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

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…

Trade (♦♦♦♦)

I just finished watching this movie and must say it was shocking almost from the very beginning until the end; not in the visually striking or awesome kind of way, but because of the reality of the subject covered. It is so utterly brutal and the same time real that makes one wonder how it’s possible that those things happen in today’s world.

The topic of this film is human trafficking. The movie starts with Adriana, a thirteen year-old Mexican girl, celebrating her birthday. Her brother Jorge crashes the party and brings with him a bike as a present for his sister. Their mother opposes the gift, but Jorge leaves it and goes out with friends. The next morning Adriana leaves the house, riding her bike, and is kidnapped in the street without any apparent witness. The rest of the movie is divided between the quest of the traffickers to deliver their cargo, and Jorge and a policeman friend (Kevin Kline) riding their car in a race against time to get to New Jersey where Adriana will ultimately be sold in an auction as a sex slave. If you’re not queasy about these type of movies then watch it, I strongly recommend it.