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…

Sucker Punch (♦♦♦½)

Baby Doll (Emily Browning), Amber (Jamie Chung), Rocket (Jena Malone), Blondie (Vanessa Hudgens) and Sweet Pea (Abbie Cornish), are five girls secluded in an institution for the mentally insane. Most of them are orphans. Baby Doll was brought in by her abusive stepfather after she tried to kill him following a family tragedy, which unfolded to the beat of Sweet Dreams.

These five girls have been set aside to perform sensual dances and dispense favors for high rollers. The girls execute a plan to escape; with that purpose they have to collect useful items, battle real German soldiers, mythological monsters and deactivate a bomb on a high speed train, all while Baby Doll dances to the sound of techno music.

This movie is a more commercial Inception without the lecture. It is difficult to pinpoint the time when the story takes place, but it’s not needed. Since the opening notes of Sweet Dreams is one big rush of adrenaline until the closing credits. Beautiful makeup, sexy outfits and plenty of butt kicking action make this movie a rollercoaster ride, albeit an odd one.