What does it mean when something insists upon itself?

I’ve heard this term used many times but am not sure as to what it means. What does it mean when something “insists upon itself”?

For example: “I do not like that movie because it insists upon itself”.

10 Answers

  • It means that the movie moves around the same idea (plot, message, purpose, etc.) that is, that whatever is the point of the movie it is repeated and repeated and repeated, so much so that the viewer can feel tired and uninterested

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  • I actually think that I said that to someone one time, when I was in high school or college. I’m very curious to find out the origin of that line, because I have a distinct memory of having that conversation with someone (of course I don’t remember with whom, or where.) When I said it, I think that I meant that I found the characters to be so sure of themselves, so confident in their identities, despite despite being criminals and somewhat uneducated, that I ultimately found them to be lurid and distasteful. Also, I probably found the pace of the beginning of the film to be uncomfortably slow, and the manner in which people spoke-with a sort of lowbrow, yet grandiose manner, about the inevitability of their criminal actions, as if their fates were carved in stone-I resented it for some reason, maybe because they were constantly yelling at each other as Italian Americans are often portrayed in movies? Or perhaps because the men in it were barbaric bullies for whom violence was a way of life, and who beat their wives on a regular basis. I thought they were stupid and didn’t make good protagonists. Then again, I was also a child or an adolescent when I formed this opinion, so I feel a little differently about it now. I still find the machismo to be a little smarmy, but I at least have a better appreciation for the film as an artistic accomplishment.

  • Insist upon itself is quite an unusual term. What it means is that it is trying to build support for itself… Sort of a self promotion. It could be a situation where one person may be arguing in support of himself as an individual such as in an election campaign when a candidate insists on himself as the right choice.

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    he Godfather Insists Upon Itself Categoría: Arte y entretenimiento – Televisión Descripción: Peter: Well that’s pretty much all there is to tell kids. The Griffin family history is a rich tapestry. But, since we’re all going to die, there’s one more secret I feel I have to share with you. I did not care for The Godfather. Lois: What! Peter: Did not care for The Godfather. Lois: Uh! Chris: How can you even say that dad? Peter: Didn’t like, did not like it. Lois: Peter, it’s so good, it’s like the perfect movie. Peter: This is what everyone always says, whenever someone says… Chris: Robert De Niro, Al Pacino… Peter: I… Chris: You never see… ROBERT DUVALL! Peter: Fine, fine actor, did not like the movie. Brian: Why not? Peter: Did not… couldn’t get into it. Lois: Explain yourself, what didn’t you like about it? Peter: It insists upon itself, Lois. Lois: What? Peter: It insists upon itself. Lois: What does that even mean? Chris: Cause it has a valid point to make, it’s insistent! Peter: Cause it takes forever getting in, and you spend, you spend like six and a half hours, and then, you – I can’t even get through, I haven’t even seen the ending. Chris: You’ve never seen the ending? Stewie: Ah, how can you say you don’t like it if you haven’t even given it a chance? Lois: I agree with Stewie, it’s not really fair. Chris: Outrageous. Peter: I’ve tried on three separate occasions to get through it, and I get to the scene where all the guys are sitting around on the easy chairs… Lois: Yes, it’s a great scene, I love that scene. Peter: It’s not a great scene, I have no idea what they’re talking about, it’s like their speaking a different language. That’s where I lose interest and fade away. Chris: They’re speaking Italian! Lois: The language they’re speaking is the language of subtly, something you don’t understand. Peter: I love The Money Pit. That is my answer to that statement. Lois: Exactly. Peter: Well, there you go. Lois: Whatever. Chris: I like that movie, too. (ver menos) Peter: Well that’s pretty much all there is to tell kids. The Griffin family history is a rich tapestry. But, since we’re all going to die, there’s one more secret I feel I have to share with you. I did not care for The Godfather. Lois: What! Peter: Did not care for The Godfather. Lois: Uh! Chris: How can you even say that dad? Peter: Didn’t like, did not like it. Lois: Peter, it’s so good, it’s like the perfect movie. Peter: This is what everyone always says, whenever someone says… Chris:… (ver más) Privacidad: Abierto: todo el contenido es público.

  • It’s a facetious, evasive explanation for why the speaker doesn’t like something. Why prefer China to Korea? Tikka Masala to Vindaloo? Why do I prefer Auricle to Ventricle? Tom Hanks to Tom Cruise? Exactly.

  • The quote from Peter Griffin is where I first heard it, but no, I didn’t see all of The Godfather either. My instinct was that it can be used to describe Star Wars Prequels. Dune is another great example. Think of any movie you had to endure for any extended amount of time that INSISTS it is good enough for you to do that. For the most part, a lot of very highly respected movies had the budget, very artistic cinematics, and a story that ‘insists’ it’s SO good that you’re willing to take how ever long it takes to experience it.

  • I always took “insists upon itself” as being an oblivious arrogance in the overall movement of the film. The plot, the writing and the actors go against conventional or traditional methods, because they are all “who they are” and they can do whatever the hell they want and still have a successful film. Or another way to look at it, is the movie is “too much of whatever it is”. You can’t pinpoint it, but it’s annoying.

  • I think it s mostly used to describe movies. The way I understand it is that it s like when a movie seems to be trying way too hard to get you to like it.

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