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The 411 Movies Top 5: The Top 5 Single-Watch Movies

July 4, 2015 | Posted by Shawn S. Lealos
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The Top 5 “One and Done” Movies

This week’s instructions: List five movies that you saw, and really liked or thought were great, but isn’t something you really like re-watching (too depressing, knowing the end doesn’t make it as good for repeat viewings, or whatever).

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5. THE LORD OF THE RINGS TRILOGY – I’ve decided to lump all three LotR movies together because I’ve only seen each one once during each movie’s original theatrical run. I loved all three of them, yes, but I’ve never really felt the need to watch any of them again on TV or on DVD. I will occasionally check out whichever one TNT has on if there’s nothing else worth watching on TV, but then that particular viewing usually becomes background noise and I only actively watch every couple of minutes. I never really knew what was going on in each movie as I wasn’t a Tolkien fan before the first movie came out and had a hard time remembering names and understanding what the hell anyone was saying. Each movie is powerful, though, as pure epic cinema, and I can remember being enthralled by each adventure (The Two Towers is my favorite of the three). Maybe one day I’ll go back to them and watch them again and then check out The Hobbit trilogy as I’ve completely missed all three of them.

4. VIGILANTE – This low budget revenge flick starring Robert Forster and Fred “The Hammer” Williamson is one of director William Lustig’s finest movies. Both Forster and Williamson put in great performances and Lustig manages to handle both the revenge action stuff and the heavy drama stuff that, in the end, makes for a satisfying motion picture. And Jay Chattaway’s score is one of the best of the low budget 1980’s (was this ever officially released as a soundtrack? If not it needs to be). However, the grimness of the movie makes it nearly impossible to want to watch again. What Forster’s character goes through is heart breaking and Williamson is just no fun (the man has no sense of humor in this movie). And the prison scenes, good God are they depressing. I completely recommend checking this movie out if you haven’t already. It’s worth seeing. Just be aware, though, that it makes Chuck Bronson’s first Death Wish look like Who’s Harry Crumb?.

3. GANDHI – I’ve seen this movie twice, once while in high school and once on Cinemax. Ben Kingsley is superb as Gandhi, and its inspiring story of non-violence and trying to, essentially, change the world is something that you can intellectually get behind. However, the movie feels like it takes forever to get where it’s going, and that just makes wanting to watch it again a tough sell. At over three hours, it has, perhaps, too much story to tell. It almost seems like it should be two movies, or a TV mini-series. I can’t fault Attenborough for making such a long movie, though. He wanted to tell the entire Gandhi story. I can respect that. I just don’t think I want to experience it again.

2. UNITED 93United 93 is one of the greatest horror movies ever made, and it is still director Paul Greengrass’ best movie. It is so expertly made that it amazes me that it didn’t dominate the Oscars back in 2008. It’s a hard movie to watch over and over again, though, because its story is so goddamn depressing. We see the plane get hijacked, the passengers band together to try to get the plane back, and the realization on the ground that something very big is happening and no one in charge can do anything about it. You still root for the passengers to subdue and take back the plane eventhough you know they won’t succeed. You still root for the air traffic controllers and the authorities to figure out what to do next. And you hope that the lead terrorist will not go ahead with the plan as he looks like he’s having misgivings about the whole thing. The bastard still follows through with it, though. That piece of shit.

1. SCHINDLER’S LISTSchindler’s List is a hard movie to sit through even once. It’s brilliantly directed by Steven Spielberg and features amazing performances from Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, and Ben Kingsley and dramatizes in stunning detail what the Nazis were and what they did to the Jews during World War II. It’s important to see. I just don’t know why anyone would want to sit through it more than once. It is so harsh, so unforgiving that it just sucks the air out of the room when it’s on TV. It’s still mesmerizing, still a great movie through and through, it will make you watch it when it’s on. But then you start thinking about that little girl in the red jacket. Jesus Christ, what the fuck? Piece of shit fucking Nazis.

5. LORD OF THE RINGS: RETURN OF THE KING – Holy crap, talk about a snooze fest. I saw the first LOTR in theaters and ended walking out mid-way because I was so bored. I saw The Two Towers at a friend’s house and thought “Now, this is more like it”, so I had some faith that ROTK would keep it in tone with some great action. Well, it really didn’t, and beyond that it just kept going, and going, and going. I literally thought that movie would go into Sam & Frodo’s hobbit kids going to college. ROTK was an OK movie, no where near worth the hype it has, and something I never need to see again.

4. RESERVOIR DOGS – You know what my biggest beef with QT is? His fans. If you have something to say towards him or a film he’s done that’s anything short of a verbal blumpkin, then his neck-bearded fans will hound you incessantly. Now, that said, Dogs is a good film, hell, I’d even say it’s a great film. There’s a lot of great quotes, dialogue, characters, and suspense. Even so, it’s a film I have zero need to ever see again. I think a big reason for that is the fact it’s one of the most non-eventful films ever, and just slathered with conversation. Sure, there are things that happen, but the scenes we get of it are very quick, except for when we’re stuck in the middle with some clowns & jokers.

3. PHILADELPHIA – For the most part, I will not watch a sad movie. Call me uneducated, unrefined, having a lack of culture or whatever, but I just don’t see the point in watching movies that are extremely heavy. I watch movies to have fun, to enjoy. Now, Philadelphia is a fantastic film, and one that I really enjoy. However, it’s soul-crushing, and the second I finished watching it for the first time I thought “Well, no need to ever buy that, I’m never gonna watch that sucker again”. Despite the great characters, performances, and message, I just can’t take the sadness that comes with it, because the situation and climate of that film are all too real.

2. GREEN MILE – Ugh. I knew I never wanted to see this film, yet for some reason my group of friends thought it would be something fun for all of us to watch. No joke, there were at least two times where we were all crying. That movie, man, there’s a few moments in particular that come back to back where it’s just like…are you fucking kidding me? How sad and terrible are you trying to be? Is there some sorta record you’re hoping to obtain? I really can’t imagine why anyone would want to see this film more than once, as it’s a total soul crusher.

1. SCHINDLER’S LIST – Really, could there be any other choice? Unless you were making out during the first time you saw this, I can’t see anyone wanting more than one go-round with this. Hell, it wouldn’t surprise me to find out that during the editing process, they had to hire a brand new one every day because nobody wanted to have repeat viewings of this. The film itself is a masterpiece, and it’s unflinchingly brutal and honest in it’s portrayal of one of the most disgusting and seemingly a ‘world gone mad’ type of events in history. It’s the kind of film that can grind up your soul and seriously leave you affected for a few days afterward. I first saw it 17 years ago, and I’ll be happy as a clam if I go the rest of my life without ever seeing it again.


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