There are certain movies you can watch again and again, but there are some you just can’t because the subject matter is just too upsetting or nauseating. Here are four movies you cannot watch twice.
1- Boys don’t cry
Boys don’t cry is a 1999 biographical film, about a trans man named Brandon Teena who try’s to find love in Nebraska, but is instead falls victim to a brutal crime. The film stars Hilary Swank and Chole Sevigny. The film dramatizes Teena’s life, along with the agony of his abuse as trans, along with the abuse and rape he endures by two rednecks. It saddening and horrifying as we watch the abuse n screen, along with the fact that still happens today.
Kids is a 1995 coming of age film, which is about a group of teens hedonistic behavior growing up in the mid 1990’s, where the AIDS epidemic was rising. This film makes you squirm and not in a good way. You watched as teens as young as 12 are having orgies, unprotected sex, drinking, doing drugs and just acting wild. You watch as some get the HIV virus, other don’t care who they are having sex with and in one scene when a HIV positive 16 year old rapes a drunk twelve’s year old, exposing her to the virus. Yeah, it caused controversy, but I think the point is clear.
3- We need to talk about Kevin
We need to talk about Kevin is a 2011 British American film that stars Ezra Miller and Tilda Swinton, based on the novel of the same name by Lionel Shiver. The film centers on a mother and son, who are both at odds with each other. The film centers around Kevin (Miller), who you realize from when he was a child, is showing sociopathic tendencies, which basically means he feels no remorse for any of his actions. His mother Eva, (Swinton), is noticing but is also feeling guilty for her disinterest in motherhood and has no idea what to do about Kevin’s behavior, until one day, it finally explodes. You want to yell at the screen, saying there is something wrong, there is something wrong with that kid. But all you can do is watch from beginning to edge on the edge of your seat, knowing there is nothing that can be done.
4- Requiem for A Dream
Requiem for A Dream is a 2000 psychological drama that stars Jared Leto, Marlon Waynes, Jenifer Connely and Ellen Burstyn, which is based on the novel by Hulbert Selby Jr. The plot centers around 4 people who become addicted to drugs and their world just spirals. This is not a happy film, there is no hope in this film. Darren Aronfsky (the director) pulls no punches with showing the descent of drug addiction. We watched as one man gets his arm amputated because of using infected needles, another man in jail where he is being abused by the guards, a woman losing her grip on reality and getting electroshock treatments and one woman prostituting herself for another score. The films almost schizophrenic filming makes the viewer feels worse because it feels like for a brief moment, we are seeing what they are seeing.