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…

Blue Jasmine (♦♦♦)

Jeanette, or Jasmine (Cate Blanchett) as she makes everyone call her, is a neurotic woman in part due to a high lifestyle that was taken away when her husband Hal (Alec Baldwin) was sent to jail for investing people's money illegally. When Jasmine was rich, she avoided her adopted sister, but now that she's broke she moves from New York City to San Francisco to live with her sister and nephews while she gets back on her feet. Soon enough, Jasmine's neurosis, pathological lying and her expectations about her life and that of her sister's become a sore point in the family.

This Woody Allen's film misses the mark in humor and tone. If Midnight in Paris and Vicky Cristina Barcelona are among his best movies, Blue Jasmine definitely isn’t. Cate Blanchett is OK as Jasmine, but her neurosis far from being funny is not only annoying but borderline manic. That was probably Allen's intention and in that sense she does not disappoint, but after watching her for a while it becomes quite annoying and repetitive. Also repetitive are the forceful attempts to make the audience laugh as if on cue.

In summary, Blue Jasmine disappointed if not bored me. I thought it was a waste of my money.