:

  • Brand new 2k-resolution restoration of the film from the original camera negative, approved by director and co-writer Terry Gilliam
  • Original uncompressed PCM Stereo 2.0 and 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio options
  • Optional English SDH subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Chasing Time Bandits: A new interview with Terry Gilliam
  • Writing the Film that Dares Not Speak its Name: A new interview in which Michael Palin discusses co-writing and acting in Time Bandits
  • The Effects of Time Bandits: A new interview in which Kent Houston, founder of the Peerless Camera Company, discusses Time Bandits’ optical effects
  • Playing Evil: A new featurette in which actor David Warner remembers producer George Harrison and playing Evil in Time Bandits
  • The Costumes of Time Bandits: A new interview with costume designer James Acheson
  • The Look of Time Bandits: A new interview with production designer Milly Burns
  • From Script to Screen – A new animated featurette in which Milly Burns takes us through her production notebooks, locations photographs and storyboards revealing how twentieth century Morocco was transformed into Ancient Greece
  • Original Trailer
  • Restoration Demonstration
  • Collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic James Oliver

time bandits dvd competition1

Thanks to Arrow Video we have three copies of the DVD to give away. To be in with a chance of winning one of them all you have to do is comment on this post with an answer to the following: what is your favourite time travel movie and why? Winners will be chosen from our favourite comments (please give more than just a few word answers) and will be contacted by e-mail soon after the competition closes.

Now time for the the small print:

  • Competition open to UK residents only
  • Only one entry per person
  • Entrants must be 18 or over
  • Competition closes on Friday August 30th at 23:59pm GMT

Good luck! Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and like our Facebook page.

Time Bandits is released on DVD, Blu-ray and limited edition steelbook in the UK on Monday August 26th.

Previous ArticleNext Article
I'm a freelance film reviewer and blogger with over 10 years of experience writing for various different reputable online and print publications. In addition to my running, editing and writing for Thoughts On Film, I am also the film critic for The National, the newspaper that supports an independent Scotland, covering the weekly film releases, film festivals and film-related features. I have a passion for all types of cinema, and have a particular love for foreign language film, especially South Korean and Japanese cinema. Favourite films include The Big Lebowski, Pulp Fiction and 2001: A Space Odyssey.

71 Comments

  1. As cool as Time Bandits might be (I havent seen it since the 80s) the ultimate time travel film just has to be Back To The Future. I rewatched the film last week and its still a perfect film. . So no offence to Time Bandits but hey being a fellow movie reviewer and fan. We just have to be honest dont we 🙂 )

  2. Back To The Future – because it’s a trilogy which makes for more time travel; because it has an awesome storyline and characters; because it has a dream car that people still salvage over, decades after its release, and because the film(s) are simply AWESOME!!

  3. It can only be Back To The Future I ! I love all the catchphrases that came out from it-hel-loooo?! McFlyyyy?!-and the crazy gadgets we all thought we’d be owning by now. Oh, and it’s the only timetravel movie I’ve ever watched!

  4. My vote would have to go to ‘Hot Tub Time Machine’. A gang of 40 something year old men travel back to the 1980’s and get a chance to relive their youth. Bonus points for Motley Crue et al soundtrack.

  5. Time Bandits: No argument; best script; best characters; best villains; best actors; funniest lines; it isn’t just THE best time travel film it’s one of the best films of all time.

  6. Sorry to echo everyone else, but the ‘Back To The Future’ trilogy is fantastic. The whole family loves it. Full of fun and crazy adventure.

  7. The Time Machine 1960 version, with Rod Taylor. It was the first time travelling movie I had seen, and had everything cheesy acting, good at the time, special effects, and scarey monsters, the morlocks, which again at the time terrified me. It has stood the test of time, as I have watched it with my daughters, who I have to say thought it was a comedy!

  8. My favorite time travelling film would have to be ‘The Time Machine’, the1960 film based on HG Wells’ novel. It is the first time travel film and when I first saw the film as a kid I enjoyed watching the fast-forward time-laspe sequences and the visions of the future. The Morlocks were ugly-scary too!

  9. Same as many other forty somethings I suspect but has to be Back to the Future. It was a perfect film at the time and is great family viewing.

