Monday, June 20, 2011

Movie Monday

Depressing Movies...Share on your blog movies that make you go totally bummed out and link back here to the Bumbles.

At the top of my list is Inglorious Basterds. Yes, I laughed during certain parts. But I hated what I was laughing at, and the behavior I was cheering. Even more, I hated being surrounded by a theater full of movie goers who got off on the violence but I doubt gave a moment's thought to the relative morality Tarantino was shining a light on. So while I enjoyed it while it was going on, I never want to see it again.

And then there's Babel, another movie starring Brad Pitt. Now I'm not making this up: There's a character in that movie, a Chinese teenager, who is deaf… and mute …and depressed … over her mother's suicide …and plays on losing sports team … and she's convinced she's the last virgin on her losing sports team. SHE EVEN HAS CAVITIES! At least they didn't show her cat being run over by a car. Guess they're saving that for Babel 2.

And if I can go back our depressing Nazi friends for a moment (because who can give us pause and question or own humanity more than Nazis?) there are, of course, Schindler's List and Sophie's Choice -- two exceptional but incredibly wrenching movies. As they should be. But now that I've seen them once, I have no interest in seeing them again.

5 comments:

  1. I liked this post, good choices. =)

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  2. Very depressing choices. And I felt guilty laughing at Inglorious Basterds, too, I really understand what you're talking about.

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  3. I agree--depressing movies do wrench you guts right out of you :/

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  4. Oh totally - Babel was totally depressing - especially for the character you highlight.

    I disliked Ingl.Bast. profusely. It disturbed me more than depressed me. I love Tarantino but that one just missed the mark with me.

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  5. I hear you on Schindler's List. Once was enough for me.

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