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…

Contagion (♦♦♦♦)

An American woman travels to China. Next thing we know, a virus is spreading at the speed of a touch (to the face, hand to hand), and it kills everyone she has come in contact with in the first four days, except her husband. Within little time, the virus starts mutating and there are no vaccines available anywhere. With uncertainty comes chaos, and desperate Americans turn to crime in search of relief.

I typically don’t watch end-of-the-world kind of movies, but I liked the trailer so I took the plunge. Oh boy! This movie seriously gave me the creeps! A star-studded cast is the highlight of the film and I must say each one of the actors is very well utilized. The movie is acted to perfection and the acoustic beats of the score contribute to the fast pace of the plot. In a world as small as today’s, it is only a matter of time until something so sinister happens, which is why the film has contemporary resonance.

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