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…

Defense of the Realm (♦♦♦½)

A British MP is forced to resign after being exposed by the press in a scandal concerning his mistress, a call girl with links to the KGB and an alleged Soviet spy. After a fellow journalist dies from a suspicious heart attack, Nick Mullen (Gabriel Byrne, The Usual Suspects) gets involved in the story and discovers surprising events covered up by the highest spheres of the British government.

The plot of this political thriller is engaging, and despite the audience not knowing where the investigation is headed or how the dots are connected, one is a hostage of the screenplay for it is very good. The end is deeply satisfying after all the digging, but the movie has current resonance regarding issues of freedom of the press and national security regardless of the country where the story is based.