Some good movies are on DVD now. Great to spend the evening with mom at the comfort of home. Here are Arti’s movie recommendations for Mother’s Day.
Georgia O’Keeffe (2009, TV)
The cinematic biopic of the great American artist stars Joan Allen as Georgia O’Keeffe, and Jeremy Irons as her husband, the photographer Alfred Stieglitz. Both received Golden Globe acting nomination, while the movie got the nom for Best Picture made for TV. The production is a visual delight illuminating not only the works of the artist, but her elegant poise, and her environs, especially the cinematic New Mexico landscape. On top of the spectacular visuals, I’d enjoyed the personal narration and the quotable quotes. My favorite: “Where I was born and where and how I have lived is unimportant. It is what I have done with where I have been that should be of interest.” As for the tumultuous relationship between O’Keeffe and Stieglitz, is it fair to say it is a case of iron sharpening iron?
The Blind Side (2009)
If your mom still hasn’t seen this one, it’s a good time to watch it with her… if it’s just to give moral support to Sandra Bullock. Like her predecessors (Kate Winslet, Reese Witherspoon, Hilary Swank, Charlize Theron, Halle Berry, Julia Roberts), winning the Oscar Best Actress just proves to be too much to handle when the consequence is marital breakdown. And what’s this about life imitating art (ok, let’s just call it art), Bullock attempts to live her movie role with her mixed-race adoption. One thing that she’d find I’m sure, real-life mothering will prove to be a much more demanding role than in the movies.
Crazy Heart (2009)
Jeff Bridges won the Best Actor Oscar as worn-out country singer Bad Blake. Spent and hopelessly alcoholic, Bad Blake is movingly revitalized by journalist Jane Craddock. Even for one who’s not keen on country western music, I’d thoroughly enjoyed the songs performed by Bridges himself. Song writers Ryan Bingham and T-Bone Burnett won the Best Original Song Oscar with ‘The Weary Kind’. As a bonus, you can also hear Colin Farrell sing. Maggie Gyllenhaal gives a convincing performance as journalist Craddock, who starts from professional interest with the country singer to deeper, personal involvement. But ultimately, her role as mother wins out.
Arti’s other recommendations? All the movies listed on the sidebar. All of them are on DVD now. To read my review, just click on the picture.
No matter which movie you watch with mom, do talk about it afterwards… that’s the best part of the experience.
Here’s Jeff Bridges singing the Oscar winning song The Weary Kind: