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…

Rust and Bone (De rouille et d’os) (♦♦♦♦)

Stephanie (Marion Cotillard) was an orca trainer at a Seaquarium park attraction before a tragedy during a live show changed her life virtually in the blink of an eye. Ali (Matthias Schoenaerts) is a down-on-his-luck father to five year old Sam. Ali is living with his sister, while making money boxing in street fights in his free time. Two people who have lost much somehow find love in each other's company, and the will to live.

I recently saw Matthias Schoenaerts for the first time in Far from the Madding Crowd, in the role of Gabriel Oak, opposite Carey Mulligan. If you read my review and the comments section you probably know that I liked him a lot. In Rust and Bone, opposite Marion Cotillard, he delivers a raw and gritty award-worthy performance and so does she. They shine in tumultuous and emotionally demanding roles, showing the evolution of both Stephanie and Ali; Schoenaerts does so by displaying an odd mix of grit and sensibility. Cotillard has in Rust and Bone a unique opportunity to display her amazing talent as an actress, and while she isn't on the same level as she was in La Vie en Rose, this may very well be her second best.


  1. Oh I have to see this. I love, love, love Marion Cotillard. And I look forward to meeting Matthias Schoenaerts in both this one and Far From the Madding Crowd!
    Great to read a post from you!

    1. I know, it's been a while and I'm not even at half the book because I'm taking weekends to watch movies.
      Anyway, Marion Cotillard is great; I love her too. She is really good in Rust and Bone, and I believe, though I'm not really sure, that she was Oscar-nominated for this performance.
      Matthias Schoenaerts is both a good actor and a good-looking one.

  2. Oh yes, I remember seeing Rust and Bone when it came out. It's intense and emotional! with great acting by both. Not to be missed. I will have to see Matthias in Far From the Maddening Crowd. He's one to watch!

    1. He is definitely one to watch, and like you said both were great in Rust and Bone. Somehow I missed this movie when it was released.

  3. I absolutely adore Marion Cotillard and remember hearing about this when it first came out, but would have forgotten about it otherwise. I definitely need to make a note to watch - it sounds great.

    1. Yes, Shannon, I missed it too when it was released, but it deserves to be watched. It is a good one.
      Thanks for visiting.


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