Film bits: The first movie that made me cry

Hotel Rwanda (2004)

Logo_bethelbits_HudallaAnyone who knows me understands I’m not an emotional person. I didn’t cry during “Titanic.” Is that bad?

I used to roll my eyes at the people who brought tissues to a movie or walked out of the theatre with puffy, bloodshot eyes. Until my mom bought “Hotel Rwanda” on DVD and everything changed. Maybe it was the fact that genocide was playing out on screen. Maybe it was seeing a selfless man risking his life to save not only his family, but those he barely knew. Maybe it was watching the children who were happy, playing and singing even though most of their family had died.

20170210_holmberg_mugshots_gaines_13Whatever the reason, I ugly cried. Every scene had some sort of action that kept me on the edge of my seat. It was great to learn a part of history in a way that made me thankful to not be in war with another group of people.

I recommend this movie for anyone who has a heart for learning about an important part of history, or for someone who isn’t embarrassed to bring a tissue box to a movie. I know I’m not embarrassed anymore.

CeCe Gaines

Listen to Your Heart (2010)

I was sitting in my dorm room. My roommate and I had just rearranged the furniture, and I was basking in the glory of the new feng shui of the room. Above my head I created a headboard of sorts out of twinkling lights. With these lights switched on and my bed heated from my heat blanket, I chose a random movie from the Netflix ‘Recommended for You’ section.

20170210_holmberg_mugshots_simpson_7I chose the movie “Listen to Your Heart,” The description below described the plotline involving a blind girl and a love story. I didn’t care, I wanted something mind-numbing to take my mind off the four tests I had the following week.

But 20 minutes into the film, I was a blubbering mess. My friend walked into the room and thought something was seriously wrong because of my violent sobbing in front of the computer screen.

“Listen to Your Heart” may have one of the worst plotlines I have ever seen, but boy, does it pull at the heartstrings.

I recommend this movie to anyone who just needs a good cry. You’ll watch the film, bawl your eyes out and then move on with your life without thinking of the movie ever again. Just be prepared for a terrible plotline.

-Maddy Simpson