Anyone that really knows me understands that I hate nothing worse than crying. I'd rather sit through an entire season of 'Full House' than shed a single tear. Call me a throwback to a time that never existed, but it is my firm belief that I should never let the water works flow even if I was subjected to seven root canals at the same time without any pain killers.
All this being said I have cried at movies before. I'm not sure why the medium can strike at my vulnerable side, but it does and as a consequence I'm stuck looking and feeling like a candy ass.
Listed below are some of the movies I've actually balled through. Go ahead and call me a wuss. This cry baby will still kick your ass.
1. Million Dollar Baby - I watched this with the Jiggaman and one of his cute friends in the theatre. At the time the credits rolled there sat two burly men fighting tears as if our lives depended on it. We must've been a sight.
2. Dead Poets Society - This movie hasn't aged well unfortunately. What once seemed to my teenage mind to be a great film really has turned into an over melodramatic sap fest, but at my first viewing I let a tear loose.
3. Casablanca - I've seen this film at least a dozen times as a child, but when I first saw it as a teenager it finally touched me.
4. Love Actually - I watched this recently and even though I've seen it before without incident the scene where Colin Firth busts into his love interest's place of work and proposes not caring if he looked like a complete fool got to me.
5. Pop & Me - This little seen documentary is a compelling one where a father and son travel the world interviewing various men about their paternal relationships. I think this is the only non-fiction film that actually made me weep.
6. Big Fish - I've already written about this.
7. Dr Zhivago - Few films have been less depressing than this. Set against the early days of the Bolschevic Revolution almost every element of this story is bleak.
8. Atonement - I absolutely love this film, but I don't think I want to see it again, ever.
9. The Thief - I've never seen a movie make post-WWII Soviet Union look so miserable and it's a Russian film no less. A story of innocence lost, this film made my father cry, which is a rarity indeed.
Okay that's enough. Yeah so I can be a sap. Seriously I think I need a weekend of masculinity which involves MMA fighting, drinking 14 porters, boobs, possible arrest due to driving a muscle car through a mall, and a book about war.
"There is no sense in crying over spilt milk. Why bewail what is done and cannot be recalled?" -Sophocles