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Most emotionally affecting moment in a movie or show

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Thursday, June 2, 2005 10:54 AM

CHRISISALL


What made you feel something so strongly, so deeply that you were moved to tears, or felt so happy you could bust, or absolutly stunned you with a stark realization of the human condition?

Three that come to mind quickly for me are:

When Vader throws the Emperor down the shaft in Jedi. Moved by an old, slender thread of love for his son, a Galaxy would be forever changed.

When Batty saves Deckard from the fall in Blade Runner. This taught a young Chrisisall what Humanity was all about; seeing 'us' in 'them'.

When Zack sacrificed himself for Max in first season finale of Dark Angel. Backed into a corner with no options, he made the ultimate choice for the friend he loved so dearly, and no one saw it coming.

There are more, but I want to hear from you ladies and gentlemen. So, what moves your furniture?

Intense Chrisisall

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Thursday, June 2, 2005 11:07 AM

EST120


the first thing that came to my mind is the scene in the royal tenenbaums after chaz's (played by ben stiller) dog is killed by the runaway car driven by the family friend (played by owen wilson). royal (played by gene hackman) finds another dog and purchases him and gives him to his son (stiller). ben stiller is obviously known more as a comedic actor, but this one scene he was really quite good with the drama of the moment. for those who have not seen the movie, his character lost his wife in the recent past and since her death he has been obsessed with the safety of his children manifested by the fact that he does things like practices fire drills with them in the middle of the night. anyway, his father (hackman), gives him the dog. you can just watch chaz's "i have to be strong for the kids" face crumble and he tries not to cry and says something like "thanks dad. this has been a really hard year.". i felt so moved by that one scene. it is quite touching and was really unexpected in that movie.

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Thursday, June 2, 2005 11:38 AM

THESOMNAMBULIST


Ok I'll attempt this in spoiler mode, just in case people haven't seen the film The Apartment with Jack Lemon.

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Ok it'd have to be the scene at the office party when poor old Jack Lemon who realising his crush for Shirley Maclean decides tonight is the night that he's gonna tell her how he feels. Only.... big shock! He finds out in the worst way that she is the one having an affair with the big boss!!!! Ouch!!! Bolt of lightning straight through the heart!!!!
.....He's left to walk back home destroyed while all around him celebrate Christmas.



Never was pure melancholia visualised so perfectly.

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Thursday, June 2, 2005 11:55 AM

CHRISTHECYNIC


The first two that come to mind are from The Punisher and John Q

I guess they’re spoilers

The Punisher

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In The Punisher a guy with a lot of facial piercings is tortured by having them ripped out one at a time, all the people want to know is where his neighbor is. He knows exactly where the guy is and he doesn’t really know the guy at all. When the torture is done the neighbor, who was hiding under the floor asked why the guy had protected him.

The response was something along the lines of, “You’re one of us.” Like, “You’re one of my crew.” He went through all of that pain for someone who was basically a stranger.



John Q

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The basic story is that the kid needs a heart, finally the kid’s situation rapidly degrades and he needs a heart NOW. His father, John, has done all of the research and knows that his heart will work.

The scene is where the father I lying down with a gun to his head preparing to pull the trigger. The tension builds and builds, then suddenly it is all released as he pulls the trigger and the safety is on.

Then he turns off the safety and puts the gun to his head again.


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Thursday, June 2, 2005 12:14 PM

THEREAVER


Mine comes from Star Wars Episode 3.

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Anakin: I HATE YOU!
Obi-Wan: You were like my brother. I loved you.



This scene was very sad and very well acted.

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Thursday, June 2, 2005 2:01 PM

YT

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There are so many movies that do it for me, and not many TV shows, but Smallville manages to have one or more emotionally affecting moments in almost every ep, so I'm gonna go with the final scene of the pilot ep

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in which Lana, still in her prom dress, finds Clark in his loft in the Kent barn, and reminds him she said she'd save him a dance. They dance slowly, and kiss tenderly, and Lana asks him if he's OK. Clark is about to speak when he is startled by a car horn. We now see that he is alone, and Lana has just been driven home (next to the Kent farm) from the prom. As she walks to her front door, Clark says he feels wonderful. Lana couldn't have heard him from so far away, but she turns as if she heard something. She doesn't seem to see anything, but she smiles.



