Why did we find Nemo, again?

Over the years, my kids have loved the various Pixar movies. Unfortunately, since my son is typically in charge of the kids DVDs, we've lost not a few. A couple of days ago, I re-purchased some DVDs we'd owned, before, but no longer had: Bugs Life, Monsters, Inc. and Finding Nemo. My son just put Nemo on and now I'm remembering why I never enjoyed this movie much. I'd been a widower for less than a year when we got the DVD, and I remember now how much it shocked and hurt me to see the Marlin character have to lose his loving spouse and have to struggle on and raise his kid as best he could, alone. Ugh. It still twists me up, inside. Six years out from the accident, now, and I'm doing pretty alright, but also I just don't think about it much.

This movie makes me think about it.

Harry Potter & The Order of the Phoenix (DVD) #2

Wow. I took my son to see this in the Theatre, last year, and watched it with him, again, when the DVD was first released, but either he and my daughter are much more distracting than I realized, or I just wasn't paying attention the first two times I saw this movie. I remember being a little disappointed at the changes that had to be made to accommodate the transition to teleplay, but being pretty happy, over all. Well, finally after watching it the way I really like to watch moves (i.e. totally alone with absolutely no distractions) I have to say this movie is just fantastic. Yeah, there were some harsh cuts and changes, but it still carried the emotional punch of the book. That's saying something. I was a tearful mess pretty much from the point where the Order arrived to fight the Death Eaters in the Department of Mysteries. At times I found myself almost at 5 hankies. When Sirius was killed, and again when Voldemort possessed Harry and Harry was reliving the loss of all his loved ones. I feel like I've been through a wringer. I enjoyed it, though. I really, really enjoy these stories.

Whew. That was almost cathartic. I feel more calm and relaxed and ready to sleep than I have in months (I'm a bit of an insomniac).

Harry Potter & The Order of the Phoenix (DVD)

In the beginning of the movie, when Harry goes to 12 Grimmauld Place and is reunited with the Weasley's and Sirius had me worked up a bit. This is a hard time for the character of Mrs. Weasley. She has so many loved ones basically putting themselves in the line of fire, and knows that it'd be wrong to try to keep them out of the fray. Sirius, as well, is such a tragic figure. Reuniting with Harry makes him the happiest he's been in years, but it's only for fleeting moments. 3 hankies

I knew this was going to be a difficult movie for me to watch.

Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire (DVD) #2

The duel with Voldemort and the return to the school. You've seen it, and if you haven't you should. The echoes of Harry's parents coming out of Voldemort's wand, Cedric begging that Harry take his body back, Cedric's father wailing over the body of his son. This was the point where the books got really, really good, and really, really sad. One probably has something to do with the other.

Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire (DVD)

I'm watching "Goblet of Fire," and the story just got to the point of Harry and Cedric touching the Triwizard Cup and being transported to the grave of Tom Riddle Sr. Just knowing what's about to happen to Cedric is enough to make me weepy (1 hankie), but the thought that the end of this movie - good as it is - is going to put me through the wringer is enough that I'm actually pausing the movie. I'll finish it, later, but right now it's just more than I want to go through.

I do this a lot. I have a copy of "There Will Be Blood" that I bought a few months ago but still haven't watched. I know it's going to completely derail me so I keep putting it off.

Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban

Sirius Black is another of my favorite characters from the Harry Potter stories. His difficult adolescence was made easier by his friends, only to have one friend betray another two to their death and frame him for it. It's a heartrending story. Still, I did OK until the movie got to the point where the group of them were caught off-guard by the full moon outside the Shrieking Shack. The way that Sirius pleads with Lupin to try to focus - to try to retain some part of his humanity - moved me. 2 hankies

Harry Potter & The Chamber of Secrets (DVD)


Harry Potter & The Sorcerer's Stone (DVD) #2

"Gryffindor wins the House Cup!"

Good lord, I'm such a pushover. 1 hankie

Harry Potter & The Sorcerer's Stone (DVD)

I'm such a sucker for this story. I got weepy when Hagrid was confronting the Dersley's at the beginning. Not because of what was going on, in particular, but because I know all the backstory and outcomes, already. 1 hankie