MOTHER WAS A ROLLING STONE: MAY 2014 CLASSIC FILM IMAGES QUIZ, VOL. 214
Without falling into an Oedipal abyss, one of the shared characteristics of both America as a nation and the cinema as a universal cultural voice is the celebratory manner in which Motherhood is placed on a lofty pedestal usually reserved for those rare other examples of beloved institutions worthy of unbridled devotion such as steroid infused jocks and serial A-List felons/actors who spend double the time in avoiding rehab and parole officers as snoring through their performances. The movies have always been a special arena in which mothers are celebrated at the loving givers of Life, the nurturers of the young, the backbone of the family unit; quite disregarding the campaign of terror their rabid progeny inflict upon every coffee house where Chandler Swain Reviews attempts a bit of caffeine infused quiet time to compose unread and unappealing mental dribbles that flow naturally from a harmonious brat-free environment. (When is that silly Seattle-based coffee bean consortium going to follow the numerous suggestions for the Fat-Free Chloroform Mocha Frappuccino for the kiddie’s menu?) So with this exaltation of mindless cultural honoraria and familial subservience in mind, we bring you the latest in a long line of wasteful, unnecessary and environmentally unfriendly competitions, known in the Old World as The Black Plague, but in modern times as the Monthly Classic Film Images Quiz, brought to you by those happy folks who keep the economy alive by hording Skittles, the All-American bomb shelter candy. In this episode, your task is to correctly identify the films from which all sixteen photos are sourced, each being a film which is either a direct celebration of dear old Mom, or at least containing a significant portrait of the maternal instinct at work. The first to correctly identify all sixteen will, as usual, be gifted with the incomparable CSR CULTURE SHOCK AWARD, the world’s preeminent indicator that the mind is a terrible thing to waste. Good luck.
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