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Monday, February 27, 2006

10 Weepies

Warren Hsu Leonard (he who is ScreenwritingLife.com), a few months back, offered up a list of films that make him cry like a LEEEDLE GURRRRL!!!

Here's my list:

10 Films That Make Neal R. Cry Like A Leeedle Gurrrrl
  1. Brief Encounter (1945)
  2. Black Robe (1991)
  3. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
  4. Dangerous Liasons (1988) - Valmont death scene and death speech are a killer, not to mention the rejection (??) of his final message to Madame de Tourvel when she says on her death bed "Enough. Draw the curtains."
  5. Doctor Zhivago (1965) - Every time I see "Zhivago", I'm overcome by a different moment, or two. Usually it's in the last 20 minutes: "She died or vanished somewhere. In one of the labour camps. A nameless number on a list that was afterward mislaid." Or Rita Tushingham's breakthrough: "He let go of my hand! He let go of my hand...And I was lost." But, of course, always, inevitably: "Ah. Then it's a gift." and the dam breaks.
  6. King Kong (2005) - Naomi Watts' sincere love for the creature make his persecution and death utterly heartbreaking.
  7. Robin and Marian (1976)
  8. Spartacus (1960) - It's that very last scene with Jean Simmons going off in the wagon with Peter Ustinov, looking back at the dying Kirk Douglas repeating her farewell to him like a litany: "Goodbye, my love, my life, goodbye, goodbye..."
  9. Stairway to Heaven (1946) - It's the only movie I can think of that has me sniveling in the first 10 minutes.
  10. Whale Rider (2002) - oh, you know the scene.


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No Dirty Dozen? :)

- By Blogger Grubber, at Mon Feb 27, 06:45:00 AM GMT  

Damn, I forgot to list all the Jerry Bruckheimer movies. I have to bring boxes of tissues.

- By Blogger Neal Romanek, at Mon Feb 27, 05:55:00 PM GMT  

Why is it always a little girl? Little boys cry too, and they wail just as hard.

- By Anonymous Anonymous, at Mon Aug 04, 09:07:00 PM GMT+1  

Sure. If they're sissies.

I want to make it clear that I have never ever wailed. Never. Nope. When Judy Garland sings "Somewhere Over The Rainbow", I emit stifled and choked sobs, but I never, ever wail.

- By Blogger Neal Romanek, at Mon Aug 04, 09:16:00 PM GMT+1  

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