Reprint: A Good Year for Elder Actors

[This post originally appeared at Time Goes By, written by Ronni Bennett. Thanks to Ronni for allowing me to reprint it here.]

Not infrequently, I grumble out loud around here about how few roles, especially major roles, there are in film for elder actors. Our generation doesn’t get much representation on what in our youth was called the silver screen.

But not so in 2015. As the year-end round-ups of the arts are being published, it is gratifying to see how many of our contemporaries have been not only getting work but in some cases being nominated for awards.

This is a list of some of the biggest names and the movies they have starred in this year. It is in no way meant to be comprehensive, and I arbitrarily chose 65 to be the low-end age cutoff. Maybe you have seen some of these. (A few random trailers included) Continue reading “Reprint: A Good Year for Elder Actors”

Watch This: Trailer for Chi-Raq

Amazon Studios first effort at a movie released to theaters is Chi-Raq, an adaptation of the ancient Greek play Lysistrata by Aristophanes. It’s one of the oldest female-power stories in our culture, this time set against the backdrop of gang violence in Chicago. Women living amid gang war force their desire for peace on their men by withholding sex.

The story synopsis is “After the murder of a child by a stray bullet, a group of women led by Lysistrata organize against the on-going violence in Chicago’s Southside creating a movement that challenges the nature of race, sex and violence in America and around the world.”

Lysistrata isn’t a feminist tale with its assumption that the only importance women have is to provide sex for brave warriors and the only influence women have comes from withholding sex. Chi-Raq doesn’t look like the update it brings will be any less patriarchal in attitude, but perhaps there is hope for some modernism in approach. The film is written by Spike Lee and Kevin Willmott, with Spike Lee directing. That alone will mean Chi-Raq garners plenty of attention.

The cast is impressive: Nick Cannon, Teyonah Parris as Lysistrata, Anya Engel-Adams, Wesley Snipes, Angela Bassett, Michelle Mitchenor, Samuel L. Jackson, Dave Chappelle, and Jennifer Hudson, among many others.

The film will be in theaters on December 4. A month after the film releases in theaters, it will appear on Amazon Instant Video.