films which will rob you of hours of your life

Fitzcarraldo

Burden of Dreams

Prospero's Books

Breaking The Waves

Nell

The English Patient

White Chicks

Comments

BabelBabe said…
in a good way (English Patient) or a bad way (White Chicks)?
Anonymous said…
Good to know on the English Patient. The book robbed me of portions of days--what is all the fuss???
blackbird said…
BB - either, they are both thieves.
jo said…
Breaking the Waves is such a sad, sad film. I felt utterly dragged through the coals after watching it.
Loved Prospero's Books
daysgoby said…
Can I suggest The Red Balloon and Dinner With Andre?
blackbird said…
Excellent choices!
Anonymous said…
The Four Feathers is near the top of my list. It never ever ever ever ends--and for what? Also, I would love to have back the 105 minutes spent watching The Lake House.
schmutzie said…
I could never make it all the way through Prospero's Books both awake and following any kind of storyline.
Anonymous said…
I loved the way Peter Greenaway used visuals so distinctively in all his films (Prospero's Books, The Cook the Thief His Wife and her Lover, the Pillow Book, etc.), but I suppose it also helps to be a John Gielgud fan and a fan of Shakespeare's The Tempest to like Prospero's Books.

I would nominate Legends of the Fall for despite a stellar cast which includes Brad Pitt, this film is frickin' ENDLESS and full of laughably bad overacting. No wonder Anthony Hopkins announced he was giving up acting shortly after this one. All kinds of bad.
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emlyn said…
Fannie and Alexander is endless(ly boring). I remember pacing in the lobby during the intermission wondering if I should maybe just buy a box of Junior Mints and eat them on the front steps of the theater instead of going back in.

I actually enjoyed Fitzcaraldo, but only because I find Klaus Kinski and his maniacal insanity endlessly fascinating.
blackbird said…
Anonymous said...

Okay,

I was the one that forced bb to watch Prospero's Books. I love most of Greenaway's work and have forced M to watch many of his films but even I couldn't make it through Prospero's Books. You need a college course on the damn thing to understand it. AND. IT. NEVER. ENDS.

I loved The Cook the Thief His Wife and Her Lover. It's shot brilliantly. So I made M sit through every Greenaway film out. Big mistake. I'm just saying.

K
Poppy Buxom said…
Ha! My in-laws drove to Chicago from Indianapolis to see Prospero's Books. My f-in-law has a Ph.D. and taught film. He'd already bought and read The Making of Prospero's Books. I was working on a doctoral dissertation in English literature and film; I was an English major; I acted in a production of The Tempest and know it very well.

I still found PB "as leaky as an unstaunched wench." And dull. And embarrassing (I can't deal with random nudity.) So I kept going to the bathroom. And when my in-laws figured out what I was up to, they started going to the bathroom. Around and around we went, in and out of the bathroom. It kept us from falling asleep.

Dullest, most pretentious film ever. And a terrible waste of a lot of kewl technology.
Anonymous said…
The Good Shepherd can be added to that too
August said…
I am a HUGE Greenaway fan & waited breathlessly to see PB in the theater. I was not dissapointed. PB is one of the most artistic films I've seen, next to The Pillow Book. There are so many gorgeously photographed scenes & images. I found the nudity to be titillating at first but once you get into the movie it becomes just part of the whole thing & I didn't notice after awhile. I really think seeing it on the big screen does it the most justice. I really believe it's like a painting unfolding on screen.

I've been waiting for Greenaway's latest 3 movie epic "The Tulse Luper Suitcases" to be released here in the US but apparently they are too artsy & obtuse for any movie company to take on. What a surprise, lol!

Fitzcarraldo is another amazing movie. There were some incredible images & cinematography, specifically of the ship sitting on the side of the hill in the fog--a haunting image.

These movies are definitely not for everyone obviously. I am really into art films so I can really appreciate them for the artistic work that they are where as other people are just stunned into boredom. Nothing wrong w/that, just differences in taste.
blackbird said…
...and, bear in mind, I'm not saying 'good' or 'bad' I'm just saying ROBBED OF THOSE HOURS.
Anonymous said…
Happy Feet--I'd like to have those two hours back. (Less than two? It seemed like FOUR!!)
August said…
well Blackbird, the very fact that you are using the terms "robbed" or "rob" have negative connotations so the implication is that they are not worthy of the hours spent viewing them, lol!

my feelings aren't hurt dear, i just wanted to present a different perspective on those movies that i really love & appreciate so that others don't think they are unworthy of being watched. i also really enjoyed The English Patient too. i can see your perspective though, since they are definitely not family type movies.

but then again, i saw "happy feet" in the theater & loved it, it was adorable, hilarious & corny but i love penguins & have a penguin collection at home. so it's all about personal taste!
Suse said…
I love Peter Greenaway's films - what was the one about the zoo? And I love The Tempest and know it very well (and all the various interpretations etc).

But I thought Prospero's Books was a crock of shit.

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