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…

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (♦♦♦)

It’s 1973. There have been rumors for several years that a Soviet mole has infiltrated the highest levels of British intelligence. The department in question has only five members, each one with plenty of hidden skeletons in their closets. George Smiley (Gary Oldman), a retired spy, is given the task to find out who the mole is and expose him.

I didn’t know what to think of this film once it was finished. It left me puzzled. I’m not sure I fully understood the intricacies of the plot; I’ll have to watch the movie with closed caption to appreciate it completely.

There were many twists in the plot and as I said each one of the five spymasters had something to hide, so the audience is left in the dark for the entirety of the movie and we learn only what Smiley has up to that point. I went along for the ride, but at some point I began to question if there was going to be enough time in the end to expose the traitor. Ultimately, the result was neither satisfying nor disappointing.

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