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…

The Italian Job, 2003 (♦♦♦♦♦)

Charlie Croker (Mark Wahlberg), a mastermind plotter, and John Bridger (Donald Sutherland), a gifted safecracker, joined by four other highly skilled thieves, execute a perfect heist in the picturesque city of Venice. What can possibly go wrong? Everything! Steve (Edward Norton), one of the gang members, double crosses the rest of them, walking out with a bounty of $35 million dollars worth in gold. He kills Bridger and assumes Charlie and the others are dead too, but that’s his first mistake. One year later, Charlie meets with the other three gang members and recruits Stella, John Bridger’s daughter, also a professional safecracker, to avenge Bridger’s death and recover the bounty. Easier said than done! However, Charlie and the others, thanks to Steve’s distrust of people, manage to carry out the heist as it was done in Venice.

Mini cooper races, major traffic jams, and good acting enhance the tension in this thriller. My heart kept pounding in my chest until the end. Great movie! I wish there were more like this one.