Random Thread for January, 2018


This should shock no one:



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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  1. I enjoyed Jumanji (not really a remake, it’s a low key sequel with a few direct references to the 1995 film) for what it is. Word of mouth seems terrific and with Star Wars showing unspectacular legs, it was pretty easy for a Jumanji to swoop in and capture a big piece of the family market.

    I’d expect they’ll announce the third one before the month is out.

  2. A couple of random things. Let me promote Filmstruck, a streaming service that is ideal for revival house habitues. It’s less than $5 a month. It’s like having access to Film Forum in your device. They also carry the Criterion collection.

    Second. This is shaping up to be the most fascinating Oscar race I’ve ever seen. The DGA announced their five nominees, the directors from Dunkirk, Get Out, Shape of Water, Three Billboards, and Lady Bird. You could make an argument that four of these films could win Best Picture. (I don’t hold out much hope for Dunkirk). But what the DGA did was kill off any chance ot The Post winning Best Picture. I’m too tired to double-check, but I believe that an overwhelming majority of Best Picture winners were nominated for a DGA (and even more DGA winners win the Oscar for Best Director).

    My hunch right now is that Three Billboards will win Best Picture, unless the blowback about its handling of racial issues becomes a hot topic. In that instance, Lady Bird would be a safer choice. And Guillermo Del Toro may win Best Director, but a movie about a sea monster might be too genre for the Academy. Of course, a Lady Bird win for Best Picture without Greta Gerwig winning Best Director would create howls of protest.

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