Movie Mom Magic

I’m late, I’m late, I’m late. I swear I should be the rabbit in Alice but the plain fact is I wasn’t keeping track of the time. And that’s a problem…however…I do know that this month we’re talking about moms and movies. So let’s get right to it.

I love movies. I’m what many would call a movie fanatic. I’ve seen tons, love a few, hated a few and there were many that were just middle of the road. Movies with moms though are different because well, moms fight for their kids. They’re supposed to…there is a saying about a mama bear…anyway, here’s my top ten in no particular order.

Terminator 1 and 2 ~ In the first movie, the only thing we see of a child is Linda Hamilton clutching her belly and talking to her baby. In movie two, she’s a kick-ass mama willing to do anything to save her young. And she does.

Alien and Aliens ~ In the first movie, you really don’t know a thing about Ripley except she’s lucky. I’ll never forget her saying to herself as she’s slowly putting on the spacesuit…lucky, lucky, lucky…sends a chill down my spine every time. In Aliens, if you’ve seen the director’s cut, you find out that she had a child and Ripley’s first name is Ellen. No wonder Newt finds a special place in her heard.

Avatar ~ This whole movie is about family and right and wrong. It has a kick-ass plot and a mother who knows best. Mo’at knows that her daughter Neytiri won’t be happy with anyone but Jake Sully. It just takes the whole movie for her to see it.

While You Were Sleeping ~ This is one of my all-time favorite movies. I love it. And what’s not to love. It’s a case of mistaken identity to the max and has a mother and a grandmother to boot.

Serenity and Buffy ~ I know, I know…one’s in space…the other here on earth. But they are both by Joss Whedon and therefore awesome. While Serenity has no moms and Buffy’s is totally clueless, it again has some kick-butt women who seem to have it altogether – at least by the end. (Are we noticing a pattern here? LOL!)

Kill Bill 1 and 2 ~ Nothing says mama like someone who is looking for her child. Beatrix Kiddo, more commonly known as the bride, saves herself but barely by revealing the father of her child. When she wakes from her coma, she is determined to find said child and kill anyone who betrayed her or gets in her way. While this is an over the top movie, it still has a strong heroine and an over-the-top plot.

Forrest Gump ~ I will be the first to admit that this is not my favorite movie but you’ve got to love his mom. She did everything she could to make sure that Forrest had the same opportunities as everyone else. And whether by dumb luck or actually doing it all right, he ended up pretty good.

Juno ~ This is a pretty intense movie about a really intense thing but it is the best movie you will ever see on the subject of teen pregnancy. Juno’s stepmother gets right on top of things and never once condemns the girl about how she got where she was. She just did the right thing, took her to the doctor and asked her what she wanted to do. Pretty cool if you ask me.

The Incredibles ~ No list is complete without Helen Parr known as Elastigirl. While her life is incredibly complicated, she has what it takes to keep not one, not two but three special children on the straight and narrow while teaching them to do the right thing.

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy ~ Sorry, I know there’s no moms here but this is one of the best series ever. There are lots of women in the stories and they all play a big role, from Arwen saving Frodo to Galadriel giving him exactly what he needs to complete his quest.

Now I have one last mom to mention but it’s from a TV show. That ‘70s Show mom, Kitty Foreman, not only gives permission for her son and friends to hang out in the basement making it the best place ever, but she allows one friend to stay when he has nowhere to go. There are times when she’s saccharin sweet but the moment she called her husband by his own crazy one-liner, dumbass, I’d wished I’d had her in the ‘70s when we had the basement. She was awesome.

So, who are your favorite movie and television moms? Beside your own of course…I’d really love to hear what you have to say!

See you all next month.

About Lynn Crain

Award winning author Lynn Crain has done it all in her life. From nursing to geology, her life experiences have added to her detail rich stories. She loves writing full time as she weaves contemporary, fantasy, futuristic and paranormal tales, tame to erotic, for various publishers. Her home is in the desert southwest and she’s just returned from her latest adventure of living in Vienna, Austria while her husband worked his dream job. You can find her hanging out online at www.lynncrain.blogspot.com, https://www.facebook.com/LynnCrainAuthor, and on Twitter, @oddlynn3. She loves hearing from her readers at lynncrain@cox.net.

Favorite Movie Moms

SONY DSCThanks to the retail industry, none of us were allowed to forget it was Mother’s Day earlier in the month. As a mom who got flowers for the first time ever, I’m okay with that. lol.

Since our theme this month is movies, it seemed like the perfect combination. These are some of my favorite movie moms in no particular order. Some made me laugh, some made me cry. And some were downright terrifying!

Totally Tough Mom – Linda Hamilton – Terminator 2

Totally Sweet Mom – Dianne Wiest – Edward Scissorhands

Most Fun Single Mom – Meryl Streep – Mamma Mia!

