Snapshots - #42: Thor: Ragnarok, Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool, LBJ

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Thor: Ragnarok (2017), (♦♦♦♦½): Thor has saved earth twice by now and has, for the last two years, wandered the universe searching for infinity stones. He hasn't found any. He has, however, become prisoner of an enemy of Asgard, Surtur, who tells Thor that his visions of Asgard engulfed in flames is a premonition of Ragnarok—the destruction of Asgard, which is already in motion. Thor frees himself and arrives at home to find Loki sitting on the throne, passing as Odin, and neglecting his duties to protect the Nine Realms. With Odin's exile, Asgard's enemies have been reassembling, but Odin's death may just free Hela, a goddess against whom neither Thor nor Loki are enough.
It was in Thor: The Dark World where Loki, an antagonist, first threatened to steal the show. He became the villain that Marvel fandom loves to hate. While Loki is at his most charming in this film, the director, with the help of a sparkling screenplay, has very much exploited the great chemistry of t…

A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah (♦♦♦♦)

Great book, horrible, but great; pick it up if you can, I strongly recommend it. If you "enjoyed" (and I use this term loosely) the movies Hotel Rwanda and Blood Diamond, then you'll definitely will appreciate this candid story, which as it happens, it's the biography of a former child soldier.

Ismael Beah was born and bred in a small village in Sierra Leone until war and death snaked their way into his life when he was only 12 years of age forcing him to take an active part as a child soldier in his country’s Civil War. For several years, using a cocktail of drugs and heavy artillery, he was forced along others to pillage country villages and kill in the most savage fashion, until he was rescued by a United Nations contingent at the age of 15. His recovery started first in a small hospital in Freetown, Sierra Leone’s capital, followed by a new opportunity to live normally with his newfound family. However, the political forces running the country threatened the fragile peace, and Beah had to make the decision to leave his family and country for good.

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