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Postby Narsil » Thu Aug 02, 2007 1:53 pm UTC

What's the most depressing movie you've ever seen? Like a movie that had you leaving the theaters just feeling like crap.

Children of Men- Absolutely fucking brilliant movie, but horribly depressing. I think I went home and didn't talk to anyone the rest of the day afterwards.

Pan's Labrynth- I just wanted to die after watching this. That is all.

The Fountain- Very, very sad movie. Not what was expecting at all from it, but still a sad movie. I liked it a lot though.


The Matrix Revolutions- Oh God, why?
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Postby Kawa » Thu Aug 02, 2007 1:57 pm UTC

Grave of the Fireflies.

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Postby Belial » Thu Aug 02, 2007 2:31 pm UTC

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Requiem for a Dream

Seriously, the first time I saw this movie, my friend Ezra and I sat there for 20 minutes after the credits had finished rolling, just staring at the blank screen. Finally....

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Postby Phenriz » Thu Aug 02, 2007 3:13 pm UTC

i won't watch either requiem nor grave of the fireflies ever again, once was enough for me for both movies. I wouldn't classify CoM as a depressing movie though, it ended on a good note.

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Postby Narsil » Thu Aug 02, 2007 3:17 pm UTC

Darren Anranofsky films should come with a free bottle of whiskey and a razor.

How has this man not killed himself yet?
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Postby Phenriz » Thu Aug 02, 2007 3:21 pm UTC

you forgot the barbiturates to go with that bottle of whiskey
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Postby Narsil » Thu Aug 02, 2007 3:24 pm UTC

At that point, you really need to just smash the Tylenol with a mortar and pestle and snort the powder to see any effectiveness.
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Postby Mighty Jalapeno » Thu Aug 02, 2007 3:28 pm UTC

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Requiem for a Dream

AWWW, that's what I came here to post.

That, and SLC Punk.

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Postby Belial » Thu Aug 02, 2007 3:58 pm UTC

Mighty Jalapeno wrote:That, and SLC Punk.


Dear GOD yes.

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Postby Mighty Jalapeno » Thu Aug 02, 2007 3:59 pm UTC

Outside of my wife, you're the ONLY PERSON IN THE WORLD that recognizes that movie when I mention it. (Inside of my wife is a different story).

And it just ends with "And we were all just bullshitting, and now we suck." I mean.... GYACK! Still, more high school cliques need to see that. It's so hard to believe that that's the same guy from fugging Wing Commander.

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Postby Belial » Thu Aug 02, 2007 4:03 pm UTC

Mighty Jalapeno wrote:Outside of my wife, you're the ONLY PERSON IN THE WORLD that recognizes that movie when I mention it. (Inside of my wife, it's hard to talk).


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Postby Phenriz » Thu Aug 02, 2007 4:03 pm UTC

Mighty Jalapeno wrote:Outside of my wife, you're the ONLY PERSON IN THE WORLD that recognizes that movie when I mention it. (Inside of my wife is a different story).


It was required viewing among my circle of friends in highschool.

I don't think it was depressing either, it ends on a slightly down note, but the movie as a whole was pretty funny.

The shit with the "brit punks" in the mall was especially hilarious.
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Postby SecondTalon » Thu Aug 02, 2007 4:03 pm UTC

I didn't really see SLC punk as all that depressing, more of a movie of quiet resignation.
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Postby Belial » Thu Aug 02, 2007 4:05 pm UTC

Quiet resignation is depressing
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Postby SecondTalon » Thu Aug 02, 2007 4:09 pm UTC

Eh, I don't see it as the same as Requiem for a Dream. Different level of depression, maybe..
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Postby Rodan » Thu Aug 02, 2007 4:09 pm UTC

Phenriz wrote:I wouldn't classify CoM as a depressing movie though, it ended on a good note.

spoiler, kind of wrote: I still vaguely want it to have ended with them just floating in the sea... That would be too damn depressing though, and I'm glad it ended differently...

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Postby Malice » Thu Aug 02, 2007 9:10 pm UTC

Requiem for a Dream gets easier the more you watch it. I hardly even have to cut myself anymore to get to sleep afterwards.

Also, not all of Darronofsky's films are depressing. I wouldn't really call Pi a disheartening film. It even ends in victory! Sort-of...

Children of Men ends better than it starts (in terms of depression). My favorite shot in the whole film is that quick one, almost the very last one (you'll know it when you see it), which allows the ending to suggest, not despair, but hope for an unknown future.

