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…

Love and Other Drugs (♦♦♦)

Jamie Randall (Jake Gyllenhaal), a pharmaceutical representative, is given the task of convincing doctors to prescribe Zoloft instead of Prozac. He resorts to underhanded tactics to get his way. In a doctor’s office he meets Maggie Murdock (Anne Hathaway), a twenty-six year-old patient with Parkinson disease. Soon enough, Jamie and Maggie are attracted to each other and start having casual sex fairly often, until…They fall in love. All the while, the pharma company Jamie works for introduces Viagra to the market and the entire medical community goes wild for it, making Jamie a very popular guy.

I thought this movie was OK. The acting was good, but diluted by too much sex and profanity. They should have explored the Parkinson angle further, make characters more human; instead the story seemed rushed. The ending was good, though predictable considering this was a romantic comedy. I liked Jake Gyllenhaal in this role. I thought that Anne Hathaway was much better in Rachel Getting Married, and she accomplished it without getting naked.