DISCLAIMER: This is not a series dedicated to proving men shouldn't cry, or to suggest ONLY women cry and are therefore inferior. The goal of this series is to dispel the pre-established (yet flawed) notion that being "manly" and being disconnected from your emotions go hand-in-hand. Even the most macho of men enjoy and even shed a tear at films, and the sooner we can admit that the sooner the concept that one sex is better than the other can go away. While the approach to these articles is one of light-hearted comedy, the emotional core is valid. While men might be more hesitant to admit it, movies often times have the potential to make us cry, for example:
One of the often repeated slogans that Oscar hosts use to describe movies is "They can transport you to a different time and place", which is all good and fine if you're glad you were there. Unfortunately many times these bygone eras make you glad you don't' live in them. Conflicts long since settled and resolved are brought back to life to give modern audiences context. Lack of modern conveniences and necessities are highlighted in stark contrast to the luxuries the movie goer has waiting for them at home. No one watches Schindler's List and says "Boy, I was born too late cause that looked like a blast!"
Nostalgia is romanticizing a point in time, even one the viewer didn't necessarily live through. The list compiled here is a collection of movies that make those time periods look good. After watching these films the viewer dreams what their lives would be like in these eras, and the dreams are positive. And as much as we want to travel through time and visit these romanticized ages, there are still some tears to be shed.
1. The Sandlot
Makes you want to play baseball with your friends, doesn't it? Never played baseball? Never had a close-knit group of friends like in the movie? The film sure makes you wish you did. Between the old-timey look of everyone's fashion and households, to the fast-paced '60s slang in everyone's dialogue, this movie strikes a chord that resonates in many more hearts than just those who lived through the time frame of this film.
After losing an autographed baseball in a neighbor's yard, a group of friends work together to retrieve it. The simplicity of that goal is pure and perfect. None of the kids think about selling the ball for the cash, they just don't want the protagonist to get in trouble. It's a point in everyone's childhood before self-interest can trump a baseball game, or saving a piece of baseball history. When the ball is eventually destroyed, we feel the sinking hearts of everyone as their mission failed...and it really isn't anyone's problem except Smalls. They just all love baseball so much and can't stand it being sullied. But then Darth Vader makes everything better. (Sniff) I gotta go teach my boy to play ball now.