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…

Trade (♦♦♦♦)

I just finished watching this movie and must say it was shocking almost from the very beginning until the end; not in the visually striking or awesome kind of way, but because of the reality of the subject covered. It is so utterly brutal and the same time real that makes one wonder how it’s possible that those things happen in today’s world.

The topic of this film is human trafficking. The movie starts with Adriana, a thirteen year-old Mexican girl, celebrating her birthday. Her brother Jorge crashes the party and brings with him a bike as a present for his sister. Their mother opposes the gift, but Jorge leaves it and goes out with friends. The next morning Adriana leaves the house, riding her bike, and is kidnapped in the street without any apparent witness. The rest of the movie is divided between the quest of the traffickers to deliver their cargo, and Jorge and a policeman friend (Kevin Kline) riding their car in a race against time to get to New Jersey where Adriana will ultimately be sold in an auction as a sex slave. If you’re not queasy about these type of movies then watch it, I strongly recommend it.