Tiger King 2 (Netflix, 2021)
Who thought a show about big cat owners would end up going viral? Released last year, King tiger captivated millions of viewers around the world who were stranded at home during global lockdowns due to the coronavirus pandemic. Previously somewhat obscure, big cat owners were covered like local celebrities and the only thing we learned about them was that they are all a little bit crazy. And they all hate each other.
The show’s central character, a flamboyant gay cowboy Joe Exotic, who records everything – everything – in his life, has released his own music, performs on his YouTube channel, and does the craziest stunts with lions and tigers in his charge, ended up going to jail for trying to kill another big cat owner, Carole Baskin, of Big Cat Rescue.
Joe also claims, and has claimed repeatedly in his videos over the years, that Carole killed her first husband, millionaire Don Lewis, and got rid of his body by feeding them their tigers.
Fans of the series have passionately displayed their feelings about the characters online and turned some of them into national heroes (Exotic) and others into public enemies (Baskin). At the time of the documentary series’ release, Joe Exotic was in jail for allegedly hiring hitmen to kill Baskin.
Two documentary series and a feature film all revolve around murders, unsolved and planned. Here’s what to watch out for on streaming services …
Tiger King 2 focuses on finding out who tricked Joe Exotic. We meet all of the characters trying to live their lives after the release of King tiger and see how they capitalize on their newfound fame.
Tiger King 2 Also features an angry prison exotic as he rants and raves about those who have turned on him and how he will do anything to get out of them. In Tiger King 2 we’re also trying to find out the only question Joe asked in his videos: where is Don Lewis and Carole Baskin did she really kill her husband?
Look only if you have seen King tiger (2020).
The Pattern (Netflix, 2021)
This is an absolutely heartbreaking and compelling four-part true crime documentary series that examines the murders of four family members by a 13-year-old boy in Jerusalem. The series makes heavy use of actors to reconstruct events as well as never-before-seen footage filmed around this time. It also uses interviews with investigators, police officers, lawyers and journalists who were the first on the scene.
It was a crime that had taken hold of Israel. In 1986, a 13-year-old boy took his father’s M-16 (his father was in the Israel Defense Forces) and brutally murdered his two sisters and his parents. He didn’t seem to have a clear pattern, and at first glance the family seemed perfect.
Those involved in the investigation and who have met the boy – who is fearfully calm and calm throughout – have been asking this question for more than three and a half decades: Why?
In The reason, directors Tali Shemesh and Asaf Sudri are trying to find out.
Sardar Udham (Amazon Prime, 2021)
If there’s one movie you need to watch, it’s Sardar oudham. Vicky Kaushal plays the main character of a man traumatized and transformed by the heartbreaking tragedy of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre. He was supposed to attend the rally at Bagh, but shrugged and ended up losing close friends and family who attended.
In the film, we first meet him several years after the incident – painfully traversing frozen Siberia or making naans for minimum wage in London – filled with vengeful fire. Someone has to pay. While it was Brigadier-General Reginald Dyer who opened fire on the innocent, the film ostensibly holds Michael O’Dwyer, then lieutenant-governor of Punjab, more responsible. Eager to quell the growing unrest across the country, it was O’Dwyer who encouraged the general to “make an example” of the peaceful protesters of the Jallianwala Bagh.
“You the lamb, we the lamb,” Udham said hesitantly but without hesitation to a member of the Irish Republican Army, “the same butcher.”
Shoojit Sircar’s film eviscerates the British for their inhuman crimes, offering a refreshing and much-needed ‘brown’ perspective, as his hero patiently and resolutely focuses on one mission: to kill the monster behind the nightmare.
Sardar oudham is filmed beautifully and in such incredible detail that it’s overwhelming at times, but in a good way. While Vicky Kaushal has shown masterful acting, the real credit for this underrated epic flick goes to director Sircar.
Originally posted in Dawn, ICON, December 5, 2021