Worst Movie Mothers

In the spirit and heart of Mothers Day I thought I would highlight those who shouldn’t be receiving any flowers or cards this year! They can’t all be sweet and innocent like Mrs Gump or as protective and destructive as Uma Thurman in Kill Bill; so here is my list of the top five worst mums in films.

Everybody knows Stifler’s mum (Jennifer Coolidge) in the American Pie franchise.  She isn’t exactly the best role model, sleeping with one of your son’s best friends on a pool table and adding a whole new category to porn, I think its only fair that she’s on the list!

A real classic Sunday afternoon children’s film, Matilda (1996) . Although she ends up having one of the best foster mums, her real mother Mrs Wormwood (Rhea Perlman) is the polar opposite. Cruel, neglectful and having one of the most annoying voices known to man, she’s definitely not mother of the year.

Hitchcock’s 1960 Psycho and Mrs Bates! Controlling and possessive she spirals her son into complete madness, being a constant nag and manipulative woman she is one of films most iconic horrible mothers!

Anne Ramsey or as she might be better known as, Mama Fratelli in The Goonies. Monstrous, dominating and foul she is responsible for the runaway criminal gang’s actions and the imprisonment of her Sloth like son.

The worst mother of all time however, is the crazy, manipulative and evil Margret White better known as the mother of poor Carrie White.  Portrayed on screen by both Piper Laurie and Julianne Moore in Carrie (1967/2013) she is the most horrifying mother created, and its a good job Carrie gets her revenge with some magic knife throwing!

Hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to give your added extras! Enjoy Mother’s Day Mums!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Non-Stop (2014)

Genre: Action, Mystery, Thriller

Director: Jaume Collet-Serra

Writers: John W. Richardson, Ryan Engle, Christopher Roach

Starring: Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore, Scoot McNairy

Rating: ★★★★

Non Stop is the latest hard-hitting Liam Neeson action film to hit the screen and despite it feeling a bit like déjà vu, once again it and he impresses reaching high standards. A simple and common film scenario proves to be as intriguing as it is thrilling making for a very fast paced tense experience. Neeson gives a great solid performance and is supported well from the rest of the cast whilst horror fanatic director Collet-Sera changes his ways very well creating an entertaining rollercoaster which seems to achieve more than most typical action releases.

Bill Marks (Liam Neeson) is getting ready to board British Aquatlantic Flight 10 to London as an Air Marshal whose main priority is the safety of his passengers.  Whilst mid-air and flying Mark gets a series of threatening texts demanding $150 million, if he fails to make the transaction to the off-shore account every twenty minutes a passenger will die. Marks is enraged and panicked, the sender has hacked into a private network and seems to know things he shouldn’t, such as how Marks was drinking a bottle of whisky in his SUV before he boarded. Marks’s worries are brushed aside by people in charge, but as he realises the hijacker is amongst the passengers he knows he has to keep everyone safe. Timer set and twenty minutes counting down, Marks alongside the very few passengers he trusts attempt to locate the hijacker and get to London safely.

Non Stop uses the very simple element of a countdown to keep us engaged but it works very well creating constant tension, excitement and mostly entertainment.  Although the concept is very basic it was one I thoroughly enjoyed, rarely am I as intrigued by a film especially generic action releases, but it kept me constantly guessing throughout as each individual passenger began to look suspicious.  Neeson’s character was also very good, eventually throughout the film and as situations started to get out of control we began to learn more about Bill Marks the alcoholic Air Marshal with his character becoming very in-depth and developed.  The only fault I can afflict upon Non Stop was its reasoning and references behind why the plane was being hijacked as I found it too on the nose and very un-needed. The most highlighting aspect however how the story was action packed with some excellence scenes, including a matrix mid-air gun catch and dive from Liam Neeson which is one to anticipate.

Liam Neeson more recently and especially after Taken seems to have a habit of playing the same character in films, such as in The Grey, Taken 2 and The Next Three Days, however this is due to his ability to play it so well and somewhat faultlessly.  Once again he portrays Bill Marks extremely well and his somewhat powerful emotional speech near the closing stages was very typical but good. Julianne Moore as Jen Summers was another stand-out amongst a very much faultless supporting cast. Moore’s character of Jen, a trusty passenger on the window seat next to Bill, was likewise in-depth and as an audience we fell for her emotional story as her character developed.  The acting was a real credit to what was some decent writing and especially well-written characters.

