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…

Midnight in Paris (♦♦♦♦)

Gil (Owen Wilson) is a successful writer of screenplays in Hollywood, vacationing in Paris with Ines (Rachel McAdams), his fiancée, and his in-laws. Gil is writing a novel, but is stuck in its development. That is, until one enchanting night while roaming unknown alleys, at the stroke of midnight he is invited by a party of strangers to hop into their car, thus opening a gateway to 1920s Paris. Henceforth, every night Gil meets the likes of Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Dali, Picasso and other illustrious characters of yesteryear.

This little movie is delightful, delicate and funny. Paris may be enchanting, but under the steady writing and direction of Woody Allen, Paris is simply magical. The music is lovely and transporting. The shots of Paris are breathtaking whether by day or night. Suddenly daydreaming doesn’t seem so bad…

I was particularly taken with the performance of Owen Wilson; it is refreshing and funny in a movie made for educated adults. In this film he has successfully come out of Ben Stiller’s shadow, acting besides heavyweights such as Marion Cotillard, Kathy Bates, Michael Sheen and Adrien Brody. Carla Bruni, France’s first lady, also co-stars.

Beautiful movie, worth every penny!