Al Bundy once said, “Life didn’t pass me by, it sat on my head.”
Well, that pretty much sums up the last few weeks. (Of course, even as I write this, I realize I have dried oatmeal on the front of my sweater. Lovely.) Life has indeed been sitting on my head…and it’s been eating beans.
The truth is, lots of things have been going wrong. Some more enlightened folks may say it’s the universe’s way of telling me something is out of balance. Others might say I’m being challenged. I prefer to simply grumble and eat cheese.
In honor of my late-winter malaise, I’ve culled together a list of incredibly depressing, heartwrenching, “where’s the nearest ledge?” movies. Sometimes seeing folks who have it a whole lost worse really does make you feel better about your own minor tragedies. Um, don’t enjoy these.
• The Deer Hunter. I never cried so hard in my life as I did during this movie. It’s perfect and, yes, you have to sit through the wedding. It will be important later. (As a sidenote, Christopher Walken was in “Balls of Fury,” a movie about ping pong. It’s hard to believe he was ever in something so incredible as “The Deer Hunter.”)
• Requiem for a Dream. This is not a movie for Pollyannas. It’s a painful, graphic, and awful portrayal of drug addiction and mental illness, and it ends horribly. But, as completely horrendous as the story is, the worst part for me is Ellen Burstyn’s speech about the red dress. It will break your heart.
• No Country for Old Men. I firmly believe this is the best movie made in at least 10 years. It will make you question your values and loyalties, and what you know about right and wrong. It’s incredible and very, very depressing.
• Breaking the Waves. This is another movie with challenging content, but it’s a powerful story about love, faith, and community. Just when you think it can’t get any worse for innocent Bess, it does…and does….and does. Emma Watson plays Bess and her cherub face makes it all the more devastating.
What’s on your list?