Sunday, December 26, 2010

Movies that make you cry.

I am a semi-emotional person. I don't always start crying or get teary-eyed in a movie where the final speech is given that really makes an impact. There are some movies, books, and even stories that can really get to me. Today, I have another one to add to my list:

Letters to God. 

Holy moly this movie had me in TEARS more than once! It's the story of an eight-year-old boy named Tyler who is battling cancer. He writes letters to God just about every day. Not just for himself, but for his family members and friends. When a man named Brady, who had his own demons to fight, takes up a route as the post man, he starts getting the letters, and soon develops a relationship with Tyler and his family. (Plus Brady is pretty easy on the eyes.)

I know what you're thinking. Sounds cheesy and probably a bit pushy, but it really wasn't. I've seen those cheesy inspirational films ( I'm looking at you ANGEL network) but this one was really good. AND the mom is played by Robyn Lively. Remember her? She played Louise Miller in TEEN WITCH one of the best films of my childhood! Seriously, I wanted to be just like Louise with her witchy power and her funky clothes. Let's not all forget about one of the best raps ever:

Anyways, I'm completely recommending this movie for anyone who is in for an emotional inspirational type of movie. It was really good, freaking sad, but really good! It got me thinking of all the other movies that have ever made me cry, even when I re-watch them. Here is my list in no particular order:

American History X
Have you seen this movie? I can't even tell you WHY I cry every time I watch it because I would ruin the entire thing for you! 

Tuck Everlasting
When Jesse is on the back of the boogy and he yells out, "I will love you, Winnie Foster, until the day I die!" I am a blubbering idiot.

Stand By Me
I blame the crying on Richard Dreyfuss' amazing narrator skills. 

My Girl
One of the best friendships movies ever made, and when *deep breath* they *another deep breath* Okay, nope. Can't explain it. Just watch it.

Four Brothers
I wouldn't say I bawled, but I always get teary-eyed when a certain scene happens. Sometimes I even shot: PUT SOME PRESSURE ON THOSE HOLES!!

The Notebook
This one is a bittersweet cry. And I still haven't read the book in fear that it will top the movie.

My Sister's Keeper
One of my best friends and I went and saw this movie in theater. BAD IDEA. We did not grab enough napkins, and were crying through the entire thing. I'm sure people thought we were stoned when we walked out of it.

Don't even act like you didn't get a little choked up when Jack's butt went down into that freezing ocean. If I have somehow just gave away a massive spoiler to anyone, I do not regret this. It's TITANIC how could you have NOT watched it?!

What about you? Are there some movies that will always make you choke up no matter how many times you watch them?

    Tuesday, December 14, 2010

    I need a name.

    Before I go into my spill for those of you who didn't know, I've started a new WIP. It's nickname is Fairy Tale.

    Okay, back to the post.

    I've been messing around with Fairy Tale, and for the life of me I cannot come up with this one character's name who is going by Nameless Dude at the moment. I went on twitter getting suggestions. Some I loved. Some I did not. Then I bounced around a few names for feedback. My first thought was Keaton. Then I went to Kyler then to Aiden. At one point Adrian, and then for about 10 minutes it was Garren before I decided to go back to Aiden. But none of these sound right.

    I don't get it. I'm GOOD with character names. They just hit me like BOOM! BOOM! BOOM!

    Not this time. I think it's my fault too because Nameless Dude is kind of an ass. He's stubborn, mean, and thinks he deserves respect just by walking in the door. I've looked through my baby book. I've looked through countless websites, but no name has struck me. I have major problems with writing him when I can't exactly name him.

    So fellow writers, how do you get your character names? Any sites you can suggest? Or just any suggestions in general?