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Graying Audience Returns to Movies
New York Times ^ | 2/25/11 | Brooks Barnes

Posted on 02/27/2011 10:21:57 PM PST by dr_lew

LOS ANGELES — Hollywood and older Americans have never had much use for each other. The 50-plus crowd doesn’t go to opening weekends or buy popcorn; a youth-obsessed Hollywood has happily ignored them.

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Society; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: boomers; movies
I felt inspired to post this since it's Oscar night, and because of my personal movie experiences this weekend.

I had taken notice of BLACK SWAN, going so far as to read the Wikipedia synopsis ( flagged as too detailed, ) which made me decide I knew enough, until my wife mentioned that she wanted to see and reminded me that we had talked about it ... we had? Well, this was momentous. No doubt would we go see it, as we did Saturday night. But that day I saw this article, which in fact mentions BLACK SWAN as being a favorite of oldsters, which I thought was quite a coinky-dink.

So, we saw it. I did like it, and even thought the ending was rather moving, but the whole experience was different than what I expected. I had been furtively peeking at the publicity photos, particularly one that Drudge featured of Portman in her black tutu, which I found to be quite (ahem) captivating. So, I imagined the movie would be rather erotic and stimulating.

No such luck. In fact it was what I would call anti-erotic, notwithstanding that it included various sexual encounters. I don't know what it is. That picture was as far as I could go, I guess. Well, I had a nice night out with my wife, and then Natalie Portman won Best Actress, so that was exciting. Also, at the theater I noticed other details from the article. It was an older audience, and nobody had popcorn, and then I actually saw someone texting during the movie! What excitement.

But the article also happened to mention "a heavily promoted teenage science fiction movie". What was this? I wondered. Well, it's I AM NUMBER FOUR, which I had maybe vaguely heard of. So as an exploratory research project, I went to see this tonight. I thought it was very cliched and pedestrian. The various scenes were reminscent of everything from E.T. to Buckaroo Banzai and the teen romance dynamic could have been from the fifties. This latter fact was rather reassuring actually, as I had been expecting something more edgy.

So there you have it.

1 posted on 02/27/2011 10:22:01 PM PST by dr_lew
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To: dr_lew

The star in Black Swan is a Bush hater and a lib.


2 posted on 02/27/2011 10:30:30 PM PST by Frantzie (HD TV - Total Brain-washing now in High Def. 3-D Coming soon)
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To: Frantzie

How about stop the gratutious sex and incessant liberal messages in movies? That would help bring back some older folks.

And what about religious or historic themed movies? Isn’t it a fact that “The Passion of the Christ” is one of the biggest hit movies of all time? Yet we haven’t seen anything like it in the seven years since it was released. But how many movies have been made such as Brokeback and the current movie, don’t remember the title, about lesbian families, which we’re supposed to go see to prove how tolerant we are.

I suspect that more than a few older folks are repelled by movies about homosexual cowboys and lesbian mothers and storylines in which casual sex is just accepted. Some people don’t want that stuff shoved down their throat, so they stay away from the movies. None of this is rocket science. It’s liberal Hollywood putting liberalism ahead of other considerations in making movies.


3 posted on 02/27/2011 10:41:19 PM PST by Dilbert San Diego
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To: dr_lew

I’ll probably go see the next John Wayne movie, but nothing before then.


4 posted on 02/27/2011 10:42:00 PM PST by Licensed-To-Carry (Hey Obama! All you have done is awaken a sleeping giant and filled us with a terrible resolve!!)
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To: dr_lew
Sez who?

I'm 47, was a big movie goer until the late 90s.

In the 21st century, I have been to theaters for FOUR films...

The Passion of the Christ

Master and Commander

United 93

and Star Trek.

5 posted on 02/27/2011 10:48:46 PM PST by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

Well how about THE KING’S SPEECH sweeping the Oscars? Isn’t this a conservatively themed picture? Certainly the speech itself is, and it was played over top of the introductory clips of the ten nominees for Best Picture.


6 posted on 02/27/2011 10:55:32 PM PST by dr_lew
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To: Dilbert San Diego

I have a relative that is in a senior residential living facility and when the young staff puts on videos of contemporary movies it causes huge problems. The generations in this facility never watched nor accepted any movies or media containing gratuitous sex or violence. I am working with another family member to try and bring some healthy choices for them. The men don’t want to watch all the chick fliks and the women don’t want to watch the WWII movies... so offer separate viewing... LOL... funny how even when Alzheimer’s takes your precious memories, your basic values and what you love are still there!


7 posted on 02/27/2011 11:04:32 PM PST by antceecee (Bless us Father.. have mercy on us and protect us from evil.)
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To: dr_lew

I might have been to two movies in the theater in 10 years. Besides the lame-brainess of even the advertisements, you have to maneuver various series of unpredictable steps in the dark. The dorks in front of you talk the whole time because they’re as bored as you are. Most of the award winners this year I never heard of, or the movie titles. If I want to see a good movie, I pop in “Red Dawn” or “The Patriot” or “Loony Toons”. Th-that’s all, folks!


8 posted on 02/27/2011 11:05:01 PM PST by PistolPaknMama
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To: dr_lew

I loved, absolutely LOVED, the King’s Speech, and I’m glad it won all those awards.

Although I could have done without the producer thanking his “boyfriend.”

Ed


9 posted on 02/27/2011 11:06:40 PM PST by Sir_Ed
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To: dr_lew

I haven’t been to a movie theater in nearly a decade and I have no interest in ever going again. If I really want to watch a movie, I can wait until it’s out on DVD.


