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…

Limitless (♦♦♦½)

Edward Morra (Bradley Cooper, The Hangover) discovers endless possibilities when he takes an experimental drug that taps 100% of the brain’s potential. The catch is that he has been given only one pill. The next time he meets his supplier to get more, he runs into a murder scene. The pill has devastating side effects, but who cares! With the help of the drug, Edward writes a book in four days, learns several languages in less than a month, and becomes a financial guru. However, other users of the drug become an issue for Eddie when they make clear that they are willing to commit murder unless they can get a steady supply of the miraculous drug.

The camera work in this movie is very dynamic; so much so that it’s almost dizzying. I liked the different hues things would get depending if a character had taken the drug or not. I also enjoyed the script; it’s a very interesting story. The acting is good across the board; Abbie Cornish (Sucker Punch) and Robert De Niro also co-star.