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…

Interstellar (♦♦♦♦)

Cooper is a former NASA pilot turned farmer in an Earth where resources are dwindling at a rapid pace. Dust storms have replaced rain, and epidemics have infected crops. Survival on Earth is becoming impossible.

When Cooper comes upon the coordinates of an underground base that turns out to be NASA's, he is presented with the opportunity to help his species from becoming extinct. The catch, of course, is to travel to Saturn's vicinity, with a team of fellow scientists, to traverse a wormhole that may make intergalactic travel a reality.

Interstellar is filmed in the tradition of Gravity and Europa Report and takes us on a VIP tour through the accomplishments and challenges of modern physics as Christopher Nolan has conditioned us to expect from him. He directed, co-wrote and co-produced this film.

Interstellar is not merely the survival saga of Gravity, or the pioneering trip to a potentially life-harboring satellite as in Europa Report. It is both, yet much more. In a similar narrative format to Inception, we get an interactive experience about wormholes, extra dimensions in space, warped time, and the Twin Paradox. The challenges of theories yet to be proved, are breeding ground for the unfolding and (why not?) a somewhat sentimental conclusion to the film.

A star-studded cast, aided by great photography, outstanding special effects, and atmospheric musical score that greatly enhances the tension of the movie, contribute to its general appeal.

Cast: Matthew McConaughey as Cooper, John Lithgow as Donald (Cooper's father), Michael Caine (a veteran of Nolan's films) as Dr. Brand (father), Anne Hathaway--another one of Nolan's previous collaborators-- as Dr. Brand (daughter), Jessica Chastain as Murphy Cooper (Cooper's adult daughter), Casey Affleck as Tom Cooper (Cooper's adult son), Mackenzie Foy--of the Breaking Dawn, part II fame--as child Murphy Cooper, and Matt Damon as Dr. Mann.

Have you seen Interstellar? What did you think of the film? How does it compare to other Christopher Nolan’s films or latest films in its genre?


  1. I haven't seen it, but I would like to.

    1. I thought it was very well made and helped visualize the latest theories in modern physics such as the possibility of extra dimensions in space. This one was a winner.

  2. Oh yes it's Quite Good. I liked it much better than Inception. It's a very thought-provoking space film. Here are more of my thoughts of it at

    1. I agree, Inception was more ambitious but felt like a lecture in which you had to keep up or you flunked.

  3. Sorry I haven't visited in a while. I see we have read some of the same books. I loved Interstellar! Happy Fall:)

    1. Hi, Judy,
      It's always a pleasure to have you visiting. I still keep up with your posts but I wished you became a regular again. I really miss you. Happy Fall to you too!


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