Saturday, November 16, 2013

Breaking Tears and Breaking Surprise


The Breaking Emotions Blogathon continues with the sound of both tears and jaws dropping to the ground. This week, participants are requested to search out two (sadly) rather seldom cinematic feelings, the first being tears (as in super-sad-Leonardo-di-Caprio-how-am-I-supposed-to-live-tears-feeling*), the second being surprise (as in oh-my-gosh-who-thought-of-this-I-am-utterly-speechless-feeling*). **

* These are my own interpretations of the feelings and do not necessarily express the views of mettelray.

** My choices are in no particular order

In real life, a simple mistake or tiny argument with someone is (sometimes) enough for my eyes to turn damp - an irritating abnormality which makes life unnecessarily complicated. However, I rarely cry in a movie theater, and even more seldom in front of a tv/ laptop screen. Which is irritating too, because I'll sometimes seem like a coldhearted freak. Anyways, when I do start crying, it's not easy to stop.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower • the last 20 minutes


Literally, I started crying the moment Charlie tells Sam how they're both alike and how he thinks she's beautiful each of the two times I saw this movie. Even now, rewatching just that scene, I'm a nanometer away from tears. I also never really stop crying at the end of this one. Every time I think it's getting better, something very sad (Charlie's breakdown) or very philosophical (the ending) happens.

Broken Circle Breakdown • almost the entire movie

This movie is just one big, sad hole. I have never been as big a mess in public as when I watched this Belgian tragedy in theaters. I don't even remember when I started crying but again, after I had started, I never really stopped. This song is very much at the end of the movie and it's sort of a culmination of a lot of sad feelings. So if you need something that fits the weather before christmas movie season starts, do check out Broken Circle Breakdown. 'Cause it'll break you down, guaranteed.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button • the ending


What really got under my skin when I watched this movie as a moody teenager that hadn't seen many great films yet and didn't like showing her feelings to other people, isn't in this video; it's the old Daisy holding the baby Benjamin. I don't know what exactly about this scene touched my so much but it only got worse when I saw what you can see in the above video. I didn't only leave my tears in the theatre, but I got something in exchange although until this day, nobody knows what it was. Something among the lines of joie de vivre but with a dash of melancholy. 


Fight Club

Somehow, I managed to maintain a life completely unaware of Fight Club. Even as a blogger, it took a long time until it was in my movie title vocabulary, meaning that I had heard about it and knew who was starring in it. Otherwise, I didn't have a clue. And honestly, I'm very proud and very happy about the fact that I experienced Fight Club without knowing a thing about it's plot and twist. And neither should YOU, person who hasn't seen this, so don't you dare watching that clip.

Atonement

This one would fit just as well into the tears category but to me, it's the surprising factor that makes it all the more worthwhile and is part of what makes it stand out from other dramatic love stories. That whole backstory, the development of the various storylines and then that tragic ending make Atonement one of my favorite films of all time. And don't tell me you saw that revelation coming when you first saw this one.

Magnolia

This is probably the most WTF kind of surprise of the three movies I've chosen. People had told me that something weird was going to happen but this? I didn't expect this by any means. 


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12 comments:

  1. Great picks! This is the 2nd time I've seen Atonement in this blogathon, and I kind of wish I would've thought of that myself. That ending floored me. My friends spoiled the Fight Club ending for me by mistake, so I didn't get to enjoy that one as much, but I'm with you on Benjamin Button. I hated that movie, but I still cried about it in several different places, including the scene you mentioned.

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    1. Thanks! Atonement is heart-breaking. I think Fight Club is still a great movie when you know what's going on, but I can see that it's a bit disappointing if you know it on the first watch already. A lot of people seems to dislike Benjamin Button, interesting you still cried though.

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    1. Only because this blogathon is awesome.

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  3. We share two scenes :) I'm working on my list right now, nice picks here! I loved Benjamin Button, that scene you mentioned got me very emotional.

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    1. Oh, cool! I'll check out your list in a minute. I'm always happy when I find another blogger who loves Benjamin Button, it's more of a movie that audiences in general liked, but not so much film buffs.

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  4. Great picks! There's something slightly peaceful about the ending of Benjamin Button, yet it's definitely tear-jerkworthy. And, it's always hard not to shed a tear for Charlie reaching his breakdown.

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    1. It is very much peaceful, so you kind of shed tears of both happiness and sadness. I even cried while reading The Perks ;) Thanks!

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  5. I just posted things I love about The Perks of Being A Wallflower (http://www.inspired-ground.com/17-things-i-love-about-the-perks-of-being-a-wallflower-2012/). That movie is simply excellent watch.

    I totally agree with the very last scene of Curious Case of Benjamin Button. What a sad scene, and quite ironic! And yup the raining frogs is just the very WTF scene!

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    1. Awesome, I'll have a look at it right away. Hahah, my jaw literally dropped to the ground during that frog scene. I don't think I've ever been so taken aback by a movie.

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  6. Nice list Mette. Yeah the frog scene in Magnolia is a wtf moment,but it is so cool. I'm surprised that Fight Club was not spoiled for you, but glad you got to see it with fresh eyes

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    1. It is, sort of. I need to rewatch it though in order to fully understand it. Yeah, I'm kinda surprised too. But maybe I just never got all the references. I did know there was a huge twist.

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