A Supposedly Fun Movie I’ll Never Watch Again
After writing about movies on my to-do list last month, Redlami suggested a variation on the theme: films you’re glad you saw but would never want to live through again. My definition of glad might be a little broader than most, I have a penchant for movies that make you say, “dang, these people got PROBLEMS”, but with that standard in mind, the thought of re-watching some of these films makes me shudder while even typing their names.
Drugs and Addiction
If it’s a biopic, that’s usually ok, because we know the ending (Ray, Walk the Line); if it’s about the drug trade, that’s ok too (Traffic, television show Weeds), but if it’s about the reality of someone’s headlong crash into their bottomest bottom with little hope of the magical moment of clarity, well, that realness is a bit less pleasant to witness once, let alone twice. I saw Requiem for a Dream in the theater, and afterwards went with two friends to a diner next door for pancakes to cheer us up. In the men’s room, I looked down at the urinal and saw a splash guard that said “Don’t Do Drugs” and I began laughing maniacally while the terrible ending montage (including creepy sex parties, giant double dildos, and bone saws) flashed through my head over and over again. I inexplicably bought this movie on DVD later in a 2-pack for sale that featured the director’s other movie Pi. Did I ever crack the plastic seal on Requiem? Hell no! I gave it away for free years later.
In Bread, Eggs, Milk, & Herzog, I mentioned director Takashi Miike, specifically because he did the movie Audition. I watched that movie alone, in the second week of living with my new girlfriend. She came home from a rehearsal and I was frightened to go to sleep next to her, fearing I would wake up to needles in my eyes. And yet, years later, I decided it would be a good idea to watch his other movie Visitor Q. Why, oh why?!? Perhaps like Mt. Everest, simply because it’s there. Really gruesome horror movies fall into this category for me, too.
The third category of film are those that tackle taboo topics and people behaving badly in ways worst than we can think of. These movies are blowing your mind because people are doing terrible unconscionable acts that we can hardly believe anyone would do, even if most of these films are more often than not based on actual events (or historically recorded similar events). With these movies, I am so scarred and enthralled by what I’ve seen, I want to talk about desperately with other people, but can’t in good conscience recommend them to anyone. The Lars von Trier pairing of Manderlay and Dogville come to mind, but also just to prove I will follow Julianne Moore anywhere, I also watched Savage Grace, and I’m not saying anyone should ever watch this movie if they don’t want to….but if you do, please let me know, I’m still dying to talk about it.
What are movies you are glad you saw, but can’t bear to think of sitting through again?