Are there any great films that you'd never watch again because of how depressing/intense they are?

Discussion in 'Visual Arts' started by acemachine26, Jan 10, 2018.

  1. G E

    G E Forum Resident

    I haven't seen Schindler List in a long while. One scene that sticks with me is the tight shot of the black locomotive spewing black smoke and ash as it enters the camp. I felt it represented Evil incarnate.

    Black Hawk Down is hellishly great movie making. I have it on Blu Ray. I have watched it several times and it is no less intense with each viewing.

    All Quiet on the Western Front. A more "anti-war" film than even Paths of glory. Or Gallipoli. It was one of the early "talkies" and hugely ambitious and effective. It's ending will haunt you for a good long while.

    There's a reason I store war films between horror and science fiction.
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  2. G E

    G E Forum Resident

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  3. Diamond Dog

    Diamond Dog Cautionary Example


    I was cheeering for the aliens. I mean... why wouldn't you ?

  4. Oatsdad

    Oatsdad Oat, Biscuits and Abbie: Best Dogs Ever

    Alexandria VA
    On this we agree! ;)
  5. Ghostworld

    Ghostworld Forum Resident


    As long as the put a sock in Harvey Fierstein's mouth, they're my heroes.
  6. Augustus McRae

    Augustus McRae Forum Resident

    Can a movie just be so sad you don't want to see it again? Sommersby affected me that way.
  7. Kossoff is God

    Kossoff is God Deez Nutz!!!

    Brokeback Mountain
  8. brianplowe

    brianplowe Forum Resident

    +1 on Irreversible
  9. BrentB

    BrentB Forum Resident

    Midwestern US
    Angela's Ashes
  10. Sterling Cooper

    Sterling Cooper Well-Known Member

    Fort Myers, FL
    I can’t even get myself to watch “Schindler’s List” for the first time, knowing the premise.
  11. Bachtoven

    Bachtoven Forum Resident

    Davis, CA
    The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. The ending is emotionally shattering. A close second, or maybe it's even worse, is Testament, a 1983 movie about the "survivors" of a nuclear attack. It's shattering throughout once the missiles/bombs go off.
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  12. aussievinyl

    aussievinyl Forum Resident

    TAXI DRIVER I wouldn't watch again - yes, it's art, but there's also a lot of European films that show sadness, despair and confusion.
    As a person who can be prone to melancholy, I don't need to be reminded of the ugliness in the world and the darkest corners of the mind, even when portrayed by the finest performers.
  13. quicksilverbudie

    quicksilverbudie quicksilverbudie

    For me this started in the 70s just too much> prefer movies 1969 back to 1920. I don't watch much else, and if I do I don't need to see it again> but that's me! :sigh: I also prefer 60s tv to 70s. I am enjoying watching Batman, Bewitched, & the Monkees as they are on now on CHCH Hamilton, good memories.
    Good natured fun>:goodie:

  14. The Panda

    The Panda Forum Mutant

    Marple, PA, USA
    Started it way back then, didn't make it halfway. No way am I even going to try again.
  15. DHamilton

    DHamilton Forum Resident

    one film comes to mind...SPUN. Good soundtrack though.
  16. Bachtoven

    Bachtoven Forum Resident

    Davis, CA
    The first half is a romantic comedy compared to the last! When I saw it in the theater, many members of the audience just sat there either in stunned silence or in tears.
  17. The Panda

    The Panda Forum Mutant

    Marple, PA, USA
    I remember at the time telling someone I had tuned out and she teared up and said "Oh God, I wish I had."
  18. GLENN

    GLENN Forum Resident

    Kingsport,TN, USA
    I know this will have some of you rolling your eyes but I'm not sure I want to see the Coen Brothers version of True Grit again, because the last five minutes were just so overwhelmingly sad. Say what you want about the John Wayne version but at least it doesn't negate the rousing adventure you've been watching at the end.
  19. Michael Rose

    Michael Rose Forum Resident

    my thoughts exactly.
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  20. The Hud

    The Hud No More Mr. Nice Guy

    What Dreams May Come

    I love the movie, but I sometimes have a difficult time making it all the way through in one sitting.
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  21. MoonPool

    MoonPool Forum Resident

    The Wind That Shakes The Barley

    Both brilliant, both very different from each other and I'm glad I saw them and I never want to see either one again.
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  22. Oatsdad

    Oatsdad Oat, Biscuits and Abbie: Best Dogs Ever

    Alexandria VA
    Funny - in my memory, I thought I hated that movie, but I reread my review and realized I thought it was okay. Didn't love it, didn't hate it! :shrug:

    Will give it another look in the near future - haven't seen it in nearly 20 years! :eek:
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  23. Lonson

    Lonson An Old Disestablishmentarianismist

    Pink Floyd "The Wall."
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  24. The Hud

    The Hud No More Mr. Nice Guy

    I forgot that the thread specified "Great". I wouldn't consider it great, but good to very good. I own it on DVD and Blu-ray, FWIW.
  25. Oatsdad

    Oatsdad Oat, Biscuits and Abbie: Best Dogs Ever

    Alexandria VA
    I put the BD in my Netflix queue and will refresh my memory!

    I was all ready to mock you for liking it because I remembered it as being a "Patch Adams"-level disaster, but then I had to read my old review and find out I didn't hate it.

    Damn - I was looking forward to all that mockery! :laugh:
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