Never Trust Anyone Over 30

Earlier this week Margaret and I saw the recently released movie While We’re Young.  The movie features a good cast of popular actors including Naomi Watts, Ben Stiller, Amanda Seyfried and a very old looking Charles Grodin, among other faces you’d recognize.  Following is the Rotten 128560_oriTomatoes description;   “Noah Baumbach’s comedy While We’re Young stars Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts as Josh and Cornelia, a childless New York married couple in their mid-forties. As their other friends all start having children, the couple gravitates toward a young hipster couple named Jamie  and Darby . He’s an aspiring documentary filmmaker, a vocation Josh already has. Soon the older couple begins enjoying the energy they feel hanging out with the younger generation, but eventually Josh begins to suspect his new best friend might not be as straightforward and trustworthy as he thought.”

We really wanted to like this movie; excellent cast, contemporary subject matter, exciting locations.  Unfortunately we were both disappointed.  The principle characters were not likeable or believable.  While I don’t have to like every character in a movie I do have to believe them.  We also wanted to like the ‘vibe’ of the movie, the hip characters and setting, but it never grabbed us.  For me the most believable character was that played by Charles Grodin even though he was sort of a bastard, but an authentically portrayed bastard.

5512872566_ee0e967ba9So even though I didn’t love this film it got me thinking about how we age, how we compare our age to the generations in front of and in back of our own and how we relate to those generations.  The advent of rapidly changing technology and how each generation uses that technology is the new generation gap.  My baby boom generation grew up with a huge cultural gap brought about by civil rights, opposition to war and radically new fashion/music trends.  Today it’s all about information; how we access it and use it.  And even though we have the same concerns as we did in the sixties and seventies the ‘information age’ has caused changes to happen so rapidly we don’t have time to be involved in the same way we were forty years ago.  However, I am not one to believe ours was the last great generation; every generation believes theirs is the best….that’s human nature.  But I feel we shouldn’t pigeon hole ourselves into basing ones life in only one generation….while we share a time with others born within a given generation that doesn’t mean we need to live only by the beliefs of that particular period.  There’s much to learn from those who came before us and those who have come after.  For technology I love to ask my younger friends for advice while they look to me for answers they themselves don’t posses (financial, career, cultural, etc.).  And if we listen we can learn from those older than ourselves, those who matured before rapidly changing technologies played such a dominant role in our everyday lives.Baby-Boomer-Getting-Old-comic

Where am I going with this post?  I’ve thought about it all day and guess it really boils down to this; learn from those older than ones self…they have a life time of experience; learn from those younger than ones self….they have a different world and self view that may be enlightening.  But most importantly keep learning to keep growing….keep yourself open to new ways of thinking and doing.

Love movies as we do, you had to assume there would be a “mini-Oscar preview” from Margaret….so here it is; her predictions, faves…

First predictions;                                                                                                                                                           “Sunday night….The Oscars. My fave night of the year. I have seen all the nominated films. My predictions (see below for my faves/picks):Screen Shot 2015-02-21 at 1.57.18 PM

Best Picture: Boyhood; Best Actor: Michael Keaton; Best Actress: Julianne Moore; Best Supporting Actor: JK Simmons; Best Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette; Best Director: Richard Linklater; Best Foreign Film: Ida; Best Cinematography: Birdman; Best Costume Design: Grand Budapest Hotel”

Her Faves;                                                                                                                                                              “Now……my Oscar “faves” for a few categories:
Best Picture: Whiplash – wonderful little movie with something for everyone and not a bit of controversy; Best Actor: Eddie Redmayne (Theory of Everything); Best Actress: Juliane Moore (Still Alice) no competition here; Best Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette (Boyhood) she had NO vanity here, what woman would want to watch herself age over 12 years in “real time” and no botox/surgery?!; Best Supporting Actor: JK Simmons (Whiplash) best SOB in years; Best Foreign Language: Ida (personally, one of the BEST of any category); Best Documentary: Life Itself (doc of Roger Ebert’s life – which btw was not even nominated – what a travesty!) Now on to 2015! ; )”

And Peter says; I mostly agree with Margaret’s predictions for winners in the big categories.  Unfortunately winners seldom mean they’re the best in a category; often it means the studio or producers spent the most to promote their film with the Academy voters, which I don’t agree with.  Let the films, actors and production people stand on their own merit (guess I’m an idealist).  That said, this year has no big studio blockbuster up for best picture….mostly smaller films, which is good.  We haven’t seen all the foreign or documentary films…regardless I agree that both Ida and Life Itself are excellent; see them!