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…

Margin Call (♦♦♦♦)

Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Stanley Tucci, Zachary Quinto, Demi Moore, Simon Baker and Jeremy Irons co-star in Margin Call.

MBS is a global company undergoing downsizing. In the most recent wave of layoffs, a risk analyst is let go, but he hands over his most recent project to a trusted associate before leaving. That night, when the young associate begins to work on the data, he arrives to a stunning conclusion: the company is worth nothing as of two weeks ago.

Over the course of the early morning hours, the whole cavalry is called in. They attend meeting after meeting to figure out if the analyst is right; it turns out that he is. The big leaguers then decide to do something outrageous: liquidate the company in its entirety when the stock market opens… Only they know full well their stocks are worth nothing!

This is a taut thriller, made better yet by the excellent performances of the entire cast. Jeremy Irons is brilliant as the depraved CEO of MBS. Kevin Spacey is equally amazing as the sales executive responsible for making the sale of worthless stocks that ruins millions of lives. His conscience shows up then, but his moral compass is not in working order for it points to the killing. “I need the money”, he says, “It’s hard to believe after all these years”.

The story is all too real and recent. Margin Call opens wounds that aren’t yet healed from the latest recession and the way the financial world handled the crisis. It wasn’t pretty in real life and the movie doesn’t sugar coat it either. It is offensive to the point of being obscene. My blood boiled!

There are magnificent quotes that are hard to ignore, buzz phrases like “It’s only money, paper so that we don’t kill each other over food”

If you didn’t lose money in the market, then watch the movie. It’s priceless! If you did lose, this will reenact your worst nightmare.