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…

Ocean’s Eleven, 2001 (♦♦♦♦♦)

When Danny Ocean (George Clooney) went to jail the time before last, his wife Tess (Julia Roberts) left him and went to work as a gallery curator for Terry Benedict (Andy Garcia), the owner of three of Vegas’ most famous casinos. Once out of jail, Danny assembles a team with the best and brightest of the thievery world and, on a boxing fight night, carries out a flawless heist on the Bellagio’s vault, which contains the riches of that and two other major casinos. Never mind that those casinos are controlled by no other than Terry Benedict, the man who is currently dating his wife, but maybe getting even makes the theft even more satisfying.

I loved the stylish heist in this movie, even more so because they didn’t have to kill anyone to get the money. The entire cast was charismatic and lovable. I dare to say they felt they were playing rather than working, reason why they went on to film two other motion pictures in the franchise. I didn’t like Ocean’s Twelve or Ocean’s Thirteen as much as Eleven, though the same elements of the first movie remain.

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