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…

Source Code (♦♦♦½)

This is the latest movie in a string of recent releases dealing with metaphysical topics such as Inception, The Adjustment Bureau, Sucker Punch and now Source Code.

Captain Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal, Love and Other Drugs) has been given 8 minutes to access, with another man’s identity, a passenger train in Chicago, which is about to explode. In that lapse of time Stevens is expected to pinpoint the perpetrator and find the bomb. The finding of the author will allow authorities to stop other terrorist attacks from happening in downtown Chicago that same morning. With each recurring session without the desired results, Captain Stevens has more questions such as why he sees another man’s face when he looks into the mirror.

Captain Goodwin (Vera Farmiga, Up in the Air) is in charge of the sessions, and has to deal with the pressure of explaining why Captain Stevens only has 8 minutes every time he returns to the train scene. Michelle Monaghan (Gone Baby Gone) co-stars as Christina, a woman Stevens meets in the train and is fixed on saving.

This movie is as dynamic as the fast speed train it is based on. The spectator has the same questions that Captain Stevens does and one finds out the answers as the film progresses. It seems one might be able to anticipate what happens next, but the movie throws quite a few curveballs.

Good movie. Don’t miss it!