Retirement Wisdom - At the Movies

You may have seen some of these movies, but we look at them a little differently – in them are some powerful messages on retirement.  We're not Siskel & Ebert, but we enjoy sharing our perspective.
November 15, 2017

Our Souls at Night

http://bit.ly/2x2bGKg Together Again –  After 50 Years Jane Fonda and Robert Redford star in this Netflix original film. What’s interesting is that they first paired up 50 years ago in Barefoot in the Park in 1967. While we’ve certainly aged since then, there’s something about observing Hollywood stars grow older on screen – and reconnect. Old Problems, but New Choices and Opportunities This film thoughtfully depicts a number of the challenges we seasoned people can face today, especially loss, caregiving and loneliness. Social isolation has been found to be a major health risk later in life. Fonda plays Addie, a […]
November 15, 2017

The Meyerowitz Stories

http://bit.ly/2w7pm3N This Netflix original has an awesome cast with Dustin Hoffman, Emma Thompson, Ben Stiller, Adam Sandler, Elizabeth Marvel and, briefly, Candice Bergen and Adam Driver. Ben Stiller’s performance was notable. Harold, played by Dustin Hoffman, has just retired as an art professor and is continuing his work as a sculptor. There are signs that a number of lessons, all being learned the hard way, are in progress, although not by Harold. On his fourth marriage, its clear that Harold let his career dominate his time and attention at the expense of family relationships. The effects are seen in his […]
November 15, 2017

The Shift

If you only want to watch one movie to glean valuable lessons on retirement, watch this one. Especially if you are currently still embroiled in the ‘rat race’. This film is adapted from the book of the same name by the late Wayne Dyer, who passed away in 2015. It is set in an interesting resort in California where Dyer goes to work on a new book. A film crew is coming to shoot an interview with Dyer. He notices the hyper-aggressive style of the Director, and chooses to share some of his wisdom and lessons learned about how to […]
November 15, 2017

Five Flights Up

http://bit.ly/1dQBInq Overview: Morgan Freeman plays Alex Carver, an artist, and Diane Keaton portrays Alex’s wife, Ruth, a retired teacher. They met when he painted her as a model while she was a student and he had just returned from Vietnam. They have lived in a fifth-floor walk-up apartment that they love in Brooklyn for forty years.As he’s getting older, Alex is having some difficulty navigating the stairs due to a degenerating hip. As real estate prices have escalated, they consider moving to a building with an elevator. While Alex and Ruth do not consider themselves rich, as Brooklyn has become hip, their apartment is now estimated to […]