  10. The Time Machine, the original Rod Taylor version. I love the part where he’s travelling in time and watching the shop change.

  11. The butterfly effect, Aston Kutcher is such a good actor in this film and the plot is one i could never see coming. even though many critics slated it it had a huge fan base, the film was not afraid to push boundaries showing molestation, animal cruelty, murder but all this no matter how bad added to the sheer momentum of the plot. It was a purely low budget move, i feel often did not get the respect it truly deserved.
    It truly brought home the aspect every action in life has consequences around us, Such a brilliant time travel film where many fall flat.

  12. Quite a recent film – LOOPERS. It was a great film and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Also I am a great Star Trek fan and they are always doing time travel episodes – absolutely love them as they really make you think how it all works. Another great one is TIME TRAVELLER’S WIFE.

  13. Looper. The whole idea of changing something now and seeing the impact on the future self, immediately. This film causes our house hours of discussions on what if :\

  14. Looper – it’s a film you really don’t want to see on your own cos there’s so much to talk about and try to understand. Gets better with every watch.

  15. It’s been said before but Looper is great – a few plot holes here and there but if you suspend belief it’s a great little “what if” story!

  16. It’s got to be Back To The Future. I grew up watching it (with my brother, over and over again!), so it feels like a part of my childhood. I still watch it lovingly now, though, so it’s definitely stood the test of time.
    The film has so many classic scenes – from skateboarding around cars to Johnny B Goode to George punching Biff. And Michael J Fox and Christopher Lloyd are perfect in their roles – I couldn’t imagine anyone else in them.
    There have been loftier films dealing with the subject of time travel, but – great Scott! – I don’t think any of them have been quite so much fun. 🙂

  17. Timecrimes is still my favourite time travel movie. I love it for various reasons. Firstly I love a film that will make me watch it multiple times to get a real grasp of everything that went on. Secondly it really falls in to my favourite genre of Horror as well, a real sense of dread flows through the movie and I loved every second.

  18. Has to be the first Back to the Future. The culture of both time periods is really nostalgic watching now, and I thought the film was really innovative at the time, when I was young and impressionable!

  19. Flight of the Navigator. This is a film that my late father took me to see as a birthday treat. I loved it then and I love it now. Plus a chance to watch a young Sarah Jessica Parker in action.

  20. Back to the future as it gives me very clear memories of watching it with my brother as he watched it over and over. I don’t get to see him much these days and I like to watch it every now and again to remind me of him once more!

  21. The Doctor Who film is my favourite. I am big fan of the Tardis and its wonderful capabilities! Great idea and if we could produce such a machine today, think of all the money we would save, going forward in time a bit – better than the January sales!

  22. My favourite is actually Time Bandits. It’s so cheesy and silly and yet has the innocence and good laughs missing in many modern films.

  23. my favourite is the time machine with Rod Taylor. i think he is such a good actor, and it was made in 1960 so it was really good for that time period, they didnt have all the special effects that we are lucky enough to have now

  24. 12 Monkeys – One of those films you can watch again and again and see something different. Engaging plot and characters.

  25. has to be hot tub time machine, for once a good storyline, good actors and good graphics all in one, all thats missing is a few mates and a tub of popcorn, all that and u have yourself a fantastic night in 🙂 x

  26. Definitely Time Bandits as it brings back so many memories. I remember seeing it at the cinema and I must have been very young as during the credits they showed God’s map and I thought it was very irresponsible as someone could take a photo of the screen and use it!

  27. Back to the Future, love the humour, romance, still one of my favourite, still trying to get my daughters to watch it, all the twists and turns in the film

  28. Not sure if this counts but I would say Red Dwarf. They travelled through time! I loved each of the characters especially Rimmer. Cannot be beaten.

  29. Brigadoon. I know it’s cheesy and the Scottish accents are almost as bad a Isla Fisher’s in Burke and Hare but I used to watch it when I was a child with my Nan. The songs are brilliant and Gene Kelly is still, to this day, one of my favourite actors.

    It’s a shame that it gets ridiculed (and most often forgotten about) because the story itself is really good and not that far removed from the plot of Stardust which was made just over 50 years later.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

List: 20 Underrated & Overlooked 21st Century Horror Movies 1 1106

I love horror movies. Ever since I was probably way too young to be watching them, I have delighted in the heightened sense of fearful thrills that they deliver, whether it’s bumps in the night (The Haunting, The Others et al.) or full-on terror (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Evil Dead).

