Because half of the story happens in the 1960s music scene, this film may not grab the interest of young moviegoers, audience members who consider the 1980s to be ancient. Also, dinosaurs rule the earth right now at the box office. Jurassic World is overshadowing the other new releases. This is a smaller film, well-made and mature. Serious issues are addressed in this biopic. I wanted to know more about how Wilson got hooked up with that grifter shrink. We don't know exactly how he wormed his way into the music star's life and home. But, by the end, you will be grateful to women who do the right thing -- ordinary women who do something extraordinary by challenging intimidating men to help someone in trouble. I'm sure Brian Wilson is grateful. When I saw the movie, the audience looked like an AARP commercial. However, Love & Mercy has four truly fine performances going for it. Paul Dano, John Cusack, Paul Giamatti and Elizabeth Banks are worth watching even if you're too young to remember The Beach Boys. Go see it for the excellent acting.
Yes, I did have a date last night. Let me just say right off that, if you're over 40, online dating is a circle of Hell that Dante never wrote about. Don't get me started. In the last 20 years, I've been romantically interested in a few guys, but the feeling wasn't mutual. Since 2000, I've been asked out twice. The first time, a guy I knew called and wanted to get together, go out and do something special on the night of September 20th, 2008. He stood me up. I remember the date because it was my birthday and I had no other plans. I've been a solo act for a long, long time. I admit that it gets a little tough around the holidays. From Thanksgiving to New Year's Eve, everyone seems to be coupled up. It's like being on Noah's Ark. Folks do festive things two by two all around you. Trying not to fall into a depression because of that is an emotional balancing act similar to walking a tightrope made of tinsel. Come New Year's Eve, I watch couples kiss at the stroke of midnight and I wait till it's five minutes past. Then, I can exhale. The holiday season has reached its climax and will no longer underline the fact that I'm a single man. And have been since my partner passed in June 1994.
But last night, I had a date. A very cool fellow I met last week at a church benefit treated me to a movie, pizza, terrific conservation and a hug. On the face of it, you wouldn't call ours a "sexy" date. But he did make me feel special. As we walked down 23rd Street in Manhattan after the movie and pizza, I looked at couples out on a Saturday night in June. I smiled and thought to myself, "Wow. For a few hours tonight, I'm half of a couple too."
What a great feeling.