Today they talk movies and play a film themed game. It’s cinematic.
Millie: Well, hi there, Boo.
Boo: Hi, friend! Nice to see you.
Millie: Seen any good movies lately?
Boo: Ha! You know I have. I always wonder if you’ll like the movies I like.
Millie: I’m sure probably some of them. We might not be seen as similar by the AI that’s serving us our options, but I think we have a lot in common.
Boo: I’d like to think so. Maybe we should compare notes a little. What makes a movie appealing to you?
Millie: Hmmm. For me personally, it’s the visual and production aspect of a movie that grabs me. Then, I always consider whether the characters (or real people if it’s a documentary) are relatable. I also think the soundtrack makes a huge difference in terms of emotional impact.
Boo: Wow – good answer. I definitely value a lot of that. Especially character relatability and musical choices. I think for me there’s another thing; I’m obsessed with dialogue (or how articulate people are in a documentary). You already know I’m a giant word-nerd, so I guess that’s not too surprising.
Millie: Nope – not surprising. Hey, you want to play a movie game?
Boo: What do you mean?
Millie: We go back and forth naming some favorite movies. But we have to say why. And it has to be quick. Just the first thing that jumps out at you, not necessarily the award winners. I mean, they can be but let’s just see which ones we think of because they obviously meant something to us.
Boo: Alright, I’m in. But only if you go first.
Millie: OK, here I go—The Royal Tenenbaums because I love the use of colors and the production design and dysfunctional families are always relatable.
Boo: You took one of mine! Ok, ok. Hoop Dreams because the cycle of hope and despair was so real, I love basketball and it was an incredibly layered look into the struggles of inner-city life in America. Just an unforgettable documentary that made me care so much about the people.
Millie: Wow, I will check that one out. Alright, my next one is Marie Antoinette because the costuming is amazing, and I liked that I could see into history but that it was also a modern take on a period piece.
Boo: Haven’t seen it, but I will now. I’m digging into the Tracy & Hepburn catalogue and pulling out Desk Set because it’s an intellectual romance against the backdrop of New York City, the television business and the birth of the computer. I love the wit, the chemistry between the actors and the workplace comedy dynamics.
Millie: I knew that one was coming! Ok. The Way, Way Back because I enjoy films that show family drama, relatable loneliness and adults who act like kids. The mixture of comedy and drama was so well-balanced.
Boo: I loved that movie! Philadelphia was unforgettable to me. Fantastic performances from Denzel Washington and Tom Hanks, courtroom drama, heartbreaking look at the AIDS crisis and a song for the ages from Bruce Springsteen.
Millie: Sounds amazing and I will watch it. My last one already—Pride and Prejudice, the recent one with Keira Knightly. So, I love the book, you already know I love period pieces, it’s about a culture that seems so distant to our current society and yet there are so many similar patterns. Also, I identify strongly with the main character, Lizzie Bennet.
Boo: You do remind me of her, I have to say. Alrighty, I’m winding this up with Life, Animated, a documentary that changed my understanding of how a true story could be told on film. The narrative about an autistic young man and his affinity for animated films is poignant and honest, the love in the family portrayed is transcendent and the exquisite drawing and animation are almost supernatural. I probably shouldn’t have watched it for the first time on an airplane, because I was weeping in front of strangers.
Millie: What a perfect note to end on. Great game!
Boo: Loved it!
At Amava, we believe that age does not define us. We favor actual interactions and honest relationships over clichés like the one about Millennials and Boomers being at odds, at cultural loggerheads or at war. The Millennial and Boomer (get it?) are two friends having conversations about things that matter—work, social issues, money, relationships, travel and more. They were nice enough to write some of it down for us so you can be entertained and perhaps enlightened by their sharing and comparing. We hope it inspires you to start conversations of your own.