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…

Movie: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Swedish, 2009 (♦♦♦♦)

Journalist Mikael Blomkvist, recently found guilty in a libel case against a powerful financier, is richly commissioned by retired businessman Henrik Vanger to investigate the disappearance of Harriet Vanger, his fifteen year old niece, occurred forty years ago. The teen disappeared during a business summit of the Vanger group, whose members were mostly family. Henrik Vanger has reasons to believe that his niece was murdered and that someone is still playing a sick joke on him. Lisbeth Salander, a twenty-four year old troubled computer genius, joins the investigation and with her help, Blomkvist breaks the case.

I have read comments of people who say that Lisbeth is a rip-off of Abby from NCIS, but the Lisbeth in the movie is entirely different, a character with Abby’s computer abilities, yes, but also with an inner, complex life of her own.

This movie is not only long, but as graphic as it gets. There are sexual crimes (at least two instances of rape) and violent images of murdered women. The story is engaging and the acting is convincing, but the whole atmosphere of the film is so violent and dark that it is difficult to like it. Despite of it all, it lingers…