“It’s good to be alive!” declared a tearful Michael Douglas, the guest of honor at our Movies for Grownups Gala Countdown luncheon in New York on Thursday. Douglas — who told us he’s still cancer-free five years after being diagnosed with tongue cancer — attended with his wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones.
Aside from one lighter-than-air romantic comedy that costars two appealing veteran actors in small roles, this might be an ideal weekend to stay home and catch one of the fine films coming to DVD, Blu-ray and Video on Demand (VOD).
The best movie weekend of the summer is upon us! So buy yourself a day pass to the multiplex and relish the rousing biography of a music legend, a new sci-fi classic and an intimately focused drama with a devastating punch.
Are you as sick and tired as I am of hearing about how this year's Oscars skewed so old? You know: the host was old, the winners were old, the classic movie were old...
Every year my extended family and I have a nationwide Academy Awards Pick 'em. We sit through the ceremony, dutifully checking off actual winners versus our predictions, and then we honor the most accurate prognosticator with congratulatory e-mails.
If you haven't seen "Albert Nobbs" yet, Glenn Close's performance is the reason to do so. She's haunting, with the terror and yearning you can see in her eyes, those windows to the poor soul hidden beneath her carefully-controlled mask of a face. Close's remarkable achievement in portraying a woman passing as a man in "Albert Nobbs" is absolutely worthy of the Best Actress accolades she'll receive at AARP's 11th Annual Movies for Grownups Awards this week. Even in a strong year for performances by lead film actresses -- Viola Davis and Meryl Streep among them -- her characterization stands out as destined to be remembered.
"The Artist" is a nearly silent film that resonates deeply with 50+ viewers who appreciate its classic French cinema feel. Adult viewers will find a visual feast in the film's pastiche of 1920s Hollywood. Jean Dujardin plays the protagonist, a silent movie star whose fortunes fade with the advent of 'talkies', and as demand for silent movies wanes. With a focus on high drama, emotional nuance and human pathos, 'The Artist' is a reminder that the past continues to inform the present, and the persistence of memory serves one of the most powerful human needs; to aestheticise, archive and remember our collective past.
Amazing. Absolutely amazing. This year's list of Oscar nominees is so terrifically, breathtakingly right, I thought I must have been dreaming when they were announced early this morning. I've never come away from the Oscars announcement more satisfied that Hollywood really, really gets it-that the best movies really are movies for grownups.
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