The Film Emotion Blogathon

A number of my favourite bloggers have recently participated in this blogathon, which started over at Conman at the Movies, who is actually new to me. The blogathon is actually over now so I know I am completely behind but I liked the idea so much I decided I wanted to do it anyway! Connor… I hope you don’t mind! The plan is to take the five emotions from Inside Out and pick a movie to represent each of them.

Here are these instructions:

Here are the rules for the Blogathon.

1.) Pick five films to represent the five emotions in Inside Out. The criteria for choosing these films is listed below. I would be willing to allow a tie, if you couldn’t decide between two films to best represent one of the emotions.
2.) Write out five paragraphs, (one for each film) talking about the movies and why you chose them.
3.) Post them on your blog (or Tumblr or whatever).
4.) Send Connor the link by posting it in the comments of his blog.

What I’m looking for are five movies that make YOU feel a certain emotion. Here’s what to look for;

JOY: First of all, you want to pick a movie that makes you happy. The kind of movie that you put on whenever you’re in a bad mood that never fails to lighten your spirits. It can be a family film, a romance, a comedy – as long as there’s a smile on your face by the end credits, it should be fair game.

SADNESS: Now for the movie that made you cry the most. From Bambi to Titanic, there are plenty of tear-jerker movies out there. These are movies where you gravitate towards the main characters and really don’t want to see anything bad happen to them. Maybe a character dies, maybe the guy doesn’t get the girl, but your eyes should be pretty watery by the film’s end.

FEAR:  This is the movie that gave you the most nightmares. Pretty self explanatory. There are plenty of classic horror movies to choose from, but it doesn’t have to be an out-and-out horror film. If the movie’s about a more subtle kind of fear, or if the movie just has a creepy atmosphere, that should work. Whether blunt or subtle, this is the movie that scares the **** out of you.

ANGER: This is a movie that you flat out hated. Not a movie that was dull or boring, but a movie that just fills you up with rage just thinking about it. Maybe it’s a movie made by a certain director that had so much potential, maybe it’s an adaptation or a sequel that just didn’t do the original justice. It could also be a movie where your anger isn’t directed at the movie, but at the characters. Ever wanted to scream at movie characters for making such incredibly stupid decisions?

DISGUST: This last one is a bit tricky, I’ll let you interpret it the way you want. It could be a horror film with a lot of really awful imagery that you don’t want to look at, it could be a comedy with a bunch of gross-out humor that you can barely listen to. It could even be a movie that you like, but your disgust comes towards the basic premise in a grander sense, like being disgusted by what you see in 12 Years A Slave or Schindler’s List. Either way, this film should make you cringe.

And here are my picks!


Despicable Me (2010)
Starring (voice actors): Steve Carell, Russell Brand, Jason Segal
Despite the fact that The Minions movie was a bit of a bust I still love these little yellow fuckers and they give me a warm, fuzzy feeling inside unlike anything else. They’re just so goofy and sweet… and useless. That’s not the only reason Despicable Me makes me feel so joyful though I love how Gru comes to bond with his adopted daughters and discovers that the key to life is love and family. What more could you want?
“Gru: [reading the book he wrote] One big unicorn, strong and free, thought he was happy as he could be. Then three little kittens came around and turned his whole life upside down. They made him laugh, they made him cry. He never should have said goodbye. And now he knows he can never part from those three little kittens that changed his heart.”


The Road (2009)
Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Charlize Theron, Kodi Smit-McPhee
I have seen a lot of depressing movies in my time and plenty that have made me cry like a baby but The Road is the single most bleak and miserable film I have ever seen. It honestly left me without a shred of hope and I am not sure I will ever be able to watch it again.
“The Man: Do you wish you would die?
Old Man: No. Its foolish to ask for luxuries in times like these.”


Event Horizon (1997)
Starring: Laurence Fishburne, Sam Neill, Kathleen Quinlan
This movie scared the living crap out of me. My ex-boyfriend made me watch this terrifying tale of a ship that goes to hell and comes back possessed and then calmly went to sleep leaving me sitting up on bed all night next to him convinced I was never going to sleep again.
“Miller: Oh. My. God. What happened to your eyes?
Dr. Weir: Where we’re going, we won’t need eyes to see.
Miller: What are you talking about?
Dr. Weir: I created the Event Horizon to reach the stars, but she’s gone much, much farther than that. She tore a hole in our universe, a gateway to another dimension. A dimension of pure chaos. Pure… evil. When she crossed over, she was just a ship. But when she came back… she was alive! Look at her, Miller. Isn’t she beautiful?
Miller: Your “beautiful” ship killed its crew, Doctor.
Dr. Weir: Well… now she has another crew. Now she has us.”


