The best directors know that a key element to their job is being emotionally manipulative to their audience. To truly take an audience for a ride, in the short time they are with you, you need to throw as many genuine emotions at them as you can. Note I said “genuine”, because if they don’t work, there is no way the audience is going to ALLOW themselves to be emotionally manipulated. A director who seems to know this well is Michael Haneke (Funny Games, Amour, Cache). He knows that in order to keep an audience entranced and truly invested in a film, you need to stack tragedies and suffering on top of whatever story it is you are telling, regardless of how hard that trauma will hit.
You know who else seems to know this blueprint for memorable films? Pixar. You see the logo and you brace yourself, knowing that you will most likely bawl like a child at some point in the next couple hours. The thing is, the movies are not just emotionally manipulative. They tend to be absolutely brilliant and and utter joy to watch, as well, which makes them even MORE memorable. Here, for your reading pleasure, are the five Pixar films that had me openly weeping at one point, and I take no shame in admitting that. Disney has been doing this to me since I was just a child. Disney has a fetish for killing animal parents and forcing early maturation on America’s youth, and Pixar doesn’t fall far from the tree.
We are emotionally stunted for the most part, though, so we NEED Pixar. Also, any guys who feel compelled to take to the comments and point out how no movies make you cry, and I am a pansy, or some similar logic, let me say it now : We get it, you have a huge penis and sweat grain alcohol. You are an alpha and none of us are man enough to set foot into your cave. Cool, awesome? Go away now. Real men cry. And Pixar helps us get in touch with that side. If anything, the real men of the world owe Pixar a bit of thanks for that. Okay this thing is derailing quick, on to the good stuff.
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