Opening in Las Vegas, May 19, 2017


In the sixth Alien film (the first was 38 years ago!) Ridley Scott helms Alien: Covenant (66), which is both a sequel (to Prometheus) and a pre-quel (to Aliens 1-4). It’s getting good enough reviews that I think I’ll venture out. I’m surprised to realize I’ve seen all the Alien films in their original releases (even Alien 4, but that was because of Winona Ryder).

Everything, Everything (51) seems like a take on the old Boy in the Bubble movie (who else remembers Glynnis O’Connor?). Probably will do a lot of business on Friday nights with teen girls and then disappear into oblivion.

The Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (41) is a reboot. It’s been five years since the last one (where has the time gone?) and the kids had to be replaced. My sixth-graders love these books, probably because they are written in a handwriting font and take about ten minutes to read. Needless to say, I’ve never seen one of these and hope never to.

Richard Gere is now playing old men (again, where has the time gone?) and his latest is Norman (76), which is subtitled “The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer.” It’s hard to tell what this movie is about, and despite its decent reviews, the title and Gere seem to be pushing me away.


About Jackrabbit Slim

Location: Vegas, Baby! I’m much older than the other whippersnappers here, a baby boomer. I tend to be more snobbish about film, disdaining a lot of the multiplex fare for “cinema.” My favorite films: Woody Allen’s oeuvre (up until about 1990), The Godfather, The Graduate, A Hard Day’s Night, Pulp Fiction. Politics: Well, George McGovern was my political hero. I’m also a prickly atheist. Occupation: Poised to be an English teacher in Las Vegas. For many years I was an editor at Penthouse Magazine. My role on this blog seems to be writing lots of reviews and being the resident Oscar maven.

8 responses »

  1. I never got to Alien, will probably have to wait until a weekday.

    Also notable this weekend: David Lynch’s Twin Peaks revival begins on Showtime. Lynch and co-creator Mark Frost wrote a single script the size of a old school Manhattan phone book and shot it as one 18 hour feature film. As a fan waiting for resolution for 25 years I’m quite excited.

  2. Talk of the Alien franchise makes me feel incredibly old.

    I actually know the date I went to see Alien 3 at the cinema – June 8, 1992 – virtually a quarter of a century ago! How life just flies by.

    I should be seeing this version some stage this week.

  3. Yep, 25 years ago today for me.

    Watched the first two hours and Twin Peaks truly is a feature film. It has more in common with Mulholland Drive than the television series.

  4. Have no interest in the Wimpy Kid movies but hearing on a podcast a highly negative review of it led me to check its IMDB page and it has a horrendously bad rating of 3.2, especially as usually kids films like this don’t get such harsh treatment.

    Maybe people are freaked out about a film where Alicia Silverstone is playing a mother to someone who’s almost a teenager when it seems like yesterday she was a popular teenage star. The 1990s being so long ago does take some getting used to at times.

  5. I actually had to take the kids to that over the weekend. It does make one feel old to see Alicia Silverstone with a driving age child in a film.

    Speaking of which: I’m not sure why the struggling Paramount hasn’t tried to do something with Clueless over the years. Whether it be a remake or 20+ year later follow-up.

  6. If Paramount didn’t want to go theatrical with a Clueless follow-up, I’m sure Netflix/Amazon, etc. would be very interested in a limited series.

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