This Means War (2012)
Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine, Tom Hardy
Everything about this movie pissed me off. I hated the fact that the two male characters used their CIA privileges to stalk this woman and completely invade her privacy and it was presented as romantic. It also made me angry that actors as good as Tom Hardy and Reese Witherspoon agreed to be in this shocker. Even Chris Pine can do better!
“Lauren: FDR has these tiny, like, girl hands. Like, little T-Rex hands.
Trish: Ew, gross!
[Tuck laughs]
Trish: That means he’s got a Mike and Ike for a penis.
[Tuck laughs out loud]
FDR Foster: You knot that’s not true. You’ve seen it. You’ve seen it in Bangladesh, you know that’s not true.”


Requiem for a Dream (2000)
Starring: Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly
Requiem for a Dream is an excellent study on drugs and the nature and consequences of addiction but after seeing it once I never want to see it again it disturbed me so much. From Harry’s arm to what Marion is willing to do for her latest fix to Sara’s treatment there is so much horrible, horrible stuff happening here. If this doesn’t scare you off drugs, nothing will.
“Marion: Getting the money’s not the problem Harry.
Harry Goldfarb: Then what’s the problem?
Marion: I don’t know what I’m going to have to do to get it.”


  1. Great picks, Abbi! I’ve enjoyed reading everyone’s posts for this blogathon. I certainly agree with Despicable Me for Joy! Love it so much. 🙂 And I also hated how in This Means War, she (SPOILER) chose Chris Pine. As if anyone would choose Pine over Hardy! 😉

    1. abbiosbiston

      Pine shouldn’t even be able to fold Hardy’s pants!

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  2. theipc

    Great post Abbi! Event Horizon is one of the only movie I’ve ever seen that actually scared me. Now come hold me. Mr O said it’s OK this one time.

    1. abbiosbiston

      If it scared you can you imagine what state I must have been in? I don’t think you could handle me!

  3. Thank you so much for participating in my blogathon.

    1. abbiosbiston

      It was an excellent idea. Thank YOU!

  4. Fantastic picks. This Means War is rage-inducingly awful. I LOVE Despicable Me, and The Road is such a perfect picture of sadness.

    Good stuff Abbi!

    1. abbiosbiston

      Thanks! I am strongly considering This Means War for the next Shitfest… but then I’ll have to watch it again 😑

  5. Great picks all around. I wouldn’t want to see Requiem for a dream again, a great film but so disturbing.

    1. abbiosbiston

      Thanks! I think it has that effect on a lot of people!

  6. Some excellent choices here. Requiem for a Dream really has a lot of nasty stuff going on :/ Gonna check out The Road, sounds miserable but good.

    1. abbiosbiston

      Thanks! Let me know how you get on with The Road. I was depressed for days afterwards.

  7. Amazing picks Abbi! Oh man. Those last few minutes of Requiem for a Dream are so upsetting and disturbing that I don’t think I’ll be able to watch it again either!

    1. abbiosbiston

      Thanks! Yeah it stuck in my head. I don’t think I could ever watch it again.

  8. Ooooh I LOVE your pick for JOY. Love Gru and those minions are a hoot.

    I’m so with you w/ ANGER. Sheesh, what an abominable, the dumbest of all dumb flick. I don’t believe for a second Reese would be THAT girl these guys would be fighting for, and really, Tom Hardy? Come on, man!! And that Chelsea Handler character could go under the DISGUST category for me too, so vile.

    1. abbiosbiston

      I am SO glad that I am not the only one who hated This Means War. Totally agree with you on the Chelsea Handler character… awful!

  9. jennypugh

    Such a great list! I must admit that I only watched Despicable Me for the first time a couple of weeks ago but it was so worth the wait. I loved it! It’s just the cutest thing ever, and the youngest daughter really reminded me of Boo from Monsters, Inc 🙂

    1. abbiosbiston

      So glad you enjoyed Despicable Me. It really is my happy movie. Agnes is so like a slightly older Boo!

  10. Excellent choices. The Road would be mine too. Just so bleak. I saw it at the cinema with some friends and we all went home soon after. This Means War does sound dreadful.

    1. abbiosbiston

      The Road made me feel sad for days after but I think This Means War will make you even more miserable!

  11. Great picks, Abbi! The Road is so devastatingly bleak, wow. And totally agree on Requiem.

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