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…

Movie: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Swedish, 2009 (♦♦♦♦)

Journalist Mikael Blomkvist, recently found guilty in a libel case against a powerful financier, is richly commissioned by retired businessman Henrik Vanger to investigate the disappearance of Harriet Vanger, his fifteen year old niece, occurred forty years ago. The teen disappeared during a business summit of the Vanger group, whose members were mostly family. Henrik Vanger has reasons to believe that his niece was murdered and that someone is still playing a sick joke on him. Lisbeth Salander, a twenty-four year old troubled computer genius, joins the investigation and with her help, Blomkvist breaks the case.

I have read comments of people who say that Lisbeth is a rip-off of Abby from NCIS, but the Lisbeth in the movie is entirely different, a character with Abby’s computer abilities, yes, but also with an inner, complex life of her own.

This movie is not only long, but as graphic as it gets. There are sexual crimes (at least two instances of rape) and violent images of murdered women. The story is engaging and the acting is convincing, but the whole atmosphere of the film is so violent and dark that it is difficult to like it. Despite of it all, it lingers…