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:
"Adult Animated Movies"
At this point it's fair to say no one is embarrassed at any age by saying they enjoy animation. Between the classic Disney films that we grew up with to the cultural renaissance that is Pixar, animation has transcended the stigma of being "just for children." That being said, there are still animated movies that are decidedly NOT for children. Sometimes the subject matter is a little too mature (which is saying something considering what Pixar has dealt with lately). Other times the world of animated character proportions are exaggerated in a very adult way to serve the plot and entice an older viewer. Cutting out the blatant porn, adult animated films can and very often do offer a niche of quality not found anywhere else. And just because a character is drawn and voiced doesn't mean they can't make an emotional impact:
This movie is a bucket of adult melancholy courtesy of perpetually-weird Charlie Kaufman. And the real genius of telling this adult story with animation is that it conveys the lead character's feelings emotionally. Over the course of the story, lead character Michael sees everyone in his life as the exact same stop-motion figure of a middle-aged white man...even his son and wife. The animation serves a purpose in telling us how isolated he feels and the disdain with which he regards everyone equally. But then he meets Lisa, who is completely unique and beautiful and different in his eyes, literally.
Kind of a brilliant story device, right? Well, the really soul-crushing part is after they sleep together and agree to run away together. Michael is disgusted by Lisa's breakfast habits and dismisses her as a possible connection. And then, at the very end of the movie, we find that Lisa is actually identical to other people, even without Michael there judging her. It's a muddy thesis this film has, but there's something otherworldly and heavy about the whole affair.