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…

All Good Things (♦♦♦♦♦)

David Marks (Ryan Gosling) is a real estate heir who has lived a life of privilege, but has also grown picking up the pieces left by a family tragedy he witnessed when he was a child. In a story that spans three decades, young David meets Katie McCarthy (Kirsten Dunst) and they get married. David and Katie decide to leave the city for a quiet country setting, until his father, Sanford Marks (Frank Langella), intrudes and offers him to work for him, something David had promised himself he would never do.

Married life is perfect for the first few years, but little by little the situation deteriorates until one day Katie vanishes. Twenty years later, the case of her disappearance is reopened and bodies of people close to David and the case start to pile up making him the prime suspect.

This movie should have been better titled as All Good Things (Must Come to an End). In an understated way this film packs quite a punch. I didn’t know what to expect from it. I like Ryan Gosling; he has delivered astounding performances in The Notebook and Half Nelson, so I said, let me watch this one, but…WOW. In this motion picture Ryan Gosling has simply stepped up to another acting level. I’m sorry he was not considered for an Oscar for this role. Not only Gosling is excellent in his role, so are Frank Langella (as expected) and Kirsten Dunst, who just became an acting star.

On one hand, Frank Langella’s Frost vs. Nixon’s role just blew my mind away. On the other hand, Kirsten Dunst had not been able to impress me much until now; her Spiderman days were just cute, but in All Good Things she REALLY ACTS.

In this film the music tells as much of a story as the plot itself. Since the account begins in the 1970’s, there’s disco music, but the recurring theme is the one letting you know that ominous things are coming this way, and oh, my…

Great movie, not to be missed!

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