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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…

Snapshots - #18

TV shows...
The Night Manager (♦♦♦♦♦): British army vet Jonathan Pine (Tom Hiddleston) is recruited by Angela Burr, a secret British enforcement agency's lead, to infiltrate the inner circle of Richard Roper (Hugh Laurie), the world's greatest arms dealer, and bring him down.
This AMC/BBC co-production blew my mind away for several reasons. First, it is an adaptation of the John Le Carré novel of the same name, which is an oddity as Le Carré's novels go because, unlike most of his novels, this one actually had a high stakes, satisfying conclusion. Second, the exotic locales, from its initial North Africa setting, to Mallorca and Madrid, Spain, Turkey, London, and the Middle East, the story moved along smoothly between all these settings without losing its cool. Third, the quality of the production was high, with excellent adapted script, and great direction. Fourth, the marvelous ensemble cast led by the amazing Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie had me, from the first episode, …

La La Land (♦♦♦♦♦)

Mia is an aspiring actress who works as a barista at a Starbucks in a movie studio lot. Sebastian is a jazz musician with dreams of owning a jazz club. Over the course of a winter they will meet intermittently not quite realizing that, perhaps, they are meant to be. But, will realizing their individual dreams keep them together?
La La Land is the feel good movie of 2016 award season, and it has it all in a classy nicely wrapped package that will make you, as did I, fall in love with it again and again. La La Land is a musical that pays homage to old Hollywood musicals. It is a love story between a boy and a girl, but also a nostalgic look at the pursuit of dreams, and a celebration of dreams come true in the "City of Dreams".
La La Land is written and directed by Damien Chazelle, who does a great job on both counts because the script has an ethereal quality, and the direction of the movie seems effortlessly; this film relies as much on drama as it does on gorgeous, evocative m…

11 Great Doctor Strange Passages

1- [The Ancient One]: “Who are you in this vast multiverse, Mr. Strange?”
2- [Mordo]: “Bathe, rest, Meditate, if you can. The Ancient One will send for you.” (Handing out to Strange a piece of paper with a word written on it …) [Strange]: “Oh, what’s this? My mantra?” [Mordo]: “The Wi-Fi password. We are not savages.”
3- [The Ancient One]: “We harness energy drawn from other dimensions of the Multiverse to cast spells, to conjure shields and weapons…to make magic.”
4- [The Ancient One]: “How did you get to reattach severed nerves and put a human spine back together bone by bone?” [Strange]: “Study and practice, years of it.”
5- [Wong]: “Mr. Strange.” [Strange]: “Uh, Stephen, please. And you are?” [Wong]: “Wong.” [Strange]: “Just Wong? Like Adele? Or Aristotle…Drake…Bono…E-mi-nem.”
6- (Pointing to books on shelves…)  [Strange]: “What are those?”  [Wong]: “The Ancient One’s private collection.” [Strange]: “So they’re forbidden?” [Wong]: “No knowledge in Kamar-Taj is forbidden; only certain practices. Those b…

Doctor Strange (♦♦♦♦♦)

Dr. Stephen Strange is a world renowned neurosurgeon who suffers a car accident that causes severe nerve damage to his precious hands. In need of healing, and as a last resort, Stephen travels to Kathmandu, Nepal, where, in a temple called Kamar-Taj, he learns the tools to heal his body through magic. But this ancient practice, and the three sanctums that protect it, are under attack by a zealot and his followers—former students at Kamar-Taj—, who want nothing but everlasting life and the Master of Darkness to rule on Earth as he does in the Dark Dimension.
I thought that after the luscious world building and the ambitious scope of Thor, there was nothing new to tell or new ways to express them in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Oh, how wrong I was! I thought Tony Stark (a.k.a., Iron Man) and Captain America were my favorite characters in the MCU, and now comes Dr. Strange, with the gifted and multifaceted Benedict Cumberbatch leading an all-star ensemble, and has made reconsider my oth…