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…

127 Hours (♦♦♦♦)

In a story taken from the news, Aron Ralston (James Franco), a passionate mountain climber, gets his hand trapped accidentally between a loose boulder and a canyon wall, while hiking in Utah. Four days later, he is still trapped, has lost circulation of his arm, is almost losing his battle to stay alive and takes the horrific decision to cut his arm to save himself.

This is a magnificent performance by James Franco; it’s too bad that Colin Firth will beat him at the Oscars this year. The movie is fast pace, despite Franco spending almost two hours of it trapped and fighting for survival. The split in three screen helps to give different perspectives of the same situation. His memories offer variety and aid in the understanding of the psychology of Franco’s character. Despite its harrowing conclusion, the film manages to be both uplifting and inspiring. God, it takes guts to make the decisions that Ralston made under duress!