I am beginning to think I watch too many films. I remember thinking the same thing about the late and venerable Barry Norman, film critic on the BBC’s Film from 1972 to 1998. He was a veritable font of film knowledge and sometimes this knowledge would make him seem jaded, bored by the repetitiousness on view.
Otherhood is one of the latest headliners Netflix has to offer as it follows three suburban mothers who spontaneously turn up in New York to surprise their sons who neglected to send any presents or cards to them on mother's day. The mothers create their own pact to reconnect with their sons which had different and devastating effects. Otherhood faces a number of important social fractions including adultery, homosexuality, cultural differences, friendship and, of course, parenthood.
YouTube rapper turned actress Awkwafina teams up with indie director Lulu Wang for The Farewell, a moving and heartfelt film about a Chinese American woman who travels back to China when she finds out her grandmother is terminally ill. The catch is that the family has decided not to tell the grandmother, or Nai Nai, about her illness. It’s a surprisingly uplifting film that, while culturally specific, explores universal themes of family, impending loss, and returning to your home town after being abroad for years.
Instant Family looked like a nice family-friendly movie in the trailers. It's still weird to see a muscle-bound Mark Wahlberg playing an everyday dad-type, but it's starting to set in, and I'm getting used to it.
Mother's Day doesn't always have to be about going out to a fancy restaurant, taking her to the spa, or bringing her on a shopping spree. It can be about lounging indoors, ordering takeout, and watching a movie! That's what I usually do for my mother since she hates going out. All she wants to do is rest on Mother's Day, and I don't blame her.
People always talk about empowering movie characters, and how, when growing up, it's important to have a healthy diet of fictional role models to inspire one to greatness. They often talk about feminist role models in this frame of reference, talking about characters who can empower young girls.
Selecting a movie that interests the whole family can be a major challenge. Things that are age appropriate for the kids often may not be interesting for older members of the family. Family movie night is just not as fun unless the whole gang is interested in the movie. Check out this list of family-friendly movies that are sure to be a hit with the whole family (and will save you from watching the same movie on repeat).