Men in a Certain Age

“Men in Black III” includes scenes about two of the greatest events in my lifetime. It so happens that both occurred in 1969. The Amazin’ Mets won the World Series and astronauts from Apollo 11 were the first humans to walk on the moon.

The movie is a very enjoyable ride into the past. A nasty villain time-travels to 1969 to stop Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones) from capturing him. Agent J (Will Smith) follows suit to stop the villain from killing the younger Agent K (Josh Brolin). Brolin’s performance is the highlight of the film. His portrayal of the agent who will become a curmudgeon is perfect. My wife and I also loved an alien named Griffin (Michael Stuhlbarg) who steals every scene he’s in.

The time-travelers use the Chrysler Building as their launch pad into the past. When they arrive at the Chrysler Building in 1969, I thought of my father. He worked for a public-relations firm in that building during most of the ’60s and ’70s. The upper floors contained the Cloud Club, which I remember visiting with my dad.

It’s been fifteen years since the first “Men in Black,” which I would like to see again now that I’ve seen K’s backstory. The movie series was based on “The Men in Black” comic books by Lowell Cunningham. The comics were published in 1990 and 1991.

Lowell Cunningham, Frank Murphy and John Hudgens after seeing Men in Black III Cunningham lives in Knoxville and has been friends with filmmaker John Hudgens since their college days. John invited my family to accompany Lowell and about 20 others to watch “Men in Black III” last night at the Regal Pinnacle 18 in Turkey Creek. Our group stayed for the credits and applauded when Lowell’s name was shown. After the movie, we went across the street to Steak ‘n Shake for some food and conversation.

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