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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by getbent, Jun 8, 2021.
Dancer in the Dark.
That was very entertaining. Until it wasn’t.
"SLC Punk." Watched it again this weekend. Fires on all cylinders until Stevo's walk downstairs and then punches you right in the gut. The knife twist of the flashback scene with Bob talking young Stevo out of D&D and Rush fandom, phew.
All of the Cormac adaptations fall into this camp for me excepting "the Sunset Limited," which I just didn't care for. I could also do without Cameron Diaz's dopey speech pattern in "the Counselor," but the film survives it even if her acting career mercifully hasn't; truly, I think it may've been the last movie she did?
Another vote for Once Were Warriors. Once seen, never forgotten. A truly heart-wrenching movie. If you haven't seen it, watch it.
Also, Sunshine was a movie I really enjoyed, but it left me feeling really low and depressed.
Boy in the Striped Pajamas.
Fascinating, powerful, dramatic, suspenseful, but most of all sad.
The saddest film I've seen was De Sica's "Umberto D". That one really got to me.
I've seen Once Were Warriors mentioned on this thread a few times. In 2016 I realised I'd lived in NZ for over 10 years but still knew little of the Māori view of the world. So I enrolled in a course at the local college to learn Tikanga Māori (Māori culture and thinking). There were 25 people on the course and, I kid you not, 22 were Māori. I remember when I introduced myself (the only non-NZer in the room) saying how was shocked I was to see so many Māori people who felt they had to take a course to learn their own culture. And then some of the history was explained to me.
Even with the Treaty of Waitangi (1840), over decades and across generations their culture and language had been repressed (in some cases literally beaten out of people). By the 1980s fewer than 20% of Māori people spoke their own language well enough to be considered 'native speakers'. There has been a revival since the 1980s (helped in part by the adoption of the traditional "Ka Mate" haka by the All-Blacks) but, as my own personal experience indicates, there is still a long way to go.
Still, pot calling the kettle black. What Australia has done to the Aboriginals is criminal.
Anyways, to inject some silliness into this thread.
I do find this movie entertaining (yes, I know it is a cartoon for kids). You might recognise the voice of the Rooster (Roger Miller).
Have to also say that seeing the 25th anniversary of Grease in the cinemas (2002 or so) with everybody (and I do mean everybody) in the audience singing along - because we all know every word - was a complete hoot.
At Close Range, with Christopher Walken and Sean Penn is beyond depressing... it's horrifying, but I've watched it several times.
Dead Man Walking, also with Sean Penn, was riveting... but so depressing that I'd never watch it again.
Sophie's Choice. Kramer Vs. Kramer. Come and See
Maybe I'm wired different, but I think Fargo is tons of fun. I guess the Bill Macy characters arc could be depressing, but I just think it's funny.
Man I gotta watch Fargo again...
well, i would have never thought to compare them, but they have in common that they are both about worlds in which evil and madness dominate. one is a demented fantasy comedy from a nutty guy's imagination, the other is a harrowing attempt to recreate a reality caused by a madman's imagination.
Not a movie, but I found the TV serial 5 parter Chernobyl, very engrossing, and very depressing all at once. Amazingly made drama though.
I’ve always wanted to see this movie.
For me, the first movies that Come to mind are:
No Country For Old Men
End Of The Tour
The Offence with Sean Connery. Gut wrenching.
that was an excellent mini series, my wife and i just rewatched it last week.
I really thought it was excellent. One of my sons bought me the blu ray for Christmas, and I need to see it again, but it's so harrowing.
the last depressing movie i saw is "son of saul". i've known about this movie for about 3 years, but i just wasn't in a frame of mind to watch it because i knew it was going to be brutal. and it is. it's the story of a member of a sonderkommando who is trying to arrange a burial of a body whom he believes to be his son.
son of saul is filmed in an unusual way - we see saul in close-up almost all the way through the film, with only a few placing shots. but if you can glimpse the background, and listen to the soundtrack, you see the hell he lives in. the first 20 minutes of the film establish everything.
Son of Saul- Official Trailer - Bing video
LOVED Baxter. I can't recall if it was subtitled or re-voiced/dubbed, but it was a big "hit" here in the VHS rental age, which is when I saw it. Need to see it again.
No one has mentioned Apocalypse Now?
Anyway, I've only ever managed an hour either end. One of those movies, that you always catch bits and pieces of. Very good, but very, very hard to watch at the same time.