ROCKETMAN rocked out this boomer

My girl gang went to the movies this week to see Rocketman, the biopic of Elton John, and we really got our money's worth. Encouraged by how much we enjoyed Bohemian Rhapsody we expected a spectacle just as great. It was a bit of a surprise when, a few minutes into the movie, the child Reggie Dwight pulls off to the side and sings a song. So, be clear, the movie is a musical, not just a movie about a musician. Ordinarily, I'm not a fan of musicals (even though…

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Triple feature: Movies for baby boomer audiences

The two months leading up to the annual Oscar ceremony in Hollywood is pretty much the only time of year movies are released that appeal to baby boomers. From December to mid-February there are actually some decent movies in theatres that don't involve monsters, wall-to-wall violence, sci-fi, zombies or irreversible annihilation of the planet. I've recently viewed three movies up for awards that I think you might find interesting: VICE: Christian Bale is a chameleon. His characterization of former Vice-President Dick Cheney is stunning and so different from the Irving…

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Triple feature: Movies for baby boomer audiences
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My Generation changed history, forever

For ninety glorious minutes one afternoon last week I was twenty years old again. I immersed myself in every delicious minute of (Sir) Michael Caine's documentary My Generation playing at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema on Bloor Street West near Bathurst in Toronto. The film is a macro view of life in swingin' London in the 1960s, the historical genesis and touchstone for baby boomers. The film particularly resonated with me personally because I was in London in September 1967 while traveling around Europe for five months. I had…

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Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 11/9 describes . . . the horror . . . the horror

As if we weren't frightened enough already by what's happening south of the border, Michael Moore just added the finishing touches with his current documentary Fahrenheit 11/9 which is now showing in movie theatres. (Coincidently, I'm also currently reading FEAR by Bob Woodward.) Call me a masochist but watching the fall of the United States of America is fascinating and tragically sad at the same time. We knew when we went to see Fahrenheit 11/9, written, produced and directed by Moore, that it would be an unsettling experience and our…

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Juliet, Naked does not involve nudity (sorry!), but you might want to take a peek anyway.

There's a reason I haven't posted any movie reviews lately. That's because until now there was only one movie in the entire year of 2018 that I thought was worthwhile for baby boomers to see and that was The Book Club. This is not to be confused with The Book Shop which I saw a couple of weeks ago and wasn't worth the price of admission. I went to see The Book Shop is because it starred the wonderful Bill Nighy and was obviously about books so it offered two…

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The Book Club is a pleasant way to pass a couple of hours

It's been eight long months since I've been to a movie theatre as there's simply nothing I've wanted to see. And boomers are traditionally big movie fans. We have so many memories of wonderful Saturday afternoon matinées as kids watching westerns, Looney Tunes and The Bowery Boys. Our movie memories probably also include steaming up the car windows at drive-ins or covertly holding hands with high school crushes in a dark theatre on Saturday evening. Sci-fi, monsters, violence and super heroes are just not my thing. So, I was delighted…

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