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…

Winter’s Bone (♦♦♦)

Seventeen year-old Ree Dolly (Jennifer Lawrence) takes care of her sick mother and younger siblings Ashley and Sonny. Jessup Dolly, Ree's father, is wanted by the police and has tied up the family house to his bond, so if he doesn’t keep his court date, they’ll lose their house. Ree promises a law enforcement officer that she will find her father and force him to go to court, that is, if she can find him.

Ree lives in a fairly small community--most of them family-- but no one is talking; though they all seem to know something about the Jessup’s whereabouts. Ree then has to rattle cages and in the process, gets herself beaten up. Her uncle Teardrop comes to her rescue, and with his help, Ree finds out that someone has killed her father for snitching. The last thing she has to do is to present proof of her father’s death to keep their property intact.

I did not like this movie one bit. I mean, the acting is good, but there are so many crooks! I never saw so many dirty faces and ugly attitudes in a movie before. The story is good, though the pace is slow. Not one of last year’s best films.