Sunday, May 17, 2009
This week's Monday Movie Meme from the Bumbles is all about those nasty little tear-jerkers. Now, I am not usually a highly emotional person when it comes to movies. I can usually detect when I'm being manipulated, and it makes me angry instead of weepy. But there are a few that will always do a number on me, sometimes when I even THINK about the movie, let alone watch it. There are some repeats from the the Bumbles, but this list is what it is:
Life is Beautiful - This one is at the top of the list. Yes, it is a movie about the Holocaust, so you'd think that crying would be natural, but hey. I didn't cry at Schindler's List, but this one brings on tears even at the thought. It is one of the best movies ever made, in my humble opinion.
Cinema Paradiso - Sobbed for probably an hour after this one ended. It is nostalgic and sentimental, and it pushed my buttons.
Steel Magnolias - I think I am in the majority on this one. Who hasn't cried at this one? It is perfect to watch with your girlfriends, and cry without abandon.
Terms of Endearment - This one is in the same category as Steel Magnolias. Terminal women with children left behind will getcha every time.
Old Yeller - I have issues with dying animals. There are alot of them out there, but I think this one was the first to stab me in the heart.
Sophie's Choice - This is not a sentimental flood of tears, it is painful, sore-stomach, rip-your-heart-out-and-stomp-it-on-the-ground crying. A mother should never have to choose which child will be spared the gas chamber, ever.
Hoosiers - This one is silly, and is probably unique to me only, which is why I have to list it. First, I love this movie. Having grown up in the heartland of Indiana, this movie is a testament to one of our religions there...high school basketball. But at the end of the movie, when they show a picture of the State Championship team made up of a bunch of skinny white boys from podunk, and they echo the voice of the coach saying "I love you guys", a tear comes to my eye. Every time. And I've seen the flick probably two dozen times.