Geezer Rage: What Happens When The Latest Generation Of Movie Stars Get Their AARP Cards?


I know ‘geezer teasers’ have been around for a while – you know those old, low-cost, direct-to-digital movies where a main storyline is sloppily executed but an action star. ‘formerly, probably Bruce Willis, showed up for a few minutes to pick up a check. They are cheap to make and with a network of distribution deals to streaming services, they make enough money to fund the next one while also giving streaming services almighty “content” with a recognizable face. They appear to be designed to be auditory wallpaper; the kind of movie you put on so you can work. Dead End, Dog Hair, Out of Death, Cosmic Sin, Breach, Midnight in Switch Grass, Hard Kill – does any of them ring a bell? All Willis vehicles, with Bruno sliding in his madness on the back of the modern equivalent of the low-end Italian of the 70s (or, frankly, the kind of B-fillers of the golden age of the American studio system. ). Despite all the talk of how streamers are changing the types of movies that are made, what they really seem to be doing is providing the mid-budget playground that has always been a hallmark of mainstream cinema.

I think part of the disconnect is the pervasiveness of the populist wisdom that things aren’t going well in our entertainment industry and “we’re not doing it the way we used to.” The truth is, we do. Not to say that there aren’t issues specific to our time (we’ve never had what is essentially an undisputed monolith like Disney in the past), but rather to say that every generation believes it’s is the last bastion of good taste. I think there are as many great films made this year as any year, but time has not had a chance to fully reveal the dozen or so masterpieces among the hundreds and hundreds of. films released this year (and every year).

If it is true that the flow of products is reminiscent of the genre programmers of the 1950s to the 1960s, then it must follow that among the venal product there is an occasional gem – even the author in slums or about to emerge. I’m not sure if it’s just me getting older and more easily identifying with these aging artists – and that’s certainly true of the music where new releases by Leonard Cohen, Bryan Ferry, and Bruce Springsteen are likely to make me. crying over needle drop – but 2021 features several ‘geezer rage’ movies that I found fascinating in one way or another. at Guy Ritchie man’s anger will even be part of my “best of” list of the year. The mega-budget No time to die. It’s always worse than good but, as you know, almost everything is worse than good. If all was well, after all, nothing would be. Here are seven films on aging out of play, seven portraits of a melancholy that has become acceptance: acceptance of our mortality; the acceptance that we have suffered unimaginable losses as a canoe takes too much water; the acceptance that we don’t have time to make changes anymore and it’s now up to someone else to decide.



Halle Berry (55) ‘s debut directorial / vanity project finds the star as an ex-MMA fighter on her luck, in an abusive relationship, brought back to the ring when forced to look after her. little child. The mechanics are rote and familiar, right down to multiple training rigs, but what’s interesting about it isn’t just Berry’s willingness to get rid of her in the scree, but how when she is a woman in these scenarios, the emphasis seems to be on restoring a family bond through redemptive rather than punitive acts. Acts of healing as opposed to acts of violence. I can’t in a good conscience say the movie is good, but sometimes the familiarity is good enough.

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Don’t breathe 2 reunites with the great Stephen Lang (69) reprising his role of blind ex-Navy SEAL and serial killer / rapist Norman Nordstrom eight years after the events of the first film, raising a little girl on his own when crazed bikers arrive, murder his dog, and kidnap his load. The violence is out of proportion as one would expect from an image produced by Fede Alvarez, and a few of the plot points bolster credibility – but Lang is good at everything he does and restoring that. “Family” foresees some of the most rowdy and raunchy ones. horror times of the year.

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The unforgivable is that of Sandra Bullock (57) Right time. She plays the murderer Ruth Slater, freed from a passage in the enclosure to return to extreme poverty, unemployment, and in search of her little sister whose guardian she was when Ruth killed a cop. Simple potboiler stuff with Jon Bernthal playing up the guy like a goofy love interest, all of the individual elements of it are pretty mundane, but it’s worth a look just for a resolution that isn’t a hail of. gunshots and firecrackers, but something as simple and powerful as a responsibility, and a sincere apology.

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Anybody makes Bob Odenkirk (59) another one of those stealthy villains in a world closer to John Wick’s (Keanu Reeves is 57) than ours. It’s a Fall vanity where an ordinary guy with an ordinary life is pushed beyond his limits. A thrilling brawl on a bus where a bunch of brothers get their butt cheeked is as fun as when our hero is joined by his father played by Christopher Lloyd (83) and his pal played by Rza (52) to inflict maximum damage on their Russian gangster enemies. A lousy wish that serves the same purpose as gladiatorial fights and other bloodthirsty sports, Anybody does nothing other than reflect who we are right now: riding a hair on the trigger, constantly, on the verge of physical altercation.

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Potsy Poncirroli’s old henri features Tim Blake Nelson (57) as a lean land farmer who leads a life with his teenager when he runs into an injured stranger with a satchel full of cash. A beautiful movie that manages to be elegiac and romantic at the same time, when the bad guys come in for their money, the standard vanity of movies like this – that the Old Man is in fact a seasoned killer – falls into place and the order is restored in the male tradition. To paraphrase Alex Winter on Twitter, sometimes I like a lot more than I care about originality and old henri is immensely satisfying on all levels.

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man’s anger might be easy to overlook considering that the only person who appears in these old guys movies more than Bruce Willis is Jason Statham (54) (or Liam Neeson (69)), but it surprises with the depth of his investment the desperation of first of a man trying to escape his criminal past, and then the void of the act of revenge. Best of all, the inciting incident of the film seems to be a product entirely of chance: the film is about fate, karma, kismet if you will – bad or good, everyone ends up with sad stories. . It sounds especially poignant now as we approach a million Americans who have been preventably dead, victims of misinformation, and being in the wrong place at the wrong time. The action is meager and brutal, the grief is palpable.

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But maybe not as palpable as in that of Cary Joji Fukunaga No time to die, the latest photo of Daniel Craig (53) James Bond, and less interested in the heat of the hunt than in the painful consequences of all murder and betrayal. Craig is an exceptional actor and he is asked in this film to portray a range of subtle emotions as he realizes that he has aged out of his profession, that he has lost interest in it and that he understands too late that the only things that matter are a woman. who no longer has confidence in him and a girl he has never known. A magnificent adaptation of the last two completed Ian Fleming Bond novels, this is the best Bond film since On Her Majesty’s Secret Service and for many of the same reasons. If you listen closely No time to die, a sequence where Bond talks with M in a public place is marked by the John Barry theme of this film. A perfect emotional summary of a lost year.

Walter Chaw is the senior film critic for His book on the films of Walter Hill, with an introduction by James Ellroy, is due in 2021. His 1988 film MIRACLE MILE monograph is available now.

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