Opening Thanksgiving Weekend, 2017


The prestige movies keep on coming, which is keeping me busy at the theaters.

Pixar’s latest, Coco (80) is about the Mexican Day of the Dead, which is exactly what Book of Life was about. I suppose there can be as many animated films about this topic as anyone wants (the Pixar film was in production before Book of Life was). Pixar hasn’t been batting 1.000 lately, in fact, I think the last film of theirs which bowled me over was Toy Story 3.

In Oscar bait, there’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (87), from Martin McDonagh. I saw it today and I’m still sorting out what I thought of it–half of it is the best film I’ve seen this year, the other half is not so great. Frances McDormand has a shot at another Oscar, but Sam Rockwell steals the show.

Denzel Washington’s plea for another Oscar comes in Roman J. Israel, Esq. (58) but the film is being greeted by meh reviews. He plays a lawyer who doesn’t play by the rules (there’s a reason that there are no movies about lawyers who simply do their jobs), sporting an anachronistic ‘fro. I’m not interested.

From Netflix, there’s two series debuting of note: Spike Lee comes to cable with a series based on his first She’s Gotta Have It (78). He directs all ten episodes. Godless (76) is a seven-episode Western created by Scott Frank with Jeff Daniels.


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.

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