Non Stop is spot on when it comes to acting and overall writing. It also flourishes due to its pace which is no doubt down to Collet-Sera who usually focuses on making tense fast paced horrors. Collet-Sera’s direction really adds to the tension and thrills of Non Stop which again engages the audience. The film however doesn’t really evolve too much with effects or visual awe with most of it being very safe and average. The end scene too I felt wasn’t executed to its full potential in which should have been the climax to the whole entire film and the big wow factor whereas Bill Marks’s matrix dive and gun catch stole the part.

Although what seemed to be a typical action release Non Stop proved to be well above expectation and turned into a thrilling, exciting hour and half of entertainment. Although there are some small flaws, it shouldn’t down what is a well-made and thought about release which shows great acting and writing including Liam Neeson at what he does best. Non Stop is easily watchable and one of the most exciting and worthwhile action films in recent years.

 

Carrie (2013)

Genre: Horror, Drama

Director: Kimberly Pierce

Writers: Lawrence D. Choen, Stephen King, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa

Starring: Chloe Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore

Rating: ★★★

Carrie is classed as a cult classic which upon release in the early months of 1976 inflicted terror and shock into all its audience. Lawrence D. Cohen adapting the chilling novel written by one of the most well-known horror authors, Stephen King, managed to be a huge success picking up two Oscar nominations alongside a lifetime recognition for creating a horror favourite. 2013 being a year which saw Evil Dead, another prestigious name from the horror genre ruined and shamed, the pressure on the remake of Carrie only grew, alongside the nerves of director Kimberly Pierce who saw the eyes of the film nation firmly placed on her.

Carrie for me is brutal, bloody and shocking with a well thought and modernised script making Carrie White a name you will always remember. Chloe Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore capture chilling and creepy performances making for a rather decent and brave attempt of remaking a classic.

The film starts with a gruesome pre-title sequence as we watch a disturb woman give birth. Blood in abundance complemented by monstrous screams we wait anticipating the climax. The seemingly possessed mother grabs for a pair of scissors, mid-stab she is stopped, with a shine in its eyes we assume it was the new-born, informing us this baby is powerful, special and possibly evil. We soon learn that it was Carrie!

Carrie White (Chloe Grace Moretz) is now a 17 year old quiet high-school outcast who is victimised by her peers and contained by her religiously obsessed mother (Julianne Moore). After being attacked and humiliated by the popular and “glamorous” group in her sport class everything changes for Carrie as she then realises the true powers she obtains. Seeing her changes, Carrie’s mother only enforces her ridiculous and extreme religious beliefs even more, consequently increasing the pain and neglect felt by her troubled little girl. In a sick act of revenge Carrie is targeted once more on the night of her senior prom but angry and upset she releases telekinetic powers making sure everyone in her small town remembers who she is, whilst getting revenge for 17 years of horror.

Carrie has a great storyline that is at the same time minimalistic and thrilling. Staying true to the original, not much is changed accept from the obvious modernised elements that brings it up to date. The focus however seems to be more on the pain afflicted on Carrie White somehow creating a greater amount of sympathy than Cohen’s 1976 version. Although at first it seems like an advertisement or campaign video for an anti-bullying organisation the traumatic events that Carrie experiences are touching and truly shocking. Although tense and traumatic the early stages of the film are not really horrifying or thrilling setting up for a very slow paced film, however it’s unnerving as we await the switch in momentum.

The final act of the film certainly delivers that switch of momentum as Carrie’s long-awaited revenge and reaction takes place. However it was all too extreme, you had to admire the original’s simplicity and perfect execution something that I think this remake has ignored. Scenes as roads collapse and Carrie levitates aren’t as affective as before in my perspective but they still manage to create a good and entertaining watch.  A real positive I thought was regarding the effects used and Carrie’s telekinesis when the reverse feelings were shown, when Carrie felt happiness, such a rare emotion for her, trees fluttered and birds sang really enforcing the sadness when it all gets taken away.

For a horror there aren’t as many jumps or scares as you might have expected but it still makes a thrilling watch. Maybe the lack of impact this film makes is due to many of us already knowing the full story to Carrie. As first thought and many speculated it wouldn’t surpass its original however like most remakes this is down to the lack of surprise, something that always happens when a story is told the second time. Many have ruled-out and labelled Carrie as a complete failure however much to my surprise I found it an entertaining watch, which certainly stands its own in a year that was slightly disappointing for horror. If you watch Carrie without any comparisons to its original than it’ll be sure to thrill and shock.