Despite some of the best horrors of all time being found decades ago, I still think the last 17 years have provided some truly examples of the genre. And often this is not the highest grossing and/or most well-known but those hidden and underrated gems that sneak under the radar for all but the most ardant of the genre fans.

I’ve compiled a big list of my favourites, in no particular order. Enjoy!

Pulse (2001)

10 Alternative Halloween Movie Choices - Pulse (Kairo)

Possibly my favourite horror movie of the century thus far comes from Japan, a country that does the genre like no other. It follows a group of students who are investigating a series of mysterious and baffling suicides that appear to have been caused by a website that promises its visitors a chance to speak to the dead. It can be viewed as a shrewd social commentary on technology and the way the internet affects everyone’s lives but also enjoyed purely as a straightforward horror experience. It has a deeply unnerving atmosphere about it, avoiding cheap jump and gory scares for something far more creepily insidious.

Pontypool (2008)

10 Alternative Halloween Movie Choices - Pontypool

This Canadian horror thriller sadly flew under the radar for most people but it’s one of the most unusual and unique horrors to come out this century thus far. It centres on a group of workers at a radio station in quiet, wintery Ontario town. One particularly cold morning a mysterious virus descends upon the place, causing the victims to turn into babbling zombie-like versions of their former selves. This darkly funny, memorably surreal film presents the “zombies” in a unique way which I won’t spoil here and features amazing sound design to bring the horrific situation to life.

The House of the Devil (2009)

the house of the devil

Indie horror maestro Ti West (The Innkeepers) directs this Rosemary’s Baby-esque tale of a babysitter who accepts a late night job from a mysterious yet perfectly nice stranger (Tom Noonan). At first everything seems normal but she slowly realises something isn’t right in that big house. It’s a cool throwback to horrors of the late ‘70s/early ‘80s – including being shot in that grainy old style – eerily brooding with atmosphere and slow-building towards a nerve-shredding finale.

Visitor Q (2001)

visitor q

Prolific Japanese director Takashi Miike (Audition, Ichi the Killer) proves why he’s one of the most striking filmmaking talents around with this tale of a disturbed and perverted family who are visited by a mysterious stranger who seems to bring some sort of harmony with him. This is not for the easily offended as there are moments that are deeply troubling, if not downright reprehensible. But it makes for a truly unforgettable experience that’s tough to shake from your mind.

Switchblade Romance (2003)

switchblade romance

A firm member of the “New French Extreme” wave of films, this follows a young woman who goes to stay with her friend at her father’s remote farmhouse. The first night they are brutally attacked by a mysterious stranger. There’s a reason the film was known as High Tension in some markets because it provides for some serious edge of your seat viewing accompanied by some wince-inducing gore. It’s unfortunately let down by a stupid, plot hole-laden ending but for the most part it’s an excellent watch.

May (2002)

may

From director Lucky McKee (The Woman, All Cheerleaders Must Die) comes this unnerving tale of a lonely young woman who tries her best to connect with people following a traumatic childhood. Anchored by a terrifically creepy central performance by Angela Bettis, it’s a wonderfully strange horror that keeps you on your toes and delights in providing moments of real horror shock value.

Grave Encounters (2010)

grave encounters

A bunch of good looking young people decide to stay the night in an abandoned insane asylum in the hopes of capturing some spooky footage for their Most Haunted show. Blah blah blah, we’ve seen this type of thing a million times before. But this particular found footage horror flick actually defies expectations by not only doing something interesting with the in-camera style of shooting and the “things going bump in the night” type of horror but is, most importantly, genuinely scary.

Dumplings (2004)

dumplings

Raising disgust in horror a new, strange level is this Hong Kong shocker that started out as a short film in anthology Three… Extremes. Without spoiling the gag-inducing surprise, it follows an ageing TV actress who, seeking something that will return her youthful looks, visits an enigmatic chef whose dumpling recipe has a special ingredient. Don’t watch this one with a full stomach!

