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…

L.A. Confidential (♦♦♦)

In 1950s Los Angeles Police Department there are all types of policemen: those like Jack Vincennes (Kevin Spacey), who feed stories to paparazzi in exchange for money and fame; those like Bud White (Russell Crowe), who have a short-fuse but also a good heart, often used by his superiors as a “muscle”, but with enough brain to become a homicide detective if given the chance; then there are those like Edmund Exley (Guy Pearce), politics-savvy, willing to make a name despite his idealism…And the crooked ones, who think they can get away with anything.

When several people are violently murdered in a diner, LAPD appear to solve the crime rather swiftly, but all is not as it seems... Stolen drugs, a prostitution ring with movie stars look-alikes as hookers, politicians and corrupt cops, collide to provide clues for solving the diner’s murders.

I wasn’t crazy about this movie despite its all-star cast. I have seen some of those characters before, played by the same actors. The ensemble cast works rather well, but none of the individual performances is mesmerizing. This is a nice whodunit, but a bit confusing if are not paying close attention.