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…

Cedar Rapids (♦♦♦♦)

After the spokesman for his insurance agency commits suicide, insurance salesman Tim Lippe (Ed Helms) gets a chance to travel to an insurance convention and bring home the coveted Two Diamonds Award, which recognizes the best in the business. He befriends his two roommates John C. Reilly and Isiah Whitlock Jr.), who are not to be trusted according to his boss, has an impromptu affair with a fellow saleswoman (Anne Heche), uses recreational drugs, goes to a party and gets beaten; in summary, the works…

This movie started so-so, but once the convention started, it became hysterical. All the performances are good. I really enjoyed this film!