Tucker & Dale vs. Evil (2010)

tucker and dale vs evil

What if those evil, backwards, killer hicks you see in horror movies all the time were just a victim of circumstance and unfair negative assumptions? That’s the brilliant concept behind this hilarious horror comedy, which follows a couple of friends (Alan Tudyk and Tyler Labine) who are vacationing in their mountain cabin when they happen across a group of kids who keep being killed off around them. It’s ultimately more of a comedy than a horror – and what a hilarious one it is – but there are some awesomely gruesome moments to be found, too.

Session 9 (2001)

session 9

One of the best horror movies that few people have ever heard of, this follows an asbestos cleaning crew (including David Caruso and Peter Mullan) as they work a job at an abandoned mental institution which has a horrific backstory that seems to be coming back to haunt them. Directed by Brad Anderson (The Machinist), this is watch-through-your-fingers creepy, using realistic scares and palpable atmosphere to achieve its horror goals.

Rigor Mortis (2013)

rigor mortis

Who says a horror movie has to just play within that genre? This audacious Hong Kong debut from singer-turned-director Juno Mak hearkens back to the vampire flicks made in the ’80s, namely the long-running Mr. Vampire series. The meta plot follows a formerly successful star of that series, Chin Siu-ho, who becomes depressed and suicidal after his wife leaves him and goes to stay at a rundown apartment building that’s actually inhabited by supernatural creatures, ghost hunters and the souls of the undead who co-exist with the neighbours. Creepy horror, thrilling crime, dark comedy, crazy and unique CGI… it’s all in there and more.

Inside (2007)

inside

Another of the celebrated “New French Extremity” films, this insanely gory horror follows a heavily pregnant young woman who is targeted and attacked in her own home by an scorned older woman who is clearly after her baby. Definitely not one for the faint-hearted, you’ll need a strong stomach for what is an extremely graphic but seat-clawingly tense horror experience.

Eden Lake (2008)

eden lake

Michael Fassbender and Kelly Reilly play a young couple who decide to have a relaxing weekend at the reclusive Eden Lake. When they confront a group of disruptive youths (one of whom played by rising star Jack O’Connell), their getaway turns nightmarish as the group start to terrorize the couple. It’s so effective because it feels scarily real throughout; there are no ghosts or demons to be found here but rather just human beings being nasty and brutal.

Them (2006)

them

This very scary French horror (known as “Ils” in its native language) follows a young couple who get terrorized by a group of hooded strangers at their secluded farmhouse. It works so well because the situation feels terrifyingly believable, brilliantly tapping into that basic fear of intruders trying to get into your home at night and hurt you. The jaw-dropping ending only adds to why it’s so unnerving.

Thirst (2009)

thirst

Celebrated South Korean director Park Chan-wook (Oldboy, Stoker) puts his definitive mark on the vampire movie with this story of a priest (Korean superstar Song Kang-ho) who is turned into a vampire following a failed medical experiment and is forced to abandon his priestly calling in order to feed on blood. Beloved by vampire movie and international cinema aficianados, it unfortunately remains a bit lesser known in the wider field. It’s a visually striking film, dripping with brooding, atmospheric tension and never afraid to show the horrors of vampirism or the classic sensuality that goes with it.

Frozen (2010)

frozen

Definitely not to be confused with the animated Disney musical, this one has the simple premise of a group of three friends who get stuck up in ski left at a resort just as the park closes. It might seem boring just watching people stuck in one place for the whole movie but director Adam Green wrings every bit of tension out of the situation, chucking in shocks and tense “what would I do?” situations to rival the best of ’em.

Ritual (2012)

ritual

Sometimes it’s best to go into a horror film knowing as little about the plot as possible. Such is the case with Ritual, a cracking Indonesian horror from director Joko Anwar. In basic terms it’s about a man who mysteriously wakes up buried alive in the woods, with no idea who he is, how he got there or why. He then goes on a search for answers, eventually finding himself struggling to escape the clutches of a mysterious assailant. Its best to leave it there as it provides a chilling, mystery-filled ride full of twists and turns and with an absolute killer ending.

Ginger Snaps (2000)

ginger snaps

This terrific teen horror follows a couple of death-obsessed high schoolers and outcasts in their suburban neighbourhood whose morbidity becomes all too real when one of them gets bitten by a werewolf. As befits a lot of the best horrors, it uses the surface level werewolf story to examine universally relatable themes of puberty and growing up in a world that doesn’t accept being different.

