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…

Silver Linings Playbook (♦♦♦♦½)

Patrick has an onset of bipolar disorder when he walks up on his wife Nikki cheating on him with a one of her coworkers. The fallout is such that Patrick is hospitalized and issued a restraining order to keep away from Nikki, except he is obsessed with rebuilding the relationship they once shared.

When Pat leaves the hospital he goes back to live with his parents, but part of the arrangement is that he must attend therapy. That turns out to be challenging enough because Pat doesn’t want to take any medication. In the end, Pat manages to fix his life with the help of a friend named Tiffany who has her own baggage.

Silver Linings Playbook is the feel good movie of the year. Masterfully directed and acted, this film is heartwarming and funny. Even though the mental problems the protagonists face get them into funny situations, hysterical even, the movie makes no fun of those issues, it embraces them. Silver Linings Playbook is at the core a romantic movie with plenty of issues worth exploring and beautifully explored.

Bradley Cooper in his second most serious role to date after Limitless, excels in the leading role as Patrick, a man who is caring but must learn to cope with the problem that has been afflicting him for years. Equally amazing, as we have come to expect despite her short time in the spotlight, is Jennifer Lawrence as Tiffany, a young woman who suffers from a broken heart due to the loss of her husband and who has channeled that grief in a very unorthodox fashion. Last, but not least, is Robert De Niro’s performance as Patrick’s dad, a man with OCD of his own. Chris Tucker and Julia Stiles co-star.

Overall, Silver Linings Playbook is a winner: romantic, funny and with plenty of situations worth discussing further.