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…

Easy A (♦♦♦♦)

Olive Penderghast is a top high school student, invisible to the opposite sex, until the rumor that she has lost her virginity to a freshman college student. What starts as a lie is then magnified by gossip until the situation spirals out of control with almost all the males taking advantage of Olive’s new found reputation in one form or another. The attention that she gets soon weighs her down for she feels trapped in a web of lies.

It’s a magnificent and refreshing performance by Emma Stone. It is easy to see how a lie or even half truths can be twisted by others without any sense of the damage they cause. This is a cautionary tale on how to deal with evil gossip and rumors, be it in high school or anywhere else.