A blogger named CONMAN AT THE MOVIES started this pretty cool blogathon on his site and then I caught wind of it when Jay, one of our friends from ASSHOLES WATCHING MOVIES, got on board and I read theirs and thought it was a pretty fun idea. And as opposed to getting cracking on the 30 articles I am behind on I thought I would throw in my two cents as well 🙂
CONMAN had simple rules that I list below in total from his site:
Here are the rules for the Blogathon.
1.) Pick five films to represent the five emotions in INSIDE OUT. The criteria for choosing these films is listed below. I would be willing to allow a tie, if you couldn’t decide between two films to best represent one of the emotions. 2.) Write out five paragraphs, (one for each film) talking about the movies and why you chose them. 3.) Post them on your blog (or Tumblr or whatever). 4.) Send me the link by posting it here in the comments.
What I’m looking for are five movies that make YOU feel a certain emotion. Here’s what to look for;
JOY: First of all, you want to pick a movie that makes you happy. The kind of movie that you put on whenever you’re in a bad mood that never fails to lighten your spirits. It can be a family film, a romance, a comedy – as long as there’s a smile on your face by the end credits, it should be fair game.
SADNESS: Now for the movie that made you cry the most. From Bambi to Titanic, there are plenty of tear-jerker movies out there. These are movies where you gravitate towards the main characters and really don’t want to see anything bad happen to them. Maybe a character dies, maybe the guy doesn’t get the girl, but your eyes should be pretty watery by the film’s end.
FEAR: This is the movie that gave you the most nightmares. Pretty self explanatory. There are plenty of classic horror movies to choose from, but it doesn’t have to be an out-and-out horror film. If the movie’s about a more subtle kind of fear, or if the movie just has a creepy atmosphere, that should work. Whether blunt or subtle, this is the movie that scares the **** out of you.
ANGER: This is a movie that you flat out hated. Not a movie that was dull or boring, but a movie that just fills you up with rage just thinking about it. Maybe it’s a movie made by a certain director that had so much potential, maybe it’s an adaptation or a sequel that just didn’t do the original justice. It could also be a movie where your anger isn’t directed at the movie, but at the characters. Ever wanted to scream at movie characters for making such incredibly stupid decisions?
DISGUST: This last one is a bit tricky, I’ll let you interpret it the way you want. It could be a horror film with a lot of really awful imagery that you don’t want to look at, it could be a comedy with a bunch of gross-out humor that you can barely listen to. It could even be a movie that you like, but your disgust comes towards the basic premise in a grander sense, like being disgusted by what you see in 12 Years A Slave or Schindler’s List. Either way, this film should make you cringe.
He set the closing date on his site as August 11th – I am hoping as I am in Australia they are still asleep and I will scrape in but if you want to play along – put your selections in the comments!!
Now for my selections……..
CINEMA PARADISO is one of my all time favourite movies, there is nothing like it and the greatest joy in my life is that this very loosely resembles my life having spent a great portion of it as a 35mm projectionist. Even watching the trailer makes me quite emotional. The success lays in the relationship between Alfredo and Toto, that bond between old and young and the nostalgic way the movie is told, it is truly is magic!!
Special mentions to E.T., FINDING NEMO, HUGO, BELLE & SEBASTIAN
This one was hard but also pretty easy, lots to chose from but one stands out – another of my all time favourite movies that solidified my Leo love and also the fact I was the projectionist for the world premiere and got to work a small bit with Baz :). ROMEO + JULIET. I sob every bloody time 🙂
Special mentions to CHARLIE STCLOUD & TITANIC – all very teary movies 🙂
In this one I went with a movie that royally pissed me off, I yelled at the screen and considered hunting down Shyamalan and murdering him. Fucking atrocious on every level – the wind did it – FUCK OFF!!! Hahaha. As you can see I still hold a grudge.
I love horror movies, the way it can destroy you and elicit an emotion you really don’t want is just fabulous. But for some reason this movie scares the hell out of me. As a critic I review hundreds of movies a year and a lot of them are horror – I get off on the “jump-scene” but this one I did not see until home entertainment and it was the first movie since I was a teenager that I had to turn off, turn all the lights on and regain my composure – I settled on a romcom to get me back in a better mood and finished SINISTER the next morning when the sun was up. Have watched it a second time and felt the same way!!!!
This one was kind of a draw. I have two versions of DISGUST – firstly, MISERY – the torture and that one ankle destroying scene makes me chase my own tail while whimpering in personal sympathetic agony. Even seeing a photo of it while writing this article had me feeling phooey.
Then I have another one – FUNNY GAMES
I cannot look at children being tortured or hurt in anyway – it is just one of those JK idiosyncrasices and I know it is a movie but while I rated this movie close to perfect I detested it, watching that kind of thing and being totally helpless as a viewer to do anything gets me every time.
HUGE SPECIAL MENTION TO SNOWTOWN – the movie made me physically ill and I did have an anxiety attack while watching it 🙂
HUGE THANKS TO ASSHOLES WATCHING MOVIES for bringing this to my attention and for introducing me to CONMAN AT THE MOVIES.
What are your selections?
Jason King is the owner and editor of Salty Popcorn and Spooning Australia. He is a movie, food, restaurant, wine, chocolate, bacon, burger and brussels sprouts addict. He is a member of the Film Critics Circle of Australia and has been in the Australian movie industry for 25yrs. He loves watching people trip over and is Leonardo DiCaprio’s biggest fan. All the social media links to the right and up will allow you to abuse, troll or stalk him :).