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 English Teacher (♦♦♦♦)

Linda Sinclair (Julianne Moore) is a dreamy English teacher who at forty-five years of age hasn't found the ideal man to settle with. She is virtuous and proper, and believes the world to be like it's in literature. A casual encounter with a former high school student turns into a less than ideal partnership when she believes him to be bullied by his father and after consoling him, ends up having a tryst with him.

I expected this movie to unfold along the lines of Notes on a Scandal, but I was utterly surprised when I realized it was a comedy, or rather a dramedy. It is wonderfully acted by all characters, but Julianne Moore is spot on as the prim teacher whose life unravels due to this entanglement. Moore looks more the part of a repressed librarian than an English teacher, and as I said, she is superb in this role.

Moore received early acclaim for her performance and I wouldn't be surprised if she is nominated to this year's Oscars for this role.

Also notable are the performances of Michael Angarano as Jason, Greg Kinnear as Jason's father, Nathan Lane as the school's drama teacher, and Lily Collins as Halle.

In summary, The English Teacher has a smart screenplay and great performances to boast of. This is one of the most entertaining movies I've seen this year.


  1. Thanks for the great movie reviews. I just added this and a couple others to my queue!

    1. Thanks, Judy. I'm delighted that you stopped by. I hope you enjoy this movie as I did.

  2. I'll look out for this one, Carmen. Cheers

    PS I've got my very first giveaway running!

    1. This is a very good movie, Carole. Well acted too.


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