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…

Grace of Monaco (♦♦♦♦)

Between 1961 and 1962, French president Charles de Gaulle issued an ultimatum to the principality of Monaco to stop luring away businesses from French soil and pay them taxes accordingly. Prince Rainier of Monaco and his cabinet refused de Gaulle's demands and Monaco was blockaded under threat of an impending war with France.

Meanwhile, princess Grace wanted to return to the business of movie-making with a role offered by Hitchcock. The crisis between her adopted nation and France puts everything in perspective for her as she has to decide if her love for the prince can endure with so much at stake.

No living actress has either the allure or the beauty that Grace Kelly did, but in Grace of Monaco, Nicole Kidman comes very close. The photography takes advantage of a distant likelihood of Kidman to Grace Kelly, and they exploit the close up angle to her eyes and hair to perfection to show off that Kidman genuinely owns the role. And she does, from the scenes in which her marriage seems doomed to fail, to the Red Cross Gala where she assumed the greatest role of her life, that of Princess of her people.

One of the points made in Grace of Monaco, in words of a dear priest friend, is that people marry into royalty thinking is just a fairy tale, but as superhero movies always remind us, with great power comes great responsibility, and it feels good in this movie to see that Grace Kelly actually grew in the role of a charismatic, and savvy silk-gloved diplomat.

Nicole Kidman (Princess Grace of Monaco), Tim Roth (Prince Rainier), Frank Langella (Francis Tucker, priest friend), Paz Vega (Maria Callas)


  1. I was in grade school in the 1950s and if anyone fueled my princess fantasies it was Grace. Also I am a huge Nicole Kidman fan. Hence, this movie just went into my Netflix queue. Thanks!

    1. It's heavier on politics than it is on marriage conflict, but I thought it was well done.

  2. I don't remember hearing of this movie. I wonder when it was released.

    1. It was released on 2014, Dorothy. I don't know what month though.

  3. I didn't realize this movie had come out. It must have gone under the wire, even with Nicole Kidman. Nice review. I will check it out.

    1. Yes, you are right, some of this independent movies make it to the award shows and others just vanish into oblivion. This one is available on Netflix.


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