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 East (♦♦♦♦)

Jane Owen (Brit Marling) is an executive in an intelligence company that does business with industry leaders in every sector of the economy. Jane wins a coveted promotion and is sent undercover to infiltrate an eco-terrorist group known as ‘The East’, which has been giving CEOs a taste of their own medicine.

At first, Jane, known to the group as Sarah, gets to report the group's activities via a carefully concealed phone, but the sudden exodus of a member forces Jane to take a more active role in the organization. As she gets more prominent roles, she also becomes emotionally immersed in those people's lives, until it becomes problematic for Jane to keep both of her lives separate.

The East is a taut, very provocative thriller about eco-terrorism, but it's also a study into a cult- like group and how a charismatic character can shape or bend circumstances at will under the cover of defending a cause. In that respect, or at all, The East doesn't disappoint.

The screenplay, direction and especially the acting are superb. The East is gritty, and very, very serious.   It is the kind of movie that makes you think and question the validity of both sides' arguments and tactics.

Brit Marling, Alexander Skarsgård, Ellen Page and Patricia Clarkson co-star.