Thursday, 11 January 2018

Thursday Movie Picks: Once Was Enough



There are actually quite a few films that fit this description.  Some are because these films were utter trash, other because they were just so depressing and there are a few there I can appreciate for being brilliant but I will never see them again.
Silence
One from last year, Martin Scorsese's film, meant to be a big hit with awards instead it just became the talk of a few conversations. Two Portuguese Jesuit priests travel to Japan after they hear their mentor has renounced his faith after being tortured. Its a harrowing story and thats putting lightly. The torture the Japanese converts experience in the name of faith is appalling, again, understating it. Not to mention the emtional trauma as well as physical that everyone goes through. It is spectacularly shot, the atmosphere is captured and you feel as if you are there (not always a good thing) but ultimately it isn't a film I can watch again as it does anger me as well as disturb me.

The Eyes of My Mother
 Speaking of disturbing... this film. I can't even bring myself to talk about this film again. I did write about it last year, which you can read HERE if you are intrigued. My gad I can't think of this film again.

Happiness
This is always one on the list of films I never want to see again. I bought the DVD after reading so much about Todd Solondz thinking this film was going to be about a family and their problems. What I got was that but its also the film with Philip Seymour Hoffman playing a creep, Dylan Baker playing a horrifying pheodohile where you don't see what he does but you find out what happens to the kids and it is beyond disturbing, not to mention that conversation he has with this son. Then there are the three sisters are each messed up or despressed in their own way...... I really don't like this film. Apologies for not being eloquent enough.


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14 comments:

  1. All three of these are excellent picks. I've only seen all of them once myself. I didn't hate Happiness, but it was definitely disturbing enough to warrant only one watch from me.

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    1. Agreed. It's a one watch type of film.

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  2. Silence is a film I don't mind seeing again as I really enjoyed it despite its overdrawn ending. Happiness.... yeah, that's something I don't want to see again. Great movie but.... really fucked up. I haven't seen The Eyes of My Mother but I'm intrigued. I like films that are willing to disturb people.

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    1. The Eyes of My Mother was one I wasn't exactly keen on going to see BUT I sorta felt I had too. It was introduced as a creepy film that would make you want to avoid people after.

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  3. Well these sound highly missable! I remember the big drum being beat for Silence and then it came and went with a whimper. Someone else I know who did see it shared your opinion.

    The title of my first just fit too perfectly in with the theme too pass up but it is NOT a good movie but the other two were ones that I thought were decent enough but to watch them again is completely unappealing.

    Once is Not Enough (1975)-Oh but it most certainly was…more than enough to be frank!! Based on the theme I couldn’t resist but this terrible film based on a trashy Jacqueline Susann novel about a naïve selfish and rather stupid rich girl (Deborah Raffin) who becomes involved with an much older man (David Janssen) as a substitute for her obsession with her father (Kirk Douglas) is tasteless, crass and badly acted by everyone except Alexis Smith and Brenda Vaccaro (who somehow managed to rise above the muck and be nominated for Best Supporting Actress). For something so salacious it’s remarkably dull.

    La Ronde (1950) - Max Ophuls’s venerated roundelay of a circle of love affairs, some serious some frivolous in 1900 Vienna is a supposed mad whirl of joie de vivre. I love many other of Ophuls’s films, Letter from an Unknown Woman, The Earrings of Madame de… & The Reckless Moment among them, so I was really looking forward to this film but while I didn’t hate it I found it rather silly and too frou-frou to take seriously and can’t see myself returning to it again.

    Moonrise Kingdom (2012)-Two youngsters fall in love and run away together which leads a search party to set out for them while they have quirky adventures. I know I’ll probably take heat for this one and maybe it’s because Wes Anderson films by and large leave me cold but while others were telling me how charming and lovely this was I thought it was forced, trying too hard for a feeling of whimsy. Again I didn’t hate it but I had a big feeling of So What? at the film’s conclusion.

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    1. Yep! All very misrable. I'm not fond of very depressing films.

      Whoa Once Is Not Enough sounds ridiculous! but I wonder, is it good bad or is just bad? Not heard of the second film. Oh no! I LOVE Wes Anderson films, Moonrise has a special place in my film heart too.

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  4. I have to give Happiness some props. Every single performance in that film is next-level. Hoffman especially. I'm always a bit mixed on Solondz though. He does some bold, astounding things with cinema, but it's always hard to watch.

    Silence is way too difficult a film to watch twice, but I'll watch it again one day. I'll need that sort of movie one day. It's masterfully made, boring, sometimes overly brutal, and the end is silly to me. But...Scorsese. Haven't seen the other.

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    1. Hmmmm yes, I do admire some of the performances in the film but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone, unless they like Solondz's films.

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  5. The only one I've seen is The Eyes of My Mother. For me, it was disturbing in a really good way. I've watched it twice and probably will see it again. Hopefully, I'll see Silence soon. Not familiar with Happiness.

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    1. Oh wow you saw it twice??! I felt sick after it! What was it that made it good in a disturbing way?

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  6. Thankfully, I have not seen any of these and doubt I will.

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    1. I'd only recommend Silence out of these three as it has merit but if you're not interested in the story, its not worth the pain.

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  7. I've only seen Silence and I liked it but I wouldn't watch it again.

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    1. It does have some amazing shots but once was enough for me, especially as I found out the "portuguese Jesuit priests" weren't speaking portuguese, they were speaking spanish.

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