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…

The Bling Ring (♦♦♦)

Nicki, Sam, Chloe, Rebecca and Marc are part of a group obsessed with celebrities' lifestyles, so much so that they begin breaking into celebrities' houses to steal property. After many successful break-ins, police finally get leads when celebrities post security videos and ask for help from anyone who may know about the crimes.

The Bling Ring, directed by Sofia Coppola, is a constant fashion show virtually from the moment it starts, but little else. It is possibly the shallowest cinematic parade I have ever watched; in spite of that it is mindless fun: the clothes and jewelry are fabulous, and the shoes and bags are to die for.

If you walk into the movie theater with high expectations you may be hugely disappointed. As I said, The Bling Ring is mindless fun but no more than that. Enjoy it for what it is and forget about it as soon as you walk out, as I did.