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…

All Good Things (♦♦♦♦♦)

David Marks (Ryan Gosling) is a real estate heir who has lived a life of privilege, but has also grown picking up the pieces left by a family tragedy he witnessed when he was a child. In a story that spans three decades, young David meets Katie McCarthy (Kirsten Dunst) and they get married. David and Katie decide to leave the city for a quiet country setting, until his father, Sanford Marks (Frank Langella), intrudes and offers him to work for him, something David had promised himself he would never do.

Married life is perfect for the first few years, but little by little the situation deteriorates until one day Katie vanishes. Twenty years later, the case of her disappearance is reopened and bodies of people close to David and the case start to pile up making him the prime suspect.

This movie should have been better titled as All Good Things (Must Come to an End). In an understated way this film packs quite a punch. I didn’t know what to expect from it. I like Ryan Gosling; he has delivered astounding performances in The Notebook and Half Nelson, so I said, let me watch this one, but…WOW. In this motion picture Ryan Gosling has simply stepped up to another acting level. I’m sorry he was not considered for an Oscar for this role. Not only Gosling is excellent in his role, so are Frank Langella (as expected) and Kirsten Dunst, who just became an acting star.

On one hand, Frank Langella’s Frost vs. Nixon’s role just blew my mind away. On the other hand, Kirsten Dunst had not been able to impress me much until now; her Spiderman days were just cute, but in All Good Things she REALLY ACTS.

In this film the music tells as much of a story as the plot itself. Since the account begins in the 1970’s, there’s disco music, but the recurring theme is the one letting you know that ominous things are coming this way, and oh, my…

Great movie, not to be missed!