Out of Gas is, of course, all emotion, but in such a high level throughout the ep, it is hard to single out a moment. Firefly's most emotionally affecting moment is the funeral, perhaps because for the cast, crew, & me, it really was a funeral. Firefly is the Life. And in four months, Joss will be the Resurrection.

Keep the Shiny Side Up . . . (wutzon) Lifehouse, "Everything", from "Smallville, the pilot"

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Thursday, June 2, 2005 2:05 PM

CHRISTHECYNIC


We come closer to being a real cult every day, don't we?

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Thursday, June 2, 2005 2:09 PM

CHRISISALL


Reality check; I love the show, just the show, it's a show.

Chrisisall

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Thursday, June 2, 2005 2:36 PM

MANWITHPEZ

Important people don't do field work.


There is a moment in my favorite film...Beauty and the Beast...

The Beast bellows at Belle for almost hurting the rose...after she's left, he throws his head into his hands for what he's done...It is one of the most touching things I've ever seen in movies, and a contributing factor for my claim as favorite movie...

Kaylee: "What's so damn important about being proper? It don't mean nothing out here in the black."
Simon: "It means more out here. It's all I have..."

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Thursday, June 2, 2005 2:39 PM

CHRISTHECYNIC


Quote:

Originally posted by chrisisall:
Reality check; I love the show, just the show, it's a show.

Chrisisall

You can't hand me something so easy to work with, I don't have that kind of restraint.

Yes, it is just a show, and the Bible is just a book, when you pull the pages out they turn to paper.

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Thursday, June 2, 2005 2:48 PM

CHRISTHECYNIC


More on topic:

Anyone remember Beast Wars? As a show made for children it has no parallel. I remember when Dinobot died.

The things never had to die, when they became damaged to a certain point they just shut down and were repaired later, but here was this one guy (semi-organic robot, whatever) in the middle of a battle and he hit that point. There was no backup close enough so if he shut down he’d lose.

If he lost the future would be changed.

So he died to save a species he didn’t like (humanity) and protect a future in which his people (predicons) are second class, constantly degraded every possible moment and never shown the least bit of respect. He did it because it was the right thing to do.

It was made more powerful by the fact that the whole series had these guys being blown up and such, but none of them died because none of them had to die, but he chose to die rather than compromise his morals.

When I saw it I cried, but then again I was younger than.

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Thursday, June 2, 2005 2:50 PM

CHRISISALL


Jeez. Cult is right. You guys take this 'show' a little too seriously, I think. Watch and enjoy, but it's just a show.
What do you have? Like a six-foot model of Serenity in your living room to worship or something?

Mine's in the bedroom, the living room's too small Chrisisall

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Thursday, June 2, 2005 2:54 PM

MANWITHPEZ

Important people don't do field work.


Chrisisall vs Christhecynic...Give them lightsabres, but onyl so they can light cigarettes to make themselves look more macho! Are you ready? Are you ready...LET's GET IT ON!!!

Kaylee: "What's so damn important about being proper? It don't mean nothing out here in the black."
Simon: "It means more out here. It's all I have..."

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Thursday, June 2, 2005 3:01 PM

CHRISTHECYNIC


I don't smoke, sorry. But I do have cool lighters. I have this one that I got in Florence, Italy -made in China- in addition to a cool little red LED that shines through the lighter fluid when it’s open its also got the fact it’s a triple lighter going for it.

Turn up the flame all the way and it’s a trident of fire, the middle flame at about a foot long.

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Thursday, June 2, 2005 3:02 PM

GUNRUNNER


In Ariel when Jayne is in the Airlock. Every time I see that scene I mutter, “Don’t do it Mal your not a murderer” under my breath.

In ‘A Bridge Too Far’ there is a part where a group of British Paratroopers is cut off from their landing zone by the Germans, they are running low on ammo and all their supplies are being dropped on the Germans then one crate lands just barely out of reach. They are about to give up one solder steps forward and runs out to retrieve the crate. He lifts the crate on his back and starts to run back and everyone is cheering him on when the Germans shoot him dead, the crate brakes open showing its filled with nothing but hats. I was teary eyed the rest of the night.

