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Life is, of course, terrible.
List creator: thrustpuppy
Created on: October 13, 2004 - 5:23 PM PDT
Description: Anthony Burgess, author of A Clockwork Orange, said that. Here are films that prove it.

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3 Women (Criterion Collection) (1977)
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  A more appropriate title would have been "3 Wacked Women". These chicks are astoundingly weird, enough to make me squirm throughout the film.
Abigail's Party (1977)
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Not Rated
  The adults on the block get drunk and destroy each other while Abigail's party goes on next door. Utter bleakness.
Another Woman (1988)
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  Poor old lady with nothing to live for eavesdrops on shrink sessions which further prove her utter uselessness.
The Apostle (1997)
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  Religious people are just plain wacked sometimes. Robert Duvall plays one of them as if he were one.
Brazil (Criterion Collection) (1985)
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  Horribly, beautifully prophetic.
Buffalo '66 (1998)
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  If I were this guy, home is the last place I would go.
Bringing Out the Dead (1999)
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  Gleeful tale of a NYC ambulance driver.
Cabaret (1972)
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  Nazis beating people who are just tyring to have a little fun.
Chinatown (1974)
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  Proof that Los Angeles is hell and always has been.
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
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  Ultra-violence that still tickles despite attempts in the 90s to stab, rape, dismember, and blow the brains out of the entire genre.
Citizen Ruth (1996)
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  It's fun to huff paint from a plastic bag, even if you're pregnant.
The Conversation (1974)
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  A dismal exploration of a mind crossing the dotted line between professional excellence and obsessive-compulsive madness.
Dancer in the Dark (2000)
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  Perhaps the bleakest movie I have ever seen. Also a beautiful one.
Drugstore Cowboy Meridian Collection (1989)
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  Drug addicts in Portland, where the weather could inspire suicide in a hummingbird.
The Elephant Man (1980)
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  Omigod this guy had it rough.
The Element of Crime (Criterion Collection) (1984)
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  Another joyous Lars Von Trier opus. This one tells of a happy possible underwater future for Europe.
Equus (1977)
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  This movie, based on a play, based on a true story shows some poor kid who loses it, drops trou, and blinds a bunch of horses. Whee!
Far From Heaven (2002)
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  One of the prettiest movies of all time. Not a very happy one, though.
Happiness (1998)
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Not Rated
  Not one character in this movie deserves to live.
Heavenly Creatures (1994)
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  Poor little teen-aged Lesbians. Poor mom.
Henry Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986)
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Not Rated
  Let's watch videos of ourselves killing people. Brutal.
The Hours (2002)
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  Who's Virginia Woolf afraid of?
The Ice Storm (1997)
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  Sigourney Weaver: Ice queen and regular at mid-70s wife-swapping parties.
Interiors (1978)
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  Woody Allen's first stab at a serious flick. Let's just say he went a little overboard in an attempt to remove humor from his films.
Leaving Las Vegas (1995)
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  End-stage alcoholism meets prostitution on the streets of Las Vegas.
Love Liza (2002)
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  Fat guy goes bonkers huffing gasoline after his wife offs herself.
Man Bites Dog (Criterion Collection) (1991)
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Not Rated
  Egomaniacal French murderer kills many, recites bad poetry, behaves badly at birthday parties, and endangers the film-crew in this faux-documentry. Like "Henry Portrait of a Serial Killer" and "Reservoir Dogs", this movie is brutal in spots.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
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  A bunch of crazy guys in an asylum ruled by Nurse Ratchett, a woman whose name has become synonmous with evil.
Ordinary People (1980)
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  An ordinary family: dad is rich but emasculated; mom is pretty but hafeful; the favorite son drowns; and the geeky, awkward son must pay. The fact that he makes such a mess trying to do it doesn't help at all.
Raging Bull (Collector's Edition) (1980)
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  Robert De Niro spirals downward from sexy, wife-beating prize fighter to fat, alcoholic stand-up comic, all in grainy, dismal black-and-white.
Reservoir Dogs (Fullscreen) (1992)
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  One scene in this movie was almost too much for me. You'll know it when you see it.
The Tenant (1976)
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  Roman Polanski moves into this Paris apartment and, unlucky for him, begins to inherit some of the former tenant's characteristics.
Timecode (2000)
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  Four simultaneous split-screen views of a collection of despicable Hollywood people and their wrecked, drama-bloated lives, culminating into a powerful climax.
Unmade Beds (1997)
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  This film documents the search for love and fulfillment of a bunch of NYC-area losers. Unfortunately, the personals ads are their hunting grounds.
Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995)
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  This film inspires schadenfreude perhaps like no other as it lavishes mistreatment on an ugly, middle-child, pre-teen Jersey girl. One brilliant scene shows Dawn "Weiner-Dog" Weiner in front of the class reading her essay on dignity.
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)
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  Bette Davis and Joan Crawford as two deranged has-been sisters cooped up in a house. My favorite line is Crawford's: "I'm dying, Jane."
A Zed and Two Noughts (1985)
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Not Rated
  Twin guys with their weenies out amputating limbs from the woman they love, sprinkled throughout with time-lapsed segments showing corpses decomposing, Greenaway-style.
Boston Legal: Season 1 (2004)
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