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…

Captive (♦♦♦)

A man named Brian Nichols, accused of rape, escapes from a courthouse in Atlanta, Georgia, after killing two people and leaving one comatose. He steals four cars around the city and kills a federal agent before holding hostage a woman for seven hours. Ashley Smith, Nichols' captive, talks him down using passages of the book The Purpose Driven Life.

I remembered elements of this case, particularly about the woman talking to her captor about The Purpose Driven Life, so I recognized the story in the film.

A movie filmed almost entirely in interiors, may risk feeling claustrophobic, but Captive is dynamic and focuses less on where the story takes place and emphasizes the plot and the performances.

If David Oyelowo's Nichols is at times introspective and at other times rather volatile, Kate Mara's Ashley is the perfect balance, a strange mixture of fear, vulnerability, and poise. Those emotions may be hard to convey, but both Oyelowo and Mara do so brilliantly.


  1. This sounds so powerful! It is in the queue.

    1. Not so powerful, but great performances.

  2. I've not heard of this one. I shall have to go and take a look at it.
    Lynn :D

    1. More than the movie itself, it was the message that was quite powerful, and so were the performances.

  3. I remember this case but I haven't seen the movie. The trailer of it looks good. Oyelowo was quite good in Selma.

    1. I haven't seen Selma yet, but he's been good in other movies like The Butler. He has become quite a revelation as an actor.


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