A Movie Lover’s Favorites to help you through the Pandemic #26: Born Yesterday (1950.) Judy Holliday stars in this film and beat Bette Davis in All About Eve and Gloria Swanson in Sunset Boulevard to win the Academy Award. Her performance isn’t like any other you’ve seen on screen. The scene where Judy Holliday beats Broderick Crawford at gin is a classic. After you watch this movie, I hope you love it as much as I do.
A Movie Lover’s Favorites to help you through the Pandemic #25: That Thing You Do (1996.) This charming fable about a 1965 one hit wonder band is written, directed, and stars Tom Hanks. All the things we cherish about him are manifested in this movie. The scene in which the band first hears their song on the radio is one of the best cinematic depictions of joy you’ll ever see. When life and the Pandemic feel overwhelming, watch this movie, and your spirits will be lifted.
Remember that you’re never too old or too anything (sick, busy, etc.), to have wonderful romantic experiences. I’ve had many great romances since my divorce, and I firmly believe there are more in my future. We can find love at any age under any circumstances. If you want romance in your life, don’t give up!
A Movie Lover’s Favorites to get you through the Pandemic #24: Django Unchained (2012.) If you want to better understand the genesis of the Black Lives Matter movement watch this movie. When Tarantino gets it right he amazes. I was so deeply affected by this film I didn’t know what to do with myself. Watch it: Learn, grow, commit.
Don’t forget to embrace joy. I’ve had two friends-with-benefits in my fifties. Each relationship lasted several years, and both brought me great happiness. If I’d decided to date only men who wanted a serious long-term relationship, I would have missed out on many blissful experiences.
A Movie Lover’s Favorites to help you through the Pandemic #23: Amazing Grace (2018.) I saw this film because I needed to get out of the house, but left the theater with my mind blown. Aretha Franklin was making a live gospel album in 1972 at a church in Watts, and the service was filmed. Watch this movie and let her talent and artistry fill your soul.
You’ll save yourself heartache and self-doubt if you remember that not every rejection is personal. I’ve met men who prefer chubby women, and others who only like very slender women. Sometimes you’re just not their type, and it has nothing to do with you.
A Movie Lover’s Favorites to help you through the Pandemic #22: Notting Hill (1999). This delightful film stands above the usual Rom-Com fare because of its wit and intelligence. The protagonist is a man suffering through all the emotions usually depicted by female leads in this genre. Hugh Grant is at his understated best, and the rest of the cast, including Julia Roberts, shines. It will warm you on a cold night
Remember, as in the Bridges of Madison County, love can catch you unaware. Be open. I once met a man on the subway while vacationing in New York City. We loved each other, but the relationship didn’t last. He still occasionally calls and texts. Even if the relationship doesn’t endure, the good feelings may remain for the rest of your life.