Life's short, man. And sometimes you just plain regret watching a movie that, even if it has some merit, just isn't your thing.
All of the movies I have chosen this week as part of Wandering through the Shelves' Thursday Movie Picks have been widely seen, discussed, even lauded. Whatever. I, for one, will never make that mistake again.
Here are my Top Three Once Was Enough flicks:
dir. Mary Lambert, 1989
Not Zelda*. Still terrifying.
(I haven't seen it since 1995 and still I find myself thinking about those couple scares, only to curl up in a ball, breathing heavily, praying to clear my mind of those images, so I can sleep.)
dir. Lars von Trier, 2013
Because life is too short to sit through three hours of some chick torturing herself for no discernible reason other than von Trier's own desire to shock.
Gag me...with a spoon.
(I actually found a bit of greatness in the first part of the two part version. Then, I started Vol. II and got to the Shia LaBeouf how many spoons bit and...HELL NO! Turned it off.)
"Knight of Cups"
dir. Terrence Malick, 2015
Because life is too short to watch a film featuring some of the best actors of a generation spin around in circles for over two fucking hours. I don't care how pretty it is.
This is me escaping the artsy Hell that is this movie.
(I could get with "Tree of Life," mostly due to the familiarity of its setting and characters and its almost narrative, but this one and "To the Wonder"...NO! I'm gonna torture myself with "Song to Song" soon enough, just because I feel its my duty to be a Malick completist, but... Looking forward to his WWII flick coming out. Heard it actually tells a story with some dialogue.)
*Note: I've spared you (and myself) the terrifying image of Zelda. But watch the movie, if you haven't. Or just google "Pet Semetary Zelda". I double dog dare you.