In ‘Apocalypse Now’ Charlie Sheen and this other guy are walking in this trench looking for the commander of this isolated base. He asks two guys who’s the CO. They respond, “Aren’t you?” We then hear this enemy solider trapped on the barbed wire yelling curses at them, the one guy with grenade launcher and a blank look on his face steps forward, listens for a moment and pops off a grenade there is an explosion and the yelling stops. Sheen asks the guy with the grenade launcher if he knows who the CO is, he responds “yea…” and walks away. When Sheen gets back to the gunboat the Chief asks him if he found the CO, Sheen says there’s no one in charge here. It just shows how people can just become nothing when cut off from the world, reminds anyone of something from Firefly?

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Thursday, June 2, 2005 3:08 PM

CHRISTHECYNIC


Quote:

Originally posted by GunRunner:
In Ariel when Jayne is in the Airlock. Every time I see that scene I mutter, “Don’t do it Mal your not a murderer” under my breath.


The part of that scene that seems to best represent the human condition to me is when Jayne asks Mal to make something up.

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Thursday, June 2, 2005 5:24 PM

SWITCHY


forgive me for jumping the track in a non-scifi direction but I recently saw the movie Crash (2005) and there is a scene that had me ramping up to weep like a baby and then suddenly everything was ok. It was the strangest sensation I've had in a cinema in quite a long time. I won't bother spoiling the scene for anyone but I tell you there is some heavy shit going on in that movie.

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Thursday, June 2, 2005 6:11 PM

ROCKETJOCK


Casablanca, the Marseillaise scene, for so damn many reasons it's hard to list them all:
-The matching scowls on the faces of Victor Lazlo and Rick Blaine as they watch the Nazis singing Die Wacht am Rhein;
-Lazlo's near-holy determination as he orders the band to play his lost homeland's anthem;
-Rick's curt nod to the band okaying the song --
-More on that: Bogart's expression is indescribable; Rick doesn't understand why he's doing this -- it's crazy to bait the Nazis, he knows that -- yet somehow he can't go against Lazlo.

And that's why this scene is the film's centerpiece; for the first time in the movie, the viewer understands what Ilsa see in Lazlo, why she had to leave Rick behind. Because at that moment Victor Lazlo shines as a force of nature.

While Rick Blaine may be the movie's protagonist, at that moment Victor Lazlo is its hero -- and it isn't until the story's end that Rick manages to reclaim the title.

If you've never seen Casablanca, for Ghod's sake, rent it, buy it, borrow it. And Ghod, I envy you -- seeing it for the first time.

"Do you know what the definition of a hero is? It's somebody who gets somebody else killed." -- Zoë Warren

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Thursday, June 2, 2005 6:31 PM

CHRISTHECYNIC


Quote:

Originally posted by switchy:
forgive me for jumping the track in a non-scifi direction


Since the second post this has been open to sci fi and non-sci fi alike. You've nothing to apologize for.

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Thursday, June 2, 2005 7:26 PM

PURPLEBELLY


That's my good girl Kaylee Fry: Serenity - the episode.
The first Firefly I saw was the second half of the pilot, so I had no real idea what was going on - this moment just reached me beyond the narrative; it may be that machines mean more to me than people.
Mind you, Jewel did have those extra pounds

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Friday, June 3, 2005 1:12 AM

THESOMNAMBULIST


RocketJock

I agree with everything you said about Casablanca

It is faultless.

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Friday, June 3, 2005 2:49 AM

MRGOSH


Yo!
Here are two that are emotionally effecting, though in more upsetting ways. The first is from Babylon 5 when Londo is watching the shadows destroy the Narn homeworld. You can tell be the look on his face that he is realized that maybe he is a total rat-bastard.
The second is from Cabaret when the boy dressed in a Nazi uniform starts singing some nationalistic song outside and everyone around starts to sing along. (this takes place before the Nazis came into power). It's one of the most chilling scenes I've ever seen.
Oh yeah, and the last episode of season 5 of Buffy, when Spike collapses after seeing Buffy dead. That's almost too much for me!
Sigh, I guess it's time to go to school now. That may be the most tragic thing of all...

I'm Dancin' like a Monkey!
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Friday, June 3, 2005 3:43 AM

CALHOUN


I remember being emotionally affected by the episode of Buffy where her Mum dies. Also the episode where Tara dies. Joss definitely has a penchant for being able to push or pull my emotions wherever he wants.

