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…

Steve Jobs (♦♦♦♦)

Steve Jobs the film, chronicles some of the conflicts Steve Jobs underwent during his tenures at Apple, both before getting fired, in the interim, and after his triumphant return as the head of Apple with the launch of the iMac.

I reviewed Jobs starring Ashton Kutcher back when almost no one read my blog. Back then I was very impressed with Kutcher’s performance and his likeness to Steve Jobs. Michael Fassbender didn't resembled Steve Jobs physically during most of this movie, but his alienating attitude was spot on.

The film Steve Jobs explores, in conflict form, Steve Jobs make as a man. Curiously, his closest people thought he was brilliant but an otherwise deplorable human being. What comes through in this movie is Fassbender ability to shine under constant emotional pressure, present because most of the movie is one argument after the other. Therefore, in Steve Jobs is not the leader that is explored so much but rather the man behind the myth, and quite a man he was.

You may believe him disagreeable but the man and the company he founded have changed the way we live in remarkable ways.

In Steve Jobs star a stellar supporting cast headed by Kate Winslet, Jeff Daniels, and Seth Rogen in his first big leagues role.

Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs), Kate Winslet (Joanna Hoffman, Jobs personal assistant), Jeff Daniels (John Sculley, Apple's C.E.O.), Seth Rogen (Steve Wozniak)


Wozniak to Jobs: "It's not binary. You can be decent and gifted at the same time."


  1. Love the Wozniak quote. I wanted to see this movie when it was in the theaters, but never got the chance. I'll get to it some day.

    1. The quote was part of an argument; I thought it captured the moment perfectly.
      The movie is very well made, though you have to pay attention because there's no action, just talks and discussions.

  2. Can't wait to see this one! It is in the queue. I wondered how it would compare to "Jobs" which I also enjoyed. Have you read the doorstopper biography by Walter Issacson? I have it on my shelf but have never even cracked it. Someday. Your comment on how no one read your blog in 2013 made me wonder when I first started reading it. Glad I found you!

    1. I haven't read the book, but I definitely would like to.
      I could probably tell you if I traced my comments section when we first found each other. I'm glad I found you too, Judy. It hurt when you stopped blogging for a while.

    2. Judy,
      I traced your first comment back to May 2013.

    3. So glad to have found you, Judy! :-)

  3. I saw & reviewed this film too --- lots and lots of dialogue from the script by Aaron Sorkin. Fassbender is amazing! and Winslet does pretty well too. Jobs comes out not a very likable person!

    1. I read your review and hesitated to give this one a try because of so much dialogue. When that happens I like to watch it with closed captions to ensure I didn't miss anything important.
      I agree with you, Fassbender is amazing. This is his first performance where I have been very impressed. Kate Winslet was good too. Even Seth Rogeñ was good in this movie!

  4. I thought this was quite good. Like you say Fassbender doesn't really look like Jobs - whereas Kutcher really did have the look. But I thought he did a very good portrayal. An interesting film really.
    Lynn :D

    1. Yes, Fassbender nailed it, but the whole ensemble cast was superb.


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