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:
Last week the topic was stupid comedies, films meant to make us laugh with no pretenses of being well-crafted pieces of cinema. Movies that get put on during a late night laundry folding/potato chip eating sessions. This list is the ying to that yang. Every so often a comedy will come along that actually tries to make an impact. Not just "how gross can we make this gag" impact, but if aliens landed and wanted an example of human comedy at its pinnacle, we'd plop their tentacles down on the couch and show them these films. Every aspect of the following movies worked, sometimes on purpose, sometimes by lucky accident. The actors were giving their all, the stories resonated with not only the audience at the time but subsequent generations since release. Just seeing their titles in print might make some of you fire up your copies, because you better believe they're in your home movie collection. And for all that funny, and all that perfection, we find notes of sadness.
Many people feel that the new Ghostbusters movie in the works is insulting to the memory of the original (actually they think it's the most insulting, unnecessary gender equality advocating without admitting to it, cash-grabbing travesty ever to hit the silver screen, but who's counting?). Fact of the matter is, the only reason people feel so passionate about protecting the original is that the original is really that good. Go check out MovieBob's Youtube video on that very subject if you don't believe me. Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and the late great Harold Ramis were at the top of their games (nothing against you Winston, but what movie did you write/direct/star in?). The plot is unique yet easy to grasp and the jokes are lobbed with such speed that repeat views years later still unearth new nuggets of comedy.
Is there a moment of sadness in this golden gift of comedy handed down from the gods? In fact there is, in the form of Walter Peck. I say that name and you instantly have Bill Murray in your head proclaiming "Yes, that man has no dick." Admit it, you did. But didn't he? He wanted to make sure this new business wasn't hurting the environment. He literally asked nicely but was ridiculed, so he came back and shut the business down LIKE A GOOD ENVIRONMENTAL AGENT WOULD DO! Then the Ghostbusters' building exploded, and when the Mayor asked what happened, Peck rightfully said it was the Ghostbusters' fault. IT WAS, they didn't have a permit for something that could generate such a huge explosion! Sure he was a dick, but he was never really doing anything evil or wrong.