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 the King’s Men, 2006 (♦♦♦♦♦)

A Southern, populist politician wins the election for Governor, but behind closed doors he is just as underhanded as the politicians he defeated.

In All the King’s Men star Kate Winslet (The Reader, Titanic), Sean Penn (Mystic River, Milk), Jude Law (Alfie, Cold Mountain) and Mark Ruffalo (Zodiac, 13 Going on 30). Patricia Clarkson and James Gandolfini (Sopranos) co-star. If you ever want to know the end of every populist politician and every violent revolution, then this movie is made for you. If you think that the world is all good, then don’t see it because you won’t get it! Most violent revolutions end up destroying the very ideals they said to defend, just as every populist politician says exactly what people want to hear. That is exactly the topic of this movie, brilliantly accomplished by a star-studded cast.