Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Confession of the Day

I watched West Side Story on TV last night for the very first time, and I had to shut it off half-way through and start an IV drip of Prozac. Okay, I'm kidding about the Prozac, though I did shut the show off half-way. Just too depressing.

Sheesh. I might have to watch Sound of Music today as a counterbalance.

Are there any shows out there just too depressing for you to watch?



  1. Haha! Most classics are wrist slitters:)

  2. The Phantom of the Opera. At least the less "horror" versions. I love the ALW Broadway version but I always root for Christine to stay with the Phantom and she never does. Same goes with most of the re-tellings of Camelot (poor Arthur). Then there was the Sean Connery/Richard Geer version...oh, come on! Who could believe any woman would choose Richard Geer over Sean Connery? But I digress...

  3. Off the top of my head: Tears of Endearment.

  4. This thread just called up a funny memory. My brother, who was in the Army, was spending a weekend with us before being deployed. My husband set him up with a lovely young woman from his office whose impressive statistics (and they were very impressive) did not include her IQ. The four of us went out to dinner and a movie, Romeo and Juliet. After the show, my brother asked the young lady if she had enjoyed it. She replied, “Well, it was okay, I guess. But you know, it really was just a take off on West Side Story.”

  5. I've never seen Sound of Music, not a fan of Julie Andrews. But, West Side Story is one of my all-time favorite musicals. I don't find it depressing at all, but I can see where you might find it sad and the characters are a little lacking in compassion...which still resonates today, maybe even more so than the 60's.

    Okay, now for the ones that make me depressed...Papillon (get the Prozac and bottle of wine for this one!), Schindler's List, Great Escape (even though there is so much to cheer for as well in this one) and that might be it. Oh, there is one more, the all time tear jerker for me is the original Stella Dallas, with Barbara Stanwyck. Get out the tissues and be prepared for the ugly cry :)

  6. LOL, T, very true!

    Ooh, Linda, I'm going to see Phantom (Broadway tour) this week with my daughter. She's cr-azy for the Phantom, where I find him to be a homicidal maniac. She's read the book, though, and I haven't, so I'll defer to her opinion. I'm wondering how the stage production will differ from the movie.

    LOL on the Romeo and Juliet comment. Too funny.

    Terms of Endearment is a total tear-jerker, but I don't mind watching it for some reason.

    I've actually never seen any of the movies you mentioned, Kelley. Probably because I steer clear of the depressing movies. I'm really too sensitive for my own good.

  7. Heather - Are you by any chance seeing it in Dayton? I saw the company that's playing here when it opened two weeks ago. A lot of whether the Phantom comes across as a homicidal maniac or a sympathic tortured soul depends on the actor. Michael Crawford's voice alone could make your heart weep.

  8. Yep, going to see it in Dayton. We're really looking forward to it. We have the CD with Michael Crawford singing--he's great and would have loved to see him in person.