Last week, Washington Post movie critic Desson Thomson wrote about why we cry at the movies. He then wrote his personal top-10 of tearjerkers, adding that if you are going to watch them with him, you have to wear Wellingtons to keep your feet dry.
I don't cry at every single movie. That honor goes to my stepsister Patty and my old friend/former boss Angie, two women whose tears at a movie in no way reflect how they actually feel about the film. It's just a given they'll cry. But I do cry and occasionally weep in the darkness, holding my popcorn in one hand and my Kleenex in the other. Just ask director Terry George, who remembered me after a Toronto Film Festival screening of "Hotel Rwanda" as the "sobbing pregnant woman."
Having kids has made me even more apt to cry at a movie, and being pregnant -- it's just too easy. But since we're all friends here on Urban Mama, I figured it's time to disclose what our favorite tearjerkers are, so here are five of mine:
- "Glory": I'm not sure there was a dry eye at the theater when I saw this at age 13. The sight of ex-slave Denzel holding up the American flag and the incredibly moving score by James Horner instantly bring tears to these brown eyes.
- Terms of Endearment: Who cares if Debra Winger and Shirley Maclaine barely got along on the set? This is the ultimate mother-daughter film, and the heartbreaking scenes in the hospital are unbearably good.
- Cocoon: It's mostly a fun, happy story, but when Barnard realizes it's too late for the alien pool to help his beloved Rose, I lose it. This is the very first movie I remember crying at, and I think it's because I was so close to my live-in grandmother that I felt the beauty and the grief of a bunch of grandparents choosing to feel young forever.
- Testament: I'm sure many of you have never even heard of this movie, but I'll never forget seeing this post-nuclear drama on HBO. When Jane Alexander's protagonist bids farewell to her young child -- I can't even finish this sentence without tearing up!
- Charlotte's Web (1973): No disrespect to Julia Roberts and Dakota Fanning, but to me there will only be one Charlotte -- Debbie Reynolds. When she finishes her magnum opus, it's impossible not to shed many, many tears.
There are many more, so I invite you all to list your top-fives!
Lastly, congrats to Cin who had the winning comment number for the "It's a Wonderful Life" giveaway. Stay tuned for next week's holiday giveaway.