My Favorite Movie Mom
Oh, Shirley MacLaine...she delivers such a remarkable performance as Aurora Greenway--full of strength and spirit. She is the most exceptional kind of mother, who is always loving, caring, and concerned for her daughter. Terms of Endearment is an excellent movie too. It is the kind of movie that brings cold-hearted beings like myself to the brink of tears.
Most Fascinating Movie Mom
Call her a bitch, but Mary Tyler Moore's Beth Jarrett intrigues me to no end. I am an only child and I've never been a mother before (obviously), but watching Beth being so devastated by her favorite son's death, so much that she neglects her only living son, is heart-wrenching to watch. I have seen mothers who appear to love one child more than the other, but I have always thought that by the end of the day, she loves them both equally. That is not completely the case in Ordinary People. Beth appears to be the perfect wife and mother, but she cannot deny the fact that she loves the dead son more and to some extent, blames her surviving son, Conrad, for the death. The relationship between Beth and Conrad unfolds on screen, slowly engaging the audience to simply hope for the possibility of a reconciliation. Ordinary People is one of my favorite movies of all-time. It is a rare family drama that explores the complexities and intricacies of a broken family with anguish and honesty.
So this Mother's Day, remember to do something nice for your mom! Buy her a bouquet of flowers, take her out to dinner, and if you're broke, do some chores for her--she'll appreciate it :)