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…

L.A. Confidential (♦♦♦)

In 1950s Los Angeles Police Department there are all types of policemen: those like Jack Vincennes (Kevin Spacey), who feed stories to paparazzi in exchange for money and fame; those like Bud White (Russell Crowe), who have a short-fuse but also a good heart, often used by his superiors as a “muscle”, but with enough brain to become a homicide detective if given the chance; then there are those like Edmund Exley (Guy Pearce), politics-savvy, willing to make a name despite his idealism…And the crooked ones, who think they can get away with anything.

When several people are violently murdered in a diner, LAPD appear to solve the crime rather swiftly, but all is not as it seems... Stolen drugs, a prostitution ring with movie stars look-alikes as hookers, politicians and corrupt cops, collide to provide clues for solving the diner’s murders.

I wasn’t crazy about this movie despite its all-star cast. I have seen some of those characters before, played by the same actors. The ensemble cast works rather well, but none of the individual performances is mesmerizing. This is a nice whodunit, but a bit confusing if are not paying close attention.

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