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…

Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (♦♦♦♦)

An alien race known as Mimics has invaded Earth. Our very survival is at stake. Mimics are by far winning the war against humans, but there's hope in the form of two soldiers who have killed, each on a different battle, an alpha mimic--organism dependent of a central brain-like structure called Omega--whose blood has the power to reset time for the soldiers who killed it, making them relive the same day over and over, while the Omega anticipates their every move.

Super soldier Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt) trains to and kills over and over soldier Major Cage (Tom Cruise). Together they'll have to find and destroy the brain-like Omega if they are to save humanity.

Hip and brainy... Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow is Groundhog's Day with an alien twist, and the latest weaponry mankind has been able to conceive, and battles on top of battles. Agreed, you have to be a fan of action movies or sci-fi to enjoy this film, but it delivers on both fronts with a stylish and original screenplay.

I'm partly a fan of these combined genres thanks mostly to Tom Cruise, who has become the go-to actor for hip action-sci-fi. He is an actor that can tackle demanding dramatic roles with ease, but the public has made the choice for him to catapult him to commercial stardom with these action roles, and he has responded by excelling in them. Among his acclaimed movies in this genre we can't fail to cite Minority Report, and the fairly recent Oblivion. I can't quite grasp for sure where the appeal of those films reside, but it's undeniable.

Opposite Tom Cruise is Emily Blunt as super soldier Rita Vrataski, and if you think she is too girlie for this role, you'd better think again. Blunt is not only credible, but we root for her to win; whether she makes it out alive is quite another story.

Emily Blunt is more in her niche with movies like Young Victoria, The Devil Wears Prada, The Adjustment Bureau, The Five-Year Engagement, and Your Sister's Sister, but she is slowly proving that she is not just a pretty face, but an actress with enduring appeal and untapped potential.


  1. Glad you enjoyed this - I thought it was so cool! I also think Minority Report is very cool too. I still need to watch Oblivion. It was nice to see Emily Blunt in this feistier role too; even though I loved her in Young Victoria as well.

    1. I know what you mean; it was a very cool concept well executed. Tom Cruise has a flair for those roles. Oblivion is on the same vein. I couldn't put it in words for a post, but it left me intrigued. Emily Blunt was a surprise in that role, but she carried off quite well actually. I didn't think she had that in her.

  2. I liked Tom Cruise in the Jack Reacher movie. I think they are due out for a sequel. But I haven't seen him in these other movies. Not really my genre.

    1. He was very good as Jack Reacher, it's true, but he really excels in action-sci-fi roles. Maybe you should try Minority Report; it's not that militarized and it's a very intriguing watching experience.

  3. Whoa. I missed this one! Going into the queue right now.

    1. I think you will enjoy this one, Judy.


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