Here’s a film that’s a different kind of war film. What did you feel about it? What did you feel about the characters, their situation, and how we should respond? What specific choices do you think made the film unique?
Sometimes movies that try for serious philosophical messages fall short in terms of entertainment, and maybe in terms of the message too. At other times, they may be great. How did you feel about this one? What did you like or not like? Did it seem compelling, or was it too preachy and confusing?
So, for this response, you can repeat some of what we talked about in class, add your observations, and say what you feel about the movie. If you’ve seen it before, how did your response to it change this time, if at all. If it was your first time watching it, is this because you stay away from animation? In either case, what do think are the strengths and weaknesses of the film? Also, what do you think about the animation style? You might compare it to traditional cel animation.
This was a documentary about the present and the past. What did you think? What kind of impact does it want to have? How would it want us to think or act differently? What did you feel was good or bad about it?
How was his presentation? Did he do a lot of talking with the audience? What did you think of him? Did you learn more about how he made this documentary? What else in his talk was interesting to you?
What was your response to this documentary? What did you feel hit hardest in terms of both emotions and logic? One point about documentaries is the filmmaker usually wants to influence our behavior or thinking. What do you think Kevin McKiernan wants us to do or think in response to his film?
What did you think about the film(s) you saw Sunday night? Tell us about the plot, the characters, the emotions involved, and any interesting stylistic elements. Would you recommend the film to others? Why or why not?