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…

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (♦♦♦)

It’s 1973. There have been rumors for several years that a Soviet mole has infiltrated the highest levels of British intelligence. The department in question has only five members, each one with plenty of hidden skeletons in their closets. George Smiley (Gary Oldman), a retired spy, is given the task to find out who the mole is and expose him.

I didn’t know what to think of this film once it was finished. It left me puzzled. I’m not sure I fully understood the intricacies of the plot; I’ll have to watch the movie with closed caption to appreciate it completely.

There were many twists in the plot and as I said each one of the five spymasters had something to hide, so the audience is left in the dark for the entirety of the movie and we learn only what Smiley has up to that point. I went along for the ride, but at some point I began to question if there was going to be enough time in the end to expose the traitor. Ultimately, the result was neither satisfying nor disappointing.