Cliff Gardner

Saturday, September 03, 2005

Machismo sucks

Few things in this world annoy me more than old-school definitions of gender. Many people are alarmed when I tell them that if/when Mandy and I get married, I'm happy with hyphening my name (Guile-McCloskey), taking her name (Thomas Guile, woohoo!), or having each of us keep our original names. Even more folks are offended at the notion that I am more than willing to be a stay-at-home-dad with a Capri Sun belt and soccer van at the ready. However, the most frequent place when my open-minded gender constructions come in contact with those around me is at the movies. See, I'm a bit of a crier, and since I am also a man, this is offensive to some. So, to spite these people, I present to the blogging community a partial list of movies that I cried in:

--Mona Lisa Smile
--Saving Private Ryan
--It Could Happen to You
--American Beauty
--Hotel Rwanda
--The Constant Gardner
--Remember the Titans
--Life as a House


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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:14 PM  

  • I, too, am a movie crier. I am also concerned with the name change issue. I hope that when/if that issue comes up for me, I am with someone who realizes how tricky that issue can be.

    By Anonymous zayne, at 5:40 PM  

  • I believe you also teared up when you and I saw Moulin Rouge a couple years ago.... ;o)

    BUT since I cry even at movies that I really want to see and haven't yet (uhh.. yeah, the new HP trailer, totally excited) - I don't have a lot of room to mock you.

    By Anonymous kristen, at 10:29 PM  

  • I take it Constant Gardener was good...good movies make me cry. Speaking of crying at movies, I saw Life is Beautiful in a theater in Texas with my roommate, and we were sobbing so loudly that we had to leave. No kidding.

    By Anonymous Christine, at 10:58 PM  

  • I tried so hard to not cry in the COnstaant Gardener. ah, it was good. ANyway, I have seen Brian cry in a movie and he also wants to be a stay at home dad if I get rich, LOL. Seriously, though, he said that. I actually don't want to hypenate my name... But I don't have a cool last name like McClosky! Or a first name of Gator. (White Lightning- a really old movie.)

    TEll me what you thikn about Kanye WEst's outburst at the relief fundraising event he was in? I am completely aggrivated with how he brought race into it at all. Not too mention, there is a time and place for that, and that is not it!

    By Anonymous Kim, at 8:48 AM  

  • Sean already agreed he'd be Sean Tenny because there is no way I'd be Marie Mumper :P

    By Blogger Marie Ann, at 1:14 PM  

  • Marie, thank God--I'd been worrying about the prospect of your last name for a while.

    Thomas: I cry in movies too, and I'm as man as they come. Crying in movies is the new not crying in movies.

    By Blogger Ian Samuel, at 1:28 PM  

  • I cried like a baby at the end of Life as a House. Like a baby.

    By Anonymous Sharl, at 5:51 PM  

  • Oh man Constant Gardener was such a good movie. I cried in that a few times. Mostly after it was over just trying to absorb everything I had just seen. I had to sit there until my friends and I were the last one in the theater to absorb everything... and I don't think I'm done understanding it at all. A real thinker that movie. scary and sad that it's so incredibly true.

    By Blogger Miss B, at 1:36 AM  

  • remember the titans.... i suppose that i can let that one slide, but TITANIC!!??? NOOOOO THOMAS!!!! hehe just kidding. i always cry when i watch "the land before time.'

    By Anonymous SARAH, at 7:00 AM  

  • I'm definitely a movie crier too. I was sobbing by the end of The Constant Gardener! (and most of the other movies you mentioned too)

    By Blogger Amy, at 12:37 PM  

  • Oh, man. I get teary in Mona Lisa Smile when she's showing the slide show and she shouts, "What does that mean?" Stops my little feminist heart flat dead.

    In conclusion, go ahead and cry buddy. As someone wise in a great film once said, "The world is full of guys. Be a man." A real man would cry at a good movie. Because he can.



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