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:
"Ice Cold Movies"
I was going to call this "Frozen Movies" but then I realized no one would read it except children looking for Elsa and Anna. As January and February continually attack us with frigid temperatures and gloomy skies so grim there's a mental health disorder spawned by it, the film industry has taken notice. The moviegoing public wants to be entertained but the cold permeates our psyche. So a myriad of films either take place in frozen locations, host them as backdrops to the story, or even feature the temperatures and weather as almost a character in and of itself. No, I'm not including Happy Feat, Ice Age, or Batman and Robin because these lists are for good movies that don't make you want to claw your eyes out. What I do have a list of is five excellent films that will make you grab for your tissue, and your goose down jacket.
Everyone hears this movie's title and instantly thinks of poor Steve Buscemi being force-fed into a wood chipper. Honestly for some, that's all you need to know, but for others this is a hilarious black comedy set in North Dakota. The wintery backdrop and local accents speak to innocence while the character's actions are far from honorable. Pretty much everyone is trying to take advantage of everyone else, and you just get to choose who you're rooting for and hope for the best. The best being not ending up in a wood chipper.
A good dark comedy is right up any guy's alley, but what can get the tears flowing in this snowy scene? Well, the only actual innocent person (Macy's kidnapped wife) is killed offscreen for no more reason than she was making a lot of noise. Because she was kidnapped. It's sad that she was killed, but lots of people were killed in this movie that didn't necessarily deserve it. What is sad is that her life was so inconsequential that her death was infinitely trifling. It was a punchline. That's saying something, especially in this movie.