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 Cove (♦♦♦♦)

A team of divers, filmmakers, and dolphin activists join forces to expose a brutal practice in Taiji, a coastal town in Japan. Every September, people representing Seaquaria the world over, meet in a cove to which thousands of dolphins are lured via a sound disorientation method. Marine parks representatives choose the specimens they want, mostly the females, and the rest, even calves, are harpooned to death.

It is estimated that in Japan, 23,000 dolphins are killed each year, and the meat, which contains dangerous levels of mercury (up to 20 times the level accepted for consumption from fish), ends up on occasions being given for free to school lunch programs, and/or sold in supermarkets.

As I saw the credits roll on, I felt consternation at how a first world country can kill animals that are recognizably smarter than us humans, for profit or sheer sport. I understand when third world countries poach valuable animals, either for profit or for survival, because even though I don't condone the practice I think that most times survival overrides ethics, in other words, they don't know better, which isn't the case at all in Japan.

The fact they do it, is shameful; that they cover it up is just criminal.


  1. My goodness. Maybe animals should run the world.

  2. I agree. This movie is a heartbreaker. They shouldn't get away with this. It's awful

    1. Well, apparently most Japanese don't know they are eating dolphin meat, or that that even happens. Authorities get away with it because dolphins aren't protected as whales are. They argue that dolphins decrease the fish population in the oceans, so they treat dolphins as pests.


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