Snapshots - #39: Coco, Pitch Perfect 3, Star Wars: Episodes VII and VIII

Coco (2017), (♦♦♦♦): Miguel, a young aspiring singer, is afraid to defy his family's forsaking of music. On the Día de los Muertos, a Mexican holiday to celebrate the dead, Miguel is, unwillingly, granted night passage to the Land of the Dead, where he meets his ancestors and gets valuable life lessons.

This Disney/Pixar production has great animation and music, is colorful, fun, has endearing characters (both living and dead). Coco also has meaningful lessons about the value of traditions, the importance of family, loyalty, and honoring one's ancestors, all in a very entertaining package. Don't let the fact that it is an animated movie deter you from enjoying this gem. Coco is a great story to ponder for kids and adults alike.

Pitch Perfect 3 (2017), (♦♦♦♦): The members of the a cappella singing sensation ‘The Bellas’ have graduated from college and are realizing that they suck big time at real life. They miss the singing, the mischief, and the camaraderie. The father of on…

Unforgiven (♦♦♦♦)

After two drunken cowboys cut a prostitute’s face in Big Whiskey, Wyoming, the group of prostitutes working at the Billiards Saloon collect all the money they own and offer a handsome reward for whoever kill the guys who disfigured one of their own. Retired assassin William Munny is recruited by a youth to kill those two men and collect the reward. Munny doesn’t commit, but goes to his former partner Ned Logan to offer this last job. Both Munny and Logan find the youth on their way to Big Whiskey and all three decide to split the profits, but soon things get complicated for Little Bill, the town’s sheriff, and his deputies won’t allow anyone to bring firearms into their town. Outstanding performances were delivered by Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman and Gene Hackman, who won an Oscar for that role. Good musical score too! The script is also brilliant and casts the Old West in an otherworldly light, for sometimes villains have more honor than the men of the law.