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…

The Elephant in the Living Room (♦♦♦♦♦)

Many states in the U.S. allow legal ownership of exotic wild animals, and there is a booming marketplace out there where no filming is allowed, catering to every exotic taste. But when animals grow unmanageable and attack, or when owners change their minds and discard the wild critters, it is up to public safety officers around the country to risk their lives to catch and protect the animals or find them suitable accommodations.

Interwoven with public safety officers' interviews are those of exotic pet owners, an emergency doctor's opinion and snippets of news reporting public sightings and/or attacks of wild animals. Eye-opening, visceral, and just plain heartbreaking is this documentary that is a roller coaster experience for victims and animal lovers alike.

When you see an old man crying his love for his four year old African lion, which he reared up since it was a cub, you know that you are facing an issue in which there are only losers, most of all the wild animals.


  1. Texas is a hotbed for private ownership of exotic animals. It is not a good thing.

    1. They showed not so secret auctions where people all around the country shop for them. The problem is all over, but I believe the South was more prominently displayed, probably because of the cases of boa constrictors in the Everglades.

  2. This documentary seems pretty heartbreaking, I wonder if I could make it through it. Animal stories kill me totally. But it sounds important too.

    1. It is heartbreaking, but so worth it.


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