Trick ‘r Treat (2007)

trick r treat

This wonderful love letter to the Halloween season tell its story in four segments – including a high school teacher with a secret life as a serial killer, a college virgin looking to meet “the one,” a legend about school bus tragedy and a crotchety old man who hates the holiday – each interweaving with one another on All Hallow’s Eve. Filled with chilling, blood-soaked surprises and in-jokes for horror fans, few movies exemplify that spookiest of holidays as much as this one.

Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon (2006)

behind the mask

This hugely under-seen meta horror follows a wannabe serial killer in training who takes his inspiration from legendary horror killers like Michael Myers, Freddy Krueger and Jason Vorhees. It’s chalk full of in-jokes and nods to horrors of years past – for instance, that Leslie has to do lots of cardio so he can keep up with his victims while making it look like he’s just walking – using a faux documentary style at first before turning into a scary full-on slasher.

That’s it for our list. Have you seen any of these movies? Can you think of any other underrated/lesser known gems you want people to seek out? Comment below!

List: 10 Great Documentaries to Watch on Netflix 0 754

Documentaries are one of my favourite kinds of films, whether they’re exploring a subject that I’m already drawn to or introducing me to a topic about which I know nothing. Luckily Netflix has proven a more than decent resource for docs and at this very moment have some fantastic ones available. Here’s a list of 10 such docs well worth your time.

Note: This list refers to the UK region of Netflix.

13th

13th-netflix-documentary

Ava DuVernay impressed mightily with her Oscar-winning Martin Luther King Jr. “biopic” Selma a couple of years back. She followed that up with this masterful documentary that looks at the U.S. prison system and its history of systemic, institutional racism. Illuminating facts such as a quarter of the world’s incarcerated criminals are imprisoned within the U.S. is just the tip of the iceberg exposed by this essential doc that looks at everything from the Civil Rights movement to D.W. Griffith’s ever-controversial 1915 film The Birth of a Nation to the state of discrimination in today’s society and beyond. It informs you with statistics and figures but never feels like a lecture, shining a spotlight on conversations that more than ever need to be had.

Cartel Land

cartel-land-documentary-recommendation

A great non-fiction companion piece to Denis Villeneuve’s Sicario, this Oscar-winning doc from director Matthew Heineman explores the murky world of Mexican drug cartels and the vigilante groups dedicated to fighting them however they can. The inherent false equivalence of the approach niggles away as an issue, particularly as you think back over it, but it’s undoubtedly harrowing and vividly showcased viewing in the moment, particularly when you see how people put themselves in such dangerous situations in order to get the footage crucial to giving us a picture of a drug war that shows no signs of ending or offering up any easy answers.

The Hard Stop

the-hard-stop-netflix-documentary

The compelling British documentary explores the case of Mark Duggan, a 29-year-old black man and father of six who, back in 2011, was shot and killed by armed police in Tottenham after stopping him by the side of the road using the controversial eponymous police tactic. Purportedly because he was wielding a gun despite evidence to the contrary. Documentarian George Amponsah’s hard-hitting and uncompromising film explores everything from the ensuing headline controversy, the riots that it sparked and the damaged lives of Mark’s best friends, Marcus and Kurtis, who try to battle against ongoing discrimination in getting on with their own lives as well as continuing to fight for justice for what happened to their friend. Amponsah displays a keen eye for human emotion and a shrewd way of re-illuminating a story that, since the tragedy occurred, has faded from a lot of people’s memories.

The Fear of 13

the-fear-of-13-netflix-documentary

There have been many documentaries about life on death row but few I’ve seen have resonated quite so powerfully on a gut-punch and profound level. David Sington’s stylishly done and piercing film explores the story of Nick Yarris, a man who spent more than two decades on Death Row on DNA evidence that, as would later show, was flimsy at best. It’s a tremendously up-close-and-personal film, with Yarris himself writ large on-screen as he tells his incredible story, full of jaw-dropping twists and turns, in fascinating detail. The eerie opening sequence is particularly potent, as Nick describes the punishing psychological effect of the enforced deafening silence on the Death Row block.

