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 the King’s Men, 2006 (♦♦♦♦♦)

A Southern, populist politician wins the election for Governor, but behind closed doors he is just as underhanded as the politicians he defeated.

In All the King’s Men star Kate Winslet (The Reader, Titanic), Sean Penn (Mystic River, Milk), Jude Law (Alfie, Cold Mountain) and Mark Ruffalo (Zodiac, 13 Going on 30). Patricia Clarkson and James Gandolfini (Sopranos) co-star. If you ever want to know the end of every populist politician and every violent revolution, then this movie is made for you. If you think that the world is all good, then don’t see it because you won’t get it! Most violent revolutions end up destroying the very ideals they said to defend, just as every populist politician says exactly what people want to hear. That is exactly the topic of this movie, brilliantly accomplished by a star-studded cast.

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