So, I’ve been a little irregular. With my blogs, that is. Forgive me. I am in the middle of producing two short films, plus the Japan Unit of my short film “An American Piano”. On top of that I’ve recently finished the fourth draft of my feature screenplay “A Place Like Home”, and have begun working on a pitch for what could be my first Hollywood writing assignment.
I know you all like the deep and meaningful blogs, but those take a seriously long time to write, so again, forgive me for writing about something that you would find in an Entertainment Magazine when they were low on stories that month.
These are the top five films that make me cry, and some of them may surprise you.
5. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
British retirees travel to India to take up residence in what they believe is a newly restored hotel. Less luxurious than its advertisements, the Marigold Hotel nevertheless slowly begins to charm in unexpected ways.
A beautiful sweet film, that makes you laugh, and makes you cry. I watched this on the plane going to the states, which only makes it more embarrassing that I was bursting into fits of laughter and alternatively getting moist eyes, but that is a testimony to the film that it not only go over the barrier of me watching a film in a bright public space, and not the safety of a dark cinema where one can dry one’s eyes before anyone sees that a film has affected one so much!
4. Dot and the Kangaroo
Dot and the Kangaroo is the fable of a young girl who gets lost in the Australian bush. Though the help of her animal friends, and the titular Kangaroo, who takes Dot on as a pseudo-daughter after the death of her child, Dot returns to her family home. The film was a technical marvel for it’s time as it incorporated live action and animation long before they did on “Who framed Roger Rabbit?”.
This is a film that I watched over and over during my childhood. Along with Sunday Drive, Anne of Green Gables, The Great Muppet Caper, and Dot and the Whale (the sequel to D&TK), these were the only films I was allowed to watch as a child.
I can’t explain to you why I cry at the ending of this movie, as it would spoil it for you. But, as a young child, I moved three states by the time I was 7. Any film that realistically portrays the process of saying goodbye to someone that you will never see again is going to send me over the edge.
3. Watership Down
Based upon Richard Adam’s novel of the same title, this animated feature delves into the surprisingly violent world of a warren of rabbits as they seek to establish a new colony free of tyranny and human intervention. Frightening and bloody in some scenes.
The plight of these rabbits was a roller-coaster ride of emotions that I wasn’t prepared for at the tender age of six. But it is an incredible film.
2. A League of their Own
Two sisters join the first female professional baseball league and struggle to help it succeed amidst their own growing rivalry.
Probably the best film that Madonna will ever be a part of. Again I can’t tell you what moments from this film that made me cry were, but they once again have to do with being unable to say goodbye to a special person. There are two of those moments in this film, and they have me reaching for the kleenex faster than any other film…
That is, any other film but this one…
1. P.S. I Love You
A young widow discovers that her late husband has left her 10 messages intended to help ease her pain and start a new life.
This film is unfair. So completely unfair. I was expecting it to be like The Notebook, sad and beautiful, a film that makes you cry a little, but not completely devastating. I have never laughed so hard, never cried so violently, never shouted so hard at the screen, never fist-pumped a film the way I have done with this film. I don’t know if the film was good or bad, because right off the bat it tapped into my own relationship with the love of my life, and my secret childhood desire to go to Ireland and fall in love with an Irish man. This film played me for a fool, and I loved it.
Honourable mention goes to: “Spirited Away”, “Beaches”, “The Notebook”, “Europa, Europa”, “Dumbo”, and “Bambi”.
What’s your top 5? Leave a comment in the section below or tweet me @hcharlesdownie