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…

Limitless (♦♦♦½)

Edward Morra (Bradley Cooper, The Hangover) discovers endless possibilities when he takes an experimental drug that taps 100% of the brain’s potential. The catch is that he has been given only one pill. The next time he meets his supplier to get more, he runs into a murder scene. The pill has devastating side effects, but who cares! With the help of the drug, Edward writes a book in four days, learns several languages in less than a month, and becomes a financial guru. However, other users of the drug become an issue for Eddie when they make clear that they are willing to commit murder unless they can get a steady supply of the miraculous drug.

The camera work in this movie is very dynamic; so much so that it’s almost dizzying. I liked the different hues things would get depending if a character had taken the drug or not. I also enjoyed the script; it’s a very interesting story. The acting is good across the board; Abbie Cornish (Sucker Punch) and Robert De Niro also co-star.