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…

Glory Road (♦♦♦♦♦)

Don Haskins (Josh Lucas, Sweet Home Alabama), the coach of a high school female basketball team, is offered a job as the coach of a college male basketball team in El Paso, Texas in the 1960s. With little money to spare for recruiting, he convinces the president of the college that more scholarships are needed to attract new players, while the assistant coach travels the country to bring onboard the best players they can find anywhere, even in the street courts. The only problem is that the new faces, most of them men of color, have to contend with the racial prejudices prevalent in the era and must learn a lesson about trust, discipline and courage while giving a lesson to the masses about racial understanding and greatness regardless of skin color.

Jon Voight (Mission Impossible), Derek Luke (Antwone Fisher) and Emily Deschanel (Bones) co-star.

This movie is one big rush of adrenaline from start to finish. There are many films with the same topic but this one excels for the tension it delivers and for the good acting of its entire cast. The interviews with actual members of both teams and with both coaches, Don Haskins and Adolph Rupp, as the closing credits begin to roll, is a special treat.

Not to be missed!