Oh, wait. I meant 6.
I was about 12 and there’s no way I would have gone to see it then, or wanted to.
Well, that’s a different story. I was like-
Ghosts of Mars is top of my list of movies I’ll never watch again.
It was bad, mean bad, not even accidentally funny or interesting just a giant cinematic hole made by people who know better!
Shout out to The Travelling Cat Chronicles
My partner and I saw it at a packed festival screening and were trying to keep down the ugliest of cries. At one point I thought we were going to have to leave for the sake of the other attendee’s comfort, and to try prevent the final shredding of our own dignity.
Another vote here for Grave of the Fireflies. I can actually see the DVD case from where I’m typing this.
It is brilliant - Isiao Takahata’s masterpiece by a country mile.
I have seen it twice. Both times, it kicked me so hard in the emotional core, I said “never again”.
The second time, I think I learned my lesson.
Oh, and The Deer Hunter. Scenes of utter brilliance, but Cimino should have got off the marching powder and allowed a skilful editor to excise all that padding. And maybe given some of the cast a slap round the head when the hyper-competitive “I’M METHOD-ACTING LOUDER AND MORE OBVIOUSLY THAN YOU!” nonsense started to swamp the actual story.
Ha, I loved Meet the Feebles. I have it on tape, probably watched it six times. Not so much anymore – now that half of our culture is just shock value, it’s no longer interesting. But twenty years ago I HOWLED at that movie.
“The Three Stooges” (2012)
Honestly, the only wholesome part about Meet the Feebles was Robert the Hedgehog. He’s such a sweetheart.
My dad took me to see Aliens in the theater when I was 9. He was a film professor and not a good judge of what was appropriate for children.
That said, I love Aliens.
Another film I could never watch again, just for the ending alone, is The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover.
That was written and directed by Peter Greenaway. I saw one of his earlier films, The Draughtsman’s Contract, and it made me want to grab Greenaway by the hair and bash his face against a brick wall. So I vowed never to see another movie by him again, and in retrospect I’m very glad I made that vow.
Same deal with Breaking the Waves and Lars von Trier.
That movie was another cinematic kick in the face. Never watching it again either.
Lars von Trier seems particularly proficient at that. Dancer in the Dark, anyone?
Yeah, I’m not a big anime guy, but I haven’t sworn it off completely, either (I love Miyazaki’s work).
But if I have to direct anyone towards that stuff, I don’t recommend Grave of the Fireflies. I don’t dissuade them, either, but I just say that it’s a difficult viewing experience and let it lie there.
Oh I know – anything, anything, by Atom Egoyan.
There’s only so many ways to dress up incest as an art film. Blech.
That was the first episode of Game of Thrones for me. Once it gets into incest, I’m out.
For GOT, I’d read the first book, so at least I was ready for that. Egoyan did all these really critically adored movies in the 90s and after about the third one I said, why am I doing this to myself? and stopped going to them.
Super. It’s the best deconstruction of superheroes ever. (Sorry Zack Snyder) but man it’s too dark to watch a second time.
Funny, the mom-and-pop VHS store in my town gave you 4 or 5 days for older movies and I’d never seen it. The first viewing with one group of friends was pretty terrifying, but two nights later with a different group, we laughed the whole time. No, I haven’t watched it since!
It’s funny because both films are films I would gladly watch twice. Peter Greenaway is a brilliant director. One of the best today. Meet the Feebles has aged less well, sadly. I would say the fact that it’s a foul movie about foul creatures affords it a bit of leeway.
As for a movie I will never watch again- Aeon Flux. Totally missed what was great about the show. I walked out of the theatre.