10 posted on 02/27/2011 11:07:02 PM PST by AlaskaErik (I served and protected my country for 31 years. Progressives spent that time trying to destroy it.)
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To: antceecee

My aunt has Alzheimer’s and she responds very well to Casablanca, especially in her group. It’s cool for the guys because Bergman is hot, and for the women, Bogart. (I’m below 30 and admit Bergman sure looked great back then)


11 posted on 02/27/2011 11:08:53 PM PST by max americana
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To: max americana

Amazing to me how certain movies and music elicits really great response. I am going to work on increasing the opportunities for my loved one to enjoy media that helps her.


12 posted on 02/27/2011 11:13:15 PM PST by antceecee (Bless us Father.. have mercy on us and protect us from evil.)
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To: dr_lew

The last time we went to the movies was in December. I won movie tickets for the whole family and my husband picked the 3rd Narnia movie to go see. If I didn’t win those tickets I would have just bought the DVD for him.. I’m still planning on buying it.


13 posted on 02/27/2011 11:13:57 PM PST by Trillian
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To: Sir_Ed
That's why it won. Here we thought it was for artistic reasons and now it turns out the producer is a flamer....geez
14 posted on 02/27/2011 11:16:08 PM PST by Outlaw Woman
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To: dr_lew

I thought this year’s awards show was classy and went over really well. Most of the award winners seemed genuinely humble, and often witty.

Amazingly, nobody made an ass of himself except maybe for one minor recipient (short documentaries or something) who got in a brief gripe about no rich bankers going to jail.


15 posted on 02/27/2011 11:17:33 PM PST by haroldeveryman
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To: dr_lew

Hollywood has never been so irrelevant, at least to this boomer.
The only movies I see are whatever happens to be on when I’m on the treadmill or folding laundry. I think the more we have to see, the less we want to see it. There are too many choices and not enough time. Hardly any of it is worth the precious time it consumes.


16 posted on 02/27/2011 11:27:15 PM PST by giotto
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To: dr_lew
I noticed a shift on the perspective of the older generation in films.

For decades past, older people such as parents, were often represented in a negative light. But as the Baby Boomers got older there was a shift that today makes them look cool, and that we should have greater consideration for them.

So it is evidenced that when it was their time of youth the boomers could not be bothered with older people, but that has greatly changed now that they are older.

17 posted on 02/27/2011 11:40:47 PM PST by Berlin_Freeper
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To: dr_lew
"Graying Audience Returns to Movies"

I call that mostly B.S. and probably a lot of wishful thinking.

I've only been to a theater to see a movie twice in the past 25 years - that because 99.5% of all movies made in the past 25 years have been pretty much garbage with no redeeming moral value. On top of that, most of my friends in their 60's and 70's, are just like we are - they avoid recent movies like the plaque that almost all are.

My movie fare comes from old tapes bought at garage sales and second-hand stores, and a few of the 'classics' on Netflix.

18 posted on 02/27/2011 11:41:02 PM PST by Ron C.
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To: haroldeveryman
I thought this year’s awards show was classy and went over really well.

I agree! Although I only watched the last hour or so, having been out at the theater to see the 7PM CST showing of I AM NUMBER FOUR. The set looked real good, and so did Anne Hathaway ... who is she anyway? The Saturday and Sunday shows I attended had trailers advertising her Oscar appearance with James Franco.

Hah. I see she was the White Queen in the recent ALICE IN WONDERLAND, which seems to be the only movie of hers I've seen.

19 posted on 02/27/2011 11:54:35 PM PST by dr_lew
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To: Frantzie

Dream on, Hollywood. Movie theaters are going the way of the NY Times.


20 posted on 02/28/2011 4:05:31 AM PST by AdaGray
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To: AdaGray

Oscars are awarded by the irrelevant to the overpaid.


21 posted on 02/28/2011 4:11:38 AM PST by kittymyrib
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To: dr_lew

I’ll be in a theater on April 15 to see Atlas Shrugged Part One. Trailers look awesome.


22 posted on 02/28/2011 4:16:49 AM PST by DocRock (All they that TAKE the sword shall perish with the sword. Matthew 26:52 Gun grabbers beware.)
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To: dr_lew
Black Swan could have done without the oral sex lesbian scene.

That kind of stuff used to be reserved for the 3 am dark alley crowd. Now it seems to be accepted. Gross.

23 posted on 02/28/2011 4:30:37 AM PST by what's up
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To: dr_lew

Keep good movies coming like The King’s speech and True Grit and they will come.


24 posted on 02/28/2011 5:00:45 AM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: dr_lew

I went to see The Eagle and I Am Number Four. 4 was definitely a teeny flick, not that appealing to this 44 Y.O.

The Eagle was excellent though, I love historical dramas, my fondness for such subjects increasing as I get older.


25 posted on 02/28/2011 7:09:09 AM PST by Brett66 (Where government advances, and it advances relentlessly , freedom is imperiled -Janice Rogers Brown)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

Obama Hollywood and Obama TV can go to h*ll. I will not watch any of their crap. The last good film I saw was German and Rush was a big proponent of it. The Lives of Others. I avoid any British movies now because they push a PC and gay agenda in almost every movie.

Hollywood is garbage. People here posting about legend Kirk Douglas. The guy was always slime and the son is a huge lib.


26 posted on 02/28/2011 8:36:40 AM PST by Frantzie (HD TV - Total Brain-washing now in High Def. 3-D Coming soon)
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