August 21, 2018

It's the Year of the Documentary!   Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Mister Rogers and Whitney Houston are just a few getting the big-screen treatment.  Now can be added Magic Music.  Uhhh…who?

Unless you happened to live in the Boulder, Colorado area in the early 70s, the band’s name may not be familiar.  TV writer-producer Lee Aronsohn (Murphy Brown, The Big Bang Theory) nev...

August 4, 2018

Four years ago Boomer Revue watched the figure skating gala at the Sochi winter Olympic Games and heard what we still believe is one of the most beautiful songs ever written.  Canada’s silver medalist ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir personified athleticism and grace as they skated to Rihanna’s hit “Stay,” featuring a solo by Mikky Ekko, one of the ballad’s co-writer...

June 10, 2018

Perfectly cast ensembles explore the joy, mystery and pain of love in two very different films. 

A fresh take on Anton Chekhov’s 1895 roundelay of unrequited love at an idyllic country estate, The Seagull features a splendid Annette Bening as Irina, a grand Russian stage actress whose vivacity can't disguise her fears of aging and loss.  She recognizes competition for her l...

March 15, 2018

Last year in The New Yorker, Tom Batten jokingly described the tactics TV critics have attempted in order to get him to watch The Americans.  Among them: sending a pizza, which after eating he discovers obligates him to view at least three episodes, and hiring a skywriter to reproduce a glowing review of the series above Batten’s house.  Boomer Revue does not encourage this...

January 21, 2018

The Irish singer-songwriter, born Andrew Hozier-Byrne on St. Patrick’s Day, burst onto the scene in late 2013 with the viral video for “Take Me to Church.”  Van Morrison a favorite?  You just might become as enamored of Hozier’s music as Boomer Revue.

Hozier songs feature breathtaking lyrics and addictive melodies, and some are socially conscious.  The County Wicklow na...

November 12, 2017

If you’d ever seen Linda May whiz past in her vintage 

Jeep Cherokee hauling a trailer, her adorable spaniel, Coco, beside her, you might have thought, Ahhh, that’s the life.  But as revealed in Jessica Bruder’s riveting and important book, this particular route exacts a heavy toll.

May, 65, is one of tens of thousands, many in their fifties, sixties and even seventies, who...

October 16, 2017

Addie Moore is clearly forthright, tho even she momentarily hesitates before suggesting to her similarly widowed neighbor, Louis Waters, that he come over and they sleep together. She means it literally.  Just talking, falling asleep beside each other, because “the nights are the worst, don’t you think?”   

Kent Haruf’s haunting final novel is a favorite of Boomer...

August 22, 2017

“I just never got along with the computer screen,” says the late playwright Sam Shepard, discussing the tangible pleasures of his Hermes 3000—feeding in paper, finger-cupping keys, ink flying pshoo! onto the page.  Fellow typewriter enthusiasts in Doug Nichol’s terrific, multilayered documentary include the knowledgeable Tom Hanks, who introduces a few favorites from his co...

July 31, 2017

If you’re going to Mississippi / Where that Delta sky is sweet & clear…Travel not on the schedule, you could just listen to this long-awaited, exuberant collaboration between friends and blues greats, Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’.  Kevin Moore (Keb’) was a student when he first saw Henry Saint Clair Fredericks (Taj) performing at a high school assembly.  Between then and now, the...

July 12, 2017

Chris Evans takes a break from Captain America heroics to portray a boat mechanic raising his lively seven-year-old niece on the Florida coast.  Played by cutie pie McKenna Grace, Mary is burdened only by false eyelashes thick as toothbrush bristles and would happily remain home-schooled by her uncle.  And hanging out with the scene-stealing Fred, a one-eyed orange tabby ba...

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We’re the influential generation that marched for civil rights, women’s liberation and to stop war, gathered at Woodstock, tuned in, turned on and dropped out, so why does it sometimes feel like Baby Boomers don’t get much love in the entertainment realm? 

But there is grownup fare to be found, and Boomer Revue highlights a few current offerings that may engage, inform, delight, move or simply refresh one’s spirit. 

I’m a Boomer myself and have written about film, TV and books for publications such as The New York Times, People and LIFE. I hope these selections also appeal to other demographics — welcome generations X and the Greatest!  Because ultimately Boomer Revue is about quality entertainment.               

Marlene McCampbell

Beth Hart

Judy Collins