Well, having just watched The Dark Knight Rises, I'm again reminded of Christian Bale in Empire of the Sun. I'm always reminded of this show whenever I see him. Have you watched Empire of the Sun? If you haven't, you really should.. even once would be sufficient. It's a heart wrenching, sad, dark yet sweet story set in WWII.. I won't say more. I've only watched it once on the vcr in the early 90s, but it left such an impact on me, that I never could forget. The book is equally absorbing and touching..
Looking back, I think it was probably Empire of the Sun that unleashed the "crying-monster" in me. I'm a crier. Period. I cry at movies. I cry when I'm sad. I cry when I'm happy. I have a seriously "loose" crying duct. It's embarassing.. and made me realized that I should avoid these kind of sad movies (especially in the cinemas).. but yet these movies "calls" out to my soul. So, unfortunately, I'm still a sucker for sad movies, with happy endings (hopefully) till this day. (^^)
As I write this post, I have a soundtrack of Departures playing in the background.. Okuribito (Memory). You can scroll right to the bottom of this post, under butterfly waltz likes, click on no.7 Departures, to listen to the full track. This soundtrack really resonates the soul of this movie. And it's a movie I really recommend you watch.. with tissues. When I watched this movie, my feelings were still raw over mum's passing a few years ago. I knew I probably couldn't handle the movie.. but the soul was drawn to watch it. I have no regrets.. it was a beautiful movie. Though it didn't heal the soul (does anyone EVER recover fully from a loved one's passing..?), it certainly soothed the heart. (^^)
Knowing my weakness for heart wrenching yet heartwarming stories, I try to stay clear of this genre of movies, preferring light-hearted movies whenever possible. However, once in a while the mind succumbs when an exceptional movie calls out to the soul.. Do you get those calls? (^^)