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 Elephant in the Living Room (♦♦♦♦♦)

Many states in the U.S. allow legal ownership of exotic wild animals, and there is a booming marketplace out there where no filming is allowed, catering to every exotic taste. But when animals grow unmanageable and attack, or when owners change their minds and discard the wild critters, it is up to public safety officers around the country to risk their lives to catch and protect the animals or find them suitable accommodations.

Interwoven with public safety officers' interviews are those of exotic pet owners, an emergency doctor's opinion and snippets of news reporting public sightings and/or attacks of wild animals. Eye-opening, visceral, and just plain heartbreaking is this documentary that is a roller coaster experience for victims and animal lovers alike.

When you see an old man crying his love for his four year old African lion, which he reared up since it was a cub, you know that you are facing an issue in which there are only losers, most of all the wild animals.


  1. Texas is a hotbed for private ownership of exotic animals. It is not a good thing.

    1. They showed not so secret auctions where people all around the country shop for them. The problem is all over, but I believe the South was more prominently displayed, probably because of the cases of boa constrictors in the Everglades.

  2. This documentary seems pretty heartbreaking, I wonder if I could make it through it. Animal stories kill me totally. But it sounds important too.

    1. It is heartbreaking, but so worth it.


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