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  •  Good Movies You Would Never Recommend To Friends (7+ / 0-)

    The A.V. Club has an article on Austrian director Michael Haneke's Time of the Wolf as part of a series on post-apocalyptic visions. Haneke is mostly known for films such as Funny Games, The White Ribbon and Amour, which received much critical acclaim.

    However, his films are also a place where hope goes to die.

    There are movies I can really appreciate and think are great works of art, but I probably never want to see again. I pretty much have that reaction to all of Haneke's films.

    Haneke's The Seventh Continent is a haunting film that sticks with you, and leaves you contemplating the situation. The movie depicts a middle-class Austrian family that destroys itself. The mental process by which someone decides they don't want to live in this world anymore can be fascinating to dissect. And The Seventh Continent does that by looking at a husband and wife that's successful but numb to their lives. One day they decide to quit their jobs, withdraw every penny they have from the bank, and tell their young daughter the family is "moving to Australia."

    One of the most disturbing sequences in the movie is when the husband and wife methodically destroy each and every one of their possessions.


    I know that if I recommended this to anyone, I would probably get strange looks the next time I ran into them.

    •  There was a scene (5+ / 0-)

      like this in Desperate Housewives

      One of the most disturbing sequences in the movie is when the husband and wife methodically destroy each and every one of their possessions
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      It was funny but, as you say, disturbing.

      Ceiling Cat rules....srsly.

      by side pocket on Tue Jun 10, 2014 at 10:03:21 PM PDT

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    •  Question, Doctor RJ................... (4+ / 0-)
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      wader, Jeff Y, Aunt Pat, Doctor RJ

      What's up with Vince Gilligan worrying he may have made a mistake with Better Call Saul?  As my  withdrawal pains from Breaking Bad have begun to ease and I've been looking forward to the Saul show, hearing his concerns was disturbing.  

      btw, did you write about the Tonys?  Did anyone?  I loved the show and was thrilled for Bryan Cranston.  

      Proud to be a Democrat

      by Lying eyes on Tue Jun 10, 2014 at 11:21:53 PM PDT

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      •  Gilligan Has Always Been Introspective (0+ / 0-)

        During Breaking Bad's he would talk about his concerns about different story ideas and whether or not they worked or not. So I don't think it's anything other than Gilligan acknoledging that Better Call Saul will probably always be in Breaking Bad's shadow. And even if it's a good show, some people will probably be disappointed if it doesn't hit the bar set by Breaking Bad.

        I didn't do anything on the Tonys. I was watching Orange Is the New Black all weekend.

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