- Stan & Ollie
- A look at the tail end of the career of comedy duo WikiPedia:Laurel_and_Hardy, Reilly and Coogan make the mimic of the protagonists come to life as they grapple with declining health, varying financial fortunes due to multiple marriages and horse betting, and questions about working on stage vs. making movies, all the while trying to maintain their personal and professional relationship while making a comeback on stage. It's a loving look even when it's tinged with sadness; I enjoyed it a lot.
- Der Goldene Handschuh
- The story of the killings done by WikiPedia:Fritz_Honka in Hamburg's Reeperbahn district in the Seventies is a dark film about people at the edge of society, mostly alcoholics and prostitutes. It has little to uplift the spirit but it does shine a light on very different times on Hamburg's famous red light district. The eponymous bar of the movie title still exists, though.
- The Old Man & the Gun
- IMDb says: Based on the true story of Forrest Tucker and his audacious escape from San Quentin at the age of 70 to an unprecedented string of heists. It's slowly but charmingly played by senior citizens Robert Redford, Danny Glover and Tom Waits with some comparatively youthful energy added by Sissy Spacek.
- It's easy to see why Christian Bale got nominated for Best Actor for impersonating Dick Cheney, but why the film was up for Best Picture is a mystery. The editing is rough, and the cinematography annoying. While some interesting historical facts come to light, why the man came to be the guy he was in office remains a mystery. But it's not a documentary, so a comparison to the gripping Watergate -although striking- wouldn't be fair.
- Berlinale 2019
- Zur Sache, Schätzchen
- A film very much of its time - 1968. There isn't a whole lot of a plot to talk about, except maybe that young people do things differently than their elders, and the authorities, expect them to. They show a funnier alternative to protesting the older generation than their compatriots, who in those days took to the streets to demonstrate for political and societal change.
- A disaffected young Israeli decides to cut his ties with his home country and moves to France. His motivations and actions are rarely explained, nor are those of a couple he befriends. The worst Berlinale film I ever saw... and it won the competition. Even the protagonist was praised for his acting, which IMO was underwhelming as well. It's a mystery to me what people see in this movie, but then, the Berlinale prides itself on being edgier and more political than other festivals - maybe that's the explanation.
- A 4 hour documentary of the Watergate affair, all the way from the beginnings of the Nixon presidency to his pardon by Gerald Ford - a suspenseful thriller all the way through. It mixes historical footage, reenactments of the Oval Office meetings captured on tape, and interviews with some of the involved figures that were willing to talk. Highly recommended.
- Der Boden unter den Füßen
- The lives of two sisters are examined: the younger is a consultant, always on the go to where her projects take her, and the older suffers from mental problems. Her suicide attempt forces her younger sister to engage with her more profoundly than before, while maintaining her business image and having an affair with her boss. She pushes along as far as she can, but something's got to give, and in the end it does, big time.
- The Kindness of Strangers
- The best of the competition movies I saw, but also the most conventional, and therefore least likely to win. When a young mother flees her abusive husband with her kids to New York City, she has little going for her: not much of a plan, not much money, and no connections. When she is forced to let strangers into her live to help, a restaurant turns out to be a pivot point in various ways, and things begin to look up. Bill Nighy reprises a role similar to last year's The Bookshop.
- Miss Congeniality
- Maybe they should blow up the Miss America contest, just to put an end to it all. That's not quite what was supposed to happen here, and what is supposed to happen is prevented by the ever watchable Sandra Bullock as FBI agent. Her foray into a fashionable, sociable and largely empty temporary new self is fun to watch, a sort of ugly-duckling-to-swan transformation. As a plus, Michael Caine :-)
- Womit haben wir das verdient?
- When the 16-year old daughter of an atheist family announces her conversion to Islam, things are getting upset. Although the film is a comedy, it raises serious questions, and manages to highlight the difficulties of being Muslim in a Western society, without getting preachy about it all - a good comedic treatment of the subject.
- Sixth Sense
- Catching an old Bruce movie for the first time, this one surprised with a plot twist right at the end that shines a different light on everything you saw before. Dead people abound (the best-known line of the movie gives it away), but it isn't horror - more like mystery. And -surprise, surprise- Bruce doesn't wield a gun, and actually has a nice smile.
Movies I've seen in the past: MoviesIn2018