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…

The Untouchables (♦♦♦♦)

US Treasury agent Eliot Ness (Kevin Costner, Dances with Wolves) moves to Chicago with his family in a mission to finish Al Capone’s reign of terror. With that purpose he enlists three more men, two of whom are stranger to the Chicago police department. The four of them trust no one and are dubbed “the untouchables”. But to end Capone’s reign, they must bend the rules, kill to avoid being killed, and ultimately bring Capone to justice on a famed technicality.

There are solid and magnificent performances in this motion picture. Kevin Costner is Eliot Ness. Andy Garcia stars as Stone, an aspiring police officer with a great shooting practice record. Sean Connery, in an Oscar-winning role, stars as Jimmy Malone, a tough policeman who knows a thing or two about a corrupt police force and what it takes to bring Capone to justice. Patricia Clarkson stars as Mrs. Ness, a small role, but much needed to provide balance in an otherwise gritty movie. Last, but not least, Robert De Niro stars as Al Capone, displaying all the sheer brutality the man himself was capable of.

The story was brilliantly written by David Mamet (Wag the Dog), masterfully directed by Brian de Palma, and the glorious musical score was by the hand of Ennio Morricone, for which he received an Oscar nomination.