Oscar winners, groundbreaking dramas, the finest viewing in 4K Ultra HD, and even a Simple Minds anthem. There’s no shortage of great viewing just right for Mother’s Day. Make sure you shop JB Hi-Fi for more great gift ideas.
10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU
A coming-of-age drama of a different pedigree, 10 Things I Hate About You strikes a chord with the rebel within us. A modern reimagining of Shakespearean favourite The Taming of the Shrew, this is an all-time classic chick flick that can be passed down from mothers to daughters over the decades to come. And what mum can resist a youthful Heath Ledger?
THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL
Two trips to the Marigold for the price of one, in this double pack comprising 2011’s The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and 2015 follow-up The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Dame Judi Dench and Downton Abbey‘s Maggie Smith, working with the equally distinguished director John Madden (Shakespeare in Love), cook up a delicious melodramatic stew spiced with Bollywood flavour.
THE KING AND I
This sumptuous period drama is distinguished by the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein, as well as a star-making performance by Yul Brynner in the titular role of the King of Siam. A quintessential ’50s Hollywood musical and winner of five Oscars, including Best Actor for Brynner and Best Music, The King and I is a multi-generational family favourite to rank alongside The Sound of Music.
THELMA & LOUISE
An Oscar-winner for Best Original Screenplay that received a further five noms, notably Best Actress for both Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis. A breakthrough film with two female leads, Thelma & Louise continues to resonate more than 25 years on, in light of #metoo. It’s also an unforgettable road trip with director Ridley Scott at the wheel, steering a course to a take-no-prisoners finale.
LIFE OF PI
Yann Martel’s best-selling fantasy became a spellbinding 2012 feature, thanks to the cutting edge technology which made it possible to realise the story of a young man and a tiger all at sea. Of course the visual splendour would be nothing without the astute direction of Ang Lee, who won a second Oscar for his work here. If you want to wow mum with 4K UHD, this is sure to do the trick!
THE BREAKFAST CLUB
No filmmaker embodies the ’80s like John Hughes, and no Hughes film embodies teenage angst like The Breakfast Club. Speaking universal truths about soul-searching youths, it became a major influence on later groundbreakers like Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Make sure you watch with mum – you might be surprised by which character she identifies with.
FOR THE LOVE OF MRS. BROWN
It’s come a long way from its radio sketch beginnings, and this fourth play from funnyman Brendan O’Carroll finds his much-loved characters back where they work best – in front of a lively and receptive audience. Few families would feature a matriarch as foul-mouthed as Mrs. Brown, and when she unwittingly swallows LSD, the dysfunctional clan are set for a Valentine’s Day to remember…
GRACE AND FRANKIE: SEASON 1
This series teams two-time Oscar-winner Jane Fonda and comedy great Lily Tomlin, who discover their husbands have been more than just close business partners since the ’90s. The perfect vehicle for its veteran leading ladies, it’s the kind of fresh and creative series you’d expect from the co-creators of Friends and Home Improvement. Season 2 is also available.