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1st American Reserve suggest kick back and go to the Movies - At Home!

Let’s Go to the Movies – At Home!

They’re not making many new movies now – they can’t, -  not with rules about social distancing and face coverings. Even in the fall, you won’t see many new movies in theaters, unless they were already “in the can” before February, like the 25th James Bond film, “No Time to Die,” scheduled to debut in April.  It’s now rescheduled for November 20 in theaters.  So, why not curl up with some “golden oldies” on video?

My friend Gary Alexander lives on a remote island with no theaters nearby, so I sent him some old films he hasn’t yet seen, starting with musicals, since he is a musician who has missed a few musicals since he moved offshore in 2004. One is “The Greatest Showman” (2017) about P.T. Barnum, with Hugh Jackman singing the title role. Jackman is also great in singing the role of Jean Valjean in 2012’s “Les Miserables.”

The Barnum movie also has a connection to the numismatic world in that Barnum was elected mayor of Bridgeport, Connecticut in 1875 and was instrumental in launching the Bridgeport Hospital in 1878. He started his Barnum circus late in life at age 60 and is buried in a Bridgeport cemetery he designed himself.  The Bridgeport Connecticut low-mintage centennial half dollar was issued in 1936 to honor the 100th year of the incorporation of Bridgeport, with the obverse depicting Barnum, the city’s most notable citizen.

Some other movies to consider watching these days include a couple of true-to-life sports histories:

“The Greatest Game Every Played” (2005), a film about U.S. golf pioneer Francis Ouimet, set in 1913, and “Glory Road” (2006) about the all-black 1966 West Texas NCAA championship basketball team.

In more recent years, here are three well-written and produced films about some more eccentric slices of life:

“The Accountant” (2016) starring Ben Affleck as an autistic accountant doubling as an assassin.


“Crazy Rich Asians” (2018), a “Hallmark movie on steroids” about the wealthy youth in Singapore.

“Knives Out” (2019), a mystery starring Daniel Craig investigating a family murder.

For an older favorite, check out the action film featuring Will Smith, “Enemy of the State” (1998).


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