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 Secret Life of Walter Mitty (♦♦♦♦♦)

Walter Mitty is a bachelor who has never done anything noteworthy or been anywhere. He takes an interest in a coworker whom he has overheard joined eHarmony, so he joins as well, but even writing his profile is a struggle. Little does he know that over the course of the next two weeks his life will change dramatically (in the best sense), for Life magazine, where he has worked for 16 years, will be transitioning to online only release after a merger and they’ll be facing a massive layoff.

Directed, co-produced and acted by Ben Stiller in the leading role, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is a little gem. Who knew Ben Stiller had this in him?! It has beautiful cinematography, breathtaking photography and cool special effects. Quirky and outrageously funny, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty shouldn't be missed.

Ben Stiller (Walter Mitty), Kristen Wiig (Cheryl Melhoff, Walter's love interest), Shirley MacLaine (Edna Mitty, Walter's mom), Kathryn Hahn (Odessa Mitty, Walter's sister), Sean Penn (in a cameo role as Sean O’Connell, famous photographer and Walter’s hero)


  1. Wasn't there a much older version of this movie - maybe starring Walter Matthau? I seem to remember seeing it on black and white TV as a kid. Maybe I'm confusing it with something else. I've always enjoyed Ben Stiller. He's a very talented guy and I think I'd like to see this movie.

    1. Well, I didn't know there was an older version but thanks to Judy and you I've learned that there is.
      For me Ben Stiller is hit or miss. I thought he could only do stuff like There's Something About Mary, or Night(s) at the Museum, which are funny but a long stretch from Tropic Thunder and Walter Mitty. This one really impressed me.

  2. I kept thinking I knew this name, Walter Mitty, from earlier in my life. Here is what Wikipedia said: "Walter Mitty is a fictional character in James Thurber's short story "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty", first published in The New Yorker on March 18, 1939, and in book form in My World and Welcome to It in 1942. Thurber loosely based the character on his friend, Walter Mithoff.[1] It was made into a film in 1947, with a remake directed by and starring Ben Stiller released in 2013." My dad liked James Thurber and I guess this story made a big impression on him. I just remember him bringing up that name when I was a little kid. Guess I need to see the movie, right?

    1. Thanks for the background info, Judy. It didn't occur to me to wiki-ed it to see what I could learn. It's good to know it's an adaptation; I didn't know that.
      I liked this movie a great deal and had some great laugh out loud moments especially when Mitty spaced out to daydream during a conversation.

  3. I'm not sure why my husband & I haven't watched this one yet. I think we will now -- based on your strong review. Thanks! We could use some fun humor - and like both Stiller and Wiig.

    1. I really liked this one. I hope you do too.


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