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Robot and Frank:

Robot and Frank:

If you have read our book, Suddenly Solo, you know we strongly recommend getting off your butt and putting yourself out there! The public library in my town shows semi-recent and classic films two or three times a week and they’re free!  That’s how I got to see this wonderfully acted, little off-beat comedy. Set

Book Review: Six Years by Harlan Coben

Book Review: Six Years by Harlan Coben

We have written about pursuing our “lost loves” and how it can be part of a natural reaction to achieve some closure (or reopening!) of a previous chapter in our lives. Harlan Coben does a wonderful job of taking this concept and making it part of a satisfying mystery/thriller/love story in Six Years.  College professor

The Lazy Man’s Way to Dental Flossing

The Lazy Man’s Way to Dental Flossing

Our own Suddenly Solo survey revealed that your smile is the first thing women notice about you (this has been validated by similar surveys from many internet dating sites!).  And good oral hygiene makes sense on more than an aesthetic level… gum disease, tooth decay, etc. are no picnic. Besides brushing, flossing is a must

Movie Review: Amour

Movie Review: Amour

Deeply moving and at times incredibly depressing, “Amour” showcases the remarkable acting talents of screen veterans Jean-Louis Trintignant (“A Man and a Woman”) and Emmanuelle Riva (nominated for an Academy Award for her performance). Briefly, these two are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, who is also a musician, lives abroad with her family. One

Movie Review: Quartet

Movie Review: Quartet

Maybe I’m wrong, but it seems to me that there have recently been a number of movies aimed at the 50+ men and women demographic.  Is it possible that the film industry has discovered this expanding movie-going population?  Let’s hope so. The British film people were right on target with last year’s “The Best Exotic

Movie Review: Promised Land

Movie Review: Promised Land

A somewhat heavy-handed, anti-fracking drama that unfolds in the struggling farm country of Pennsylvania, which is sitting on huge reserves of natural gas laden shale. Matt Damon is the company man assigned to get drilling leases from the “simple folk” who find the temptation of lots of much-needed money hard to resist, even if fracking

Movie Review: The Impossible

Movie Review: The Impossible

The 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake was the third most powerful trembler ever recorded by a seismograph.  It was felt as far away as Alaska.  The recorded images of the water from the resultant tsunami racing inland that were taken by tourists are still vivid in the minds of most of us as terrifying reminders of

Movie Review: The Guilt Trip

Movie Review: The Guilt Trip

I guess you have to give the stars, Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogen, credit for effort, but that’s about it for this road trip flick.   Rogen plays Streisand’s son, who will be traveling cross-country in an attempt to get chain stores to carry his eco-friendly cleaning concoction.  He persuades his widowed mother to join

Movie Review: Beware of Mr. Baker

Movie Review: Beware of Mr. Baker

For those who remember the super-group Cream, you will likely enjoy this documentary of their demonic drummer, Ginger Baker.  Suffice it to say that Mr. Baker will never win any awards for being a particularly nice human being (his kids, several wives, band mates and musical contemporaries all agree on this), but at his drug-addled

Movie Review: Django Unchained

Movie Review: Django Unchained

Director Quentin Tarantino puts his own brand on those “spaghetti westerns” of the 1960s with his latest creation, Django Unchained.  His movie uses a lot of the visual and audio touchstones from these early films (the titles, the music), but he updates the entire affair with improved technology, new music and better character development. Jamie

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