What Makes You Cry

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Postby markabaddon » Mon Aug 06, 2007 12:56 pm

Vincent,

You have no idea how correct you are....

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Postby FrankChurch » Mon Aug 06, 2007 2:38 pm

Vincent, you didn't see comments by Harlan, where he agrees with me that Forest Gump is not only a bad movie, but evil in almost every way. The film is lice on the eyes, rat turds on the American Dream. The movie basically implies that life without a clue is the utmost in being there. The movie is morally below even Kiddie porn. I am completely serious. A stinker.

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Postby FrankChurch » Mon Aug 06, 2007 2:40 pm

Mark, let me rub your boo boo.

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Postby markabaddon » Mon Aug 06, 2007 2:51 pm

Franklin, go snuggle with Vincent
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Postby Davey C » Mon Aug 06, 2007 3:37 pm

For some reason the whole berserker scene in the cave under Koom Valley (from Terry Pratchett's Thud!) gets me leakin' every time. Like now, for example (I just finished that bit here at my desk). And god DAMN what an excellent movie that book would make.

I'm sappy for a well-played cello, and those high, passionato, one-note caesuras on fiddle or clarinet in certain bits of klezmer music absolutely arrest me; I freeze, I weep, and eventually I regather myself and move on, but for those moments, nothing exists but the music.
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Postby Cary Bleasdale » Mon Aug 06, 2007 10:24 pm

Dog stories. Every fuckin' time. I can't read Lassie to save my life, and Albert Payson Terhune reduces me to a blubbering idiot every time.

Let's not even mention Old Yeller, 'k? And Abhu goes without saying. I'm pretty sure this has to do with the closest, most loyal people I've ever known being dogs. Some of James Herriot's stories get to me that way too.

Also, Tuesdays With Morrie and The Notebook both get to me because my grandfather (who was pretty much my father for most of my life) died of ALS. My 8th grade teacher made us watch Tuesdays With Morrie about two months after he died, and I broke down like a whipped puppy. Not much fun.

What else? Musically, there are a few pieces that make me cry. Debussy's La Fille aux Cheveux de Lin and the Lacrimosa from Mozart's Requiem are two pieces that really always get me.

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Postby Moderator » Tue Aug 07, 2007 9:26 am

Okay, since Cary breached the topic. The currently running ASPCA commercial gets me welling up every time.

(Which is, of course, their intent.)
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Postby LarryF » Tue Aug 07, 2007 1:46 pm

Two of Harlan's stories, "The Deathbird" and "Paladin of the Lost Hour" got me all misty eyed, and his essay about his dog had the same effect. When it comes to movies, The Elephant Man wins my tearjerker award easily.

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Postby FrankChurch » Tue Aug 07, 2007 2:25 pm

Barber, how about that commercial where the bulldog puppy is playing with the doggie toy? Gotta get me one of those dogs. Soooo cute.

Tragedy always makes me cry. Sicko made me bawl several times.

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Postby markabaddon » Wed Aug 08, 2007 12:15 pm

OK, I will admit something that makes me cry:

game 6 of the 1993 World Series where Mitch Williams is pitching to Joe Carter and he... and he..... I am sorry I cannot go on.
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Postby Chuck Messer » Wed Aug 08, 2007 11:12 pm

As far as tear-inducing music is concerned, there's Pathetique by Tchikovsky (a connection with a talk I had with my Dad some years ago), also Adagio for Strings by Barber. Strangely enough, there's a variation done for the computer game Homeworld, done with vocalizations that is at least as poignant as the strings version.

Then there's the Alagretto from Symphony 7 in A Major, Op. 92. Gets me every time.

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Postby FrankChurch » Thu Aug 09, 2007 2:12 pm

Mark, why such a cold person? hehe,.

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Postby markabaddon » Thu Aug 09, 2007 3:14 pm

Cold? nah, I just gots a reputation I needs to protect.

Actually, here is a book that made me cry uncontrollably,

Noah's Rainbow: A Father's Emotional Journey from the Death of His Son to the Birth of His Daughter

http://www.amazon.com/Noahs-Rainbow-Fat ... 276&sr=1-1

Reading this on the bus into work in the morning was not the brightest decision I have ever made

Interesting side note, the author is a contributor to ESPN Page 2 and, I sent him a note after reading an excerpt published on that website and got a very nice response from him a few weeks later.
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Postby FrankChurch » Mon Aug 13, 2007 4:53 pm

That doesn't move me, since I hate kids. lol

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Postby markabaddon » Tue Aug 14, 2007 1:01 pm

Even for someone who does not like kids, you could imagine that the death of a child would be the most traumatic loss one could suffer.

Jeez, and you said I was cold......
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