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…

Biutiful (♦♦♦)

Struggling to make ends meet, Uxbal (Javier Bardem, Vicky Cristina Barcelona)--father of two children--has a side business involving illegal aliens from Senegal and China. Both sides of his business suffer due on one hand to police raids and on the other hand to an unexpected tragedy. At the same time, Uxbal is dying from cancer, which forces him to face his own mortality. His employees’ tragedy also obliges him to face his own demons and those of the people closest to him, finding help to care for his children in an unlikely ally.

This film is directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, the director of 21 Grams and Babel. Unlike his previous works--where stories are told in non-linear fashion, characters colliding unexpectedly in the end—in this movie the story in linear, at times overwhelming by the slow pace and other times hallucinating as in the scenes in the disco bar. In my opinion, this is Javier Bardem’s best work to date; his performance is subdued, resigned yet forceful as that of a man refusing to die.