I have no patience with movies any more. If I'm not interested after half an hour: click, delete. It's the wicked Amazon Prime again. When a movie downloads free to your PC there's no investment. Amazon Prime is evil. (It's the primeval Amazon.)
I had hopes for My Brother's Keeper. There's a mercy killing, confessed to and recanted, and a trial. What's not to love? Beards. Oh, and hoarding. I think I got as far as the scene when the documentarian quizzes the completely inarticulate brother. "How did that make you feel?" "I dunno." "You don't know how you feel?" "Yup." And it went oooooooon. Stop it! Edit that out already. It felt like a five minute news segment made into a 90 minute movie.
I think I watched forty minutes of Around the World in Eighty Days. Then I noticed it was three hours long and bailed. Why did it get five Oscars? Why did it start with ten minutes of explaining who Jules Verne was? I decided to delete anything more than two hours off my list, and now I will never see The Deer Hunter.
Secrecy. It's about secrecy! And the government! Juicy! And you know what? The government is secretive! I swear, they spent thirty minutes telling me the government has secrets, and NOT telling me what those secrets are.
Rock of Ages. I made it to the first Tom Cruise scene. Were there other scenes? I will never know.
I will come back to Beasts of the Southern Wild someday when Gary isn't next to me screaming POOP SHES PLAYING WITH POOP every time mud showed up in a scene (which would be every scene). As it is I only got as far as the scene when the teacher warns the water will rise.
I almost, almost bailed on Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle, but instead I repositioned myself directly in front of the tv, cranked up the speakers, and focused on lip reading because otherwise it's all sighs and mumbles. That was worth it. I even bought her biography after.
Let me know if I gave up too early on any of these (besides Beasts, because I think that's worth a revisit. Or is it?)