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…

Winter’s Bone (♦♦♦)

Seventeen year-old Ree Dolly (Jennifer Lawrence) takes care of her sick mother and younger siblings Ashley and Sonny. Jessup Dolly, Ree's father, is wanted by the police and has tied up the family house to his bond, so if he doesn’t keep his court date, they’ll lose their house. Ree promises a law enforcement officer that she will find her father and force him to go to court, that is, if she can find him.

Ree lives in a fairly small community--most of them family-- but no one is talking; though they all seem to know something about the Jessup’s whereabouts. Ree then has to rattle cages and in the process, gets herself beaten up. Her uncle Teardrop comes to her rescue, and with his help, Ree finds out that someone has killed her father for snitching. The last thing she has to do is to present proof of her father’s death to keep their property intact.

I did not like this movie one bit. I mean, the acting is good, but there are so many crooks! I never saw so many dirty faces and ugly attitudes in a movie before. The story is good, though the pace is slow. Not one of last year’s best films.

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