Friday, January 9, 2009

sobfest

We just got back from watching Seven Pounds. Wow. Not sure what the title means yet (will Google soon; wanted to post first - see how much I love my reader[s]?) but it was quite emotionally draining. But in a good way. Maybe viewers are expected to shed 7 pounds of water weight by weeping through 2/3 of the movie.

If/when you're in need of an emotional purge, I recommend the following films:
  1. Terms of Endearment - I now begin crying at the opening credits and cannot stop until the last note plays. Then I sob just a little more. "And stop pretending like you hate me." Oh Lord.
  2. The Hours - Guaranteed hours upon hours of bawling, for the fate of women in the past & present and for the fate of children of women in the past & present.
  3. Billy Elliott - If ever there was a more beautiful portrayal of fathers & sons & dead mothers, I haven't seen it.
  4. The Notebook - I dismissed & resisted it but when I finally watched it, my eyes and throat stung for days.
  5. Truly Madly Deeply - Grossly overlooked, far-better-than-Ghost tearjerker; Alan Rickman is utterly beguiling, Juliet Stevenson stunning.
  6. The Champ and Million Dollar Baby tie for most weep-worthy boxing movie - Dumb old sport, making people cry their eyes out.

That should do it for your weekend. Stock up on tissue and comfort foods.

11 comments:

Amy said...

its a biblical reference I believe...

and yea...I do not cry at films and I was weeping for sure at the end!!!

apathy lounge said...

For a moment, I thought I was the only person in the Western World who knew about "Truly, Madly, Deeply". I SO heart Mr. Rickman. And I loved Juliet Stevenson...except that when she cries her nose runs and she doesn't wipe it. And "Terms of Endearment"? When those little boys come in to the hospital room to say goodbye to their sick mom? OH. GOD...I'll never recover.

i am very mary said...

You know which one always gets me? Armaggedon. Damn Bruce Willis.

Fantastic Forrest said...

I'm dying to see Seven Pounds.

I totally agree with Terms of Endearment and Truly Madly Deeply. Haven't seen the others.

Would add Angels in the Outfield (Tony Danza character dying reminded me of my dad) and oddly enough, Click.

A New England Life said...

I went and saw Marley & me right after Christmas. At the end I think everyone in the theatre was crying. My girlfriend was outright sobbing while I cried silent tears as did the woman next to me. Lot's of laughs along the way though.

Texan Mama @ Who Put Me In Charge said...

I totally think "sobfest" should be a new genre category for Netflix.

phd in yogurtry said...

Oh, you must add Shadowland (Debra Winger and Anthony Hopkins, for starters). It is THE biggest sob movie. But also a GREAT movie.

And I agree with Endearment. Yep, gets to me every time. I have stayed up way past my bedtime plenty of nights when I've caught this one on TV. And hey, its also a Winger movie.

brandy101 said...

I am such a dorkus malorkus; I cried during:

Bee Movie
Elf
Enchanted
Evan Almighty
Kit Kittredge: An American Girl (actually, I cried through EVERY American Girl movie!)

but the positively WORST teary moment:

My sister and I cried during Operation Dumbo Drop. We are the biggest goobers EVER!

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

I cried harder at Marley and Me than I ever have at a movie. Which is usually not at all.

The new look is fab!

Danielle said...

I loved Billy Elliot as well. I like a movie that causes emtional purging. But I cry at almost ALL movies. Yes it's pretty sad.

Janet said...

Seven Pounds is either a biblical or Shakespeare reference (something something seven pounds of flesh something something...); did that help?

I saw this movie, too, and had the same reaction...uplifting but so sad.

And, well, you KNOW how I feel about Alan Rickman...QUITE fond of that man!

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