One of the more important movies that any Jewish person, or human being for that matter, can watch. But, the horror that one group of humans does on another is unforgettable and therefore, we don't need to be reminded of it again by watching Steven Spielberg's Oscar winner a second time.
One. Powerful. Film! 12 Years a Slave may win an Oscar for Best Picture, heck BAFTA just gave it its top honor. But, we can only watch that whipping scene (among others) the one time. The Steve McQueen film will never leave our mind.
Oscars for everyone! And beyond that, we don't need to see what happens to Hilary Swank a second time. Even though Clint Eastwood directs and acts like a champ, we got hit in the head once with this boxing epic and that was all it took to get us out of the ring.
Hilary Swank sure likes to make movies that we can only see once. And that is no more true than with this difficult to even watch once (!) movie about a girl pretending to be a boy... and the terrible things that subsequently happen when her gender is revealed.
A movie about skinheads, you can probably tell from the outset isn't one that is going to have you hitting repeat on the DVD player. But, there is something truly astounding about Edward Norton and Edward Furlong in this tale that still rivets... even if we only saw it once.
We Need to Talk About Kevin is so powerful, but every time one turns on CNN and there's a school shooting, it just further shows how this film will only be seen the one time. All we need to know about it, sadly, permeates our news cycle.