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The Lucky 13: Best Movies for Mother’s Day

May 12, 2013

It’s May, that only means one thing…SUMMER MOVIE SEASON BEGINS! Ok, ok, ok, on a serious note, it’s the month dedicated to our mother’s. And I’ve decided to do a special Mother’s day Lucky 13 countdown to my favorite Mother-themed movies. Perhaps this will give you an idea for a special mother’s day movie night you can do with your mommy this evening or future Mother’s Day’s to come.

13. “We Need to Talk About Kevin” – A movie about that focuses on the kinship between mother and son…even if the mother gives birth to a child that is pure black hearted EVIL. “We Need to Talk About Kevin” focuses on the choices a parent makes and how they may affect their children, or…they do everything right and they just gave birth to metaphorical spawn of Satan. Depends on how you look at it. Brilliant direction and a brooding performance by the films leads; Tilda Swinton & Ezra Miller.

12. “Little Children” – Mother’s in this film make so many weird choices in this film, the common theme of lying to protect other’s reoccurs in this film, but what makes “Little Children” so powerful is that there is a common understanding why these woman make the choices they end up making.

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11. “The Secret of NIMH” – In my opinion, Mrs. Brisby is one of the quint-essential powerhouse mother’s in cinema, even if she’s a tiny mouse. She over comes power/dark odds for her children. Not to mention this the greatest Don Bluth animated feature of his career (that’s one mans opinion).

10. “Driving Miss. Daisy” – An old Jewish woman and her African-American chauffeur in the American South have a relationship that grows and improves over the years one could only imagine to be a great mother son dynamic than her actual mother son dynamic with her own flesh and blood (Dan Aykroyd). Jessica Tandy walked away with the mother of all Oscars, Best Actress.

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9. “Erin Brockovich” – Another Oscar winning mother performance which many have considered to be Julia Roberts pinnacle performance as an actress. Personally nothing I’ve seen after this role has even come close to such iconic and memorable stature.

8. “Terms of Endearment” – James L. Brooks directs this classic dramedy about a mother and daughter (Aurora & Emma) who march to different beats. Beginning with Emma’s marriage, Aurora shows how difficult and loving she can be. The movie covers several years of their lives as each finds different reasons to go on living and find joy.

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7. “Coraline” – Mother’s can be scary… especially if you enter a warped alternate dimension where they can be your main antagonist, yet some how their image reflects on your moral conflict from the real world, dealing with the problems you’re having as a kid, but that’s just silly! Or is it?

6. Mother – Mother’s will do anything for their children. In Joon-ho Bong’s masterful crime/thriller, Hye-ja Kim plays a mother desperately searching for the killer that framed her son for a girl’s horrific murder. Kim’s hypnotic performance is one of the best reasons to watch this film.

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5. “Panic Room” – Mom has a panic room in her fancy New York home, that…is…very…smart! Especially when creepy burglars break into the house refusing to leave until the last bit of torture is complete. David Fincher directs this Hitchcockian thriller, for me, I find this to be one of his most underrated and under-appreciated thrillers.

4. “Terminator 2: Judgement Day” – Mother protects her son from futuristic robots, who come to destroy him. Sure Arnie’s T-800 is regarded as the lead hero in this James Cameron masterpiece, but it’s Sarah Conner who goes down in the cinema history books as the greatest mother hero ever! She takes liquid metal knife to the chest for her boy! C’MON!

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3. “Aliens” – But of course, James Cameron’s sequel to Ridley Scott’s “Alien”“Aliens”, features duel mother-like characters. I’m talking Ellen Ripely and the Queen Alien. Two badass bitches who won’t go down easy, but one of which has a stronger will to live and fight.

2. “Psycho” – Never forget, “A boys best friend is his mother”. Even if that boy likes to dress like his psychotic momma.

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1. “Kill Bill Vol. 1 & 2” – The Bride, pregnant with child, killed by a group of assassin pals, and her ex-boss/lover, seeks pure bloody vengeance in this beloved cult Tarantino double feature epic. Tarantino proves that he still has a few surprises in store for both movies.

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