Movies and Glorious Women

At this time of year THWAM and I always embark on a movie marathon.  It’s a good time for it because the movie-makers are trying to get their best stuff into the 2009 Oscar season.  Since we’re seniors and we like to go to the first showing of the day, we get in for $5.00.  Very cheap entertainment if you don’t go for the $8.00 bucket of popcorn, which we don’t.

We tend to choose the calmer films now, not so much into the blockbusters like Avatar, Twilight, 2012, or anything that’s too deep or depressing or thought-provoking, or blows up or has chases.  This season we’ve enjoyed The Blind Side, Pirate Radio, Fantastic Mr. Fox, It’s Complicated, Up In the Air.  Our one bad call was Old Dogs, very bad.  I saw Precious on my own, as THWAM wasn’t interested but as a retired social worker I couldn’t pass it up.  My solo bad call was Men Who Stare at Goats.  Oh George, how could you?!  Well, I could write stunningly insightful and clever reviews of every one of these, but I’ll spare you that.

We almost didn’t go to see Nine, didn’t think it looked like something we’d like, an Italian musical with much artistic angst.  But what a shame if we’d missed it!  The cast, the story, the music, the energy–all really wonderful.  Daniel Day-Lewis is excellent, but really, it’s the women who take your breath away.  The young ones are remarkable–Penelope Cruz, Marion Cotillard, Kate Hudson, Fergie (maybe not so much Nicole Kidman), all excellent.  THWAM’s comment:  “That Penelope Cruz routine was just about the sexiest thing I’ve ever seen!”  See, my old guy is still alive and kickin’ and appreciatin’!

But it’s the old ones who knock your socks off.

Dame Judi Dench, a longtime favorite, plays the costume designer.  She’s charming in her kicky hairdo, and she pulls off a great dance number, sexy and funny and energetic and long and full.  She’s old, and she’s really good.  I love that.

Sophia Loren, a legend, still a beauty, plays Guido’s mother, already dead when the film begins, but very much a presence.  She’s regal and quiet, but still brings her strength to the screen.  It feels like a privilege to be able to go to a new movie and experience Sophia Loren.  She’s really old now, and she’s good.  I love that.

It’s been a good movie season so far, and we’re already lining up some possibilities for January.  And we’re keeping our eyes open for the well-aged ripened old folks who still have much to bring to the screen.

Go oldies!!!


It is perhaps life’s greatest accomplishment to live to old age, maintaining one’s wits, one’s sense of humor, one’s health, and one’s charm.            Yehudi Menuhin        


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