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…

11 Great Doctor Strange Passages

[The Ancient One]: “Who are you in this vast multiverse, Mr. Strange?”

[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.”

[The Ancient One]: “We harness energy drawn from other dimensions of the Multiverse to cast spells, to conjure shields and weapons…to make magic.”

[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.”

[Wong]: “Mr. Strange.”
[Strange]: “Uh, Stephen, please. And you are?”
[Wong]: “Wong.”
[Strange]: “Just Wong? Like Adele? Or Aristotle…Drake…Bono…E-mi-nem.”

            (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 books are far too advanced for anyone other than the Sorcerer Supreme.”
[Strange]: “This one’s got pages missing.”
[Wong]: “That’s the Book of Cagliostro. A study of time. One of the rituals was stolen by a former master. The Zealot Kaecilius. Just after he strung up the former librarian and relieved him of his head.”
 “I am now the guardian of these books. So if a volume from this collection should be stolen again…I’d know it…and you’d be dead before you ever left the compound.”
[Strange]: “What if it’s just overdue, you know? Any late fees I should know about? Maiming, perhaps?”
                    “Thank you for the books…and for the horrifying story…and for the threat upon my life.”

[Mordo to Strange]: “Fight like your life depended on it…Because one day…it may.”

[Kaecilius]: “How long have you been at Kamar-Taj, Mister…?”
[Strange]: “Doctor.”
[Kaecilius]: “Mister Doctor?”
[Strange]: “It’s Strange.”
[Kaecilius]: “Maybe. Who am I to judge?”

[Kaecilius to Strange]: “What was it that brought you to Kamar-Taj, doctor? Was it enlightenment? Power? You came to be healed as did we all. Kamar-Taj is a place that collects broken things. We all come with the promise of being healed and instead The Ancient One gives us parlor tricks…The real magic she keeps for herself. Do you ever wonder how she managed to live this long?”

[Christine]: “What the hell is happening? Where have you been?”
[Strange]: “Well, after Western medicine failed me I headed east and ended up in Kathmandu.”
[Christine]: “Kathmandu?”
[Strange]: “Yeah.”
[Christine]: “Like the Bob Seger song?”
[Strange]: “Yeah. 1975, Beautiful Loser. Side A. Yeah.”
                   “I went to a place called Kamar-Taj and talked to someone called The Ancient One.”
[Christine]: “Oh, so you joined a cult.”
[Strange]: “No, I didn’t. No, not exactly. No. They did teach me to tap into powers that I ever never knew existed…”
[Christine]: “Yeah. That sounds like a cult.”
[Strange]: “It’s not a cult.”
[Christine]: “Well. That’s what a cultist would say.”

[Strange]: “Yeah, you know, you really should have stolen the whole book because the warnings…The warnings come after the spells.”


  1. I agree #2 & #8 made me laugh. Cumberbatch must be fun in this role!

    1. He is. You should watch it; I think you will like it.


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