Thursday Movie Picks: Once Was Enough

We've all been there. Sat through a film from time to time and thought "Okay....never again" That's what Wanderer wants to talk about this week. I could easily go the route with movies I hated this week, but I decided to pick movies that I enjoyed, but I'm good with never seeing them again. 

1) Tyrannosaur

This film is heavy and I felt like I walked around with it on my shoulders for weeks afterwords. It's a great film, don't get me wrong. I gave it an A when I reviewed it, but it will take its toll on you. I still recommend it.

2) Requiem for a Dream

Another great film that is just so disturbing that I don't think I could sit through it again. 

3) Toni Erdmann 

This film was really interesting but it was just way too long. I loved the story but it's not something I'd dedicate another near 3 hours to. 

24 comments:

  1. I haven't seen Tyrannosaur but definitely agree with the other two picks. I liked Toni Edmann but yeah, too long, and not *that* interesting !

    And Requiem is one that I rewatched for the podcast but god, never again if I can avoid it. I love it but, it is really so disturbing to watch. Plus when I rewatched it I realised I didn't need to because that is one movie I'll never forget

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    1. Right? I love it too. I think it's a masterful piece of film making but I don't need to see it again lol.

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  2. In absolute agreement about Requiem being a one and done. I didn't love it, I respected the hell out of the acting-Ellen Burstyn should have won the Oscar that year-but it was powerfully done. I'll never return to it though.

    I've heard of the others but have never seen them and based on your comments I don't think I'll be rushing to do that.

    Excepting my first which I couldn't resist using but isn't a good film I also used films that I thought were fine but won't return to.

    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 na├»ve 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. Moonrise Kingdom is actually my favorite of Wes Anderson's films. lol. I get why not everyone loves it though. I haven't seen your first two picks.

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  3. AW, I LOVED Toni Erdmann! I know it was long, but I would gladly have spent another almost three hours with those characters.

    Obviously, since I also picked it, we feel the same way about Requiem. Brilliant, but WAY too much for me to ever watch again. And I still haven't see Tyrannosaur, but I've heard it's super-depressing.

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    1. Tyrannosaur is beyond depressing but it's so good I can't not recommend it.

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  4. I like the angle you chose for this theme! I myself haven't seen your two picks, but I have watched The Requiem for at least twice and then clips of it a few times. I will probably watch it again if the time comes. Disturbing but yet, so much of it to appreciate.

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    1. You're braver than me lol. Weirdly enough it's Ellen's story that disturbs me the most, it's not even the gross imagery in it. It's all her story.

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  5. I loved Toni Erdmann and I'd definitely watch it again. But, yeah, it's a bit too long.

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    1. I'm glad you loved it though! I've watched the director's cut of Return of the King so many times, and that is also so long.

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  6. I only know Requiem although I haven't seen it and it is the 2nd blog to pick this film so I will skip it. There is enough things to be depressed about. I don't even know the other 2 so have to look them up.

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    1. I think you would like Tyrannosaur but it's a hard watch.

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    2. I read a little about this film and when I read what he did to the dog, I know I won’t watch it

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    3. Yeah, it's rough. They only show the aftermath thankfully.

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  7. Tyrannosaur I haven't seen though I want to while I will definitely agree with you on Toni Erdmann as it's an excellent film but I have no interest in seeing it again. Requiem for a Dream is a film I'm likely to see again as I'm still waiting for a possible Criterion release for the film.

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  8. I couldn't even get through Tyrannosaur, I saw Paddy Considine's short film which was a sort of prelude to the feature and oh gad its grim. Same with Requiem, that is a downer for sure. Great film in terms of storytelling and theres some great shots BUT ahhhhhhh never again.

    I really liked Toni Erdmann but I get what you mean....the naked party scene was super awkward and not something I want to see in a hurry

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    1. I didn't realize Paddy did a short before that. (or if I did, I forgot) I'll have to look that up.

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  9. I'm definitely gonna get to Toni Erdmann at some point. The runtime has put me off. I've seen Requiem for a Dream a few times, but I can't do it anymore either. Haven't seen it in years. Too heavy, much like your other pick, which I'm not familiar with.

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    1. I think you'd appreciate Tyrannosaur, but it's very heavy. I'd recommend that over Toni Erdmann.

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  10. I love both of your first two movies, but fully understand not wanting to subject yourself to them again. Haven't seen Toni Erdmann, yet.

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    1. They're both excellent, but yeah. I think I'm good with re-watching lol.

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  11. Requiem for a Dream - I still have not finished watching it, not because it was disturbing, I don't think I got far...just that I didn't really like what I had seen.

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