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Sniff, sniff, movie reviews [Feb. 26th, 2008|08:55 am]
So, on a light and frothy and not very deep note, IF you like romantic comedies: Danny Deckchair. It showed up on my recommended list after I put a bunch of Aussie and Kiwi films on my queue -- probably about the time I watched something sappyish. Of course, the Aussie/Kiwi films were generally horror or comedy...and they did bill it as "quirky"...

Not quirky enough for me and way too romantic feel-good-y for me, but I don't regret the time watching it and would recommend it to those of you who like it when the boy gets the girl/girl gets the boy, happily ever after...WITHOUT zombie sheep. It was actually a bit of a relief to watch a film with so many ugly -- well, NORMAL, actually -- people in it. Even the main romantic lead...I had to work really hard at finding him attractive. I was almost there, and then he had a shirtless moment and I thought, good heavens, MY arms are more muscular. Charming, though...

And again, roaming outside of my usual genres -- I finally got up the courage to watch Neverland. Yeah, sorry, I know it's a cliche, but I will watch anything with Johnny Depp. Although, truly, it's mostly because he so INHABITS his characters. And he moves like a cat. But no, really I actually think he's talented. And watching this movie, I believed that HE believed, which is always refreshing.

But I couldn't go see it in the theater...in the interests of making this flow better, imagine that I have time to go see movies in the theatre. Hey, it happens once or twice a year. The point is, even if I HAD had the time, when it was in the theater, I couldn't have gone.

And I will cry at the drop of a hat. I cry at previews of coming attractions. At the old AT&T commercial: "Your son called." "What's wrong?" "Nothing. He just called to say he loved us" So-uh-ob. Sniff.

I can't walk into a Disney store for fear they're playing a clip from Bambi. I walked in one and heard "Your mother can't be with you right now, Bambi" and ran out sobbing. I had to sit in the ladies room at the mall for ten minutes before I could pull myself together. I've never seen the Lion King because I started crying at the preview when all the animals came together...when I heard that Dad dies...oh, HELL no. Never seen ET. First 'cause it was designed to make you cry. Second, because I think the alien is stupid looking. And now, well, what's the point of giving in now? So, I guess that would be Third, I'm Danish.

Neverland....okay, I'll cry at Peter Pan -- even when Tinker Bell gets sick and I HATE fairies. Add a man who's got a saddish, wistful life and a woman dying of consumption and little boys trying to be brave...oh, good heavens.

I don't DO goodbyes. I don't do funerals. Another person crying will make me cry. Beautiful things will make me cry. Damn, when they brought the orphans into the theatre to see the premiere of Peter Pan, I cried. Not because it was orphans -- but because it was such a GREAT idea.

By then, my tear ducts were just looking for an excuse. Which is another problem. Because when I start crying, I can't stop. My right eye will leak for hours. Jeez. And I don't even LIKE Kate Winslet.

From: faithellen
2008-02-26 02:54 pm (UTC)
I have been known to cry during the credits for the Olympics.
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[User Picture]From: pinkribbonwench
2008-02-26 03:11 pm (UTC)
Hey, I've teared up when hearing the opening music for the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade! What a sap I am.

The worst, though, was while I was donating platelets (before they had individual DVD players), and they were playing that Disney movie about the two dogs and the cat trying to find their way home. There I was, a truly captive audience in that chair with needles and tubes pinning me down, and bawling like a baby over that cat getting swept away in a river. Oh, the shame.
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[User Picture]From: dawntreader90
2008-02-26 02:57 pm (UTC)
i'm a boohooer too AND a sucker for quirky romantic comedies. thanks for the movie tip for Danny Deckchair. *grin* though when i went to add it, found it was already there!

speaking of quirky Aussie movies, have you see The Castle? now THAT'S quirky with no romance angle involved. it was on Comcast On Demand so i demanded it. i'm so glad i did because it was hilariously funny. it's about a guy living next to an airport and power lines and the big airport company decides they want to buy his neighborhood. only, he isn't ready to sell. unfortunately it doesn't appear to be available via Netflix yet, so you'll have to check it out On Demand (soon!) if you have Comcast.
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[User Picture]From: lowlandscot
2008-02-26 04:32 pm (UTC)

I Can Haz Tishooz?

I have overheard my husband pulling my children aside at the movie theater to explain to them that for once it is not their fault that mommy is bawling. If he's feeling particularly generous he'll even try to make it sound like there's a perfectly good reason that the floodgates have been opened in honor of some sappy piece of melodrama that should have aired on Hallmark Theater, or perhaps in the the ABC Afterschool Special slot. On one occasion this thoughtfulness just make me cry harder. During this past Christmas season I set a new personal record, crying during every single holiday film and special we watched except A Christmas Story. Yes, I cry during "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" and could not make it through either "Miracle on 34th Street" or "It's a Wonderful Life" without an entire box of Kleenex next to the chair.
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