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Mom and the Movies: A Procrastinator's Guide to Mother's Day

Posted: 05/10/2012 5:20 pm

Even if I'm aware that Mother's Day is yet another attempt by greeting card companies to part me with my money, I can't refuse an opportunity to honor the woman who brought me into this world. But getting things done with plenty of time to spare just doesn't seem possible in this modern, chaotic world of mine. So, by the time I went out and looked for one, the only Mother's Day cards I could find said things like "To the best Cleaner-Upper in the world!" which, if you know her, is just not my mom, and the only gift I could have gotten delivered in time would have been The Emergency Bra which doubles as a handy gas mask, just in case. Yeah, it's that strange...

So this time around, I am resorting to what I do best: dinner and a movie, or in this case, brunch, a playlist, and some super cool indie films that are opening this weekend. But you can also celebrate mom by giving her a day in, make her tea and stream a couple of personal favorites that I know any woman with a heartbeat will enjoy.

Check out the slideshow and, to get you in the mood, listen to the tracks inspired by each film from the Spotify playlist below.


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In the upcoming Small, Beautifully Moving Parts, filmmakers Annie J. Howell and Lisa Robinson explore the role our mothers play in molding our personality and views of the world. The result is a wonderful film, opening at Cinema Village in NYC just in time for an intimate outing with mom this weekend.

When Sara discovers that she is pregnant, she begins a road trip to find her elusive mother and come to terms with their rocky, impersonal relationship. But what awaits her is more of a journey of self discovery than a predictable mother-daughter love fest and therein lies the beauty of this film. I asked both Howell and Robinson what their own mothers have taught them and to dedicate them each a song on this Mother's Day.

Annie J. Howell:

My mom was able to instill in me an easy confidence -- a way to approach the world that's more or less "keep moving forward and pay no attention to what's distracting." I dedicate the song "Ease on Down the Road" (from the musical THE WIZ, performed by Michael Jackson) to her, for her commitment to forward motion and her passion for theatricality and musicals. I remember her dancing around the living room to this song.


Lisa Robinson:

My mother has a steady and unshakeable strength in certain types of stressful situations; it is a physical grounding and matter-of-factness that made a big impression on me. Maybe the fact that she was born in the middle of a war and later immigrated to another country contributed to this. The image that sticks with me (and this is just one) is my mother driving calmly in the middle of a blizzard. I felt totally safe. I dedicate “What a Wonderful World” sung by Louis Armstrong just because I like it… and I think she will too.


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