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…

Albert Nobbs (♦♦♦♦)

Albert Nobbs (Glenn Close) is a waiter in a small hotel in Dublin. He has two big secrets: one, he is actually a woman. Two, he has a huge stash of money hidden under his bedroom’s floor. When Mr. Paige, a painter, comes to do temporary work at the hotel, he is accommodated in Mr. Nobbs’ bedroom, which only has one bed. During the course of the night, Mr. Paige learns that Albert is a woman. Feeling in danger of being exposed, Albert begins to shower Mr. Paige with attention, until Mr. Paige entrusts Albert with a similar secret of his own.

Meanwhile, Mr. Nobbs is financially close to fulfilling his dream of owning a tobacco shop, but all comes to a screeching halt due to a love triangle he becomes part of with a hotel maiden named Helen (Mia Wasikowska), who is in love with a good-for-nothing young hotel employee named Joe.

Albert Nobbs is without doubt one of the finest movies of this 2012 Award Season. Glenn Close delivers a top notch performance (one of the best of the year, perhaps eclipsed only by Meryl Streep’s in The Iron Lady) with a quite intensity that engraves the soul. Glenn Close looks so utterly androgynous, that it’s hard to accept that she is behind the title’s character. Mia Wasikowska is equally brilliant in a far more passionate role than the ones she has been given up to this point.

This movie is a period piece without pretensions. The photography is fantastic. The director doesn’t resort to cheap emotional tricks to capture the audience’s attention, instead he leaves it to the story, powerful, yet subtle enough to pierce your heart…And it does it quite effectively.