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…

Won’t Back Down (♦♦♦♦½)

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. John Adams Elementary school has been failing its kids for years due to a combination of bad leadership and union contracts for teachers that don’t allow them to help their students after hours.

Jamie Fitzpatrick, mother of a dyslexic child, thinks the system is failing her kid. Jamie has two jobs and can’t afford a private school for her daughter so they’re both trapped in the system. That is until a chance conversation puts her on a path to revolution. Joined by Nona Alberts, a schoolteacher whose son gets bullied due to his learning disability, Jamie leads parents and teachers in a fight against the school district to force a vote so the school changes hands and thus its path.

Wow! After I finished watching this movie I was utterly excited. I confess I saw this film playing at my local theater but I passed on in favor of other productions. What a pity if I had missed this movie at all! With Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davies in the leading roles one cannot expect anything but acting greatness, and Won’t Back Down doesn’t disappoint in that or any other respect.

The supporting cast is fantastic. The script is brilliant, the music, the topic—current and way too sensitive—all conspire to make this movie a jewel, but the acting abilities of Gyllenhaal and Davies make the story even more compelling. God! Those two women could start a revolution and I would follow. The leading ladies deserved at least acting nods for this movie at the Oscars instead of going for Helen Hunt and Naomi Watts, whose performances were lackluster, but hey, who am I to say such thing?

In summary, Won’t Back Down is a story that every parent concerned for their kids’ education should watch. Even if you don’t have kids this story may move you. In my case I got all wired.


  1. This sounds great! Just added it to my Netflix queue. I had not heard of it before, so thanks!

    1. Judy, I thought this movie was great, too bad there were far more notable movies last year.


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