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Thursday, February 2, 2012

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  1. Thursday, February 2, 2012 1:23 am

    For a movie, it’s A Walk To Remember with Shane West and Mandy Moore. Although these days it seems anything can get me teary eyed. I watched Untold Stories of the ER the other day and sniffled through 2 episodes. Darn hormones. I don’t generally read books that make me cry, but if I need that melancholy hit there are a few that can fill that need. Most recently, the Twilight Series. I love them.

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    • Thursday, February 2, 2012 10:26 am

      While I’ve seen A Walk to Remember (aunts and cousins and grandmother rented it one year at Christmas when we were all there), I remember being annoyed by its obvious attempt at emotional manipulation. That’s one of the reasons I refuse to watch most movies like that (e.g., The Notebook), because I don’t like being manipulated into the emotional response but would rather have it take me by surprise.

      Interesting that the Twilight series works for you. I haven’t tried reading the books, but I couldn’t make it past the second movie. I do have the first book as an audio book, so maybe that’ll be my next new-to-me book to “read.”

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      • Thursday, February 2, 2012 12:06 pm

        Although I like the Twilight movies, they don’t hold a candle to the books. They’re a pale shadow. 🙂 The movies almost make the characters selfish and shallow, but there is so much more. I’ve never been able to listen to books on tape, they make me impatient, and the voice never seems to match the book properly in my head. The only audio books I found did sound right to me, were the Harry Potter Audio books, they had a great voice actor.

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        • Thursday, February 2, 2012 12:18 pm

          Jim Dale, the voice talent behind the HP audio books—as well as the narrator of the short-lived TV series Pushing Daisies—is in the Guinness Book of World Records three times: one for having created more than 130 different character voices for Order of the Phoenix, a record which he then broke with more than 145 character voices for DH; he’s also in there for having something like four or five of the top 10 audio books (in the US) one year. But I’ve now listened to the HP audio books so often (I have all them, and I listen to the series all the way through about once every 12 to 18 months) that I can’t listen to him reading any other audio books. Because I now associate his voice with HP and the characters in that book.

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        • Thursday, February 2, 2012 10:10 pm

          Okay, I finished DH tonight and took that off the MP3 player and downloaded Twilight, which I’ll start tomorrow morning.

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        • Audry permalink
          Friday, February 3, 2012 7:34 am

          I’ll be really interested to hear what you think of Twilight…

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        • Tuesday, February 7, 2012 9:17 am

          I loved Pushing Daisies, most of my family and friends thought I was nuts, but it had a lot of charm. I would never have guessed the voice talent was the same from the HP audios. Of course I haven’t listened to them as often as you, Kaye. 🙂 I have to say, he deserves all his records. He’s awesome. I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy Twilight. I suppose it’s just not everyone’s cup of tea. I have to say though, if the movies hadn’t been made, there would never have been a Team Edward/Team Jacob battle. Jacob is a wonderful character, but the books leave no doubt in your mind who’s the better man for Bella. Old world manners and morals are a turn on . 🙂

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  2. Carol permalink
    Thursday, February 2, 2012 5:48 am

    Book: Charlotte’s Web (really). The episode of Criminal Minds where Hotch’s wife gets killed-specifically the scene where he’s talking to her on the phone right before Foyet kills her always makes me cry.

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    • Thursday, February 2, 2012 10:28 am

      Yep–that episode got to me the first few times I watched it, too! I’m doing a gradual re-watch of the series (I have seasons 1-6 on DVD), and am almost to that point—I’m around episode 3 or 4 of season 5.

