There are some movies that I cannot deny are good. They are well-acted, written, and directed, with brilliant casts and stunning endings. However, I find them so goddamn depressing that I wish I’d never seen them. They are so unrelentingly dark and lacking in the slightest bit of redemption that I want to erase them from my memory entirely. Perhaps that’s a flaw in me; I’m not saying I need a feel-good ending, but I would prefer an ending that doesn’t make me want to hide all the sharp things in my house when I get home.
For me, the three that comes to mind are: The Pledge, In the Bedroom, and House of Sand and Fog. If you’ve seen any of these, you know what I mean. What are yours?