Review: Thor Ragnarok

Thor Ragnarok

I am so excited for Thor: Ragnarok I just can’t tell you. I enjoyed the first two Thor movies but both were very Earth-centric and that’s not what Thor is about. He’s a cosmic hero. He should be saving the universe, not the world. I’m hopeful that this movie will give us that. Also Chris Hemsworth has a real comic talent (did you see him in Ghostbusters?) and it looks like this film is taking advantage of that.

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Review: The Snowman

Michael Fasbender in The Snowman

Lots of snow movies lately! The latest is The Snowman, based on the Jo Nesbo thriller. I have enough experience with “Scandi Noir” that I read the book first, to be sure there isn’t anything in it that would put me off seeing the film. The book is truly awful. Possibly this is partially due to translation, but it was the structure that really turned me off: rambling and non-linear. It also has a thread of misogyny i find hard to stomach. But bad books have been turned into good films before. The director, Tomas Alfredson, also made Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and Let Me In, both of which I enjoyed.

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Review: Blade Runner 2049

Blade Runner 2049 (3)

If you’re a sci-fi fan, saying you don’t like Blade Runner is a bit like being a geologist who believes the earth is flat. But nevertheless, I’m not a big fan of Blade Runner. Maybe it’s because there are so many different cuts. Maybe it’s because all the female characters are essentially sex toys. Or maybe I just don’t get it. I dutifully re- watched it (two different cuts!) to prep for the sequel and I still find the misogyny and inconsistencies too irritating to really enjoy it. But I’m headed to the sequel because I love Denis Villeneuve’s work, and the cast here is amazing. If nothing else, it should be beautiful to watch.

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