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  3. Misty permalink
    Thursday, February 2, 2012 9:22 am

    1995 version of Sense and Sensibility. The scene where Elinor is begging Marianne not to die and leave her alone, oh my, gets me every time. And when Elinor breaks down after realizing Edward is not married and all hope is not lost, whew, that gets me too. I think I empathize with the Elinor/Marianne scene strongly because I have a younger sister who was in a terrible car wreck years ago. I remember arriving at the accident and watching them cover her with a sheet and absolutely losing it. Thankfully someone grabbed me and told me she was alive, but had to be covered for protection from glass as they used the jaws of life to get her out. I thank the Lord for sparing her life and I’m always glad when Marianne pulls through and gets well. 🙂 Oddly enough even though I love the movie and have read other Jane Austen books, I haven’t read Sense and Sensibility so I don’t know if I would be affected the same way or even if those scenes are in the book.

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    • Thursday, February 2, 2012 10:33 am

      I remember when that movie first came out—long before I rediscovered Jane Austen, and long before I read S&S. So everything that happened in the movie took me completely by surprise, especially those two scenes! (Though, to this day, in that rendition of the story, I still think that Elinor and Brandon should have ended up together.)

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  4. Thursday, February 2, 2012 9:42 am

    For me it’s the movie Old Yeller. I didn’t used to cry when I watched it when i was younger but after I had my dog Casey it suddenly struck me hard. After Casey died in 2010 my wife won’t let me watch Marley and Me. The things that always affected me were when animals, old people, or children were hurt in the movies.

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    • Thursday, February 2, 2012 10:40 am

      Me, too! Any movies with animals in them, I usually wait for the DVD because I know I’m going to end up in tears. I feared that would happen to me with War Horse, but the movie was so long-winded that by the time it got to the end, at which I should have had that emotional reaction, I was just ready for the movie to be over.

      But movies like Lady & the Tramp, Homeward Bound, Marley & Me, etc., get me every time!

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      • Thursday, February 2, 2012 10:56 am

        I forgot Homeward Bound! LOVED that movie. And yes, it makes me cry. 🙂

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      • Thursday, February 2, 2012 10:57 am

        Marley and Me the movie made me cry too, but it was the book that did me in. Marley’s story was enough to make anyone cry, but at the end of the book when they list all the other stories of owners who lost their best friend, I just lost it. I kept thinking of my dogs and how much I missed them.

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        • Thursday, February 2, 2012 8:07 pm

          Oh yeah I love all of them, except Marley and Me (Its still in its original plastic). Despite the tugging at the heart strings, all of them make me feel better. It’s like a lost innocence found or just plain fun, take you pick. lol

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  5. Thursday, February 2, 2012 10:13 am

    I generally avoid things that make me cry like the plague, and I usually have to be stressed out or hormonal to do it, but “Sleepless in Seattle” and the like can bring a few tears and I love it, “Bridge to Terabithia” made me BAWL, the “wedding” episode of “How I Met Your Mother” makes me tear up, and the last episode of “Sue Thomas: FBEye makes me cry to the point that I avoid that episode in my DVDs – unless I feel the need. 🙂 Oh, and “Marley and Me.” That had me in terrible shape – but was so good that I would watch it again, anytime. To me, it was the story of the ups and downs of a regular family – who had a dog. It was amazing.

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    • Thursday, February 2, 2012 10:46 am

      I’m like you—I usually avoid them. But sometimes (like now), I really feel the need for some kind of an emotional release, just for my own mental health, and a good makes-me-cry movie/TV show/book seems to be the healthiest way to do it.

      The last episode of LOST makes me bawl every time—even just watching it on its own. And there are a few other episodes in that series (the end of season 3 when Charlie dies/beginning of season 4 when Charlie appears to Hurley and when Hurley tells Claire that Charlie is dead; Sun & Jin’s deaths . . . and, best of all, the episode “The Constant” when Desmond finally talks to Penny on the phone—followed closely by the end of that season when Penny rescues them) hmmm . . . I guess there are A LOT of episodes in that series that get to me!!!)

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      • Thursday, February 2, 2012 10:58 am

        The last epi of LOST irritated me – I just didn’t get the whole spiritual angle, and wasn’t sure the writers did, either. But the ones with Charlie? Oy. And Sun and Jin. Yep. That’s a good series for crying jags! I guess there’s always TITANIC, too, but I think I cried on that one because I was irritated at “Jack and Rose.”

