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…

Top Gun (♦♦♦½)

Navy Lieutenant Pete Mitchell, a.k.a. Maverick (Tom Cruise, Knight and Day), is selected alongside his R.I.O. to be a part of the Top Gun program, an elite group of navy pilots. Maverick is among the gutsiest pilots in the navy, but he has a reputation for disobeying direct orders and disregarding the rules of engagement, which make him both unpredictable and dangerous; sometimes that’s what it takes to get the job done. The story is about Maverick’s friendship with Goose (Anthony Edwards), his R.I.O., and his rivalry with Iceman (Val Kilmer, Batman Forever), considered the best pilot in Top Gun.

Kelly McGillis (The Accused), Meg Ryan (You’ve Got Mail) and Tom Skerrit (Contact) co-star.

This movie is good on several levels. It works well as a love story, and as well as an action film and male bonding flick. The love scenes are very sexy and tasteful, unlike most films nowadays where the sex is as graphic as it gets. There is great chemistry between Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis. The scenes in mid fly are out of this world. I didn’t feel my adrenaline rushing, but I liked them nonetheless. The shots at sunset over the Indian Ocean are simply breathtaking.

Tom Cruise is charming and suave, those were times when he was both perceived as handsome and was well liked. It’s a pity his popularity has decreased over the years; though his acting hasn’t suffered. It’s also too bad that he has chosen more action roles rather than the dramatic ones where he excels.