The question that arises every day when you have free time is: what movie watch? This is a question that haunts all ages and the offer of streaming platforms is so great that it doesn’t help the choice at all. Listed below are some viewing proposals aimed at senior: they are divided by genre, but there are some animated films to watch with the grandchildren.
True stories and biopics
Changelings is a film directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Angelina Jolie. It is about the true story of a woman whose son disappeared in 1926. She was brought back a child, but she was not hers: when she said so, she was committed because she was believed to be mentally ill.
The story of Nicki Laudathe Formula 1 champion is known to many of the over 60 generation. In the film rushdirected by Ron Howard, talks about his rivalry with James Hunt and all the vicissitudes that have characterized these two athletes on the track, played by Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Bruhl.
Everyone knows the scientist Stephen Hawkingboth for his groundbreaking discoveries and for his sympathy that led him to play himself in Star Trek: Next Generation And The Big Bang Theory. The theory of everything tells his biographical story: scientific theories, primarily the one on black holes, the love story with his wife Jane and the degenerative disease that forced him into a wheelchair, taking away the use of his voice but not the desire to study .
You can laugh and smile in European romantic comedies. How Soul Kitchen by Fatih Akin, which tells of two brothers working in a restaurant: one is dutiful, but understands little about cooking, the other is on probation. An encounter with a very good but smoking chef, a scam real estate agent and a very special doctor changes their lives.
How does one survive the death of a spouse? In She still talks to me, Pupi Avati tells of a loss but at the same time of the “alive” presence of his deceased wife for a sensitive and cultured widower. Who decides to write an autobiography with the help of a ghostwriter. He is played by a very great Renato Pozzetto in very serious clothes, Stefania Sandrelli and Fabrizio Gifuni.
Hannah and her sisters is one of the masterpieces of the 80s Woody Allen. Starring Mia Farrow, Barbara Hershey and Dianne West it is about the intertwining stories of three sisters over a year from one Thanksgiving to the next. Hannah, the eldest, is an accomplished woman professionally and as a wife and mother, while Lee is a former alcoholic living with a much older man and Holly is a former drug addict who continues to pursue an acting career in vain. But perhaps fate has some surprises in store for them.
- Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me
For those who saw the original series but missed out on this prequel film and 2017 sequel, this film is the perfect pick-up where you left off. Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me by David Lynch has been called a metaphysical horror. The film consists of two parts: the investigation into a murdered girl and the last week of the life of Laura Palmer, the young girl at the center of the series.
Halfway between thriller and horror, this film is the directorial debut of Jordan Peele. Starring an incredibly talented cast (Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford, Catherine Keener and Caleb Landry Jones), Run away – Get Out tells of two boyfriends, he African American and she Caucasian and wealthy, who go to meet her family. However, the young woman’s home is a disturbing place where their liberal and radical chic parents move, but they hide a dark secret.
It’s a 2022 film inspired by a long story by Stephen King. Mr Harrigan’s Phone is played by Donald Sutherland and Jaeden Martell and tells of the special friendship between a ruthless very old businessman and a little boy who reads him novels because his eyesight is not what it used to be. One day the man dies, but the young man keeps calling him to ask for help which always comes in a tragic way.
Directed by Frank Oz, Funeral Party is a delightful British comedy of errors starring several character actors and the actor of the Game of Thrones Peter Dinklage. The film tells of the funeral of a family man who hides a thorny secret, a secret that will emerge in the middle of the funeral banquet.
Remaining in Europe, this film is now a recent comedy classic. The cretin dinner tells of a group of wealthy professionals who once a week organize a dinner with very special guests: people they consider stupid. It is a very funny film that bans political correctness.
Speaking of outlawing political correctness, no one succeeds more than Sacha Baron CohenBritish actor known for his excessive characters. The dictator it is precisely about the head of the fictional rogue state of Wadiya, Commander Aladeen, who is to undertake a trip to the United States. But what he doesn’t know is that there are those who are conspiring against him.
To watch with the grandchildren
- Appointment in Belleville
It’s an animated film by Sylvain Chomet, but the ideal would be to see it after the age of 8, so if you have grandchildren of this age or older. Appointment in Belleville is the extraordinary story of a young man who, left alone with his grandmother and a dog, has always dreamed of participating and winning the Tour de France. But he is kidnapped by a mysterious organization. The grandmother and the dog, in the company of three elderly singers, Les Triplettes, will try to save him.
Here too there is a recommended viewing age: at least 6 years, not only due to the fact that this film portrays events that could be frightening to the little ones, but also to understand the depth of the story also thanks to the help of grandparents. The enchanted city by Hayao Miyazaki is the story of a family that gets lost along a wrong path. Daughter Chihiro will venture into the enchanted city that gives its name to the film, while her parents will be transformed into pigs: it will be up to the girl to try to save them.
What do pets do when humans aren’t home? Simple: they live unspeakable adventures. Talk about this Pets – Animal life (and its sequels do too), which by the way is also suitable for very young children. The protagonist Max is a little dog who doesn’t digest the arrival of another four-legged friend at home. But there are much bigger troubles that these two dogs and their friends will have to face: for example the evil dogcatcher. While in the English-language original the characters are voiced by Kevin Hart, Steve Koogan or Ellie Kemper, in Italy the voices of Alessandro Cattelan, Lillo, Francesco Mandelli and Laura Chiatti were used, among others.
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