Last night, my wife Jessica and I watched Justin Kurzel’s “The Snowtown Murders.” The purpose of this was two-fold. I wanted to experience Justin Kurzel’s style of direction in preparation for “MacBeth” later this year and Jessica said she wanted something “suspenseful.” 2 hours later, and feeling like I got beat up by an Australian cult leader, I really enjoyed the dark, twisted tale…and I’ll likely never watch it again.
Hearing people like Robert use the word “uncomfortable” and Shane use “brutal” didn’t prepare me enough. There are instances in our cinematic life where you experience a film, praise its direction, writing, etc., and never want to put yourself through it again.
This brings me to today’s question for you all: what film have you seen in your life, that you thoroughly enjoyed, but will never want to see it again because of how uncomfortable or depressed it makes you?
When I was younger, one of the answers use to be “Requiem for a Dream” by Darren Aronfsky. That changed as an adult. I haven’t been back to Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ” since watching it in the theater. Doesn’t mean I haven’t tried, just can’t get through it all.
There are some popular choices I read on the web like “Martyrs” from Pascal Laugier or “Antichrist” from Lars von Trier. Also saw some mentions for “Dogtooth” from Yorgos Lanthimos. I’ve only seen one and a half of those.
In the comment section below, share your picks.