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 Hurricane (♦♦♦♦)

In 1963, Rubin “Hurricane” Carter (Denzel Washington) was at the pinnacle of his boxing glory and he had a loving family. All was taken away in one night when he was accused and convicted to three life sentences for three homicides he did not commit. Police officials bent the truth, forged documents, coerced some witnesses and made others recant their testimony, all to put Rubin Carter behind bars. At fifty years old, Carter had spent 20 years fighting his case and being defeated in court. Then, with the help of a high school student inspired by Carter’s autobiography, which he wrote in prison, and three Canadian activists, important evidence was uncovered which led Carter to petition his lawyers to try his case in a federal court, where he was finally absolved.

This is one magnificent performance by Denzel Washington for which he rightly received an Academy Award nomination; it isn’t however the best performance I have seen from him. I think that he was perfectly corrupt and equally evil in both Training Day and American Gangster. I particularly enjoyed the scenes where he was in the isolation cell for ninety days and he started to fight with his three personas, one of whom was full of hatred, namely “The Hurricane”.

Great movie but not unforgettable!