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        • Rebekah W permalink
          Thursday, February 2, 2012 11:07 am

          I don’t really have a go to book to make me cry, but if I need a book to lift up my spirits I go for Austen. I’ll also go for the Brides Bonneterre series. Stand in Groom is still my favorite.

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        • Thursday, February 2, 2012 1:20 pm

          Aww . . . thanks, Rebekah!

          As an author, I’ve had a couple of moments when I teared up as I wrote scenes. The major one was when I wrote the scene in Love Remains in which Zarah’s father stands her up when she’s in Washington DC and Bobby comes to her rescue. One of my personal favorite scenes.

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        • Audry permalink
          Thursday, February 2, 2012 3:23 pm

          I rarely cry about anything, but I think I shed a tear or two (or at least ALMOST did) at that scene in Love Remains. Poor Zarah.

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  6. Keith R. permalink
    Thursday, February 2, 2012 11:03 am

    I’m not much of a crier, so i prefer funny or manly:o). I’ll watch Road Warrior or Saving Private Ryan, or Shakespeare in Love or Big Bang Theory episodes.

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    • Thursday, February 2, 2012 11:15 am

      Saving Private Ryan really got to me from the whole aspect of sacrifice—what did some have to sacrifice so that others could come home from war? That became very personal for me . . . whose lives were sacrificed so that my father could come home from Vietnam so that I could be born? So the last scene (at the cemetery) of that movie was quite an emotional wrench for me because it did hit so close to home.

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      • Thursday, February 2, 2012 12:11 pm

        That movie was hard to watch anyway, but when I saw it at the theater with my best friend, it was sold out and we were packed in tight. I ended up sitting next to a veteran and about halfway through the movie, something hit him really hard and he started crying and shaking. I felt so bad for him, it made the movie all the more emotional for me. I wanted to hug him I felt so bad. I spent the rest of the movie crying and sending off prayers for the man next to me. It sure put the situation in a whole different light for me. I haven’t been able to watch the movie again.

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  7. Rebekah W permalink
    Thursday, February 2, 2012 11:03 am

    My go to movie…. Steel Magnolias. The scene where they take the daughter off the machines. Gets me every time!! I refuse to watch it any other time, but when I am upset I immediately grab it and pop it in.

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    • Thursday, February 2, 2012 11:17 am

      In Steel Magnolias, it’s the cemetery scene for me—when M’Lynn says: “I wanna know how that baby will ever know how wonderful his mother was! Will he ever know what she went through for him?”

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      • Rachel Wilder permalink
        Thursday, February 2, 2012 1:36 pm

        Since it’s about my family, Steel Magnolias has no impact on me. I’ve never even seen the whole thing and don’t have any desire to. I’m on the side that’s mad at Shelby’s brother for the way he portrayed Aunt Rettie (Olympia Dukakis). And he kept all the money for himself. Never gave Robert a penny. He’s not a very nice person.

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  8. Thursday, February 2, 2012 11:09 am

    The end of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, especially during the battle, seeing all these beloved characters die always makes me cry. The movie did too, but that first time reading it and feeling the shock of loss. That was killer.

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    • Thursday, February 2, 2012 11:22 am

      In HPDH, it’s the death scenes that get to me, too: Winky, Fred, Lupin and Tonks. And I kept having to wipe tears away when reading those scenes, especially the first time. But the scene where I had to put the book down and let everything out before I could keep reading was the scene in the forest when Harry finally opens the snitch and discovers the resurrection stone.

      In the movie, I did tear up a little bit at that scene, but more because of the memory of my initial emotional reaction from the book than the way it translated to the screen.

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      • Thursday, February 2, 2012 11:23 am

        Ooh, and I forgot Hedwig’s death, too. 😦 That really set the tone for that book of the bigger sacrifices to come.

