Movies for Baby Boomers
Baby Boomers like movies. We grew up with them. We were the first generation to have them come into our homes. We watched movies develop and evolve in the 50′s and 60′s at a faster rate than anyone could imagine, compared to the half-century before. New genres, filming techniques and themes were introduced, as we joyfully watched. As a result, we have rather sophisticated and eclectic tastes when it comes to film.
With the advent of cable TV, DVD’s and the Internet, the entire magical movie kingdom lies at our fingertips. These pages are meant to act as a guide to direct you to the most meaningful films, from a Boomer point of view. These are the best of the movies that relate to our specific lifestyles, values and passions. You’ll find the new additions, the old favorites and the often overlooked. These are some suggestions that will point you toward the most significant cinema features of today and yesterday.
New additions in current best movies for Baby Boomers are:
Hope Springs – 2012 – Feeling disconnected in her decades-old marriage, Maeve convinces her skeptical husband to attend a marriage therapy week with a celebrated relationship expert — but now they must shed their inhibitions and learn some new sexual and emotional moves. Cast: Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones, Steve Carell, Jean Smart, Ben Rappaport, Marin Ireland, Patch Darragh, Brett Rice, Elisabeth Shue, Mimi Rogers
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2012 – To make the most of their meager retirement savings, a group of British seniors moves to India to live out their golden years at the Marigold Hotel. But upon arrival, they discover the once-lavish resort has wilted considerably. Judi Dench is in this movie. Making the best of retirement, sounds like a Boomer movie to me. Good reviews. This is a very sweet, sentimental movie about 7 Brits that end up moving to India as they try to figure out what to do with their lives after being dealt various blows (money woes, illness, etc). They all end up at The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel which is trying to become a retirement home for “people from countries that don’t care about their old people.”
Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead You’ve got to see this movie. A real human interest story and you will get healthier yourself.
Focusing on two men whose bodies have been trashed by steroids, obesity and illness, this documentary chronicles the rigorous healing path — including a two-month diet of fruits and vegetables — that both attempt in a bid to rescue their health.
This is more like a movie than a documentary. So give it a chance and see it.
The Descendants (2011) Set in Hawaii, staring George Clooney is a good baby boomer movie.
The Descendants is a sometimes humorous, sometimes tragic journey for Matt King (Clooney) an indifferent husband and father of two girls, who is forced to re-examine his past and embrace his future when his wife suffers a boating accident off of Waikiki. The event leads to a rapprochement with his young daughters while Matt wrestles with a decision to sell the family’s land handed down from Hawaiian royalty missionaries
The Ides of March (2011) The Ides of March takes place during the frantic last days before a heavily contested Ohio presidential primary, when an up-and-coming campaign press secretary (Ryan Gosling) finds himself involved in a political scandal that threatens to upend his candidate’s shot at the presidency.
Very good acting with some surprises and turns to keep it interesting; if not disappointing act of politics.
R, 1 hr. 41 min. Mystery and Suspense, Drama. Directed by George Clooney. Baby boomer movie.
Moneyball (2011) Based on a true story, Moneyball is a movie for anybody who has ever dreamed of taking on the system.
Brad Pitt stars as Billy Beane, the general manager of the Oakland A’s and the guy who assembles the team, who has an epiphany: all of baseball’s conventional wisdom is wrong.
Forced to reinvent his team on a tight budget, Beane will have to outsmart the richer clubs. It’s more than baseball, it’s a revolution – one that challenges old school traditions and puts Beane in the crosshairs of those who say he’s tearing out the heart and soul of the game. Great baby boomer movie.
Barney’s Version (2011) This seriocomic adaptation of Mordecai Richler’s award-winning 1997 novel stars Paul Giamatti as Barney Panofsky, who meets the great love of his life, Miriam (Rosamund Pike), at the most inopportune time imaginable: his marriage to his second wife (Minnie Driver), a wealthy Jewish princess and compulsive shopper.
Narrated by Barney as a confessional, the film covers 30 years of his unusual journey — from his first marriage to the chronically unfaithful free spirit Clara. Baby boomers will love this movie. R rated, 2 hours, 12 min. Boomer movie.
Secretariat (2010) PG When Penny Chenery (Diane Lane) agrees to take over her ailing father’s thoroughbred stable, she transforms from housewife to horse breeder –
and owner of the colt that will take the 1973 Triple Crown — in this dramatic biopic. The film explores Chenery’s bond with “Big Red” and depicts her rise to greatness
as the “first lady of racing.” John Malkovich plays trainer Lucien Laurin, and Fred Dalton Thompson co-stars as big-shot breeder Bull Hancock. Good baby boomer movie.
IN their Movies for Grownups, AARP says the new romantic comedy “The Light-keepers with Richard Dreyfuss is on on screen love story with characters over 50. It is rare to find grownp love stories.
The Blind Side, starring Academy Award winner Sandra Bullock is a great movie for boomers. I enjoyed it, the audience didn’t want to leave. he entire cast is great, but it’s really Bullock’s performance that lifts The Blind Side above the typical sports drama.
