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…

Cedar Rapids (♦♦♦♦)

After the spokesman for his insurance agency commits suicide, insurance salesman Tim Lippe (Ed Helms) gets a chance to travel to an insurance convention and bring home the coveted Two Diamonds Award, which recognizes the best in the business. He befriends his two roommates John C. Reilly and Isiah Whitlock Jr.), who are not to be trusted according to his boss, has an impromptu affair with a fellow saleswoman (Anne Heche), uses recreational drugs, goes to a party and gets beaten; in summary, the works…

This movie started so-so, but once the convention started, it became hysterical. All the performances are good. I really enjoyed this film!