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Do Not Disturb

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REQUIEM FOR A DREAM
REQUIEM FOR A DREAM

What great movie will you never watch again?

I loved Hotel Rwanda and Schindler's List, but I could only view them once because they're so disturbing. What movie have you liked that you never want to see again? — Kenneth Palmer

I hate looking at needles injected into veins — I've got to turn my head away so I don't faint when I have blood drawn in a doctor's office, and I make a point of looking elsewhere, anywhere, when a movie involves a scene of someone shooting up drugs intravenously. So Candy, which I review this week, was no picnic. But the most harrowing good movie I ever sat through, given my squeamishness, was certainly Darren Aronofsky's Requiem for a Dream, based on the bowels-of-hell novel by Hubert Selby Jr. Although it has been six years since the release of Requiem, I can still go clammy with discomfort at the memory of a needle-punctured arm putrid and turning black with infection. Aronofsky did a terrific job with the material, and I'm all for showing the movie in high schools to scare kids straight. But me? I just say no.

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Originally posted Nov 14, 2006 Published in issue #908 Nov 24, 2006 Order article reprints
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