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Friday, June 3, 2005 3:59 AM

CYBERSNARK


Quote:

Originally posted by christhecynic:
Anyone remember Beast Wars? As a show made for children it has no parallel. I remember when Dinobot died.

Seconded. The episode was "Code of Hero."

Some others:

Beast Machines (the sequel to BW), second last episode (just before the episode-long final battle). Cheetor has just taken on an entire army of Vehicon drone soldiers. By this point, he's technorganic, not cybernetic, which means he can get wounded. He's hurt, exhausted, out of breath, and standing in a way that looks like he has a broken leg. He's crouched in front of the opening into the spark chamber (where Optimus is), panting and on the verge of collapse. The shadows of the three Vehicon generals approach, and Cheetor looks up from his panting, and growls: "Three, or three hundred. You're not getting in."

Just gives me chills at his badassitude, and the memory of the eager, immature kid he used to be.

Princess Mononoke, when San was injured in the Iron Village, and Ashitaka picks her up and carries her out. He's wounded, bleeding, and an arrow passes clear through him as he walks away. He stumbles, but won't stop. He deliberately carries her through the soldiers' ranks to the door, puts a hand out, and starts pushing. The door must weigh half a tonne, but he doesn't stop, and nobody moves to help him, they're all just staring. Slowly, the door starts to rise open. . .

Again, it's the chivalric self-sacrifice that defines the word "hero" in my head.

Jeremiah, last episode, when Smith returns to the school. He's bloody, bruised, falling apart, and planning to go to war, not expecting to survive. He's heard a Voice (God) in his head, it's been silent a while now, but it led him to this point, and he's prepared to die to help create something worthwhile. The Headmistress brings in his daughter, to say goodbye. He tells her he loves her, then lies to her, saying that he'll be home soon. She looks at him and says it's okay. . . The Voice says everything will turn out.

There's this look of mingled shock/awe/pride/sadness on his face, as he realizes that the hell he's been through will revisit itself on his daughter, but that God is looking out for her, even when Smith likely won't be able to.

Jeremiah, same episode, after Erin finds Marcus stretched out on the couch, and pours out her feelings for him; how much she loves him. Then, much later, she and Marcus are dancing, and she tries to find words, and Marcus just says "I wasn't sleeping."

You can just feel Erin's stomach clench.

And a whole bunch from InuYasha. After he went full-demon and slaughtered a village, and runs off to have a mental breakdown at the guilt (which only Kagome witnesses). When InuYasha turns human and refuses to hide from Koga --he's not going to be ashamed of his human side anymore (that's what Kagome has taught him). When Kagome runs away, realizes that she loves InuYasha, then returns, only to find him with Kikyo --then they see each other and neither of them can move until something breaks the spell. When Kagome gets sick, and InuYasha tends to her, making a remedy that he learned from his human mother (that he never talks about, being his most precious and private memory).

Yeah, I'm a hopeless romantic. ^_^

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Friday, June 3, 2005 4:03 AM

DIETCOKE


Quote:

Originally posted by Calhoun:
I remember being emotionally affected by the episode of Buffy where her Mum dies. Also the episode where Tara dies. Joss definitely has a penchant for being able to push or pull my emotions wherever he wants.



Yep, The Body got me too. Not when her mom died but the speech that Anya gives when she talks about not understanding why people...that got me.

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Friday, June 3, 2005 4:11 AM

WEICHI


Kudos to Gunrunner and Rocketjock for "Bridge To Far" and "Casablanca"- which WOULD be faultless if Ilsa did not call a grown black man boy twice in the film.

My choices - get ready for some corny stuff ...

Harry Bailey toasting his brother as the "richest man in town" - "Its a Wonderful Life"

The black preacher telling Scout to stand up "Your father's passing" - "To Kill a Mockingbird"

Stanley Baker's last words to Michael Caine - "Zulu"

James Earl Jones standing up to the white coal miners in John Sayles brilliant "Matewan"

Ben Affleck's (yes Ben Affleck) raining in the car speech in "Chasing Amy"

The front pews being cleared for the prisoners in "Sullivan's Travels"

So many moments in John Wayne's performance in "The Searchers"

Some of these might be obsure to folks, glad to expound on them if you like but don't want to spoil and working on brevity







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Friday, June 3, 2005 4:16 AM

COSMICFUGITIVE


The most emotionally affecting moment in a tv show that gets me every time comes from season four of Xena:

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In the episode "Between the Lines", the evil Shamaness Alti and Xena are caught up in an intense fight.

