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ACTIVE AGING: FILM CLUB DISCUSSION GROUP

  • Bagel Bin Deli 207 Shirley Avenue Revere, MA 02151 (map)

"We meet every month to discuss current movies. We usually exclude super-hero movies, but suggestions can include everything from romantic comedies to art-house films." New members can contact me by email (bariolevsky@comcast.net) or phone (781-629-3376) for the current list of films.

Recommended Films:
Gloria Bell
An Elephant Sitting Still
The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind

Recommended by Rotten Tomatoes:
How to Train Your Dragon, The Lego Movie 2, Fighting w/ my Family

Since there’s not a lot going on, new-movie-wise, it would be fun to go back and look at some of Julianne Moore’s films:

Still Alice, The Kids Are All Right, Blindness, Far From Heaven and The End of the Affair.

Additionally Suggested Films:

Cold War: Set against the background of the Cold War in 1950s Poland, Berlin,

Yugoslavia and Paris, it's the tale of a couple separated by politics, character flaws and

unfortunate twists of fate - an impossible love story in impossible times. Its depiction of

how artists suffered for their art under communism is insidious and unrelenting.

Glass: Only M. Night Shayamalan could produce a sequel from two different movies.

The good guy is Bruce Willis’s character from Unbreakable. The bad guys are Samuel

L. Jackson (the breakable guy from Unbreakable) and James McAvoy’s 24 personalities

from Split. Must have made it easier to develop a script.

Roma: Alfonso Cuarón (Children of Men, Gravity) presents a deeply personal

film, drawn from his own middle-class Mexico City upbringing in the 1970’s. First-

time actor Yalitza Aparicio plays Cleo, servant, part-time nanny and also at times

a family member. The film reflects Cuaron’s feelings for the network of women

who raised him. Rotten Tomatoes gives this black-and-white film 96%

Stan & Ollie: John C.Riley and Steve Coogan (The Trip to Spain) portray Laurel &

Hardy, one of the world's great comedy teams. It is a tribute to a pair of beloved

entertainers, with an affectionate look behind the scenes.

They Shall Not Die: Peter Jackson (Lord of the Rings trilogy) applies cutting-

edge restoration techniques to authentic World War I footage, creating an historical

portrait in which century-old young souls stare out across the years.

Serenity: No longer playing in the area.

Replaced by:

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part: Everything is not awesome, as

our heroes are attacked by Lego Duplos from out space. Like the original, the humor

and the gorgeous animation make this a kids’ movie that grown-ups will love.

*Traditionally, film producers dump some of their clinkers in February,

presumable thinking no one will pay attention. However, some films still

shine. I’ve got a few of each kind this month—see if you can tell the

difference.--Bari