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        • duhpaynes permalink
          Thursday, February 2, 2012 12:05 pm

          I’m not an aficionado on the HP movies, but I definitely cried during the death scene of Snape! He was my favorite character 🙂

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      • Thursday, February 2, 2012 12:34 pm

        Yeah the book starts off with an emotional bomb and just never lets up. I agree that Snape’s death was more emotional than I expected. The books did a better job at letting you see beneath his surface (I think books always do that better) and there was always that question as to whether he was really a bad guy or not. Although, I think Alan Rickman did an amazing job with the character.

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        • Thursday, February 2, 2012 1:23 pm

          I never liked Snape. Not even after he “redeemed” himself and revealed he’d been working to protect Harry the whole time. Because that one act doesn’t negate or make up for all of the torture he put Harry through over six years as his teacher. Purposely dropping his vial of potion and giving him a zero mark. Making fun of him in front of the entire class. Encouraging other students to do the same. Goading him. Calling him names. And I was especially annoyed in the epilogue to see Harry had named his son after the man who tortured him for six years. I know Rowling was setting it up so that readers would wonder if Snape was good or bad, however she took the antagonism between them too far for me to find Harry’s forgiveness of Snape believable.

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        • Audry permalink
          Thursday, February 2, 2012 3:27 pm

          I only read the first book (though the rest are on my someday list) but I’ve seen all the movies except the last one and I like Snape. Probably because I like Alan Rickman though, ha!

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  9. Thursday, February 2, 2012 11:13 am

    There are so, so, SO many Doctor Who episodes I could list here — “The End of Time” Parts 1 & 2 and “Vincent and the Doctor” are two of the first that come to mind. The last episodes of Chuck seasons 2-5. The film “My Dog Skip” gets me EVERY time. The Masterpiece production “My Boy Jack.” That’s all that is coming to mind at the moment…

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    • Thursday, February 2, 2012 11:22 am

      When he recites the poem at the end of My Boy Jack, all bets were off for me.

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    • Thursday, February 2, 2012 11:38 am

      Oh, and of course, there was this Sunday’s episode of Downton Abbey.

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      • Misty permalink
        Thursday, February 2, 2012 5:51 pm

        Sunday’s episode was very emotional. I’ve said it before, but the actress playing Lady Mary is doing a splendid job. And this week Maggie Smith was even emotional, usually she’s the comedy relief.

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  10. Gailya permalink
    Thursday, February 2, 2012 11:47 am

    I like to watch Sense and Sensibility. The scene near the end where she finds out Edward isn’t married and it just hits her and she starts to cry but is holding it back as best she can…that just gets me every time…I am tearing up now thinking about it.

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    • Thursday, February 2, 2012 12:27 pm

      I can’t watch that scene now without thinking about the send-up they did of it on The Vicar of Dibley:

      and

      (scroll up to the 4:30 mark)

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      • duhpaynes permalink
        Thursday, February 2, 2012 12:49 pm

        Oh Kaye!!! That last one is hilarious!!! I haven’t laughed so hard in ages 🙂 I’ve never seen that show!

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        • Thursday, February 2, 2012 10:12 pm

          I absolutely adore that show. My favorite British comedy of all time! The only thing I hate is that it isn’t streaming on Netflix. If I want to see it, I either have to watch clips on YouTube or add the DVDs to my queue (and I only do 1 DVD out at a time, so that can take a while if I have something at home already).

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  11. duhpaynes permalink
    Thursday, February 2, 2012 11:59 am

    I’ll be the odd one out here and say the old Star Trek movie, when Spock dies. I’ll never forget the first time I saw it. I blubbered. Badly. I’m still a total cry baby every time I see it. And in the new Star Trek when acting Captain Kirk dies. Oh, and in Stargate Atlantis when Dr Beckett dies…:(

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    • Abigail Richmond permalink
      Thursday, February 2, 2012 12:02 pm

      I know what you mean, I’ve seen that episode of Stargate Atlantis.

