A mother’s day at the movies

Happy mother’s day to all you lovely ladies – and especially to that particularly lovely lady who’s had the dubious pleasure of getting stuck with me for… erm… let’s just say a few years… Hey, I got ID’d buying wine in the shop the other day so shut your faces. The fact that the shop assistant had to hold my ID right up to his eyeballs to see it doesn’t matter. Any ID check counts when you get to a certain age.

Anyway, I digress. Mother’s day, a time to indulge in chocolate and flowers (a trial run for Easter), also seems like a fine time to take in some films – enjoy them with the woman who gave birth to you, or looked after you, or made that important difference in your life.

And to this end, here’s my top picks for Mother’s day movies – movies and their mothers, for better or for worse. None of this rom-com, fuzzy feeling nonsense. We’re going to the dark side. So if you can’t move because you’ve eaten too much celebratory Sunday roast, then one of these might just be the perfect way to tie off the day.

Psycho – enough to give you a phobia of showers, hotels and anyone called Norman.

We need to talk about Kevin – a film on my top ten list, with standout performances from Tilda Swinton and Ezra Miller – heartbreaking and chilling.

Carrie – I say go for the original. The remake surprised me in that it was a fairly watchable affair, but the original sends shivers up my spine. Kind of like Roald Dahl’s Matilda but with more blood.

Alien Resurrection – Alright, so this might not be the first film that comes to mind when you’re thinking about mother-child relationships, but who can’t think that Ripley’s alien-human-hybrid child ain’t just the sweetest thing? It also reminds me of the Beast, which may explain a few things around here.

So, here’s to you, Mothers, children, families. Hope y’all have a grand day.

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Longlisted for the Bath Novel Award 2014, Grind spark is a near-future dystopian novel about growing up in the years leading up to the end of the world. It’s about pretending to be the perfect family. It’s about whether you want to survive. Treat your eye portals. Pick up your copy here.

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