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THE ROMEOWS -  (unrated)

2009 - USA - English - 80 minutes - Sarnoff & Associates LLC

Directed by: Robert Sarnoff

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‘Older’ people are using Viagra, hooking up on match.com, running marathons, flying planes and safely ditching them in The Hudson. THE ROMEOWS: RETIRED OLDER MEN EATING OUT WEDNESDAYS tackles the big, murky questions of current-day American life. This group of septuagenarians’ generational perspective connects with NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN and GRAN TORINO, while repelling notions of GRUMPY OLD MEN and THE BUCKET LIST.

These monumental everymen view the world with humor, melancholy, and hope. A billion-plus seconds ago it was 1959, the year they graduated Brooklyn College. It soon becomes evident that these working class immigrant sons of Flatbush feel ‘privileged’. Half a millennium of years and counting, tick at this round table, twirl pasta, munch Chinese noodles, Nathan’s hot dogs-with, break pita and each-others’ chops, as they practice the lost art of conversation.

They've known each other for half a century, with their armory of memories (comic, tragic, dramatic) always trying to leave it all better than it is.

The world at large creeps into their lives via the virtual village of CNN, Maureen Dowd, Savage Nation, ESPN, Facebook and Twitter. Spend real time with these ‘old’ friends who used to talk all night, listen to L.P.’s and drink percolated black coffee. Put all these weathered men together, squint, and you get an amalgam of Tommy Lee Jones, Larry David, Jack Nicholson, Woody Allen and Clint Eastwood, stating truths too sensitive, too honest for their wives or kids.

“When We Get Together We Get Younger”, an original soundtrack, punctuates this inspirational, uplifting love-song, highlighting the fun, affection and intensity of this weathered, vibrant Band of Brooklyn Buddies continuing to continue their affirmation of life.

“I met two of my husbands in the Brooklyn College cafeteria. It must have been the chocolate milk. It was a privilege to sup with The Romeows and be part of this delightful, meaningful film.”
- Adrianne Tolsch, Comedian

“They never lost touch with their deeply humble, humane and humorous Brooklyn roots.” …… “The film is a love letter to friendship and a f--- you to death.”
- Denis Hamill, New York Daily News

“To my parents I owe America. They gave it to me and I leave it to you. Take good care of it.”
– Sam Levenson

NY Times: Rockaways On Film: Salty Tales And Salt Air

NY Times: Men Eating Out, and Filming It

The Wall Street Journal: Chow With the ROMEOWs

NY Daily News: Full plate of memories for 50-year pals

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Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science InstituteDownload larger image version FIRST IMAGE: Images like this one, showing bright wispy streaks thought to be ice revealed by subsidence of crater walls, are leading to the view that Phoebe is an ice-rich body overlain with a thin layer of dark material. Obvious down slope motion of material occurring along the walls of the major craters in this image is the cause for the bright streaks, which are over-exposed here. Significant slumping has occurred along the crater wall at top left. The slumping of material might have occurred by a small projectile punching into the steep slope of the wall of a pre-existing larger crater. Another possibility is that the material collapsed when triggered by another impact elsewhere on Phoebe. Note that the bright, exposed areas of ice are not very uniform along the wall. Small craters are exposing bright material on the hummocky floor of the larger crater. Elsewhere on this image, there are local areas of outcropping along the larger crater wall where denser, more resistant material is located. Whether these outcrops are large blocks being exhumed by landslides or actual 'bedrock' is not currently understood. The crater on the left, with most of the bright streamers, is about 45 kilometers (28 miles) in diameter, front to back as viewed. The larger depression in which the crater sits is on the order of 100 kilometers (62 miles) across. The slopes from the rim down to the hummocky floor are approximately 20 kilometers (12 miles) long; many of the bright streamers on the crater wall are on the order of 10 kilometers (6 miles) long. A future project for Cassini image scientists will be to work out the chronology of slumping events in this scene. This image was obtained at a phase, or Sun-Phoebe-spacecraft, angle of 78 degrees, and from a distance of 11,918 kilometers (7,407 miles). The image scale is approximately 70 meters (230 feet) per pixel. No enhancement was performed on this image. Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science InstituteDownload larger image version SECOND IMAGE: A mosaic of two images of Saturn's moon Phoebe taken shortly after Cassini's flyby on June 11, 2004, gives a close-up view of a region near its South Pole. The view, taken about 13,000 kilometers (8,000 miles) from Phoebe, is about 120 kilometers (74 miles) across and shows a region battered by craters. Brighter material, likely to be ice, is exposed by small craters and streams down the slopes of large craters. The skyline is a combination of Phoebe's shape and the formation of impact craters. Walls of some of the larger craters are more than 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) high. The image scale is 80 meters (264 feet) per pixel. Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science InstituteDownload larger image version THIRD IMAGE: Shown here is a mosaic of seven of the sharpest, highest resolution images taken of Phoebe during Cassini's close flyby of the tiny moon. The image scales range from 27 to 13 meters (90 to 43 feet) per pixel. Smaller and smaller craters can be resolved as resolution increases from left to right. The number of blocks, or bumps on the surface also increases to the right. The Sun is coming from the right, so the bright-dark pattern is reversed between blocks and small craters. Grooves or chains of pits are seen on the left portion of the mosaic, which may mark fractures or faults induced by large impact events. Many of the small craters have bright rays, similar to recent craters on the Moon. There are also bright streaks on steep slopes, perhaps where loose material slid downhill during the seismic shaking of impact events. There are also places where especially dark materials are present, perhaps rich in carbon compounds. Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science InstituteDownload larger image version FOURTH IMAGE: On June 11, 2004, during its closest approach to Phoebe, Cassini obtained this extremely high resolution view of a dark, desolate landscape. Regions of different reflectivity are clearly visible on what appears to be a gently rolling surface. Notable are several bright-rayed impact craters, lots of small craters with bright-colored floors and light-colored streaks across the landscape. Note also the several sharply defined craters -- probably fairly young features -- near the upper left corner. This high-resolution image was obtained at a phase, or Sun-Phoebe-spacecraft, angle of 30.7 degrees, and from a distance of approximately 2,365 kilometers (1,470 miles). The image scale is approximately 14 meters (46 feet) per pixel. 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