Sunday, January 17, 2016

Depress 15

I recommend you see part 1 of my Depressing Shit series and read my original disclaimer here; now here's installment 15.

I'm only telling you about these things for your own good. Unless you have the problem of too much happiness and too little awareness of bad things, AVOID!
 

Movies

We Need To Talk About Kevin- My man called it depressing, I didn't. We both thought it was an excellent piece of filmmaking. Its main effect on me was to make me ever so glad I don't have a pathological kid.

Welcome To Sarajevo- Hmm, no thanks. Or tanks.


Music


From Wikipedia:
"[David] Bowie also recorded the song "Bring Me the Disco King," which Bowie described as "a depressing song summing up the sad late Seventies with a Philip Glass refrain running through it."[1] This track would not end up on the album, however, and would remained buried in Bowie's vault until its release on Bowie's 2003 album, Reality."
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Tie_White_Noise


Comedy 

(aka standup, comics)

Paul Mooney - ahh, white guilt. Maybe just I should avoid this. You? Go for it.

...and I know some other comics personally who happen to depress me, but I don't want to recommend you avoid them, 'cause they could use the publicity. Hey, I have conflicting interests!

So just beware all comics.


More depressing stuff: Read Part 2 here.
And here's Part 3.
And Part 4! Are you depressed yet?!
Part 5
Part 6
Part 7
Part 8
Part 9
Part 10
Part 11
Part 12 
Part 13
Part 14 


As always, I welcome your suggestions for More Depressing Shit. Please comment, and I'll include any good suggestions in a future update.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Depress 14 (Depressing Shit to Avoid series)

I recommend you see part 1 of my Depressing Shit series and read my original disclaimer here; now here's installment 14.

I'm only telling you about these things for your own good. Unless you have the problem of too much happiness and too little awareness of bad things, AVOID! AVOID!
 

Movies

The Good Lie
(Sudanese war orphans)
 
J. Edgar
(no likable characters; makes me think about how much I would have hated to be him; unpleasant overall)
 
Miss Evers' Boys
(Tuskegee syphilis experiment, racism. Could be under TV category, too, 'cause it was made for TV)

My Zinc Bed
(alcoholism, AA. Also a book!)

Sometimes In April
(Rwandan genocide)

Things We Lost In The Fire
(a "touching look at loss, addiction and recovery." Blech.)

This Is Where I Leave You
(Is this depressing? I have a feeling it might be. HBO calls it a comedy. I suspect otherwise.)

Yesterday
(AIDS in Africa. Did I already mention this 1? Still a bummer.)


Music

Neil Young, On the Beach
Read Dangerous Minds' post on "Neil Young’s ultra-depressing 1974 album ‘On the Beach’" here:
http://dangerousminds.net/comments/dance_troupe_interprets_neil_youngs_ultra_depressing_1974_album_on_the_beac?utm_source=Dangerous+Minds+newsletter&utm_campaign=f693fb8aa8-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_ecada8d328-f693fb8aa8-65858297


More depressing stuff: Read Part 2 here.
And here's Part 3.
And Part 4! Are you depressed yet?!
Part 5
Part 6
Part 7
Part 8
Part 9
Part 10
Part 11
Part 12 
Part 13


As always, I welcome your suggestions for More Depressing Shit. Please comment, and I'll include any good suggestions in a future update.