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…

Looper (♦♦♦½)

In the not so distant future, time travel has been invented. A man from the future travels to the past to order hits and settle scores; his paid assassins are called “loopers”, they kill their older selves. Enter Joe, a young man who is a looper and is secretly stashing bars of silver to make a life in France once he decides he’s had enough of that life.

Thirty years from Joe’s time, with time travel already invented, a man named Joe has recovered from a troubled past and lives peacefully in China with his beautiful, younger wife. Problem comes knocking when a criminal called The Rainmaker bursts into his house, killing Joe’s wife. Older Joe travels to the past with the purpose of killing The Rainmaker as a kid, only Joe doesn’t know that he has an appointment with his younger self who has been ordered to close his own loop, unbeknownst to him.

Looper has one of the most intriguing plots since Inception, though it is less pretentious. It is mind-bending and imaginative though at its core it’s nothing but a shoot-them-up. There are good performances by Bruce Willis as older Joe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt as looper Joe, Emily Blunt—is there anyone she doesn’t have good chemistry with?—as Sara and Pierce Gagnon as Cid, a kid with destructive telekinetics abilities, the younger version of The Rainmaker.

Overall, Looper is a mind-bending movie with an odd twist. Inception and Chronicle come to mind when watching this film.

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