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…

Lovelace (♦♦♦♦)

In the 1970s, Linda Lovelace starred in an adult movie that became a sensation. She became an overnight celebrity. Little did people know that she had been an unwilling pawn in her husband sick way of making money.

Amanda Seyfried usually stars in bubbly, feel good movies, but in Lovelace she sheds her good girl image and delivers the performance of her life as Linda Lovelace. The role is challenging enough for an acting heavyweight, but Seyfried as usual makes it seem effortless, as if all the sugar coated roles that preceded this one had been in preparation for Lovelace. Don't get me wrong, there is a bubbly personality underneath the sexy persona, and Seyfried shines equally as the girl next door turned unwilling celebrity than she does as a common woman needing love and protection.

Peter Sarsgaard has the role of the abusive scumbag husband, and he owns his role as well. He is the villain in the story and you get to hate him for it.

Lovelace is not a family movie; it is intended for adults as much for its graphic nudity, drug use, depiction of the sex movie industry, as it is for scenes of domestic abuse.

Far from the suggested explicit sexuality, the real message of Lovelace resides in a woman who was abused, exploited in a relationship, and turned her life around and gave a voice to victims of sex and domestic violence.

Cast:
Amanda Seyfried (Linda Lovelace), Peter Sarsgaard (Chuck Traynor, Linda’s husband), Sharon Stone (Dorothy Boreman, Linda’s mother), Robert Patrick (John Boreman, Linda’s father), James Franco (Hugh Hefner), Bobby Cannavale (Butchie Peraino), Chris Noth (Anthony Romano)

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  1. I remember Linda Lovelace but I never really knew her personal story. It sounds as though she had a lot that she had to rise above in order to be successful. And James Franco as Hugh Hefner? Interesting!

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    1. Well, her own husband forced her to make the movie that gave her fame. It's very difficult to watch. Yes, James Franco as a younger Hugh Hefner.

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  2. Amanda Seyfried is pretty talented. I'm glad Lovelace turned things around. I saw Seyfried in While We're Young which is a pretty entertaining movie.

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    1. She is very talented; she shines pretty much in every movie she acts in, but she simply was born for this role. It is a such a contrast to anything she has done before...I haven't seen While We're Young, but I promise to search for it.

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