Thursday, May 28, 2015

Thursday Movie Picks: Mother-Son Relationships


It's Thursday, so it's time for another entry in Wandering Through the Shelves' Thursday Movie Picks!  I've been waiting for this week.  In a few seconds, you'll know why.

This weeks theme is:



I'm going to open this by saying that I have a wonderful relationship with my mother.  She's pretty much the greatest person I know.  I talk to her everyday and I am so grateful to have her in my life.  We have always got on great, never had a day pass where I thought to myself, "I wish you weren't my mother" because I've always known I couldn't do any better.

That said, these picks will not reflect the great relationship I have with my mother because, in one way shape or form, these relationships are all...rather tumultuous.

That said, they are also ALL loving...sort of.

Murmur of the Heart
This is one of those heartwarming, light and frothy coming of age stories that prods along so gloriously and entertains so many ideas and opinions of growing up and sexuality and the need to express that said sexuality and then...it flirts with incest...and then it outright GOES THERE and you walk away thinking, "what the hell did I just watch?" but you know what you just saw...you just saw a startling yet sublimely complex look at how impactful a mother's presence is on her budding young son.  

Child's Pose
You ever love someone so much you literally smother them with that love, cripple them with the guilt that surrounds your love and your sacrifice in a way to control them so that you will never lose that love?  I hope you haven't, but I think we've all wanted to.  This brilliant character study (MY GOD, that performance), exposes the depths a mother will go to protect her cub, even when he is trying so desperately to get away from her.

Mommy
I've talked about this non-stop since I've seen it and I'll continue to sing it's praises every chance I get, since it is the greatest movie of all time (no hyperbole, just fact).  I often try and find films that I don't think many (or any) others will list, but I hope everyone has Mommy on their list since this movie should be seen and loved by everyone!!!  The greatest depiction of the depths of a mother's undying and unwavering love I've ever seen put to film.  Regardless of the personal pain and suffering, it is all for the love of a child.  Sheer brilliance!

33 comments:

  1. Great picks! I still have to watch Mommy, and Child's Pose seems interesting, I'd have to check that one out as well.

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    1. I can't recommend them both enough!

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  2. Mommy was the first film that came to my mind for this week's theme, despite the fact I haven't seen it yet! I need to push it to the top of my list.
    - Allie

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    1. The power of Mommy! You think of it even when you haven't seen it...it's that powerful!

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  3. I have a good relationship was my mum (wasn't really a problem child) but there are times we've annoyed each other, haha but which parent hasn't annoyed their child and vice versa?

    Like me not answering my phone at 1am when on a night out used to annoy my mum and I got annoyed that she worries so often. Guess I'll understand it better when I'm a parent myself

    Looks like I really have to check out Mommy considering your endless and very high praise.

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    1. LOL, I've had those moments too, of course!

      UGH, Mommy...just UGH! SEE IT!!!

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  4. LOL I suspected I was going to see Mommy in your picks...

    I love that lots of people have gone dark this week, in contrast to our own relationships with our mothers! Haven't seen Child's Pose yet but have heard very good things.

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    1. Child's Pose is just so chilling...it gets under your skin. I love that everyone has gone dark too. There are so many great mother/son explorations out there!

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  5. Oh goodness I haven't seen any of these. I've heard of Murmur of the Heart of course but have always avoided it because it seems so icky. Child's Pose is new to me but from your description it reminds me of a British mini-series from the late eighties called Mother Love that has an astonishing performance by Diana Rigg. I intend to see Mommy just haven't had the opportunity yet.

    I've been looking forward to this week, my three main choices are among my favorite films and my extra just fit right into the groove of theme perfectly. It's not that old but I'm wondering if it will turn up on any other lists.

    My three:

    Beautiful Thing (1996)-Wonderful tale of two youths in working class London and their slow realization as they discover their true natures and fall in love. One, Ste, lives with his abusive father and brother but the other, Jamie, lives with his extremely direct and down to earth mother. Their sometimes combative but always strong relationship is a key factor in the film beautifully played by Linda Henry and Glenn Berry and all set to a great Mama Cass Elliott soundtrack.

    I Could Go On Singing (1963)-Despite being a world famous singer Jenny Bowman played by Judy Garland is lonely and adrift. During an engagement in London she visits an old love, Dr. David Donne played by Dirk Bogarde, with whom she had a son years before. Having relinquished the boy, Mark, with the agreement that David and his wife would raise him as their adopted son, never letting him know his true paternity. However David is now a widower and Mark is living at boarding school. Jenny requests to see him and despite some reservations David allows the visit with a reminder of her promise. Secret mother and son hit it off and while visiting Jenny invites them both to her opening night and again with some trepidation David accepts but then is called away to an emergency in Rome. While he is gone Jenny attempts to forge a relationship with Mark...but will she be able to keep her promise? Not a musical but a drama with musical performances. This was Judy's last film, she and Bogarde have an incredible scene near the end that the two rewrote to make it more impactful, and while not looking her best she's in full command of her talents which she amply demonstrates.

