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…

Glory Road (♦♦♦♦♦)

Don Haskins (Josh Lucas, Sweet Home Alabama), the coach of a high school female basketball team, is offered a job as the coach of a college male basketball team in El Paso, Texas in the 1960s. With little money to spare for recruiting, he convinces the president of the college that more scholarships are needed to attract new players, while the assistant coach travels the country to bring onboard the best players they can find anywhere, even in the street courts. The only problem is that the new faces, most of them men of color, have to contend with the racial prejudices prevalent in the era and must learn a lesson about trust, discipline and courage while giving a lesson to the masses about racial understanding and greatness regardless of skin color.

Jon Voight (Mission Impossible), Derek Luke (Antwone Fisher) and Emily Deschanel (Bones) co-star.

This movie is one big rush of adrenaline from start to finish. There are many films with the same topic but this one excels for the tension it delivers and for the good acting of its entire cast. The interviews with actual members of both teams and with both coaches, Don Haskins and Adolph Rupp, as the closing credits begin to roll, is a special treat.

Not to be missed!