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…

Gravity (♦♦♦♦♦)

Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) is a female medical doctor who is in space testing a prototype of her own design. Matthew Kowalski (George Clooney), mission captain, is a veteran in space travel. When the Russians bomb one of their satellites by mistake, the debris reach their aircraft and Dr. Stone and Kowalski get stranded in space. With little oxygen left, they rely on each other to arrive at the International Space Station (ISS) first, to get a Soyuz in which to drive to the Chinese station that will get them home. However, due to the obstacles inherent in the plan, it would be easier to surrender.

Gravity is the first Wow movie of the year and has been getting Oscar buzz. All the praise is well deserved. Gravity breaks with convention in more ways than one. For example, it's well known that sound doesn't travel in space; in spite of it, most sci-fi movies depict explosions in space as the loud affairs they're here on Earth. To fill the silent void, Alfonso Cuarón, who directed and co-wrote the screenplay in the company of his son Jonás Cuarón, has resorted to radio communications and music to set the pace and the mood in the movie.

Gravity seems to be at first a story of tragedy, but it's at its core a story about survival and the endurance of the human spirit.

The performances by Sandra Bullock and George Clooney are magnificent and I have to say they were revelations, especially Bullock's who I would have never thought could carry a serious movie on her shoulders alone. Blind Side was her claim to Oscar material, but Gravity has made her a larger-than-life actress, and despite me loving her through her good and her so-so movie moments, I never thought she had this in her.

In summary, Gravity is the first movie event this year that shouldn’t be missed! It is epic in scope and scale. Gravity is destined to become a classic.


  1. Oh yes. A must see. I have been hearing about this one from my friends. And Sandra Bullock is a favorite. How about that movie she did with the runaway bus? I thought she carried that one on her shoulders alone, but maybe it wasn't exactly a "serious" movie.

    1. I wouldn't be surprised if Gravity sweeps at this year's Oscars, Judy. Bullock was great, but in Speed, which you mentioned, she shared the load with Keanu Reeves.
      Watch it, I strongly recommend it.


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