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…

Dances with Wolves (♦♦♦♦)

Dances with Wolves is the name given by a Sioux tribe to John Dunbar, a Civil War lieutenant who gets assigned to guard a military post in the last American frontier. In the middle of nowhere, Dunbar befriends a wolf, which he nicknames Two Socks, and later befriends the neighboring Sioux tribe, falling in love with one of their adopted daughters and marrying her.

This movie is Kevin Costner’s directorial debut, and he surely chose a grand topic for it. Filmed almost in its entirety at outside locations, it features the vast magnificence of the American West. Dunbar’s friendship with the ever watching wolf is a testament of the endurance of the human spirit under trying circumstances. The movie treats the subject of the conquest of Indian territories with intelligence and finesse. There are no apparent stereotypes in this film: the white man has superiority in numbers, but the Indians are willing to meet them halfway. Unlike most movies about Indians, they’re not depicted as uncultured savages; their customs fit nicely into the story line. The Indians play no tricks in this movie; they are a culture in decline, they know it and are willing to fight until their last breaths to preserve their way of life.

This film is a classic without a doubt. Watch it; you won’t regret it!