8. This World, Then the Fireworks (Michael Oblowitz, 1997) - Carmel1379 - 3/10
Not for me.
I enjoyed the voyeuristic approach in examining loneliness and, I'd say, cowardice. It was demanding solution to follow six different characters at once, out of which most of them are empty shells (though likable ones). I couldn't say there were pacing problems since 2hr07 went quite faster than what would you expect initially. Too empty for my taste. Or maybe there is something deeper here?
2. Ladybug, Ladybug (Frank Perry, 1963) - sol - 6.5/10
Children acting might be the greatest quality of this film. The subsequent wisdom makes me wonder whether the Cold War was actually only a hoax to keep people in constant fear of some untangible threat that was never to materialize, and thus manipulate them which right-wing parties (which dominate the present day) do to control their electoral basis - the continuous presence of foreign enemy makes you overlook real enemies which are your own fellow nationals. Not much of a story here but good ending.
3. Baby Bump (Kuba Czekaj, 2015) - clemmetarey - 2/10
Hate arised very early on and didn't unclench until the credits. Sorry clemmetarey.
4. J'attendrai (Léonide Moguy, 1939) - XxXApathy420XxX - 7/10
Sfumato war melodrama with some occasional slanted framing that didn't really click with me on emotional level. The whole film reminds me of a gas chamber that humanity was put into.
5. Professor Mamlock (Konrad Wolf, 1961) - Nathan Treadway - 5.5/10
Lifeless characters and run-of-the-mill script spoil the otherwise great cinematography and few nice directorial moves. The whole plot is kinda predictable plus my subjective indifference towards war genre made this another drag from Wolf. It's likely I won't become interested too much in WW2 in as many as six incarnations. But Joachim would love this.
6. Models (Ulrich Seidl, 1999) - nimimerkillinen - 7/10
Nothing big happens so you might get impression that the plot itself doesn't offer enough for the second viewing. However time went fast as the acting here is... as if there's no acting. I've seen/heard glimpses of this so many times in the nightclub toilets and backrooms. Good pacing, likable characters, albeit somewhat shallow.