by Minnie Apolis
Now that the hubbub of the Oscars is over with, maybe it would be a good time to list some movies that folks older than oh, 30 or so, can find interesting and worthwhile. If you haven't been following the Oscars or any of the hype, here is a chance to see if you might like to catch any of the following representatives of the current movie crop.
I will start off with some titles suggested by the Movies for Grownups article that ran in a recent magazine. With no further ado, here is that list.
THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL- Stars Judi Dench and Maggie Smith and Tom Wilkinson. Recent widow Dench goes along with the others to a luxury hotel in India, where they are pretty well assaulted by culture shock.
SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK- Received some nominations on Oscar night, so you may have heard about it there. Stars Jacki Weaver, Robert de Niro. Retired hubby de Niro tries to make ends meet as a bookie, while his wife Weaver smiles bravely as she hopes for better times. Story is about a family in crisis, yet choosing to come closer to each other rather than run for the exits.
LINCOLN- Won best actor Oscar for star Daniel Day Lewis, and a nomination for actress Sally Field who played Mary Todd Lincoln. Directed by Spielberg, so you know it got tender loving care. A sharp political portrait of Lincoln but overlaid with a warmth like few other directors can deliver.
HITCHCOCK- A film about my fave director stars Anthony Hopkins as Hitch, and Helen Mirren as his devoted wife Alma.
BERNIE- A comedy starring Jack Black as a funeral director who moves in with the local matriarch, Shirley MacLaine. Black kills her accidentally-on-purpose, then hides her in the freezer – of course! Written and directed by Richard Linklater, who gleefully springs surprises along the way.
SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN- I thought this might be about our Lebowsky, but no. This is a documentary about two of the biggest fans of 1970s rocker Rodriguez, who come all the way from South Africa to search for their hero. Kind of a “Whatever happened to...?” movie. Directed by Malik Bendjelloul.
QUARTET- First-time directing effort from Dustin Hoffman about four retired opera singers who all live in a home for retired classical musicians. Stars Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay, Billy Connolly and Pauline Collins. Many over-65 musicians play supporting roles and music, too.
AMOUR- An Austrian movie about an octogenarian couple's final months together avoids sentimental tripe but is emotionally loaded.
ROBOT & FRANK- Stars Frank Langella in a film where a little robot is his best friend, and also helps him get the girl. Directed by Jake Schreier. The robot is the perfect non-judgmental pal for loner Langella.
ARGO- A time capsule film back to the 1970s when one of the few feel-good stories to come out of the hostage crisis in Iran was when the Canadians helped smuggle out six Americans with faked passports. The plot involves a fake Hollywood movie supposedly being shot there. This one just won Best Picture of the year.
MOONRISE KINGDOM- A quirky film about pre-teen romance that was co-written and directed by that weirdo, Wes Anderson. The grownups don't understand, of course, and the kids go thru the chills and thrills of first love in high style.
ANY OTHER films that you would like to recommend to fellow Viners, please feel free to do so. This article is just to kick off discussion and recs and link-sharing and all that stuff. Also, Hulu is offering trailers and/or clips to most of the films mentioned.