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…

Anonymous (♦♦♦½)

This film puts forth the theory that the literary work of William Shakespeare was penned by nobleman Earl of Oxford and given to a lesser known author for profit in exchange for his discretion regarding the provenance of the manuscripts. Groomed to succeed Elizabeth I as monarch of England, the Earl of Oxford committed two sins as a youth: wrote poetry, which was considered seditious, and he engaged in an illicit affair with the queen despite himself being married to the daughter of Elizabeth’s state counselor. A child was conceived by the lovers, but their romance was doomed due to state affairs.

Despite having a great premise, I found the story rather confusing, at least the political subplot. The theory involving the true origins of Shakespeare is rather tantalizing.

Good movie but confusing, better to be watched on DVD.