Wednesday, February 14, 2018

5 Films To Watch When You Need A Good Cry

Happy Valentine's Day! I feel like today is one of those events that you'll either love, absolutely dread or maybe it won't even phase you at all. Personally, it's never been something that I've enjoyed whether I'm in a relationship or not. This is actually my first Valentine's Day that I've been single in 6 years and while I'm not going to be wined and dined, that's okay. I feel like it is acceptable to feel a little bit sorry for yourself today though and pop on a film that will make you sob for an hour or two. It's allowed, right? Here are my top five that are perfect for just that.

First up is Closer (2004) and if you know me personally, this will come as no surprise to you. Let's be honest, relationships aren't always easy because people are selfish and just generally suck. This is such a raw, honest film that looks at relationships realistically, without any of that romanticism. It shows just how complex feelings and relationships are and what all that cheating and heartbreak can really do to a person. I apparently really love to suffer and have watched this so many times, I practically know it word for word. I feel like this one of those films that will have a different impact on you depending on which part of your life you're watching it in.

"No one will ever love you as much as I do. Why isn't love enough?"

Next up is 
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012). I went through a stage of watching as many films as possible and while I was doing that, I came across this film and I was actually really pleasantly surprised. It was released in 2012 so initially, I thought it was going to be one of those super cliche 'the end of the world is neigh" films and I guess it does have that aspect to it but also, it's a really lovely rom-com that always makes me sob my little heart out. It's one of those films that makes you realise, at the end of the day, all you really want is someone to love you and to love them back. 

"I couldn't live without you. No matter how long."

Ever since the Tenth Doctor said "Every single decision you make creates a parallel existence", it's always been something I think about a lot and I love anything that runs with that parallel universe/butterfly effect theory.
Comet (2014) explores the 6-year relationship of Dell and Kimberly through small glimpses of 
parallel universes and flashbacks. We get to see all the focal points of their relationship, the good and the bad. Some of the lines in this film just really hit you where it hurts, especially if you have had a sad breakup and can relate.
"There are parallel universes out there where this didn't happen. Where I was with you and you were with me. And whatever universe that is, that's the one that my heart lives in."

Next up is 
Blue Valentine (2010), which is possibly one of the most heartbreaking romance films out there. Sometimes, you can love someone so much but it still just isn't enough and that's probably one of the hardest things to come to terms with. Carrie Bradshaw once said: "If you love someone and you break up, where does the love go?" I still just don't KNOW. The premise of this is a lot like Comet where you see all the focal points of the relationship, including the demise and it really just hurts your heart a lot. 

"How do you trust your feelings when they can just disappear like that?"

And the last film on this list is probably the most un-romantic Valentine's Day film out there and it's definitely the one that I'll be watching today - 
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004). The film even opens with Joel saying how much he hates Valentine's Day and honestly, that is such a big mood for today. The film is all about that horrible period after a relationship ends, it's over but you still have so many feelings for them and every memory crushes your heart a little more every day. Leads Clementine and Joel decide to have a procedure to erase all the memories of each other and their relationship, so they can finally let go and move on. As I'm still in the process of getting over a very hard break-up, I think about this concept a lot. And you can BET that I will be sobbing uncontrollably when I watch this later.

"What a loss to spend that much time with someone, only to find out that she's a stranger."

However you end up spending today, I hope you have a happy day! 

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