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…

Dear John (♦♦♦♦)

Former troublemaker--now a sergeant in U.S. Special Forces--John Tyree (Channing Tatum), is on two weeks leave from the army in the North Carolina coast. Quite by chance, John meets college student and do-gooder Savannah Curtis (Amanda Seyfried), and after a few dates they fall heavily in love. But when the two weeks are up John must go back to his mission and by then the summer is over, so Savannah must return to college.

Over the following year John and Savannah exchange letters while he is on humanitarian missions all over the world, but right when his tour is about to end 9/11 happens and changes the course of their lives for John re-enlists, while Savannah gets to worry about him.

During his tour in Iraq, John receives a letter from Savannah breaking up their relationship because she’s gotten engaged to someone else and John decides to make a career in the army even after he gets shot in the battlefront.

When I watched The Vow, starring Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams, I didn’t think Channing Tatum was convincing as a lover boy; I thought he rather belonged in action movies. The problem must have been The Vow because his chemistry with Amanda Seyfried in Dear John is fantastic.

In Dear John, Tatum is macho yet vulnerable, while she showcases that easy going, spirited performance that has become her trademark. Amanda Seyfried makes it easy to work with her, and brings out the best in her leading men. This duo, together with the raw emotions of the topics put forth by the original source, which is the homonymous novel by Nicholas Sparks, make this movie a winner.

I wouldn’t mind watching another Sparks’ novel starring Tatum and Seyfried. They look like they should have been a couple in real life.

Another winning performance is that of Richard Jenkins as John’s mildly autistic (perhaps way obsessive) father.


  1. Carmen, I wouldn't have thought of watching this one but for your review. Thanks!

    1. Carole,
      I wouldn't have thought of watching this one either...until last week. When it first came out I said "ugh" Tatum and Seyfried?!, but I really liked it and they were splendid together.


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