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…

Cloud Atlas (♦♦♦♦)

In the past, a young, aspiring musician gains a coveted position as the assistant of an aging composer; another young man of means embarks on a quest to foreign lands to assist his father-in-law in managing a estate whose labor force is slave; this young man’s life is saved by an escaped slave, thus changing both men perceptions of each other and slavery as a whole. In present day, a journalist stumbles upon a story--surrounding a nuclear plant-- that endangers her life and those of the people connected to it. In a distant future, a mass-produced woman leads a revolution to topple the status quo.

Karma, the connection of lives through the fabric of time is what Cloud Atlas is about. The stories are told in glorious detail; this movie is a feast for the eyes, a giant leap of imagination. Great makeup, costume designs, and astonishing visual effects are almost breathing elements in the story…The subplots are hard to follow, though; it’s difficult to summarize what the movie is about. Aside from that, Cloud Atlas is by far one of the most beautiful films I have ever seen.

A star studded cast delivers top notch acting led by Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent (The Iron Lady), Jim Sturgess (Across the Universe), Susan Sarandon, Hugo Weaving (Captain America: The First Avenger), Hugh Grant, Ben Whishaw (Brideshead Revisited), Keith David, and Jim D’Arcy (W.E.).

Overall, Cloud Atlas is a movie event that shouldn’t be missed!