About review> March 2010
Alice in Wonderland – See in Digital 3D. Director and subject matter make for a perfect marriage in Tim Burton’s version of the Lewis Carroll classic. ALICE IN WONDERLAND stars frequent Burton collaborator Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter rottentomatoes.com review> March 2010>
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Män Som Hatar Kvinnor; Millennium: Part 1: Men Who Hate Women (2009) R Journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist) and rebellious computer hacker Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace) team up to investigate the unsolved disappearance of wealthy Henrik Vanger’s (Sven-Bertil Taube) teen niece (Ewa Fröling), only to uncover dark secrets about Vanger’s powerful family. Niels Arden Oplev directs this Swedish thriller based on the first novel from Stieg Larsson’s best-selling trilogy. Baby boomer like this movie.
It’s Complicated – “After 10 years divorced, Jane (Meryl Streep) and Jake (Alec Baldwin) enjoy an amicable friendship. When the two unite for their son’s college graduation, however, romance rekindles. But Jake is married, and Jane’s architect, Adam (Steve Martin), has a thing for his client. Now cheating on the younger woman for whom he left Jane, Jake wants his ex-wife back. And Jane’s having as much fun being the other woman as she is getting to know Adam.” rottentomatoes.com review> March 2010
Shutter Island – “Director Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio re-team again to adapt author Dennis Lehane’s novel about Teddy Daniels (DiCaprio), a United States marshal who searches for an escaped psychiatric patient on a mysterious island. Featuring an all-star cast, Scorcese’s psychological thriller also stars Ben Kingsley, Mark Ruffalo, Max von Sydow, Michelle Williams, Emily Mortimer and Jackie Earle Haley. Suspense movie. rottentomatoes.com review> Feb 2010
Avatar – It might be more impressive on a technical level than as a piece of storytelling,
but Avatar reaffirms James Cameron’s singular gift for imaginative, absorbing film making. See it in Digital 3D. rottentomatoes.com review> Jan 2010 Good boomer movie.
Often Overlooked Boomer movies are:
Hearts in Atlantis (2001) – In the summer of 1960, young Bobby Garfield (Anton Yelchin) is sharing adventures with his best friends Carol (Mika Boorem) and Sully (Will Rothhaar) when an enigmatic lodger named Ted Brautigan (Anthony Hopkins) rents a room in his family’s boarding house. Stars Anthony Hopkins
Transsiberian An American couple (Woody Harrelson and Emily Mortimer)
seeking to smooth out their rough marriage buys a ticket on the legendary Trans-Siberian Railway. But a chance meeting with two other passengers ends in accidental murder and
high intrigue. Ben Kingsley and Thomas Kretschmann co-star as a pair of Russian police officers who are trying to solvethe baffling case in Brad Anderson’s taut and gritty travel thriller. Cast: Woody Harrelson, Emily Mortimer, Ben Kingsley, Eduardo Noriega, Kate Mara, Thomas Kretschmann Triller & suspense movie.
30 Days: Season 1 and 2 2005NR2 discs / 6 episodesMorgan Spurlock (of Supersize Me fame) hosts this one-hour documentary film series that places subjects for a month in situations they’re unlikely to seek out on their own. By subjecting themselves to such circumstances, participants help shed light on social issues plaguing America today, such as the rift created by religious differences between Muslims and Christians in America, the
incarcerated and the lawyers who put them in prison, and more.
Some Good Movies Boomers have enjoyed include: Original Rocky, The Shawshank Redemption, When Harry Met Sally and Papillon.
The 10 best Baby Boomer Movies
Baby Boomer Examiner – Paul Briand – Here, in one Baby Boomer’s estimation, are the 10 best movies that encompass the themes that defined the generation: peace, love, war, music, and self-identification.
1) “The Big Chill” (1983) — Included
many of the Boomer elements of post-college identity crisis
and friendship around a terrific music score; what boomer doesn’t love this movie.
2) “The Graduate” (1967) — Talk about Boomer angst … find a job, find a love, find Mrs.
Robinson instead … whew;
3) “Woodstock” (1970) — The documentary for a generation — sex, drugs and rock n’ roll;
4) “Easy Rider” (1969) — A story of the open road and the consequences of intolerance, definitely not a retelling of John Steinbeck’s “Travels with Charley”
5) “A Hard Day’s Night” (1964) — The Beatles led the English music invasion on the “Ed
Sullivan” then followed it up with a movie that still had the girls screaming;
6) “Apocalypse Now” (1979) — Epic take on the Vietnam War that pilloried the insanity
of American foreign policy;
7) “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” (1969) — Buddy movie with the passing of the
hunk baton from Paul Newman to Robert Redford (and Katharine Ross to boot).
8) “Dr. Zhivago” (1965) — A chick flick that appealed to guys, what with the Russian Revolution and all … and “Lara’s Theme,” the song that launched a billion music boxes;
9) “Star Wars” (1977) — Episodes
IV, V and VI trilogy that first appealed to our inner geek;
10) “Saturday Night Fever” (1977) — Defined the attitude of disco, the music and the dancing, whether we like to remember it or not.
Netflix – Prefer your movies at home. Netflix is a great way to get your DVDs. Much info about movies. Now you can stream moves via wireless Internet.
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By Robert Fowler