Heartwarming Mom – Sandra Bullock – The Blind Side

Psycho Mom – Faye Dunaway – Mommie Dearest

My Favorite Psycho Mom – Uma Thurman – Kill Bill

My All-Time Favorite Movie Mom – Holly Hunter – The Incredibles

These are just a few of the many mothers portrayed in the film industry. Some are good, some are evil, and some are just, well, Mom.

Do you have a favorite Movie Mom?

About Beth Rhodes

Beth jumps into life with both feet...or head first. Impulsive and spontaneous to a T, she joined Passionate Critters and never looked back. She loves writing and reading, which made this wonderful group of woman a perfect match for her.

Guest Post — Christy Gissendaner

Summer…is there anything better? The humid days and sweltering temperatures of the Deep South are quite an experience. Not even Vegas in 106 degree weather can compare. Trust me, I’ve been there! But there is one thing I love about summer and that’s the summer blockbusters. Independence Day? Armageddon? Yes, I was sitting there on the front row on opening night.

            This year, I haven’t made it to the theater as much as I would like. Fast and the Furious is actually the only movie I made it to this summer. But oh…how it was worth it! When The Rock was added to the franchise in the last movie, I thought nothing could top it. But as the movie drew to a close on the last minute of the latest, I got the shock of my life.

I don’t want to spoil it for those who haven’t seen the movie, but they topped it. They fricking topped it. All I want to know is how long I have to wait until the next one. Three of my top five actors sharing the big screen? Testosterone, baby, and I can’t wait!

I’m still under the impression that the producers are somehow tapping into my brainwaves. Seriously…all we need is LL Cool J and Justin Timberlake to make a cameo and I’d be in hog heaven.

Hear that Hollywood big shots? I want LL and Justin. No need to perform undercover mindreading on me. I’ll just put that out there for ya’ll.

So what is it about this franchise that makes bank? There’s a science to it I’m sure. Hot cars? Check. Hot girls? Check check. Hot men? (fanning self) Do I really need to answer that? But there’s got to be more, right? Certainly not the unbelievable, never happen in a million years, stunts. Right? I’m still chuckling over the fact that a car could bring down a plane. Although I guess it’s understandable. If you told me The Rock and Vin Diesel were in a plane a few feet above my head, I’d probably do whatever it took to bring it down too. ; )

So are there any other fans of Fast here? If so, let me hear your excitement. And, as the hubby constantly reminds me, we haven’t seen near enough movies lately. What’s your pick for the best summer blockbuster?

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Out of Bounds Book One

Book Description:

Julie Hendricks is a thirty-year-old workaholic who goes to her friend’s bar to meet him for a drink. It’s her first night out in years, and she envisions a normal evening. Instead, she meets Sin, a sexy karaoke DJ who’s not what he seems, and her idea of normal goes completely out the window.

Sin is actually Taliesin, the Welsh god of music and wisdom. For fun, he helps his old college football buddy at the local bar, Out of Bounds. His buddy’s prim friend captures his attention, and he soon reveals more of himself than he usually does.

Julie’s attraction to Sin is immediate, even though she doubts she could ever please a god. When her friend’s business is threatened, Julie must help hunt down the enemy while resisting falling in love with the dangerously intriguing Sin.

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Christy Gissendaner is a romantic comedy author and believes that laughter and love should go hand in hand.

Christy lives in Alabama with her husband and three sons. She is always hard at work on her next novel, but in her spare time she loves blackjack, karaoke, and anything resembling a vacation!

To find out more, please visit

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About Beth Rhodes

Beth jumps into life with both feet...or head first. Impulsive and spontaneous to a T, she joined Passionate Critters and never looked back. She loves writing and reading, which made this wonderful group of woman a perfect match for her.

Summer Lovin’

dirtydancingI’m not exactly what you’d call the outdoors type. Let’s be honest–I’m a nerd. I’m far more likely to be stretched out in the A/C reading a book or watching a movie than engaging in any sort of physical activity.

So, when I tried to think of summer, it went something like this: Hot. Sweaty. Humid. Ugh. Wait… summer romance!

My favorite summer romance movie? Dirty Dancing! I love to watch the transformation of Baby from dork to sensual goddess. the angsty attraction she feels for Johnny turn into angsty devotion on his part as he realizes she’s out of his league (I’m sorry, I know that’s a cliche–but… it’s in the song!).

But my favorite part–the favorite part of everyone in the free world, I think–is when Johnny storms into the end-of-summer show to find Baby relegated back to the metaphorical and literal shadows where her family is most comfortable placing her. Then he stands up for her, the way she stood up for him, and says that line. The line that can turn every woman from my generation to instant jelly.

“Nobody puts Baby in a corner.”

Damn right, they don’t!

What’s your favorite summer romance story (book or movie)? (Don’t forget, every comment this month is entered to win a $5 Amazon gift card AND a FREE digital copy of Nina Croft‘s July release from Entangled, Losing Control.)

About Lori Sizemore

Lover of nail polish, pens, her Kindle, and fresh coffee. She likes romance filled with messy, real characters and lots of snarky banter. Reading was (and still is!) her BFF; when she discovered writing she fell in love. Come for the snark. Stay for the story.

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