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…

Marvel’s The Avengers (♦♦♦½)

A cube with sustainable, unlimited energy of the nuclear kind has been stolen by Locki, Thor’s vengeful brother…Of course, Locki didn’t arrive from Asgard alone; he brought with him an army of lethal machines. What other choice does the director of S.H.I.E.L.D. have but to unleash the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) on Locki and his army of extraterrestrial creatures?

Lots of action and mostly destruction, plenty of blown off aircrafts and alien monsters are the highlights of The Avengers. I have to say that in spite of Tony Stark’s ever present and self-adoring humor, The Avengers didn’t impress me in the least; I expected more substance and less fireworks, but what can I say? The summer season is finally here!