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 Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 (♦♦♦)

After Katniss rigged the Hunger Games in Catching Fire, there's no mistaking the airs of revolution. Several districts are in revolt, and Katniss has decided to become the symbol of the insurrection against the Capitol, as the Mockingjay. Peeta and other victors are being held captive in the Capitol as emotional currency against the rebels and Katniss in particular.

Whereas in The Hunger Games and Catching Fire the fastuous Capitol contrasted with the subdued way of life in the remaining districts of Panem, in Mockingjay, Part 1 there is no beauty, no appeal, no excess. Gone are the colorful characters delivering outrageous remarks such as the best way to taste every delicious morsel at a party is by throwing out what you have already eaten.

The Panem of Mockingjay, Part 1 is at war, and it shows in the rubble from aerial bombings, in the uniformity of the gray attire, in the lack of makeup or other color except gray or white. Even Effie is wearing uniform.

Mockingjay has a more somber, gritty feel than its predecessors, leaning heavily towards boring, but it sets the tone for what I expect will be a grand finale.

Never has the lack of chemistry or ambivalence of Katniss towards Gale been more apparent than in Mockingjay, Part 1.

Most of the characters from the franchise reprise their roles yet again. Julianne Moore as President Coin, the leader of the revolution, is a welcomed addition, and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman reappears as Plutarch, in one of his last films before his untimely death.


  1. Just finished reading Mockingjay last week and then saw the movie, part one. I thought it was an excellent adaptation and I love how both the book and the movie just got more dark than ever. Julianne Moore-yes!

    1. I wasn't too fond on Mockingjay, part I, but I suspect it lay the foundation for a grand finale I have yet to see.


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