Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Breaking Emotions: Tears & Surprise


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!!!

2) Titanic

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.

2) Vertigo


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.

23 comments:

  1. Have not seen In the Bedroom so can't comment on that, but some very solid choices. None which will be on my list, but I understand your choices.

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    1. You must see In the Bedroom! One of my all time favorites (like, top ten of all time FAVORITE). Just a haunting, brilliant film.

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  2. Love your choices! Especially the Zoolander one. I've got the black lung, pop! Grave of the Fireflies breaks my heart and pisses me off at the same time. Whenever I hear someone say "Oh, Bambi is the saddest cartoon ever." I'm like "no.."

    When I was standing in line to go into theater to see Million Dollar Baby, I overheard someone coming out of the earlier showing say "I can't fucking believe she broke her neck and died." - That totally ruined the movie for me.

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    1. FUCK BAMBI...seriously!

      LOL, that Zoolander scene is like my favorite thing of all time.

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  3. Titanic was one of the saddest movies I've ever seen. There was a point in time where I can't bear to watch the other half of Titanic because it was depressing. What happened to the ship was depressing, what happened to Rose and Jack was depressing.

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    1. Yeah, it was an obvious choice, but I had to go there. How can you not? That movie was tailor made for crying.

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  4. Great choices! I love you adding Titanic, and Million Dollar Baby has been on my watchlist for way too long… Cool blogathon, isn't it? :P

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    1. Great blogathon! I'm one of the few who really love Million Dollar Baby, so I can't recommend it enough.

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  5. Oh, man, whenever I watch Titanic I pretty much start crying when they are 'flying' and kissing for the first time and I can't stop crying till the end.

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  6. Hi Andrew!! Glad I'm not the only one who cries at EVERYTHING! I even cry watching some commercials!! It's so embarrassing and my hubby teases me sometimes.

    Titanic made me cry too! It's a cheesy line but man, it packs a punch as you watch it, darn you Cameron! Speaking of Les Miserables, I cried like a baby watching the darn trailer w/ Hathaway singing. I haven't seen the film yet but I'm afraid I'd be a basket case!!

    – ruth

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    1. I think we're kindred spirits Ruth...

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  7. Great choices! :) Grave of Fireflies came to my mind and man, I bawled my eyes out on that one. Thats one of the reasons I tend to avoid watching this one again. Its a tough one to watch compared to other Studio Ghibli animations.

    I'm putting my post in a little bit, its almost all compiled in my mind. I watched Titanic THREE times in the theatres and then another 2 times when it came out, 5 times in a year, I'm all Titanic out. I've been wanting to see it again. Maybe I'll get all emotional again. LOL!

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    1. Wow, that is a lot of Titanic! I still love the movie though, despite how cheesy it really is. The film is just the perfect representation of what movies are all about. It's not a great movie, and I debate whether it is even really all that good, but it gets you hooked from the very beginning and refuses to let you go!

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    2. I prefer to call it "the magic of James Cameron" ;)

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  8. Great choices. Those scenes for "Tears" wrecked me too. I remember watching "Grave of the Fireflies" thinking it would be a cheery kids film I couldn't be more wrong. Actually had to stop it and save it for another time when I was in the right frame of mind.

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    1. I was warned that it was dramatic, but I had NO CLUE it was going to be like that at all. I actually warn people who have kids against watching it. The movie is a masterpiece, but it's so hard to watch. I'll never watch it again.

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  9. It's great to hear about a guy who cries a lot though. I do cry easily but weirdly enough not in movies, while my sister is the opposite. She even cried in Monsters U. Titanic is one of my favorite films and terribly sad, however I've never actually cried watching it, since I was too embarrassed to cry when I watched it age 14 or so.
    I was sooo surprised by that scene in Vertigo! Oh my God. Didn't see that coming at all.

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    1. Yeah, Vertigo was a complete and total WTF moment. It's the perfect ending and yet what filmmaker aside from Hitchcock would have had the guts, at the time, to do that?

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  10. Awesome choices. The Grave of the Fireflies pick really gets me. Ugh. SO. SAD. And who knew Million Dollar Baby was going to shift like that?! Talk about a surprise. The Vertigo one is also just brilliant.

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    1. I still can't get over the shift in M$B, which is why it gets my #1 pick here. It just...came out of nowhere!

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  11. Great post, Million Dollar Baby gets me everytime, just so sad.

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