    The Mating Season (1951)-A mother who wants to help her only son allows his new wife to think she's the maid to help them out and not interrupt their "mating season". He objects but she tells him it's this way or she leaves for parts unknown and he reluctantly goes along. Because of their close relationship everything goes along fine at first but then the wife's snobbish mother comes to stay with them and things get rocky. The film is fill of sly humor and terrific performances by all but the real standout is Thelma Ritter as the mother, she was Oscar nominated (in support but she's the lead) and this is the role she should have won for. A real hidden treasure.

    Honorable Mention-Mother (1996)-A neurotic writer (Albert Brooks) moves back in with his mother (Debbie Reynolds) after his second marriage falls apart to try and figure out what's at the root of his problems with personal relationships. Their sometimes contentious usually humorous interchanges, you’ll learn terribly useful things like freezer burn is really just a protective ice coating that must be removed to get to the perfectly good food trapped beneath it!, provide the crux of the story. Debbie drives the film with a warm, non-jokey turn in one of her best performances.

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    1. I still can't believe I haven't seen this Mother!

      In fact, I haven't seen any of your picks! I really, really want to see I Could Go On Singing now...it sounds great, and I love Garland and Bogarde SO MUCH!

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    2. I think you'll love Singing. Structurally the story is as old as the hills but what an opportunity it provides for glimpses of what the real Judy must have been like. There is a scene as she prepares to enter for her first number just behind the curtain where any artifice falls and you see her conjuring up the magic to go out there and slay the people.

      An added bonus if you like either performer: Jack Klugman plays her manager and that tower of strength Aline MacMahon is Judy's faithful retainer. Bogarde is an excellent match for her as well, she was such a strong presence she could easily eclipse a less forceful actor and she shares a nice rapport with the young boy who plays her son.

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    3. Awesome. I really like Klugman most times. I'll be adding that to my queue soon!

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  6. I knew you'd have a Dolan film in here. :) I've only seen Child's Pose which is so excellent. Still waiting to see Mommy. Great picks!

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    1. Child's Pose is so chilling. I can't wait for you to see Mommy!!!

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  7. Yeah if Mommy wouldn't be here it would be a reason to call the paramedics :)

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  8. I still haven't seen Mommy but I'm sold.

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    1. If I've said it once, I've said it a million times (I've said it a million times, to be honest), but there are no words to describe what Mommy does to my soul.

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  9. Haven't seen any of these. Murmurs just sounds...ewww. Child's Pose is one I keep bumping in favor of something else. Guess I should actually watch it. I knew Mommy would be here. Soon enough, I'll know why since I will certainly be watching it soon.

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    1. If you check out my 71 Fisti Awards, you'll see that I actually love Murmur. It's a GREAT film...so shockingly loose and fluid and jovial, but that's the French for you. It is so taboo and yet it manages to make it very palatable. When it all finally happens, you certainly saw it coming but didn't want to admit to yourself that you did...but it's handled really, really tastefully.

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  10. I have not seen your choices but want to see Mommy. Child's Pose sounds interesting. I too have a wonderful mom who has been there for me through thick and thin. She now has dementia and, even though she knows me and is not as severe as some others, it is still very difficult to see my mom in this situation. I would choose "Mask". I loved that film from the first time I saw it and thought Cher did an outstanding job as a drugged up mom who loved her kid fiercely. "All About my Mother" is such a wonderful film about a mom's love even though her son dies very soon after the film opens. A Mother's love keeps going no matter what. "Riding In Cars With Boys" is a Drew Barrymore film that I enjoyed. She may not have been the perfect mom but she loved her boy and had a hard time letting him go.

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    1. Love all three of your choices!

      That's so sad about your mother. Not sure if you've seen Still Alice yet, but I saw that the other night (the film that Julianne Moore just won her Oscar for), and it is such a heartbreaking look at what happens when a mother loses her mind. So many tears.

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  11. SEE MOMMY! SEE MOMMY!! SEE MOMMY!!! SEE MOMMY!!!! SEE MOMMY!!!!! If you jabronis haven't seen that film, SEE IT NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  12. I haven't seen any of the movies yet, but they look like terrific picks. I love your tribute to your mom. :-)

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  13. Haven't seen all. Haven't even heard of the first two...and Mommy...I've seen it mentioned around.

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    1. That's the one you should see ASAP.

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  14. Great choices! Knew Mommy would be here, but you could've gone with the most obvious pick - Psycho. :P

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    1. I loved seeing Psycho pop up on other blogs. Such a brilliant choice!

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