Xena is lying injured on the ground. Gabrielle stupidly decides to take on Alti. Instead, Alti grabs her by the hair and lifts the bard off her feet.

Alti shows the young bard the future that Xena had already foreseen, (Crucifixion at the hand of the Romans),and tried to protect her from throughout the season. Xena screams "You bitch!", and throws her chakram, cutting off Gabrielle's hair. (Gabrielle has short hair in the visions of the future.)

It's one of the most visually and emotionally powerful scenes from the series that sill sticks in my mind today. The look in Lucy Lawless's eyes when she delivers those lines is amazing.



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Friday, June 3, 2005 4:26 AM

BIKISDAD


Quote:

Originally posted by Calhoun:
I remember being emotionally affected by the episode of Buffy where her Mum dies. Also the episode where Tara dies. Joss definitely has a penchant for being able to push or pull my emotions wherever he wants.




The one that got me the most on Buffy was from "Passion", after Angelus had killed Jenny Calendar and Giles found her body in his bed. When Giles calls Buffy and Willow to tell them (with Angelus standing outside the window, watching them get the news), Willow takes the phone from Buffy, listens for a few seconds, then bursts into tears. That gets me every time.

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Friday, June 3, 2005 4:55 AM

FILMWRITERKARYN


Quote:

Originally posted by weichi:

The black preacher telling Scout to stand up "Your father's passing" - "To Kill a Mockingbird"



Oh yeah...that's a great one! Also, the already mentioned Anya speech from "The Body" ALWAYS hits me like a Mack truck.

Also, I know it's supper cheesy, but the ending sequence of West Side Story and/or Romeo & Juliet. It's like, I know it's coming, but it's always so tragic...

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Friday, June 3, 2005 5:21 AM

STARPILOTGRAINGER


Some other ones..

Nowhere Man - There was one episode where They tried to convince him his whole erasure was just a coma dream.. After he figures it out and confronts his wife (Allison) with the truth, then walks out knowing the game continues. As he's walking away, his wife pulls out a gun, demands to know where the negatives are. He refuses, and she says,
"I will kill you, Tom"
And without looking back, Tom says, "No, you won't. You never do." and continues walking away. Just the look on his face when he delivers that line, an ever-so-slight tremble to his voice and features, and then he walks away, really got me.

Farscape: I'm a big sucker for the last conversation John had with his dad, when he was on the moon, and running out of time.

My So-Called Life: There are a number of them, but one that comes to mind most is when Jordan takes Angela's hand in the hallway, publicly, after he'd previously wanted to keep their whole relationship a secret, and she gives this brilliant smile.

Buffy: After Jenny is killed and Giles goes to the factory for vengeance, and more particularly the moment he and Buffy have.

It's a book rather than a movie or TV show, but 1984, "Do it to Julia!" gave me chills and broke my heart at the same time.



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Friday, June 3, 2005 5:37 AM

LUCCIOLA


...when Tim Robbins stands up after having escaped through the prison sewer in Shawshank Redemption...I stood up, too, when I saw it the first time.

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Friday, June 3, 2005 5:51 AM

STEVETHEPIRATE


Any time I see Alyson Hannigan cry makes me crumble. That girl ... geez. Hard to watch any of the "Willow crying" scenes without getting your heart ripped out.

I'm gonna get a bit corny for a minute and mention the end of "Field of Dreams" - I'll never list Kevin Costner as one of the best actors of our time, but that scene was extremely well done, I think.

As for scenes of this nature that were surprising but felt a bit out of place,

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when Ned (Owen Wilson) dies in "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou." A relatively well-done scene, as was his memorial scene, but it all seemed ... odd.



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Friday, June 3, 2005 9:11 AM

CHRISTHECYNIC


Quote:

Originally posted by Lucciola:
...when Tim Robbins stands up after having escaped through the prison sewer in Shawshank Redemption...I stood up, too, when I saw it the first time.


