The Mother of All Film Lists

In honour of Mothers Day I asked the woman to blame for who I am today for her top five films. Naturally she came back with ten films, which I can’t bring myself to cut down to five. The list below shows where my good taste in film, and random hatred of actors, came from.

If you’re looking to buy a film for your mum, maybe look beyond the special Mother’s day stand, she deserves better than Tamara Drewe or Life as We Know It.

Philadelphia
Very moving film – 1st mainstream film (as far as I know) to deal with AIDS, homophobia and discrimination.

Mamma Mia!
Exact opposite – pure feel-good cheese!

The Jungle Book
Best cartoon film from childhood – great songs and good story

E.T. – The Extra Terrestrial
Funny and moving – lesson in having to let someone go that you love

Gregory’s Girl
Charming teen movie – gently funny – showing that you often look in the wrong place for love

Four Weddings & A Funeral
Despite Andie MacDowell – subtle British comedy with one of the most moving funeral scenes

Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind
Despite Jim Carrey (actually good in this) – surreal, thought provoking and romantic

Shirley Valentine
Escapism for middle-aged women (although I wasn’t middle-aged at the time!) – realistic representation of home-life of many women at the time, and had happy ending without relying on the romance.

The Sixth Sense
Well-acted, and one of the best surprise endings

Cool Runnings
Light-relief, but still inspiring – I liked it particularly because I remember the actual race and the amazement that Jamaica had put out a team