off hand, maybe I shouldn’t bring this up, but uh, what’s with the sudden craziness around spoilers? Threads have been opened on this site for friggin’ ages, “Other good scenes involving… other good movies with this plot point… other movies about this theme…?” all of which give about the same amount of information in the title as this thread gives.
A spoiler spoils The Surprise. The Surprise has to be intended to be fucking surprising in order to be spoiled (like a twist or whodunnit), but going into The Royal Tenenbaums knowing there is going to be a suicide scene is probably not going to ruin or spoil that scene for you — you’ll merely be watching the movie with the idea in mind that something to that effect may happen, and may even be paying closer attention to why (which would be rewarding, n’est pas?).
Stuff like Fight Club, Sixth Sense, so on are worth being considerate about spoilers because major impactful moments rely on the surprise. The Royal Tenenbaums in no way requires surprise to be impactful.
There’s no such thing as spoilers when you know how to enjoy a good story.
Edit: It reminds me of when Bob the Moo left the IMDb. He got tired of people reporting his reviews for spoilers. In his own words, “I’m not talking like Bruce Willis is actually dead spoilers. I’m talking Bruce Willis is bald spoilers.”
@POLARISDIB: I so agree with you! I don’t get all this craziness.. :D
Sansho the Bailiff has my vote.
Sol Niger provided two nice films.
Combat Shock is one of the best.
The Virgin Suicides… very disturbing too.
Heath Ledger’s scene in Monster’s Ball was pretty amazing.
After that scene I actually said “woah.” It was the first time I was impressed with his acting.
I wish I hadn’t seen it, and no, it’s not a film, but if anyone remembers the song “Hey Man, Nice Shot” it was about an actual incident about some local politician or bureaucratic caught in a scandal. He called a press conference, admitted his wrong-doing, and then pulled out a revolver and shot himself in the mouth. The video I watched actually led into the video for the song, but I couldn’t watch anything past that moment. I have a very visual memory and I’ll never be able to get those images out of my head.
I can’t believe I forgot the one in Before Night Falls.
Harakiri – one long suicide scene.
Royal Tenenbaums is a very spontaneous film, I can see being upset if the spontaneity is ruined.
People discuss spoilers on the site all the time, but normally you have to click on the thread before you are exposed to the spoiler.
Million Dollar Baby
with the assist.
I Hired a contract killer – Suicide scene by soulpatrol
“maybe I shouldn’t bring this up, but uh, what’s with the sudden craziness around spoilers?”
Yeah, this may be going back before the times of some of the current crop of regulars, but we settled this question a long while back.
“Harakiri – one long suicide scene.”
True. Harakiri is an exceptional movie in many ways, one of them being I’ve never, ever winced as much during a suicide scene. Even other Japanese harakiri scenes, even ones intended to be shocking, were not as painful as that one.
Question to throw the monkey wrench in the gears: anybody feel Taxi Driver would have been stronger if it had preserved the ending where he kills himself after his rampage?
If we’re talking about suicide in general, including attempted and unsuccesful ones, then above samples shouldn’t necessarily spoil it for anybody.
PEPE LE MOKO- What a sentimental fool.
DAWN OF THE DEAD (’04)
MERRY CHRISTMAS, MR. LAWRENCE
@HOUSE- I remember seeing that incident in the news back in the days. I’d say he’s got more guts than many politicians nowadays.
So everyone reading this knows this thread contains spoilers, and so I take no responsibility for any spoiling…
Der Todesking (The Death King) is chock-full of suicides, it’s a pretty grim watch.
Garrel’s Le Vent de la Nuit (The Wind of the Night), also an exploraton of the subject.
The suicide attempt in Kane, if I remember rightly, has the close up on the bottle of pills and you hear the banging at the door.
Has anyone mentioned Cache?
Love exposure – Sion Sono
So disturbing and shocking scene of suicide. Great film!
Anthony Perkins suicide in Play It As It Lays with Tuesday Weld as his depressed witness.
Boot Camp recruit in Full Metal Jacket
Thelma and Louise, Girls Together Outrageously suicide, Hollywood style
47 Ronin gave us 4 dozen of the bloody things.
Hunger, Steve McQueen’s prolonged look at Bobby Sand’s Hunger strike
I’ll join in on In a Year with 13 Moons, The Death King, The Seventh Continent, Harakiri, and Patriotism. Mishima’s Patriotism is the most genuine depiction I can think of… I like how he wrote the story in 1960, filmed it in 1965, and committed the deed in 1970 – that’s what I’d call a calculating obsession.
Some other favorites:
The Noose (Wojciech Has, 1958)
Go, Go Second Time Virgin (Kôji Wakamatsu, 1969)
The 70’s People (Peter Watkins, 1975)
No Mercy No Future (Helma Sanders-Brahms, 1981)
The Forest for the Trees (Maren Ade, 2003)
The Free Will (Matthias Glasner, 2006)
Le Feu Follet (Malle)
Squandered Sunday (Drahomíra Vihanová)
Une Femme Douce (Bresson)
The Return of t he Prodigal Son (Evald Schorm)
Manji (Yasuzo Masumura)
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter (Robert Miller)
The Ritual (Girish Kasaravalli)
Akitsu Springs (Yoshishige Yoshida)
Himatsuri: Fire Festival (Mitsuo Yanagimachi)
The Fire Within.
The Shawshank Redemption you elitist fucks