So, it’s week two in Mettel Ray’s ‘Breaking Emotions’ blogathon, and I’m anxious to get into this. Such a fun idea for a blogathon, and much like Nostra’s ‘5 Obstructions’ blogathon, this is making me think…a lot. I love it when these are challenging and not just ‘pick a movie or actor and write something about them’. This week Mettel Ray has decided we should look at the emotions of ‘sadness’ (here referred to as tears) and ‘surprise’.
Oh, and SPOILER CENTRAL below, so beware!
Let’s get cracking:
There was a major problem with narrowing down this list. I cry, a lot. Seriously, I broached this a tad last week with the ‘awkward’ emotion, but I cry at everything and my wife calls me a pussy because of it. She’s hard as rock when it comes to this kind of shit, but I can’t help but bawl my little eyes out. It doesn’t matter if I’ve seen the film before or not, it hits me like bricks EVERY FUCKING TIME! So, trying to come up with just three was hard, and I almost debated skipping ‘surprise’ (that was tough) and doing five instances of cryfest, but I decided against it.
Brittani already mentioned ‘Les Miserables’, and that was my first thought as well, but I used it last week under ‘awkward’, so I wasn’t going to mention my sobbing to Hathaway’s swan song again.
I debated going with a theme here and selecting movies that carried a common aspect, and since my #1 on the list has to do with boxing I considered including Russell Crowe’s ‘let me ask for money from my former friends’ scene in ‘Cinderella Man’, since that still gets me really misty eyed, but it isn’t full on BOO-HOO and so I refrained.
Then I was thinking about going to personal route and mentioning the endless sobs to films like ‘4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days’, but that was more of a shock to my system and something that came ‘after’ watching the film and not during.
These may be a tad obvious, but here we go.
3) Grave of the Fireflies
I’m a stickler for terrible things happening to children. It just makes me really, really angry. Also, it makes me really, really sad. Watching this movie late at night with a newborn in my lap was a really bad way to go about it, but it happened none-the-less and I was a puddle of tears the whole way through. No one scene devastated me as much as watching Setsuko’s death scene. I literally had to pause the fucking movie because I was crying so hard. CARTOONS ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO BE LIKE THIS!!!
|Fucking Youtube only had shoddy home videos for this scene!|
Yes, this is an obvious as fuck kind of choice and yet, how can you not mention this one? I still remember seeing this for the first time. I was sitting in my cousin’s bedroom and I was watching it with him, his sister, my mother, my sister and my aunt. I was thirteen. The film ending and fucking Celine Dion has to come on and start singing her damn song and I was sitting in the bed under a pile of Kleenex while my cousin pointed and laughed and told me to man up. Seriously, I’ve been like this my whole life; why try and change it now! While Jack’s death scene and that whole ‘never let go’ moment is one that will ALWAYS get my tear ducts working, there is another scene that does it to me more, the scene where Rose is descending in the lifeboat and decides she can’t leave Jack and so she jumps back on the ship. Oh fuck, I’m seriously about to start crying now.
Maybe my wife is right…maybe I do have a vagina.
1) Million Dollar Baby
No single scene in movie history has made me as emotional, and shamelessly so, as the scene at the end of ‘Million Dollar Baby’ when Clint Eastwood tells Hilary Swank what Mo Cushla means. GOD DAMN!
This was so much harder than I thought it was going to be. Films just don’t surprise much anymore, and it’s telling that the first film that came to mind for me was ‘Zoolander’, and for this very scene.
But, that isn’t the challenge here and so I scrapped that idea rather quickly.
So, let’s just get into this.
3) In the Bedroom
Was anyone else completely taken by surprise when Tom Wilkinson pulls out that gun and shoots Richard Mapother? I mean, I had no idea that was going to happen and then it did and the movie became something so much more poignant and meaningful and effective and haunting. That final shot of Wilkinson is a killer, but that scene just bowled me over.
Yeah, did anyone really expect Kim Novak to take that leap? Isn’t the guy supposed to get the girl? Nope, not in this Hitchcock thriller.
1) Million Dollar Baby
|I couldn't find this on Youtube either...|
SURPRISE, my #1 in each category is the same. Let’s paint this picture. The reviews are in, the trailer is out and the film is in the theater and my wife and I are compelled to see it. It’s supposed to be the surprise Oscar contender of the year and we needed to see this ‘standard boxing movie’ that, halfway through, became…an entirely different film! Like, what the hell? Did you see that coming? This movie goes from average underdog boxing ‘Rocky’ knockoff to melodramatic tear jerking hospital porn and I, for one, was completely blindsided by this shit.