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Postby Belial » Thu Aug 02, 2007 9:16 pm UTC

I haven't really seen CoM, but just based on the premise, I'm willing to bet that it would be depressing to me for a different reason.

"Seriously, director? You think society would *completely fucking collapse* if people couldn't have their precious children? That people are so damn meaningless and hollow that they *absolutely need* a chain of descendants to validate their existance? If that's true, I'm going to be off in the corner crying for humanity."
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Postby Phenriz » Thu Aug 02, 2007 9:21 pm UTC

Belial wrote:"Seriously, director? You think society would *completely fucking collapse* if people couldn't have their precious children? That people are so damn meaningless and hollow that they *absolutely need* a chain of descendants to validate their existance? If that's true, I'm going to be off in the corner crying for humanity."


Human beings are animals, usually when a dog gets neutered they gain weight, and become less active. Now mind you this effect is lessened when this happens at a younger age for the dog. Think about what would happen to someone at the age of 19 to 40, if they ever even thought they might want to have kids.

But essentially that's the premise, what's the point of trying for anything if no one is going to be able to enjoy what you've left for them?

The entirety of our genetics and all genetics on the planet is based off of a legacy and change/improvement of that legacy. You're objection to the premise seems very knee-jerk reactionary, simply because you don't like kids.

Without legacy life would cease to exist.
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Postby william » Thu Aug 02, 2007 9:39 pm UTC

Belial wrote:I haven't really seen CoM, but just based on the premise, I'm willing to bet that it would be depressing to me for a different reason.

"Seriously, director? You think society would *completely fucking collapse* if people couldn't have their precious children? That people are so damn meaningless and hollow that they *absolutely need* a chain of descendants to validate their existance? If that's true, I'm going to be off in the corner crying for humanity."

If every single fucking mother in the world stopped giving birth enough people would be mad enough to drop the bombs that would cause society to collapse, yeah. I doubt you'd be too happy with the death of humanity as a species either, if only because no more feeding stock.

The movie actually talks more about immigration than children though.
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Postby Dark Ragnarok » Thu Aug 02, 2007 10:32 pm UTC

The Pianist

Edit: I'm sure we want to avoid too much anime (or any) in this thread... but i HAVE to say Elfen Lied...

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Postby Dr.Robert » Fri Aug 03, 2007 12:02 am UTC

Requiem for A Dream has been said many times, but I say it again. That movie was depressing. I watched it alone at 2:00AM, and as the credits rolled I was shaking. The end is absolutely insane.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind also depressed me, even though it was a kind of happy ending.

I have a tendency to become depressed during parts of movies that shouldn't be depressing.

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Postby semicolon » Fri Aug 03, 2007 1:10 am UTC

Dr.Robert wrote:Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind also depressed me, even though it was a kind of happy ending.

I cried near the end too. They were on the beach or whatever, and she said something like, "so what do we do?" And he said, "enjoy it." Something like that. Anyway, I cried.

Man, I never remember Eternal Sunshine in these threads! I've never remembered that I cried at that movie until just now.

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Postby Belial » Fri Aug 03, 2007 1:16 am UTC

semicolon wrote:Man, I never remember Eternal Sunshine in these threads! I've never remembered that I cried at that movie until just now.


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Postby Narsil » Fri Aug 03, 2007 2:01 am UTC

Belial wrote:I haven't really seen CoM, but just based on the premise, I'm willing to bet that it would be depressing to me for a different reason.

"Seriously, director? You think society would *completely fucking collapse* if people couldn't have their precious children? That people are so damn meaningless and hollow that they *absolutely need* a chain of descendants to validate their existance? If that's true, I'm going to be off in the corner crying for humanity."
It's depressing because the entire world has fucking gone insane. Bombings are a daily occurrence, there is no one younger than 18 anywhere, and there's no more Africa. Yes, reproduction is a vital part of life. If no one has kids, we all eventually die out. In a world where people know this, and thus know their existence is a very finite number, people have a tendency to fucking lose it.
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Postby fjafjan » Fri Aug 03, 2007 2:08 am UTC

Kawa wrote:Grave of the Fireflies.

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I don't think I can empathise this enough.

Though I havn't seen requiem for a dream yet...
I guess I have to now.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind also depressed me, even though it was a kind of happy ending.

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Postby Zohar » Fri Aug 03, 2007 11:46 am UTC

Wow, no one here watches Lars von Trier films? Dancer in the Dark is seriously the most depressing film I've seen, haven't seen any of his other films but supposedly his mission in life is to make people cry. Although, there's a new trailer for a comedy of his (which, I think, is a first).

