Opening in Las Vegas, September 15, 2017


Now that the summer is over it’s time for Oscar bait.

First up, Darren Aronofsky’s mother! (75) (the lowercase m is the film’s choice), a horror film of sorts with Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem. Rex Reed has called it the “worst movie of the century,” so it’s bound to be good.

Not having any Oscar chances, except maybe in the sound awards, is American Assassin (46), with Dylan O’Brien as a guy out for revenge being trained in black ops by Michael Keaton. I’m kind of intrigued by the use of “American” in titles. It’s very popular in books as well as films. There must be some market research that suggests that using that appellation increases sales. Maybe Americans are so narcissistic that they can’t help reading or watching things about themselves.


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.

5 responses »

  1. mother! seems to have divided critical opinion (mostly positive) but it’s flopped with audiences in more ways than one. Firstly very few people saw it over the weekend and those that did see it haven’t reacted well, giving it a very rare F Cinemascore.

    Considering she had the film world at her feet just a few years ago, surprising the rut Jennifer Lawrence finds her film career in with this joining Passengers, Joy and Serena as disappointments. Even the unmissable film franchise The Hunger Games petered out a bit by the end.

  2. I’m in the “have never understood the big deal about Aranofsky” camp. He’ll be fine, though. He’s never really done a safe studio picture and I’m sure he could make something conventional in order to keep financing his wackier experiments.

  3. I loved Black Swan. A much more successful Polanski homage than mother! And the ending was stunningly beautiful. Didn’t get the big deal about Pi, and hated The Wrestler. We get it, you saw Beyond the Mat.

  4. Saw Pi at the cinema back in the day; wasn’t overly dazzled by it but was impressed by its overall integrity, especially for a low-budget debut feature.

    Re: Black Swan, I recall being alone on here in my reaction to it in that I thought while well made and viscerally arresting, it was obvious and heavy-handed from the word go.

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