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…

Moneyball (♦♦♦♦)

Billy Beane, former baseball player, now General Manager of Oakland’s Athletics, has to deal with budget constraints. Facing the loss of his three star players to other teams, he has to replace them, but can’t pay high salaries that major franchises in the league can afford.

Billy Beane meets Peter Brand, a graduate of economics from Yale, who focuses on statistics rather than personalities. By removing the human factor and focusing purely on players’ performances, Brand is able to predict winning games. Beane forms a team that successfully beats the odds and critics to set the record for consecutive wins in a season, thus changing the rules of the game.

There are magnificent performances in this film, starting with Brad Pitt--whose acting is a tour-de-force—and his wingmen Jonah Hill (welcome to the big leagues!) and Philip Seymour Hoffman. The script is funny at times, but overall provides all the drama and excitement deriving from our favorite past-time. It is an emotional, uplifting movie considering that it was up to a team of overlooked players to change the rules of the game.