WHAT I WATCH WITH MY MOM
Sentimental weepies? Nope. It's thrillers for my mom and action for my grandmother in this sap-free family tree. Here's what we love
My granny is never happier than when Angelina Jolie
has a gun in her hand. (Even church-going ladies like a chick who can hit a moving target.) Salt is a pure Angie adrenaline rush as she outruns and outthinks the feds while leaping out of a helicopter, onto a truck and anywhere else she darn well pleases.
You can't argue the bona fides: Rear Window is one of Hitchcock's best, and James Stewart, Grace Kelly and the hilarious Thelma Ritter balance each other beautifully. Plus, I can silently coo about how perfect Kelly looked while telling Mom (who's a bit more into tools than tulle) that I'm in it for the thrills.
A girl with gumption always gets a seat at the table in my family-especially when she's as composed and authentic as Hailee Steinfeld in the Coens's remake. We're fans.
9 TO 5
I gained new respect for my mom-and all working women-watching Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda kidnap their sexually harassing boss (Dabney Coleman) and hog-tie him like the pig he is in this now-classic ode to the '80s office. Not that my mom encourages felonies, but there are great lessons about creatively navigating the workplace. Best scene: Tomlin hamming it up as a delightfully wicked Disney-style lass with a pretty ring ... full of poison. Happy Mother's Day!
MY FATHER, THE FONZ
With Dad's support, Max Winkler, 27, directs his first feature, the romantic comedy Ceremony
HENRY, WHEN DID MAX FIRST SHOW DIRECTING TALENT?
Henry: I have him on home video at 3 just directly asking for what he wants, which translates to the wonderful director he's become.
Max: There's got to be a less poetic way of saying that, Dad. Talk about the time I made you wear bloody bandages around your face for some horror film I was making.
Henry: It's true. I've been in every minor and major film that he has ever filmed-and loved it.
DID YOU HOPE HE WOULD GET INTO SHOWBIZ?
Henry: Max's mom [Winkler's wife of 33 years, Stacey] and I wanted him to be anything but part of this industry. The problem was, it's what he really wanted to do. So we bit our tongues to make sure that he had the support to meet his dream.
Max: Do you really think I could have maintained a real job?
EVER REBEL AGAINST YOUR DAD, MAX?
Max: I think I did. Every kid resents coming from parents who compliment you way too much. Somehow I thought it would be cooler to be told I wouldn't amount to anything.
Henry: If that's the worst thing I have done as a parent, I will take my lashings for it. Max, I love you so much that sometimes, I really don't even know what to do.
Max: Now you can understand the kind of thing I've had to face my whole life.
Water for Elephants, which opens this week, was not screened in time to be reviewed in this issue. Look for Alynda's review on People.com on Friday, April 22.