What if every memory could be erased? What if something truly horrific had happened to you and the person who loves you most could wipe that from your mind? Would you want them to? This is the story of twin brothers, one of them who lost his memory in a motorbike accident, who puts his fate in the only person he remembers besides himself, his brother.
Tell Me Who I Am is a documentary I stumbled upon when scrolling Netflix. The production and the execution is pretty much flawless. I went in completely blind without knowing anything about the events. The way it starts, the story feels like an inspirational tale of one brother helping another to recall his memories from before the accident. What the documentary develops into, honestly destroyed me. After a few grim facts and gut wrenching reveals I realized the film was far more dark and monstrous than I had imagined.
It’s one of the most heartbreaking documentary films i’ve ever had to endure, last time a doco had this much of an emotional impact on me was back when i watched Dear Zachary for the first time. ”Tell Me Who I Am” is genuinely saddening, poignant, raw, disturbing, absorbing and shocking. The few moments of happiness in this one are worth cherishing, and the rest.. Well, some might be overwhelming but i’m glad i managed to finish it. A must-watch.
How did this all happen in middle-class Britain without anyone finding out? There are still far too many monsters in the world getting away with so horrific things.
Reviewed by Roope
You’ll be amazed, you’ll be shocked and you will cry, but it’s a beautifully intimate story of loss, tragedy & terror, but in the end, unconditional love.
In this documentary, Alex trusts his twin, Marcus, to tell him about his past after he loses his memory. But Marcus is hiding a dark family secret.
The Devil Next Door (2019) by. Yossi Bloch & Daniel Sivan
A Netflix true-crime/history documentary mini series, that focuses on the case of John Demjanjuk, and his trial. He was accused of being one of the most notorious Nazi guards, Ivan the Terrible, by several survivors from the Treblinka death camp.
”The Devil Next Door” is extremely well made and never lost my interest. It never shies away from showing disturbing footage and telling heartbreaking stories from the holocaust. It’s unbiased approach which is arguably highly uncommon in true-crime docos, works extraordinarily well in it’s benefit. It raises so many questions and leaves it up to the viewer to find out the answers to these questions. Whether Demjanjuk actually was Ivan the Terrible or not. Has the team of prosecutors proven beyond a reasonable doubt their case? Had the defense proven that there is a doubt? Tricky subject matter since the penalty of the crimes would’ve been death by hanging.
I won’t share whether I felt that he was guilty or not, because I’m honestly not convinced either way. That’s where this was so good, as the audience is left with the chance to decide on their own, without being pushed more to one direction than the other. Not really for the faint of heart though. At times, very disturbing. Among other adjectives this was truly thought-provoking, heartbreaking, educating. Please, give this one a few hours.
Reviewed by Roope (PurgatoryFlicks)
A Cleveland grandfather is brought to trial in Israel, accused of being the infamous Nazi death camp guard known as Ivan the Terrible.
Stars: John Demjanjuk
American Factory is an Oscar Nominated documentary produced by the Obama's new production company, Higher Grounds. Yet another Netflix Original that has been nominated for an Academy Award this year.
This Doco is a fascinating look into different cultures coming together under tough conditions. Ups and downs for everyone involved, it really sheds a light on work ethics and how we have been brought up in our respective countries. Makes you think.
Review by Josh
In post-industrial Ohio, a Chinese billionaire opens a new factory in the husk of an abandoned General Motors plant, hiring two thousand blue-collar Americans. Early days of hope and optimism give way to setbacks as high-tech China clashes with working-class America.
We watched the First Episode, and this is absolutely worth watching. Like all good documentaries it has one hell of a crazy story and some real characters being interviewed.
A detailed account of the McDonald's Monopoly game scam during the 1990s as told by the participants in the case, including the prizewinners and the FBI agents who caught the security officer who orchestrated the entire scheme.
After winning 5 championships in 7 years, the Chicago Bulls are on top of the world. However, a shake-up from the managers sees the ’97-98 season being the last season coach Phil Jackson will be with the team. Michael Jordan will not play for any other coach. Scottie Pippen is being unfairly paid considering his talent. Dennis Rodman is living his best life (mainly outside of the NBA). The question asked by the world… will this be the end of the Bulls’ reign? Before the season begins, Coach Jackson names his vision for the upcoming season: “The Last Dance”.
For over 20 years, footage that that contained unprecedented behind-the-scenes access to the Chicago Bulls 1997-98 season has been hidden from the world. Only one person could give the clearance for this footage to be released. Number 23, the G.O.A.T., Michael Jordan.
Although the reasons as to why now is the right time for Jordan to revisit this time in his life (and allow the audience of the world to gain this insight) are never truly revealed, it’s impossible to deny that this 10 episode series contains some of the most intriguing and captivating sporting moments ever caught on film. The Last Dance solidifies the fact that MJ and the Chicago Bulls had the desire to be the best both on and off the court, no matter what the cost.
The Last Dance is without a doubt the story of Michael Jordan featuring the Chicago Bulls. One of the documentary’s strengths is Jordan’s candidness about this time in his life. Even when some memories are approached with slight apprehension for how much he wishes to reveal, there is a essence of humility that only doubles down on the fact that he was truly the icon the world perceived him to be, no matter whether the media tried to discredit him throughout his career (which also is not an off limits topic in this series).
Littered throughout the series (mainly episodes 2 and 3) we get a reasonable in-depth look into how Pippen, Rodman and many other teammates played a major role in the success of the Bulls’, mainly as the right-hand men to MJ. And even still, the series treats them with enough respect and airtime that you can also be invested in their own personal stories.
As each episode goes on, the tension builds in such a tantalising fashion. The Last Dance allows for complete immersion, as if the audience is following every decision each player makes both on and off the court that it is impossible to not get swept up in the emotion of it all. The final 2 episodes use editing and music incredibly well as their sixth-championship campaign begins to reach its climax. It’s a hair-raising and goose bump inducing wonder to watch, making those 2 hours of TV deserving of high praise. This element matched with the incredible remastering of all the 1997-98 footage makes The Last Dance one of the great sports documentaries ever created.
The shows sole major issue is the way the story is structured. Each episode contains many time-jumps. It’s 1997, then it’s 1993, then it’s 1985, then it’s 1998, then it’s following on from that one little bit in 1993 again. Jason Hehir’s narrative choice can be justified with certain elements (especially since he is covering almost 3 decades worth of story in 10 episodes). However, it is possible to feel a little lost when it comes to the all the footage of the NBA games shown throughout.
The Last Dance is not just mandatory viewing for sports fans, it is accessible to all audiences. The Last Dance is a deeply personal story, not just the story of basketball. The Last Dance reveals what hides under the pedestal that icons are put on.
Reviewed by Nick (NicksFlicksFix)
A 10-part documentary chronicling the untold story of Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls dynasty with rare, never-before-seen footage and sound from the 1997-98 championship season – plus over 100 interviews with famous figures and basketball’s biggest names.