Connor over at Conman at the Movies is hosting his first blogathon, and it's a fun one! The basic concept for the blogathon was inspired by Pixar's latest masterpiece, Inside Out, and since I'm a HUGE FAN of the film, I couldn't help but feel compelled to play along, despite my busy schedule.
Here are the rules:
1.) Pick five films to represent the five emotions in Inside Out. The criteria for choosing these films is listed below. I would be willing to allow a tie, if you couldn’t decide between two films to best represent one of the emotions.Connor breaks down what he's looking for with each specific emotion as well. Basically:
2.) Write out five paragraphs, (one for each film) talking about the movies and why you chose them.
3.) Post them on your blog (or Tumblr or whatever).
4.) Send me the link by posting it here in the comments.
Joy: A film that makes you happy
Sadness: A film that made you cry A LOT
Fear: A film that gave you nightmares
Anger: A film you hate with a passion
Disgust: A film that left an awful feeling in your stomach
So, let's get right into this!
Alright, so I've talked on here a few times about how, unfortunately, there was a time when the wife and I were...not so together. In fact, we separated for a few months about six years ago now. During that time, alone in a house, I had nothing to do but hate myself. Self-pity is consuming. I know, this doesn't sound very joyful. Well, to be honest, the one way I found to help bolster my spirits was to lose myself in cinema, and the one place I went was the 30's screwball comedy. It was a new genre to me, but one I devoured. My favorite of all the 30's classics I enjoyed was, quite easily, The Smiling Lieutenant. This delightful musical from 1931 is just a complete JOY from start to finish. The performances are so charismatic and charming and the whole feel is just so uplifting and it was just what the doctor ordered. The idea of finding your soulmate in a place that feels, on the outset, like an ill-fit was everything I needed to hear.
You want to see a grown man cry? Put on this movie. I mean, if you want to see THIS grown man cry, you can pretty much pick any movie since I'm nearly always an emotional wreck, but Grave of the Fireflies is a movie that will melt the coldest of hearts and pretty much reduce any living, breathing human being to a puddle. One of the films that actually had me crying so hard I couldn't see the movie through the tears and shaking so hard I woke up a sleeping wife; this animated film relays the horrible atrocities of war in such a way that your heart and soul is literally destroyed.
Terror is something that is felt a lot when you're a child. It's the absolute unknowingness that gets you. You're so new to everything, and so everything seems that much more...possible. I'll never forget the first time I saw Psycho. I actually didn't even see the whole movie...just the shower scene. I was around 8 years old and the family was at Universal Studios and we went on a little tour called Alfred Hitchcock and the Art of Making Movies. Yeah...on this little tour they have you sit in an auditorium and watch them re-enact the famous scene on a stage with props and audience participation and, at 8, I was scarred. I was so scarred that I literally could not take a shower alone in a room for months. AND WE WERE ON VACATION SO WE WERE STAYING IN A HOTEL!!! The fear was real.
This one keeps coming up lately. Maybe I'm just way off base here, but I can't think of many movies that made me this ANGRY! First, the situation is one that riles me right off the bat (kidnapped children), but this is about movies we hate and I LOATHE THIS STUPID, STUPID MOVIE!!! I've never seen a film with such a silly, preposterous, stupidly layered script filled with such stupid characters doing such stupid things over and over and over again. UGH!
So, this was kind of left up to interpretation, but I decided to chose a film that literally made me feel that disgust in the pit of my stomach, and this film is one of the first times I had that. You know, the feeling where you are so frustrated, distraught, disgusted even, with what the people on the screen are doing that you are nearly shaking...or maybe you are shaking. Yeah, that happened to me with this one (and it's a true story). People can be heartless when they feel righteously indignant about a situation, but haste and rage can lead to pure atrocities. This is one of those cases. It made me hate people. HATE THEM. Oh, and Dana Andrews for every Oscar ever.