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 Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her (♦♦♦♦)

In this the version of the story from Eleanor's point of view, we get drop wise clues of possible reasons why Eleanor has left a marriage that by most accounts seemed happy. She doesn't know who she is in life or where she is going, but her somewhat reticent friendship with a female professor, who as most of us has problems of her own, helps pave the way for Eleanor to connect with the pain and the feelings she has suppressed. Tragedy is what drove Eleanor away. The couple lost a baby that wasn't expected but was welcomed nonetheless. She put her studies aside when she got pregnant...And him? He is trying to win her back but doesn't know the right words to make it all better.

It was an emotional experience watching the chemistry among the characters in this movie. Eleanor's parents look broken; they seem to be having a crisis of their own likely triggered by the mother's regrets for having jumped into family life leaving her career as an artist by the roadside. The mother projects her failure onto Eleanor, who is unwillingly repeating her mistakes. Eleanor also has an awkward relationship with her sister because the sister is a mother. Eleanor's quasi therapy sessions with her female professor are eventually what lead her to figure out she just can't keep running, for her family and her husband have experienced a loss as well.

It is always a pleasure to watch Jessica Chastain, because she becomes the characters she portrays. In the role of Eleanor, Chastain has an opportunity to shine and she doesn't disappoint. Her chemistry with James McAvoy is off the charts. Her interaction with Viola Davis (a cast mate in The Help)--in the role of professor Friedman-- starts tense and evolves into a sharing of secrets that helps not only Eleanor to find her way but finally helps the audience to figure out the puzzle that is Eleanor Rigby.

Jessica Chastain (Eleanor Rigby), James McAvoy (Conor, Eleanor's husband), Viola Davis (Professor Lillian Friedman), William Hurt (Julian, Eleanor's father), Isabelle Huppert (Mary, Eleanor's mother), Bill Hader (Stuart, Conor's best friend)


  1. Hi Carmen
    I nominated you for the lovely blog award. I realise that you may be too busy to take part so no pressure at all.
    Lynn :D

    1. Awesome, I'm honored! What do I have to do? Thanks, Lynn.


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