Since Mother’s Day is just around the corner, I thought I would write about some of the best movie moms of all time. But first, do you know the history of Mother’s Day?
According to Wikipedia, “The modern American holiday of Mother’s Day was first celebrated in 1908, when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother at St Andrew’s Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia. Today St Andrew’s Methodist Church now holds the International Mother’s Day Shrine. Her campaign to make “Mother’s Day” a recognized holiday in the United States began in 1905, the year her mother, Ann Reeves Jarvis, died. Ann Jarvis had been a peace activist who cared for wounded soldiers on both sides of the American Civil War, and created Mother’s Day Work Clubs to address public health issues. Anna Jarvis wanted to honor her mother by continuing the work she started and to set aside a day to honor all mothers, because she believed that they were “the person who has done more for you than anyone in the world.”
Now that we know the history, what are some of the greatest movie moms? I’ve compiled a list of the warmest, most memorable and even the baddest moms in movie history…
“The Blind Side” (2009)
Based on the real-life story of NFL pro Michel Oher, who blossomed from a homeless teen to an All American offensive lineman under the kind guidance of de facto mother Leigh Anne Tuohy (Bullock). Bullock won an Academy Award for her four-star, six-hanky performance as the feisty Southern woman.
“Terms of Endearment” (1983)
Shirley MacLain took home an Academy Award for her portrayal of a mother struggling to connect with both her daughter (Debra Winger) and an alcoholic suitor (Jack Nicholson). Spanning three decades, the Best Picture winner is still worth sobbing over.
“The Kids Are All Right” (2010)
Separately they may have had their flaws, but together Annette Benning’s doctor and Julianne Moore’s wannabe landscaper provide a loving modern family for their two children — the results of a sperm donor that won’t stay anonymous.
“Places In the Heart” (1984)
Yes, we like her, we really liked Sally Field’s turn in the Depression-era drama, “Places in the Heart,” as a widow struggling to hold on to her family’s farm.
“Terminator 2: Judgment Day” (1991)
On her way to stopping a nuclear apocalypse and becoming the prototype of the female action star, Linda Hamilton’s Sarah Connor remade herself into a muscular warrior strong enough to reload a shotgun one-handed. All to defend her only son from a homicidal robot sent from the future. You know, that old chestnut.
Disqualified from our list because she’s not a human character, the Great Princess of the Forest (voiced by Paula Winslow) raises her son to be wary of humans… only to be shot to death herself (sniff) by a hunter.
– Matt Duhamel, Film Director
We are excited to announce that our short documentary, Life Under The Horseshoe has been picked up by KJZZ-TV in Salt Lake City, Utah. Our film is on the schedule for November 29th at 6:30pm. This is great news if you were unable to attend our official film release in Spring City on November 21st which was a success with 100 people in attendance.
Life Under the Horseshoe is a fun, entertaining and historical look at Spring City, Utah’s only live FM stage radio show. The film teaches us a little about history while taking us back to the golden age of radio. We would love for you to tune in and watch on the 29th.
We also would like to thank Mark and Vicki Allen and Lawrence and Lana Gardner for hosting a wonderful evening at Victory Hall. Also, thank you to the amazing and talented singers that performed just before the film’s premier. If you are interested in watching the radio show live on stage in Spring City, check out their website (site may be slow, but it will come up) for more information on their 2016 live schedule.
I’ve received emails over the past two weeks asking if we are planning to continue MetamoraTV. The answer is YES! With an overwhelming support with our YouTube channel, we’ve decided to re-design our studio set. We plan to design a simple, yet inviting studio with accent chairs and a nice, dark blue background instead of the “chroma-key” background that we used for our first several interview. We feel this new look will bring a softer and calmer look to our site allowing our guests to feel more comfortable about telling their transformative, inspiring and life changing stories for our cameras.
This brings up the question that some may have…how do I design my own TV studio? This is a great DIY project if you are interested in TV, film, or just for having fun with the family. According to The DV show, building a small basement (or other room, like a garage) studio is fairly simple:
If you want to convert any room into an inexpensive TV studio, your most important step is to select a problem-free space. A basement is a great spot, but you have to think about temperature control, it may be under a heavily traveled kitchen or corridor requiring you to insulate against the sound of footsteps, air conditioner noises, the roar of a furnace, the whine of a pump, or even the deedle-deedle of a nearby telephone or alarm can be very expensive to seal out. In short, you need to pick a quiet place with plenty of electricity and no unusual noise, heating or moisture problems.
An enormous production space isn’t necessary unless you’re setting up a Ben Hur chariot race scene. You’d be surprised at how small most broadcast news and sitcom sets are. To the viewer, what is seen on the screen is all that matters; whatever is off screen by just a foot (i.e. garden tools, clothes racks, storage shelves stacked with paint cans) doesn’t exist.
In regards to sound control (which is extremely important and sometimes overlooked), The DV Show writes:
Unwanted sound comes from two places: outside the studio and inside the studio. Let’s deal with the outside first.
Sound will enter your studio if it can find holes in the wall, cracks around doors and windows, and spaces around pipes and duct work. Somehow you need to seal the room tightly so that air cannot get in or escape.
Weatherstrip all the doors and windows. If you are not using a window, you may wish to cover it with plywood and seal it that way. Caulk any loose fitting walls or wall-to-ceiling joints and any places where pipes and wires enter the room. If a hole is too large to caulk, try stuffing fiberglass insulation into it.
Sliding glass doors and steel doors designed for exterior use are often weatherstripped and seal nicely. The same goes for exterior thermopane windows.
A simple set, a wall mural, a bookshelf and a potted plant, or a chroma key blue curtain is all that is needed to suspend reality. Big studios aren’t necessary. More information about set design can be found here.
MetamoraTV’s new look will debut in June (exact date TBA) so hold tight for more great interviews. If you or someone you know may want to be on our show, please contact us anytime.