Also, I walked out of Three Kings fairly depressed, not exactly sure why. It just made me feel uneasy.
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Postby Cuton » Fri Aug 03, 2007 1:23 pm UTC

I've mentioned this movie in another thread as a really good movie, but Irréversible (a very good french movie) is absolutely depressing. It made me hate myself for being male.

Spoiler wrote:For those who don't have access to this movie (it's hard to find... and such) The movie unfolds in reverse chronology, starting with two guys entering a club looking for someone and once they find him, one of the guys uses a fire extinguisher to bash his face in, killing him. Next we find out that the two guys are the current and ex boyfriends of a very lovely girl whom they were at a party with. She gets pissed off at both of them and leaves, taking a tunnel to the subway. In the tunnel, a man attacks her and rapes her (graphic rape scene here, it's not pornographic, just very *REAL*) The rapist, we learn is not the guy the boyfriends killed, but is right next to them when they kill the man. Last scene is the boyfriend and the girl earlier that day, at home getting ready for the party... the boyfriend leaves to get wine and the girl takes a pregnancy test and learns she is pregnant. Roll credits. *cue wtf*


There's three distinct phases of "holy shit" in the movie... and they get progressively worse. For some reason, I saw it alone, at 5am. Needless to say I did not sleep that night.

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Postby 3li » Fri Aug 03, 2007 3:13 pm UTC

The Bothersome Man

Great great great indie film. I higly recommend it. the premise is sort of a purgatory with everyone both trying not to sin and trying to not remember all the great things in life. Everyone is so bored it kills me.

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Postby evilbeanfiend » Fri Aug 03, 2007 3:13 pm UTC

"crouching tiger hidden dragon"
when shes too late at the end to save jet li's character
and "withnail and i"
when they say goodbye in the pooring rain and yo know one of them is going on and up, while the other is likely staying in the gutter in an alcoholic daze
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Postby Mighty Jalapeno » Fri Aug 03, 2007 3:33 pm UTC

Zohar wrote:Also, I walked out of Three Kings fairly depressed, not exactly sure why. It just made me feel uneasy.

Three Kings made me feel inspired.

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Postby Jesse » Fri Aug 03, 2007 3:37 pm UTC

Zohar wrote:Wow, no one here watches Lars von Trier films? Dancer in the Dark is seriously the most depressing film I've seen, haven't seen any of his other films but supposedly his mission in life is to make people cry. Although, there's a new trailer for a comedy of his (which, I think, is a first).

Also, I walked out of Three Kings fairly depressed, not exactly sure why. It just made me feel uneasy.


Lars Von Trier is shitty. Dancer in the Dark is his only half-decent film, and that works by playing off of Bjork's weirdness. Dogme '95 was a bad idea to beign with, and then he went and broke it anyway.

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Postby Hammer » Fri Aug 03, 2007 3:39 pm UTC

I refused to accept it as depressing because I made up a whole continuation of the story after it ended where everybody got to be happy, but, if you don't do that: The Cooler.
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Postby MFHodge » Fri Aug 03, 2007 5:26 pm UTC

I watched Requiem for a Dream on a Friday afternoon in college and it wrecked my whole weekend. I seriously had no desire to even leave my apartment for three days.
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Postby Mighty Jalapeno » Fri Aug 03, 2007 5:30 pm UTC

I watched it with my wife, snuggling on the floor on a blanket. When it both ended, we said "That was FUCKED up," and then watched Eternal Sunshine.

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I'm too cynical. :( It was still a depressing movie, don't get me wrong, but I don't think I've emoted quite like you all.

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Postby AquaFox » Fri Aug 03, 2007 8:04 pm UTC

I am Sam anybody?

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AquaFox wrote:I am Sam anybody?

Totally depressing :( How does Sean Penn keep getting work?

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Postby Castaway » Sun Aug 05, 2007 5:27 pm UTC

[quote="Mighty Jalapeno
That, and SLC Punk.[/quote]
I love that movie. I just mentioned it the other day in the "bad movie" thread (only because other people consider it such.) I didn't think it was depressing. I thought it was more uplifting because he goes and gets on with his life. And they play Kill The Poor during the credits.
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Postby semicolon » Sun Aug 05, 2007 10:25 pm UTC

evilbeanfiend wrote:"withnail and i"

Holy shit! I downloaded and watched this movie completely on a whim after finding it on Wikipedia. I don't really know anything about it and assumed I was the only one who had ever seen it. It wasn't anything amazing, but it was a very amusing movie. I didn't really get emotionally attached to either of them though.


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