I have to remind myself that some birds aren't meant to be caged, their feathers are just too bright.

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Friday, June 3, 2005 9:18 AM

YT

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Quote:

Originally posted by weichi:
Ben Affleck's (yes Ben Affleck) raining in the car speech in "Chasing Amy"


I certainly understand your "(yes Ben Affleck)". Chasing Amy was the first movie I saw him in, and he was good. It took many later examples of his work for me to realize the guy is a stiff. His performance in Shakespeare In Love is interesting in that I can't tell whether Ben is acting badly, or if he's doing a good job portraying a ham who acts badly even when not on stage.

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Friday, June 3, 2005 9:22 AM

PERIDIDDLE


Hrm...there is that one moment in Romeo + Juliet (the modernized version with Leonardo Dicaprio) at the end. Romeo sees Juliet and assumes she's dead, and he drinks the poison JUST as Juliet awakes. The look of complete destruction on both of their faces is enough to break hearts, and then she takes her own life. YES, I knew it was going to happen, but I don't think I'd ever seen a rendition of Romeo and Juliet in which she's awake while he dies. Gah.

In Buffy the Vampire Slayer...oh my. The Body, The Gift, Seeing Red and Becoming Part II hurt to watch. The Gift, most of all, simply for what Buffy does and the look on the Scoobies (and Spike's) faces.

And, okay, it's not exactly out as a movie YET, but the rock opera RENT sent me into tears when I saw it performed on Broadway. The look of helplessness on Angel's face and Collins' as Angel's health declines, and the way Collins says "It's over" and moves into the song 'I'll Cover You: Reprise.' AH. I was in tears throughout the second act, to the point where I could not see the stage. When the movie comes out, I'll be bawling.

And finally...LION KING. When Simba runs around Mufasa and nudges him, pleading with him to stand up and then finally he curls up next to his father and cries...did Disney REALIZE what that would do to people? I cried. I still cry, and I've seen the movie possibly a million times. Gah.

"Bwaa...it's kind of a warrior...strikes fear into the hearts of..."

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Friday, June 3, 2005 10:24 AM

RHYMEPHILE


Wow, there are so many to think about and choose from. I'll stick to my favorite TV show of all time, The X-Files. Yeah, I enjoy Firefly, but my first love will always be XF.

In the episode "Paper Hearts" David Duchovny gives one of his most emotionally affecting performances ever on that show. When he's digging at the dirt of a makeshift forest grave with his bare hands because he believes child molester John Lee Roche may have killed his sister and buried her there -- he's frantic, exhausted from not sleeping -- and when Scully protests that he's disturbing a crime scene, he simply says, "Help me, Scully." Of course she joins him. Fantastic.

Then in Season Seven's "Closure" we finally learn the truth about what happened to Mulder's sister. Overall, I wish they had stuck to a more plausible explanation that what we got, but the scene where Mulder ultimately accepts Samantha's fate and goes running to her and gives her a giant hug -- it's the music in that scene, along with the sight of all the ghostly children's spirits -- that always make me cry, no matter how many times I've seen it nor how cynical I am about the truth behind her disappearance.

As for movies, dudes, The Iron Giant! You can't not cry at that film!


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Friday, June 3, 2005 10:42 AM

CHRISISALL


Hey, this turned into a 'Stuff that made you cry' thread, or what?
Okay, I'll go with it.

When Superman was holding Lois' dead body, and crying in Superman The Movie. Reeve was incredible.
The thirty seconds before Bruce Willis pushes the button in Armageddon- it kills me! He loved his little girl more than anything.
Okay, when Jayne says "Make something up", that gets me, too. Gosh Darn it! Now I feel all like a girley-man and such!

I never cry Chrisisall

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Friday, June 3, 2005 10:48 AM

CHRISISALL


Quote:

Originally posted by GunRunner:

It just shows how people can just become nothing when cut off from the world, reminds anyone of something from Firefly?


Apocalypse Now is a film I've only seen once, possibly the most disturbing movie I've ever seen. And one of the most powerful.
Full Metal Jacket and Clockwork Orange are close seconds.

Shell shocked Chrisisall

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Friday, June 3, 2005 10:51 AM

CHRISISALL


What about in an early episode of Hercules when his wife and son get killed by Hera?

