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…

Red Riding Hood (♦♦♦)

Valerie (Amanda Seyfried, Mamma Mia) has been in love with Peter since childhood. So she is surprised when her parents (Billy Burke and Virginia Madsen) arrange her marriage to Henry. However, the day that they find out about the engagement, a family tragedy occurs when the wolf, that inhabits the nearby forest, takes Valerie’s sister’s life. To avenge her killing, the village’s men decide to hunt the wolf and kill him, but the wolf takes another life, this time of Henry’s father.

Father Solomon (Gary Oldman, Air Force One) is the villagers’ only hope. When he arrives things get more complicated for he reveals they’re dealing with a werewolf, who likely lives among them. Suspicion makes everyone uneasy, and soon enough, during a blood moon, the monster appears again to claim more lives.

There are great costumes in this movie; Valerie’s red cape looks stunning against the wintery landscape. The only resemblance this film has to the folk tale is when Valerie has a nightmare about her grandmother (Julie Christie, Away from Her). Despite its twisted and surprising ending, this gothic tale confuses rather than provides an alternative version to the story.