Solos feature 7 solo performances

Solos, on Prime Video, is a series of 7 short episodes. They are mostly a single character conversing with an AI, although some have a second human actor present at times. The episodes tackle memory, love, loneliness, isolation, time travel, and space travel.

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Review: Collateral Beauty

Collateral Beauty tells a story about grieving with Will Smith and an all-star cast behind him in supporting roles. It’s a heart-warming, tear-jerker of a tale about recovering from the loss of a child.

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Watch This: Trailer for The Good Liar

The Good Liar is one of those rare movies featuring grown-ups in a romantic suspense story that promises some surprises. It puts Ian McKellan and Helen Mirren in the same film for the first time ever.

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Review: The Hundred-Foot Journey

The Hundred-Foot Journey recently showed up on Netflix. I always want to see anything with Helen Mirren, and this film is no exception. After I watched it on Netflix, I realized most streaming services are carrying it now, so your favorite one probably has it available.

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Watch This: Teaser for The Leisure Seeker

Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland star in The Leisure Seeker. It’s the story of a couple who take off on an adventure in their ageing motor home, which they call “The Leisure Seeker.” Continue reading “Watch This: Teaser for The Leisure Seeker”

Review: Greenfingers

Imagine my delight when I cranked up Amazon Video and saw two Helen Mirren films sitting there side by side. Greenfingers from 2000 looked like a bit of fluff. Eye in the Sky from 2015 looked dead serious. I went with fluff. Continue reading “Review: Greenfingers”

Surprise! Old People are Underrepresented in Film

A new study from the Media, Diversity and Social Change Initiative at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism provides the data showing what we all know already – older people are ignored, underrepresented, or trivialized in film. Continue reading “Surprise! Old People are Underrepresented in Film”

Women Led Movies In Theaters this Weekend

Amid all the new movies out this week are three that feature female leads. If you are thinking of going to a theater as part of your weekend, one of these three would be a great choice. Continue reading “Women Led Movies In Theaters this Weekend”

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 Eye in the Sky

Except for the star Helen Mirren, Eye in the Sky isn’t my usual movie type to promote. This military thriller explores some important current moral issues, however, and that makes it interesting to me. Eye in the Sky deals with drone warfare.

The US uses drones to kill people almost every day. It isn’t something that makes the news, but it’s happening. This film looks as the ethical and moral questions raised by this type of warfare. Continue reading “Watch This: Trailer for Eye in the Sky”