That wasn't nice Chrisisall

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Friday, June 3, 2005 10:54 AM

CHRISTHECYNIC


Quote:

Originally posted by chrisisall:
I never cry Chrisisall


That’s not good. Don’t worry, we take care of our own, we’ll get you an operation to fix that.

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I’m not sure if it’s turned into a “stuff that made you cry” thread, or if it’s just that that’s the easiest indicator of powerful emotion. Certainly the John Q thing I mentioned early on didn’t make me cry, made me not breathe is what it did, but many times crying is the result of the “emotionally effecting moments.”

Quote:

You wrote:
What made you feel something so strongly, so deeply that you were moved to tears, or felt so happy you could bust, or absolutly stunned you with a stark realization of the human condition?


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Friday, June 3, 2005 10:57 AM

CHRISISALL


Quote:

Originally posted by manwithpez:
Chrisisall vs Christhecynic...


I'm gonna change my name. Vaderisall.

Hey, what about that scene in Highlander where Connor is holding Heather as she's dying of old age, and she says she didn't know why he stayed?
His reply opens the eye-fawcetts for me- big time!

There can be only one (Highlander movie) Chrisisall

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Friday, June 3, 2005 11:31 AM

CHRISISALL


Quote:

Originally posted by christhecynic:
Originally posted by chrisisall:
I never cry Chrisisall
That’s not good. Don’t worry, we take care of our own, we’ll get you an operation to fix that.


No, it's just that I have no tear ducts.

Normal for Klingons Chrisisall

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Friday, June 3, 2005 12:22 PM

SICKDUDE


In the anime movie, Grave of the Fireflies, when the brother sets fire to his sister's body, because he wasn't good enough at taking care of her. I'm getting choked up just typing this....

In Platoon, when Willem Dafoe is kneeling, shot to heck, and watching the helicopters leave him behind.

Rhymephile, thanks for bringing up X-Files. In "Beyond the Sea", when the prisoner (Brad Dourif in his best-role-ever) yells "Do NOT underestimate my fear of going back to that place!"


"Don't say 'ka' until you've tried it." Daniel Jackson

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Friday, June 3, 2005 7:18 PM

GUNRUNNER


Quote:

Originally posted by chrisisall:
Quote:

Originally posted by GunRunner:

It just shows how people can just become nothing when cut off from the world, reminds anyone of something from Firefly?


Apocalypse Now is a film I've only seen once, possibly the most disturbing movie I've ever seen. And one of the most powerful.
Full Metal Jacket and Clockwork Orange are close seconds.

Shell shocked Chrisisall



I hear you. Disturbing and Powerful no two ways about it.

'Das Boot' and 'Cross of Iron' are on my most powerful list. If 'Das Boot' isn't the most potent example of the human condition put to screen I don't know what is.

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Friday, June 3, 2005 8:19 PM

MONTANAGIRL


Quote:

Originally posted by weichi:
"Your father's passing" - "To Kill a Mockingbird"


Seconded! (Or thirded, actually, I think.)

I don't know how many times I've seen that, and I get chills every time.

(Sidenote: I actually cheered when Atticus Finch was named the #1 hero on AFI's list a year or so ago.)

"One day, lad, all this will be yours ..."
"What - the curtains?"

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Friday, June 3, 2005 8:26 PM

STAGGERLY


Any of the stuff with Mary in The Passion of the Christ. Mother/son scenarios kill me, and that's probably the most potent. Particularly when she runs down the alley just as he stumbles with the cross.

A little-seen movie with Dennis Quaid, "Savior," where he plays a mercenary in Bosnia who gets stuck caring for a pregnant (raped) Serbian woman. The climax, particularly.

Saving Private Ryan, the scene with the medic remembering his relationship with, d'oh, his mother!

The Crying Game, sad in parts, but I find the ending poignant in a more positive way.

The Accidental Tourist:

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When William Hurt begins to cry and he confides in Geena Davis that he's afraid he'll forget his son's face. That and just how he feels responsible for her and her own son.



The whole of The Elephant Man.

Lonesome Dove, lots of scenes in that.

And darn me for being so easily manipulated, but GUMP. The last scene.


