“It’s better to be prepared for an opportunity and not have one than to have an opportunity and not be prepared. So, prepare for your dream like it’s right around the corner.”—Monday Afternoon Pick Me Up
In honor of Mother’s Day, I thought I’d give homage to five cool movie moms.
5) Edwina “Ed” McDunnough - Raising Arizona In this role, Holly Hunter maybe the toughest mom of all. When she can’t have kids, what does she do? She steals one from a family that “gots more than they can handle.” That obviously is wrong per se, but when it comes time to defend the stolen kid from a crazy bounty hunter, she screams “Give me that baby, you warthog from hell!” Now, that’s a maternal instinct!
4) Annie Sullivan – Field of Dreams She lets her husband build a baseball field on their farm and never derides him in front of the kid, even though she has doubts. That’s awesome enough, but she really shines during the scene at the town meeting concerning whether to ban books. She defends the literature of the 60′s and dismantles the pro-banning advocates. I loved it when some lady says “I experienced the sixties,” in which Annie responds, ”No, I think you had two fifties and moved right into the seventies!” Eventually, Annie calls this poor, overmatched woman a “Nazi cow” and asks her to “take it outside.” Nice!
3) Mrs. Parker - A Christmas Story Ralphie’s mom is great. She’s humors Dad and let’s him think he’s the head of the house (it’s almost like she’s amused by him more than anything), but still respects him in front of the kids. She’s tough enough to stick a bar of soap in Ralphie’s mouth, but cool enough to keep a secret when he gets into a fight. Plus, remember how she gets Randy to eat his meatloaf? Totally cool mom.
2) Mrs. Gump – Forrest Gump What do you do with a slow kid? Everything you can do to see that he/she succeeds. That’s what Mrs. Gump does and that’s what makes her cool. From running a boarding house to sleeping with Forrest’s elementary school principal (not the right thing to do, but you have to admire her willingness to ‘take one for the team’), she is definitely a committed, cool mom.
1) Diane Freeling - Poltergeist When her little girl is abducted by poltergeists, she takes it upon herself to jump headlong into a ghostly portal located in her daughter’s closet, find the girl and forcibly remove her from the Netherworld. Tip of the cap to you, madam. Tip of the cap to you. I’m sure there are more that are worthy of the list, but these are the ones that come to mind. Anyway, hope everyone has a good Mother’s Day.
So after the Derby, go to your local comic shop to get free comics and celebrate big events going on at the store. Participating comic shops often have games, events, contests, signings, and more going on, so it’s worth the trip in a multitude of ways.
City of Refuge transmedia album story? Check. Short film story? Check. Grahpic novel story? Check. This weekend we’ll break the ARG and next weekend the feature film. This is turning out to be one crazy universe.