Thursday, November 21, 2013

Movies I am Glad I Saw Once But Would Never See Again

I am glad I saw Hilary Swank's BOYS DON'T CRY back in 1999 but I would never see it again. It was an artful movie with good performances by Swank and Sevigny but seeing it again would put me over the edge. I could also never see PRIEST again for similar reasons. Torturing people for their color, sex, or sexual orientation is important to know about but seeing it on a big screen is another thing.

What would you never see again?


25 comments:

Margot Kinberg said...

Patti - A Clockwork Orange is one of those movies for me...

F.T. Bradley said...

Schindler's List. Seven.

Lately, I've found very dark movies or TV shows impossible to watch. Not sure why...

R.T. said...

I refuse to see Lolita again. And I refuse to read the novel again. I do not care to think too much about why I find Nabakov's story so offensive.

Charles Gramlich said...

Million dollar baby. oh the tears

Dana King said...

I figured I'd have at least one right away, but I don't. I have a lot of movies I won't see again because I thought they stunk, and several I have no interest in seeing in the first place, for various reasons. But, of all the movies I'm glad I saw, I can't think of one I wouldn't watch again, though there are several for which I'd have to be in the right mood.

pattinase (abbott) said...

MILLION DOLLAR BABY for sure. I have never seen A CLOCKWORK ORANGE. It looked too scary.

George said...

I would have to say 95% of the movies I see I never have to see again. So many contemporary movies are consumable: watch them once and never think about them again.

Loren Eaton said...

I'm gearing up for Oldboy, which I suspect will be one of those. Also, The Passion of the Christ.

Anonymous said...

I've actually seen Schindler's List 3 times. There is something about it.

Hey, I hated Clockwork Orange the first time.

But I do agree. Lots of movies I like when I see them but... that's enough, as George said.

Of course, not beeding to see them again isn't exactly the same as "will never watch again" is it?

Jeff M.

pattinase (abbott) said...

No, what I mean is that the movie put you through something that maybe was important but you couldn't bear to do it again.
I loved the Korean OLDBOY and I hope he doesn't ruin it.
Schindler's List is ok for me because good triumphs in an important way.

Ron Scheer said...

Almost all of them. Sitting through most movies once is all I have patience for.

Erik Donald France said...

Yes, Boys Don't Cry leads the list for me, as well.

Anonymous said...

JFK was the first one that popped into my head. I enjoyed it to a point, but I can't take that level of paranoia for too long. Also, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest--riveting story, great performances, but not a movie is like to see again.

Deb

Richard said...

The 2005 remake of War of the Worlds. 300. Curse of the Golden Flower. Eight Below (too damn sad).

Prashant C. Trikannad said...

TITANIC and Woody Allen films.

Dan_Luft said...

Any movie directed by Peter Greenaway or Lars Von Trier

pattinase (abbott) said...

I'm not even glad I saw TITANIC once.
I liked one movie by Von Trier and then he went off the track for me.

Kieran Shea said...

Bad Lieutenant w/ Harvey Keitel and Biutiful w/ Javier Bardem. The first was like getting punched in the face over and over and the second broke my heart.

pattinase (abbott) said...

BL doesn't seem to have helped Harvey Keitel's career. What happened to him?

Yvette said...

BOYS DON'T CRY for sure. Most modern movies actually. When I rewatch I'm usually rewatching oldies. Though there are a few 'moderns' I will watch over and over depending on mood. I'm contrary that way. :)

Al Tucher said...

There's a longer list of movies I haven't been able to make myself see even once, although I despise my cowardice: Schindler's List, Hotel Rwanda, Twelve Years a Slave among them.

pattinase (abbott) said...

I am getting to be more leery of what's one the screen every year.

Todd Mason said...

If THE FRENCH CONNECTION II had been a better film, it would've made this cut (or, more to point, puncture) for me. Hackman is, surprise, good in it. There are a number of almost-good-enough films, but few that so play on my problem with needles.

PONETTE definitely angered me till the resolution, since until that point it seemed to want to celebrate the hilarious side of a ~5yo girl trying to cope with the death of her mother, given such further fun as being mocked by her peers for being an orphan (bawling at them at one point, "You wouldn't say that if my mother was here!" and isn't that just precious? Um, no, you sadistic jackasses, its humor is eclipsed by the pain inherent in that).

Cap'n Bob said...

There are few movies I'd go out of my way to rewatch, but one I'd avoid is Zorro, the Gay Blade. Ron Liebman's awful, full-volume histrionics had me squirming in my seat during the whole show.

pattinase (abbott) said...

I would include WHAT MAISIE KNEW along with Ponette. Very good film but crushingly sad.