Some favorites from Amazon

Monday, February 7, 2011

Driving Miss Daisy - Jessica Tandy, Morgan Freeman

Rating: 10 arthritic fingers up (but, with a caveat).

 Morgan Freeman and Jessica Tandy really bring this gem of a movie to life. As an old fashioned elderly white woman born and raised in the South, Miss Daisy (Jessica Tandy) is fully against the idea of having a chauffeur - enter Morgan Freeman as the wonderful character "Hoke."

Driving Miss Daisy follows these two central characters from the 1940's until the 1970's. The story encompasses some Civil Rights movement issues and handles them very well. Throughout the 30 years, we see Miss Daisy and Hoke become, not just boss and driver, but true friends of the heart.

Caveat: The ending of this wonderful movie might be difficult if your senior loved one is becoming 'memory challenged.'

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Saturday, February 5, 2011

City Slickers - Billy Crystal

Rating: 9 arthritic fingers up

I'll admit it - I'm a Billy Crystal fan. To me, he's like a Robin Williams without the drugs. I love his ad libs in City Slickers - like when his horse starts walking backward and he calls it the 'moon walk.'

City Slickers is a very fun, very easy to follow movie about three friends who are each in their own throes of a mid-life crisis. So, for vacation, they decide to go to a dude ranch and drive cattle. The most powerful thing either of these men have driven is a car...

The movie follows them as they drive cattle across the New Mexico and their antics and conversation as they work through their individual women problems is just delightful.

The jokes come very fast but they're not very obscure which should help your favorite senior citizen follow the dialogue.

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