"Some Kind of Heaven" is a documentary about The Villages found off I-75 in North Central Florida. Produced by Darren Aronofsky of "Black Swan" and "The Wrestler" fame, "Some Kind of Heaven" looks at the ancient baby boomers seeking the Valhalla Stage of their long lives.
We meet a widow, who is making a life adjustment with the recent loss of her husband. We meet a married couple who must grapple with a new relationship weirdness after celebrating 46 years of marriage, There is a gigolo who lives in a van and seeks the companionship of a single woman with a home and money to burn.
This documentary is very clean, the buildings, homes and multipurpose rooms look like their have been cleaned with tooth brushes. Golf carts provide the majority of transportation from the golf course to the pool to the country club. Advertised as "Disneyland for Retirees," there is a somber feeling that these Villages look like "The Village" from the 1960s Patrick McGhoohan television series "The Prisoner."
While there is a sense of melancholy throughout the film, director Lance Oppenheimer's tone leans towards optimism. While the Gigolo's fate is consistent with his character's behavior, the final scene of Barbara the Widow is touching. She slowly makes new friends and attends a Jimmy Buffet Parrot Head Party. She is alone and dancing by herself, but there is a slight smile on her face as she focuses on her brave, new world.
Last year, "The Last Resort" featured the end of an era for retirees in old South Beach Miami. "Some Kind of Heaven" features the current generation of retirees in North Central Florida at their peak. Sit back and enjoy what David Bowie sang about in his "Golden Years."
One of the cool things about NOT rushing to create a Top Ten List, is that the films that stand the test of time really age like a fine wine. "Working Man" won the Best Ensemble Award. Trooper Talia Shire and Writer/Director Robert Jury were in attendance to accept the award. If 2019 is the last year of "Flicks" as we knew it, it was a year that presented some of the finest blockbusters and independent features in years.
The Peanut Butter Falcon
The Last Resort
Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel
From the Vine
El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie
Happy Trails 2019 & 2020
After writing "Flicks" for the Observer for twenty years, Cinema Dave's column ended one week short of his Top Ten List for 2019. Given how the movie industry imploded from COVID_19, the films of 2019 may be more impactful. Here are the Honorable Mentions for 2019...
Spider-Man: Far from Home