Jesus Camp

jesus-camp-netflix-documentary

Religion is always a hot button topic and it particularly scorches in this unflinching and oftentimes shocking documentary from directors Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady. It takes us on a journey into the “Kids on Fire” summer camp for that teaches (or indoctrinates, depending on your viewpoint) children into becoming evangelical Christians. Crucially the documentary never takes the angle that the very idea that faith itself is a bad thing but taps into how the means by which religious information disseminated particularly to young kids can be as damaging (if not more so) than the so-called immoral behaviour to which it’s trying so desperately to prevent them from succumbing.

The Queen of Versailles

the-queen-of-versailles-netflix-documentary

This stranger than fiction documentary follows the lives of David Siegel, the billionaire owner of timeshare Westgate Resorts in Florida, and his former beauty queen wife Jackie who embark on a mission to build Versailles, a lavish house that would be the biggest privately owned, single family home in America. But it’s about more than just showcasing the extravagant life of a super rich family; it explores the effect the U.S. economic crash (David’s business was directly tied into what caused the financial crisis) has on the family – a twist of fate thrust upon director Lauren Greenfield that turns the film into a far more complex prospect – how they need to readjust their lavish lifestyle while trying to keep up appearances as they come crashing down from the heights their wealth affords them. The colourful characters that populate the film, particularly the flamboyant woman of the title, keep things entertaining as we navigate their riches-to-rags story.

Into the Inferno

into-the-inferno-netflix-documentary

This Netflix-produced documentary by the incomparable Werner Herzog would fit perfectly into a group with his other natural world docs like Cave of Forgotten Dreams and Encounters at the End of the World – it actually takes its cue from the latter as it’s where Herzog first met the volcanologist and co-director, Clive Oppenheimer, during a crucial scene. It’s an educational film but lent a purely cinematic quality, flavoured with Herzog’s signature style of fascinating insight, endearing genuine curiosity and unashamed obsession with the mystical nature of the natural world. It gives us a frighteningly up-close-and-personal look one of earth’s most ferocious natural features and the reiterates the idea that Mother Nature really doesn’t mess around.

Life Itself

life-itself-netflix-documentary

Roger Ebert is probably the most famous and influential American film critic of all. He sadly passed away back in 2013 and this love letter of a documentary does an amazing job of showcasing what made him so special. It gives us a lifelong view of his time here on earth; his upbringing, him making headway into the world of film journalism at the Chicago Sun Times (where he would remain for the entirety of his career), his often tumultuous friendship with fellow At the Movies critic Gene Siskel, his marriage to loving faithful and loving Chaz and how he persevered with his writing despite his devastating throat cancer diagnosis that would ultimately claim his life. It’s a documentary that bowled me over when I first saw it, for its deep sense of empathy and sense of reverence for a man I, like many, held up as a hero. It’s essential viewing for those who felt the same about him or even those who have even a passing interest in film criticism as an art form.

The Look of Silence

the-look-of-silence-netflix-documentary

Alongside its predecessor The Act of Killing, this documentary from Joshua Oppenheimer is one of the toughest and most harrowing docs I’ve ever seen as it further explores the sickening genocide that took place in Indonesia back in 1965-66 at the hands of so-called “death squads” who deemed the victims as Communists that needed be wiped out. Where the previous film took a more expansive and unusual approach – getting the killers themselves, years later, to reenact the crimes – this one zeroes in on one of the families affected by the devastating event. We see how a man named Adi plucks up tremendous courage to not only speak out about what happened to his brother, Ramli, but confront those who took his life, many of whom are still in positions of power. It’s never what you would call an easy watch but an essential one that makes sure you never forget its difficult subject matter.

Precinct Seven Five

precinct-seven-five-netflix-documentary

This gripping and impressively detailed documentary from director Tiller Russell explores the murky and dangerous world of police corruption, particularly focusing on the case of Michael Dowd, a once-bright young New York City cop who in the ’80s morphed into one of the most corrupt in the department’s history, heading a ruthless criminal network that stole money and drugs while patrolling the city he swore to protect and serve. The film sidesteps cliches of cop corruption so often explored in fiction and non-fiction storytelling alike by painting an enthralling portrait of the individuals surrounding Dowd, each with their own angles to tell. It presents its fascinating documentary recounting with both panache and gritty authenticity.