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      • duhpaynes permalink
        Thursday, February 2, 2012 12:07 pm

        I’m glad I’m not the only one! My son warns me in advance every time we go through the series because it sneaks up on me. He tosses me a box of kleenex 🙂

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    • Thursday, February 2, 2012 12:09 pm

      I JUST watched that episode of SGA last night (for something like the third or fourth time), and even though I knew it was coming, I still had tears streaming down my face . . . it’s the last scene between Beckett and Rodney that gets to me the most, though!

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      • duhpaynes permalink
        Thursday, February 2, 2012 12:17 pm

        Yep, you’re right! That last one is heart wrenching 😦

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      • Thursday, February 2, 2012 12:48 pm

        Agreed! I love Beckett. SG-1 and SGA both had several tear jerking moments in their seasons. I think they had a great blend of humor and drama. I miss my Stargate terribly. 😦

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        • duhpaynes permalink
          Thursday, February 2, 2012 12:52 pm

          me too 😦

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        • Thursday, February 2, 2012 1:25 pm

          That’s why I love the fact that it’s streaming on Netflix. That’s how I first watched it and now I can watch any episode any time I want!

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        • duhpaynes permalink
          Thursday, February 2, 2012 2:29 pm

          My husband and I have been talking about trying Netflix. Do you recommend it? We thought maybe we could save money on our cable. Most movies on there are about 5 bucks a piece!

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        • Thursday, February 2, 2012 10:15 pm

          Anne, I’ve been a Netflix customer since 2004, so I may be a little biased when I say I love it. Of course, I’m also getting ready to have my cable TV service shut off (for financial reasons), and one of the main things that allowed me to make that decision was the content available, both in DVD and streaming formats, on Netflix. (And that a lot of what I watch on cable are just time-waster shows on HGTV and Food Network which I really don’t need to be watching anyway.) I recommend you try it. There’s no contract, so if after a month or two you decide you don’t like it, you can always cancel your subscription.

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    • Thursday, February 2, 2012 12:31 pm

      I’ve been wracking my brain trying to figure out what you were talking about with the new Star Trek movie, because I couldn’t for the life of me remember Chris Pine’s Kirk dying (or seeming to die) at any point in the movie (and I’ve watched it many, many times). And then I realized you meant when Acting Captain George Kirk dies to save his wife and son!

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      • duhpaynes permalink
        Thursday, February 2, 2012 12:38 pm

        Sorry for the confusion 🙂 I couldn’t remember his first name!

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        • Thursday, February 2, 2012 10:17 pm

          Don’t worry—I had to look the name up on IMDb.com. The character’s name, I couldn’t remember. The actor’s name, however . . . love me some Chris Hemsworth, and it began with him in that bit role in Star Trek as James T. Kirk’s father.

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        • duhpaynes permalink
          Friday, February 3, 2012 4:08 am

          Now if you start a conversation about movies (or heroes) that make you smile, it would be Chris Hemsworth. Yep, ear to ear 😉

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  12. Abigail Richmond permalink
    Thursday, February 2, 2012 12:01 pm

    “The Man Inside” an episode from Little House on the Prairie its in the 5th season.
    Another is “Shenandoah” with James Stewart.

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    • Thursday, February 2, 2012 12:11 pm

      It’s been at least 20 years since I’ve watched an episode of LH. I may need to revisit that series.

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  13. Rachel Wilder permalink
    Thursday, February 2, 2012 1:38 pm

    There really isn’t anything I turn to for an emotional release. Though I was crying a couple of times when I went to see War Horse. I found myself talking to Joey (the horse) and Albie a few times. Especially at the end.

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    • Thursday, February 2, 2012 10:18 pm

      My experience with seeing War Horse was that the first thing I said to Ruth as the credits started to roll was, “Now, if I’d written that story . . .” And she and I both agreed that Spielberg should have invested in a good story editor and also needs to remember the power of a music montage to keep the pace of the story flowing.

