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:
"2016 Oscar Nominee Movies"
This Sunday is the 2016 Academy Awards, a ceremony where the rich give each other awards and the goody bags could get your average millennial out of student debt. All snark aside, it's always fun to watch the Oscars; the glitzy outfits, the enjoyable comedy bits, and rooting for the movie you've actually heard of to win big. Just like in a sporting event, it's going to be more entertaining if you have a vested interest in one of the teams. Aside from the films surgically designed to be nominated, more and more films the average moviegoer actually cares about are finding themselves on the red carpet. The better chance you've heard of the film, or better yet seen it, the more you'll root for it to win. In case you've been movie-averse this year, here are five picks for excellent Oscar-nominated films that can make us cry:
1. The Martian
Shut up, we know it was a book and we don't care about your opinions on which was better. This film by Ridley "Sorry about Prometheus" Scott is so fantastic it's probably going to inspire a generation to actually be astronauts. Aside from being so beautiful that they'll probably ship it with all new TVs just to show off the HD picture, you never leave the edge of your seat. Every decision the characters make is tense, humorous, hopeful and dreadful. Matt "Rescue Me" Damon finds himself stranded on Mars with today's level technology and realistic conditions to deal with on a hostile planet. Retrieval is both geographically and financially doubtful, plus everything has a nasty tendency to explode. Fantastic, and one of my personal picks for best picture
Like Bane said in The Dark Knight Rises, killing someone isn't as bad as giving them hope and then taking it away. Matt sciences the shit out of (and into) everything, and at times it seems like everything's going his way. Then something goes wrong, and there are moments where he truly considers his mortality. These are somber moments and there are a few, so an individual can take their pick which moment hits them the hardest.