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Saturday, June 4, 2005 7:29 AM

CHRISTHECYNIC


Quote:

Originally posted by GunRunner:
Quote:

Originally posted by chrisisall:
Apocalypse Now is a film I've only seen once, possibly the most disturbing movie I've ever seen. And one of the most powerful.
Full Metal Jacket and Clockwork Orange are close seconds.

Shell shocked Chrisisall



I hear you. Disturbing and Powerful no two ways about it.


Disturbing things are always powerful, they couldn't be disturbing if they weren't.

A Rose for Emily by Faulkner is a great example, I hated the thing but if it were not so well written I wouldn’t. If it were not so powerful it could not have been disturbing, and if it were not disturbing it could not have made me hate it.

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Saturday, June 4, 2005 8:41 AM

REGINAROADIE


Oh God, there've been so many for me. I could almost write a whole book on specific moments in movies and TV shows that gave me what you've described.

But just off the top of my head, one moment in movies that has always haunted me was the scene in RAGING BULL when Jake was thrown into the jail cell and he begins punching the concrete wall over and over again, screaming "WHY, WHY, WHY, WHY." And the last half hours of THE TRUMAN SHOW, GARDEN STATE, PLEASANTVILLE, THE UPSIDE OF ANGER, AMERICAN BEAUTY are all superb endings for incredible films.

As for TV moments, there were two moments that I always thought were pretty emotionally searing and am amazed at how someone could NOT be rocked to the core. The whole season finale of the first season of 24 is bar none the most exquisitly crafted hour of television I've ever seen. After 23 hours of build up and anticipation, you have one hell of a payoff. You got a daring escape, a spousal/political betrayal, the one person Jack trusted showing her true colors as a mole, two emotional breakdowns from Jack, with the first one leading to a shootout that would make John Woo look like an amateur, a husband/wife separation that would make Shakespeare proud, a second shootout in a parking garage that leads to one of the tensest standoffs ever filmed, and it all culminates in a death that shows that 24 has the balls to take the tv rulebook and rip it to shreds. I've never been affected by a character's death on a tv show before. But the final death of that day just shook me.

The other one was the pilot for SIX FEET UNDER. You really got to know and feel affection for these characters in such a short time so that when they're burying Nathaniel Sr. outdoors, you're so wrapped up that the character's emotional outbursts are yours as well.

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

And wow! Hey! What's this thing suddenly coming towards me very fast? Very very fast. So big and flat and round, it needs a big wide sounding name like ... ow ... ound ... round ... ground! That's it! That's a good name - ground! I wonder if it will be friends with me?

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Wednesday, June 8, 2005 4:45 AM

PATSRULE


As far as joy, (besides Shawshank which was already said), the end of Diggstown really got me. Not only did the boxer (lou Gosset Jr.) go through hell and survive the hell of 10 boxing matches in a row, there was a great con as well. The theater audience started cheering when I saw it back in the day.

The ending to Big Fish was very melancholy. I wish the death of a persons father could be that beautiful, but it sure wasn't for me. The movie was very emotional.

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Wednesday, June 8, 2005 5:22 AM

THESOMNAMBULIST


patsrule wrote:
Quote:


The ending to Big Fish was very melancholy. I wish the death of a persons father could be that beautiful, but it sure wasn't for me. The movie was very emotional.



Yes I'd agree with this. That finalé could've so easily been sugary and overly sentimental. Yet it wasn't.

It's the best interpretation of someone's passing I've ever seen on film.

BIG FISH - wonderful subtle masterpiece.

Also
I rewatched over the weekend:
Jean de Flourette and Manon De Source and several scenes in these two films have some of the most heart stirring moments, in particular:

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In Jean De Flourette - when Gerrard Depardieu who has been praying for rain to help his crops, catches sight of rain clouds passing not more than half a mile away, and thus missing his plot of vegetables. He drops to his knees - defeated.



and

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Yves Montands realisation, at the end of Manon de Source, that Gerard Depardieu was his son. The look on his face when he puts all the events together. Sublime acting!!!



Plus

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The very last scene of Yves, preparing himslef to go to sleep and to never wake up again. Just the very purposefullness of it all really moves me. It's so profound.



finally

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All the reactions of Yves Montands face whenever Flourette is mentioned, or when someone asks why he never married, or why he doesn't have any offspring. You can see the pain he is in everytime.



Ok nuff said.

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