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  14. Thursday, February 2, 2012 1:54 pm

    Going back to books… the scene in One Tuesday Morning by Karen Kingsbury when the tower comes down, and the scenes in Yvonne Lehman’s new book, Hearts that Survive: A Story of Titanic (releases 1 March 12), when the Titanic goes down.

    Both are beautifully written and all the more poignant because they are fictionalised accounts of true events.

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    • duhpaynes permalink
      Thursday, February 2, 2012 2:16 pm

      Iola, One Tuesday Morning is a beautiful book!

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    • Thursday, February 2, 2012 10:19 pm

      I tried reading One Tuesday Morning and just couldn’t suspend my disbelief enough to be able to get into the premise of it.

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  15. Sherry permalink
    Thursday, February 2, 2012 3:19 pm

    Rudy. My kids even know it at 3 and 7-they bought me the movie for Christmas. I just love it

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    • Thursday, February 2, 2012 10:20 pm

      That’s one I’ve never seen, which is odd, with my love of feel-good sports-themed movies (my favorite of which is Remember the Titans).

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  16. Audry permalink
    Thursday, February 2, 2012 3:52 pm

    I can’t say that I’ve ever watched or read something intentionally because I need a good cry (maybe because I rarely cry over a book or movie) but I can think of a few (probably not the usual ones – I thought Steel Magnolias was dumb, I’m obviously weird) that have had me at least tear up a little:
    Backdraft, when the older brother (Kurt Russell, can’t even remember the character’s name) dies.
    The Pursuit of Happyness, the scene when they spend the night in the bathroom.
    The end of The Dead Poets’ Society, when they all stand on their chairs. I’ve seen that movie a dozen times and that scene still gets to me.

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    • Thursday, February 2, 2012 6:09 pm

      Dead Poets! I love that movie! You’re right that one makes me cry too. And With Honors starring Brendan Frasier and Joe Pesci. When they’re all reading to Joe’s character in the end is especially moving.

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    • Thursday, February 2, 2012 10:21 pm

      DPS is the only movie in which I love Ethan Hawke. I think I wore our tape of that one out when I was in college (as an English major, of course!).

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  17. Misty permalink
    Thursday, February 2, 2012 5:55 pm

    LOTR, Return of the King, when everyone bows down to the hobbits. That is a scene that brings on a “good cry”, one that I don’t dread watching again. Several movies make me cry, but usually I just won’t watch them again because I don’t want the pain, but this is rejoicing, a happy cry. 🙂

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    • Thursday, February 2, 2012 10:23 pm

      What got me in ROTK was when Sam says: “Come on, Mr. Frodo. I can’t carry it for you… but I can carry you!” At that point, in the packed theater on opening night, I just about sobbed aloud.

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      • duhpaynes permalink
        Friday, February 3, 2012 4:05 am

        LOVE LOTR! Each movie has at least one scene that makes me cry. Boramir dying, Haldir dying, and both scenes mentioned above.

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  18. Rachel permalink
    Thursday, February 2, 2012 6:15 pm

    Can it be a song?
    I like songs that speak about what Jesus did for us when I need to cry. I can cry and then hear the lyrics and get better.

    I’m Manic Depressive so I pretty much cry whenever I want to and wherever I am….and over almost nothing….so really I don’t go to anything…just my music!

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    • Thursday, February 2, 2012 6:33 pm

      See . . . I have cyclical depression, so I get to points at which it’s hard to get any kind of emotional reaction out of me. And that’s pretty much the point I’m at right now. 😦

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      • Rachel permalink
        Friday, February 3, 2012 5:49 pm

        Oh…I think I’d rather have mine. =D I think I’d rather be too emotional than have trouble being able to have emotions….mine freaks people out though.

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  19. Vanya permalink
    Saturday, February 11, 2012 2:48 am

    The scene where Beth dies in Little Women, the book. The movies left me absolutely blah… but the book does it every.single.time. And I don’t cry over much. The movie that I AVOID watching cause it makes me cry is Black Beauty… I think it is because I’m so close to horses… but watching them suffer really makes me mad/sad.

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