Capital in the Twenty-First Century (2019, dir. Justin Pemberton)

A history of capitalism with projections for the future, based on Thomas Piketty’s bestseller. A clear and accessible overview, engaging and brisk, documenting continuity and change in economic terms between the Industrial Revolution and now. Recommended.

Here’s the trailer.

Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken! (2017, dir. Morgan Spurlock)

Thirteen years after its predecessor documentary, Morgan Spurlock re-investigates the fast food industry, this time by opening a chicken burger restaurant. Following farm-to-fork, marketing, health, and animal welfare themes, this is another sprightly overview, reinforcing multiple industrial aspects of food.

Here’s the trailer.

Friedkin Uncut (2020, dir. Francesco Zippel)

A documentary on film director William Friedkin, centred on interviews with its subject. Very pleasant overview of Friedkin’s work and perspective on filmmaking, supported by focuses on his 1970s output in particular. No huge surprises, and little criticism, but a decent watch nevertheless.

Here’s the trailer.

Black Water (2007, dir. David Nerlich & Andrew Traucki)

A small group takes a backwater fishing excursion: they fall foul of a man-eating crocodile in the swamps. Well-sustained little Australian suspense/horror flick, making the most of location shooting and the limitations of the set-up. A belated sequel followed.

Here’s the trailer.

Pain and Gain (2013, Dir. Michael Bay)

A gang of body builders in Florida attempt the kidnap and extortion of a businessman. Loosely based on the actual events and court case surrounding the ‘Sun Gym gang’, this outrageous film is entertaining but struggles between crime dramatisation and glorification. A good cast works well here though. Watch it and decide!

Pain and Gain (2013, Dir. Michael Bay)