One should expect better from Ulmer's film with Lugosi and Karloff based on Edgar Allan Poe's story. The problem is "The Black Cat" isn't really based on Poe, but it was a trick to bring more audience. Though Lugosi's character does have a black cat phobia, it has nothing to do with the main plot and has zero influence on what is going on. Lugosi himself is disappointing and what may be suitable for Dracula feels artificial and theatrical for…
The concentration camp experience is not an easy task to transfer to the screen, and "Dara of Jasenovac" does it pretty successfully. The mix of shocking events, human courage, and the routine greatly brought together. Predrag Antonijevic powerfully uses Christianity imaginaries to feature some original and heart-breaking moments.
Though "Dara from Jasenovac" is not clear of manipulative moves, one would expect a film about a little girl in a concentration camp has, it captures and brings you through the horrific and the lowest point in humans history.
I'm pretty amazed by all the praising about "La Haine". It's much nothing about 3 idlers just hanging around and mostly talking how they hate cops with wannabe cinematography. Kassovitz tries to put in some tension by setting the plot for 1 day and once in a few hours reminding what time of the day its. He also brings a gun into a picture. But both feel like a void attempt and mostly cheap trick as there's very little development…