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…

Ant-Man (♦♦♦♦)

Out of jail and out of his first job for hiding the fact that he has a past as a famous burglar, Scott Lang seems to be out of options to earn his living legally. A friend offers him a place to stay and a stint as the cat burglar he is. (Un)Fortunately, the safe he cracks open doesn't contain riches but a secret suit that can make its wearer a miniature soldier, an Ant-Man.

Smart, inventive, and very funny, Ant-Man gives a playful treatment to the superheroes genre evocative of the first Iron Man movie. There is lots of adventure and fast paced action to satisfy action junkies, and enough destruction (in "small scale") to please the younger crowd. The motivation behind Ant-Man's actions, which is to become the man his daughter sees in him, will appeal to families as well.

Overall, Ant-Man is a better alternative for more discerning movie-goers to a genre that at times seems not to have anything new left to offer, proof that old stories can be presented in a more satisfying package.

Paul Rudd (Scott Lang, Ant-Man), Michael Douglas (Dr. Hank Pym), Evangeline Lilly (Hope, Dr. Pym's daughter), Corey Stoll (Darren Cross, Yellowjacket, Pym's protegé), Michael Peña (Luis, Scott's friend), Anthony Mackie (Falcon Avenger)


  1. I am not really a superhero kind of girl, unless they are female. Ha Ha. But thanks for the review.

    1. Me neither, but some of them are really good like the first two Iron Man, Captain America (the first one because I haven't seen the second), and Ant-Man. Oh, and Superman and Batman...Gee, it sounds like I'm a superhero girl after all. ;-)

  2. I guess I've let the super hero movies go without seeing them too. But Ant-Man at least seems to have some humor. Ant-Man I like that title.

    1. It is about a super soldier the size of an ant, hence the title. This one is very funny and pokes fun at its bigger cousins Avengers and Iron Man.


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