Winter is coming here, Daylight savings is here, and the sun is starting to set at 4:30 p.m. If you’re like me and suffer from SAD (or seasonal affective disorder) you dread this season, the short days, the cold weather and the general blah feeling you have toward life. Sometimes I try to fight it, making plans with my friends, using the adult coloring book and even jamming in an hour or two for sunlight. Other days I succumb to the Sunday scaries, close my blinds, light a candle and don’t leave my room. For days like these when I just give into my misery I’ve find a few great movies to accompany my shitastic mood.
Now I usually don’t get the Sunday scaries, am rarely hungover (knock on wood), really like my job and I try to have a positive attitude about the week. However, I recently celebrated my friend’s birthday and the next Sunday had vivid dreams about throwing myself into the East River. Against the advice of my roommate I decided to watch “Lion” and for the first time in years I openly wept during a movie. Now don’t get me wrong, the film is fantastic, beautifully shot, amazing and true story, all around a 10/10.
2. Nocturnal Animals
If you’re in the mood to be deeply disturbed please log into your HBO account now and watch “Nocturnal Animals.” The bio might seem unexciting — a woman reads a manuscript that her ex-husband wrote. But TRUST ME. It’s twisted, filthy, complicated and directed by Tom Ford! (you can really tell, everyone is impeccably dressed). I would suggest watching this first thing in the morning unless you want weird ass dreams.
Although this movie doesn’t really make me cry, I’ve always thought that it was completely unrealistic because DUH Rose and Jack could’ve 104890 percent fit on the board together. I put this movie as an option out of obligation to any tearjerker list, but let’s be real. Jack did that to himself and I cannot be sad about that.
4. A Walk to Remember
Yes, I know at first sight you might think, why would I ever watch a movie with Many Moore and Shane West BUT LET ME TELL YOU, YOU WILL NOT REGRET THIS. Not only is it not cheesy, but the story is beautiful, heartwarming (yes I hate that term) pretty realistic in terms of teen movies with a soundtrack. You will cry actual real life tears.
5. Lion King
I think I can speak for all of us when I say, are you serious? Even though this movie was made for kids it’s honestly so incredibly sad. Spoiler alert: Mufasa dies and if that was an actual spoiler alert then you’re about 20 years late to the party. Get your shit together and watch “Lion King” TODAY.
6. Get out
Although this is actually a thriller/light horror movie and I never cried while watching it, the content is what really pulls at my heart. It’s a modern day “Stepford Wives” — Rosemary’s daughter but for black people and it is truly horrifying. I don’t want to give too much away but the main character starts dating a white girl, goes to her hometown to meet her family and horror ensues. What makes this movie truly sad is the amount of real life scenarios and situations that the protagonist gets himself into that many black people face today. From conversations, to assumptions and stereotypes it’s bad, and although I didn’t necessarily cry I was creeped out and felt truly sad.
7. The Notebook
I don’t think any tearjerker list can be complete without this Nicholas Spark’s classic. Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams, forbidden love in the 40s. Really what could be more tragic?