Snapshots - #37: It, Breathe, Mark Felt – The Man Who Brought Down the White House

It (2017), (♦♦♦♦): Four inseparable friends in middle school bond with other three newcomers. They all have in common that they are bullied by the same people. Over the course of one summer they'll fend off bullies and face a centuries-old demon in the form of a clown, named Pennywise, whom has been disappearing kids and terrorizing the town of Derry, Maine, every twenty-seven years since the town was founded.
Based on Stephen King's novel of the same title, It is a movie with a smart script and a sympathetic ensemble of nerds that deliver light humor, and deep thrills. It doesn't hurt that each and every character has his or her own arc, thus one gets to know their motivations and fears before Pennywise enters head on into the picture.
In a nod to 1980s movie classics such as The Goonies, and the Brat Pack ensemble, the newest adaptation of It takes place at the end of that decade, when it seems, at least from the Hollywood perspective, that every kid harbored a genius insi…

A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah (♦♦♦♦)

Great book, horrible, but great; pick it up if you can, I strongly recommend it. If you "enjoyed" (and I use this term loosely) the movies Hotel Rwanda and Blood Diamond, then you'll definitely will appreciate this candid story, which as it happens, it's the biography of a former child soldier.

Ismael Beah was born and bred in a small village in Sierra Leone until war and death snaked their way into his life when he was only 12 years of age forcing him to take an active part as a child soldier in his country’s Civil War. For several years, using a cocktail of drugs and heavy artillery, he was forced along others to pillage country villages and kill in the most savage fashion, until he was rescued by a United Nations contingent at the age of 15. His recovery started first in a small hospital in Freetown, Sierra Leone’s capital, followed by a new opportunity to live normally with his newfound family. However, the political forces running the country threatened the fragile peace, and Beah had to make the decision to leave his family and country for good.