This week's movie marathon features films that...hmmm...make me cry. Like a little baby. Sometimes, a good cry is just what you need. Just maybe not all at the same time? Now that I think of it, maybe this isn't marathon material. Just make sure you have some candy and someone to snuggle with.
1. JANE EYRE (Franco Zeffirelli, 1996)
This used to play every year on TV, and I seem to always hit the right channel as soon as it started. I think it was the first romantic movie I ever saw, and my idea of love was really shaped by this film. It's probably not the best film ever made, but as a young girl watching it, I fell in love. With the simplicity of the characters and the friendship they built. It is so dear to me, and will always be that movie that introduced me to the world of romance. On another note, the 2011 version with Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender is really good! I would definitely recommend it.
2. LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL (Roberto Benigni, Rod Dean, 1997)
One of my favourite movies of all time, and one film that, without fail, gets me blubbering every time I see it. And now, because I've seen it so many times, I start to ball even before the sad parts happen. This truly is a beautiful story and it has been a part of my life for a very long time. As sad as it is, watching it makes me appreciate the beauty around me.
3. I AM SAM (Jessie Nelson, 2001)
I first saw this film in theatres with my father, and we both emerged from the dark room holding hands with tears in our eyes. The touching story and nostalgic covers just warms your heart. And you just can't help but fall in love with Dakota Fanning's character.
4. BIG FISH (Tim Burton, 2003)
A magical story that just makes you dream. I think everyone remembers those crazy stories your parents would tell you as kids, and sometimes you wondered what it would be like if you had been there. For me, this movie reminds of that wonderful imagination you have when you're a kid and it just brings it back to the surface (no pun intended).
5. ATONEMENT (Joe Wright, 2007)
The epitome of the impossible love story. As much as Keira Knightley makes me cringe (and I secretly wish someone else had played that part *cough* Carey Mulligan *cough*), the story is bigger than she is (thank goodness). My heart breaks at the end of this film, and you just can't make it right. How depressing I sound...but it's truly a beautiful film.