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…

Sucker Punch (♦♦♦½)

Baby Doll (Emily Browning), Amber (Jamie Chung), Rocket (Jena Malone), Blondie (Vanessa Hudgens) and Sweet Pea (Abbie Cornish), are five girls secluded in an institution for the mentally insane. Most of them are orphans. Baby Doll was brought in by her abusive stepfather after she tried to kill him following a family tragedy, which unfolded to the beat of Sweet Dreams.

These five girls have been set aside to perform sensual dances and dispense favors for high rollers. The girls execute a plan to escape; with that purpose they have to collect useful items, battle real German soldiers, mythological monsters and deactivate a bomb on a high speed train, all while Baby Doll dances to the sound of techno music.

This movie is a more commercial Inception without the lecture. It is difficult to pinpoint the time when the story takes place, but it’s not needed. Since the opening notes of Sweet Dreams is one big rush of adrenaline until the closing credits. Beautiful makeup, sexy outfits and plenty of butt kicking action make this movie a rollercoaster ride, albeit an odd one.