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…

Lovelace (♦♦♦♦)

In the 1970s, Linda Lovelace starred in an adult movie that became a sensation. She became an overnight celebrity. Little did people know that she had been an unwilling pawn in her husband sick way of making money.

Amanda Seyfried usually stars in bubbly, feel good movies, but in Lovelace she sheds her good girl image and delivers the performance of her life as Linda Lovelace. The role is challenging enough for an acting heavyweight, but Seyfried as usual makes it seem effortless, as if all the sugar coated roles that preceded this one had been in preparation for Lovelace. Don't get me wrong, there is a bubbly personality underneath the sexy persona, and Seyfried shines equally as the girl next door turned unwilling celebrity than she does as a common woman needing love and protection.

Peter Sarsgaard has the role of the abusive scumbag husband, and he owns his role as well. He is the villain in the story and you get to hate him for it.

Lovelace is not a family movie; it is intended for adults as much for its graphic nudity, drug use, depiction of the sex movie industry, as it is for scenes of domestic abuse.

Far from the suggested explicit sexuality, the real message of Lovelace resides in a woman who was abused, exploited in a relationship, and turned her life around and gave a voice to victims of sex and domestic violence.

Amanda Seyfried (Linda Lovelace), Peter Sarsgaard (Chuck Traynor, Linda’s husband), Sharon Stone (Dorothy Boreman, Linda’s mother), Robert Patrick (John Boreman, Linda’s father), James Franco (Hugh Hefner), Bobby Cannavale (Butchie Peraino), Chris Noth (Anthony Romano)


  1. I remember Linda Lovelace but I never really knew her personal story. It sounds as though she had a lot that she had to rise above in order to be successful. And James Franco as Hugh Hefner? Interesting!

    1. Well, her own husband forced her to make the movie that gave her fame. It's very difficult to watch. Yes, James Franco as a younger Hugh Hefner.

  2. Amanda Seyfried is pretty talented. I'm glad Lovelace turned things around. I saw Seyfried in While We're Young which is a pretty entertaining movie.

    1. She is very talented; she shines pretty much in every movie she acts in, but she simply was born for this role. It is a such a contrast to anything she has done before...I haven't seen While We're Young, but I promise to search for it.


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