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…

The Skin I Live In (La Piel que Habito) (♦♦♦♦)

Marked by the tragic deaths of his wife Gal and his daughter Norma, Robert Ledgard, a plastic surgeon, begins to experiment transplanting transgenic skin to Vera, a patient he keeps secluded in his house. The genesis of his experimentation and the patient herself, predate but are very much intertwined with Norma’s death.

In this suspenseful thriller, Spanish director Pedro Almodovar has outdone himself. The movie keeps the themes of sexual preferences and transgender issues—so common in his previous works—to a minimum. In this film, however, the constants are marital betrayal, revenge and the use of scientific inventions for personal gain.

Despite being filmed in interiors almost in its entirety, the movie doesn’t feel claustrophobic, but surprisingly intimate. As audience, we don’t know at all times where the story is going, but we take the plunge just the same with astounding results. The conclusion of the film will resonate with you.

Antonio Banderas, Elena Anaya and Marisa Paredes give superb, unforgettable performances.

Not to be missed! This movie will be a powerful contender in the foreign films category at next year’s Oscar ceremony.