Circuit Community: What is a Great Film You Can Never Watch Again?

Weekend Openings SnowtownLast 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.


What do you think?

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Written by Clayton Davis

Clayton Davis is the esteemed Editor and Owner of Born in Bronx, NY to a Puerto Rican mother and Black father, he’s been criticizing film and television for over a decade. Clayton is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association where he votes and attends the kick off to the awards season, the Critics Choice Awards. He also founded the Latino Entertainment Journalists Association, the first Latino-based critics’ organization in the United States. He’s also an active member of the African-American Film Critics Association, New York Film Critics Online, International Press Academy, Black Reel Awards, and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association. Clayton has been quoted and appeared in various outlets that include The New York Times,, Variety, Deadline, Los Angeles Times, FOX 5, Bloomberg Television, AOL, Huffington Post, Bloomberg Radio, The Wrap, Slash Film, and the Hollywood Reporter.


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