Undefended: Old Age

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Undefended: Old Age

The average citizen of the West now lives nearly twice as long as he did a thousand years ago. An extension of the sunset years has proven disorienting to us, a fact chiefly observable in the growing legality and popularity of physician assisted suicide. This week, give five films which deal lucidly with old age. Not with dying, necessarily, but with the trial and excellence of receiving the gift of long life.

Timothy Lawrence:

  1. All Is Lost
  2. The Great Beauty
  3. Make Way For Tomorrow
  4. Synecdoche, New York
  5. Wild Strawberries

Joseph Gross:

  1. Unforgiven
  2. Up
  3. True Grit (2010)
  4. Noah
  5. The Shawshank Redemption

James Banks:

  1. Gran Torino
  2. The Last of the Mohicans
  3. About Schmidt
  4. The Trip to Bountiful
  5. Manhattan Murder Mystery

Nate Douglas:

  1.  Amour
  2. Lonesome Dove
  3. Get Low
  4. The Straight Story
  5. No Country for Old Men

Thomas Banks:

  1. Driving Miss Daisy
  2. The Winter Guest
  3. Ran (Kurosawa)
  4. In the Bedroom
  5. Wrestling Ernest Hemingway

Remy Wilkins:

  1. The Sacrifice (1986)
  2. Before Midnight (2013)
  3. The Savages (2012)
  4. Never Let You Go (2010)
  5. The Wrestler (2008)

Sean Johnson:

  1. As You Like It (2006)
  2. Ikiru
  3. A.I.
  4. The Royal Tenenbaums
  5. The Quiet American (2002)

Jon Paul Pope:

  1. Magnolia (1999)
  2. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
  3. Titus (1999)
  4. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
  5. Avalon (1990)

Joshua Gibbs:

  1. Let The Right One In
  2. Tokyo Story (Jon Paul thought it, let me pick it)
  3. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  4. Harold and Maude
  5. Babette’s Feast
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