Welcome back to week two of the Sandy Edition of the Monday Movie Meme! If you missed my post last week, I have assumed the role of assigning topics of the Monday Movie Meme to give the Bumbles a little rest.
Just call me Susie Sunshine, because this week we are talking about DEPRESSING movies! Not the tear-jerkers, friends, but the ones that make you want to drive your car into a wall. Usually the movies I list here each week are ones I would recommend, but not this time around. Unless you feel like a big dose of melancholy (and sometimes you do), you should avoid these at all costs.
1. The Squid and the Whale - Great director, great cast. But I was sorely tempted to throw something large and destructive at the TV screen when I finished this one. If you ever wanted to watch a slow, disturbing example of the horrors of divorce on the children, wallow in a couple of hours of this.
2. Winter's Bone - yes, yes, I know it was nominated for four Oscars, and Jennifer Lawrence did a fine job of acting. But really. The idea of a 17-year- old raising her two younger siblings, caring for her insane mama, and trying to find her druggy daddy that skipped bail so she won't lose the house and have to live in the woods? And more awfulness that I won't get into? It all gave me a stomachache.
3. Grave of the Fireflies - This little ray of sunshine is about two starving street orphans trying to survive in post WWII Japan. It is a realistic and disturbing bit of animation, and has been deemed "profoundly human", but I'd rather not watch children die, thanks.
4. House of Sand and Fog - Again, more Oscars. Oscar likes depression I think. I will admit to being in awe of Ben Kingsley and Jennifer Connelly. Their acting here was second to none, but there is nothing happy here. I wanted to crawl under my covers for a week.
5. Requiem For a Dream - I hesitated in putting this movie on my list. Again, nothing happy here. Absolutely NOTHING. But yet it is so horrifying, you can't help but staring like a Looky Loo driving by a bad traffic accident. You turn off the DVD with not so much depression as revulsion. It is a fine line.
This is a therapy session of sorts! So let it out...which movies make you feel horrid? Get it off your chest, you'll feel better.