Nov
03
2017
1

My mini-review of Thor: Ragnarok.

Short version: excellently silly.

Slightly longer version: It Did Not Suck. The movie was legit funny, and managed to walk the line of having Thor being the subject of comedy without turning him into a buffoon. The color palette and musical accompaniment was everything that you’d expect from a Silver Age Marvel-inspired movie, and it generally worked. It also cleared the decks for future films, and I will not say anything further because spoilers. A day may come when a MCU movie blows out both engines, and starts tumbling back down the gravity well to a fiery immolation and the destruction of the franchise — but it is not this day.

Moe Lane

PS: Everybody in the movie had a blast playing their parts. You could tell.

Nov
03
2017
3

Quote of the Night, I Feel So Relieved About Thor: Ragnarok Right Now edition.

From NPR(!):

It’s funnier and prettier than most of the other Marvel movies, having figured out that adopting the visual palette of Frank Frazetta’s glossy swords n’ monsters n’ muscles fantasy paintings — rather than trying to cross that uncanny valley into photorealism — is a good way to make the wall-to-wall CGI less fatiguing. Half the frames in this film would look right at home airbrushed on the side of a 1978 Ford Econoline “shaggin’ wagon” van, which would almost certainly be blasting Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song,” a vintage headbanger that the Thor 3 soundtrack Ragna-rocks twice. (I am getting choked up thinking about all the 10-year-olds who will see this thing and shortly thereafter download their very first Led Zep.)

I remember my first Led Zep cassette. I’d like to go back to that moment, too.  It’s a magical place.

Oct
29
2017
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Rejoice, my droogies: Thor: Ragnarok apparently Does Not Suck.

I got sent this via email: it’s not really a final trailer so much as it’s some new footage thrown into the old trailer footage and look, Thor: Ragnarok is apparently going to be good, OK? The critics are so far loving it and it’s made $107+ million foreign already before the American release. I think that we are actually gonna get the comic love letter to old-school Marvel and Led  Zeppelin that we were promised.

Cool.

Aug
17
2017
1

Doctor Strange is definitely in Thor: Ragnarok.

At least, that’s what the international trailer is telling me.

Via ComingSoon. I persist in having an irrational hope for this one. It looks like it’s gonna be evocative of 1970s metal with heavy comic elements, which is good.  Kind of heavy metal, in other words — and in both senses of the term. Plus, hey, magic stuff that might even justify going to see it in 3D.

Jul
24
2017
4

Thor Ragnarok script? :giggle: :snort: :guffaw:

I, like GeekTyrant, am not entirely certain that I believe this story:

According to [Director Taika Waititi], 80 percent of Thor: Ragnarok was improvised, or ad-libbed.

“My style of working is I’ll often be behind the camera, or right next to the camera yelling words at people, like, ‘Say this, say this! Say it this way!'” he said. “I’ll straight-up give Anthony Hopkins a line reading. I don’t care.”

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Jul
22
2017
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The Latest Thor: Ragnarok trailer.

I’m not gonna lie.  This trailer brings me back to my teenage years, when I was listening to Led Zeppelin more or less constantly.  This is not a bad thing for Thor: Ragnarok, particularly since it wants to tap into that “Wouldn’t it be cool if they could make movies that really looked like the comic books?”  Well, guess what, my droogies: it turns out that they can, and it is.

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May
07
2017
3

The REAL test of this fully operational movie studio will be Thor: Ragnarok.

Well, the days when Marvel/Disney could laugh maniacally and turn obscure comic book intellectual properties into endless streams of cash have certainly come to a middle: “Walt Disney Pictures and Marvel StudiosGuardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 opened to an estimated $145 million in 4,347 domestic theaters this weekend, an average of $33,368 per location. …Combined with the domestic gross, the estimated global weekend of $269 million contributes to a global overall sum of $428 million after 13 days of play.” There’s a reason why they made sure to note that there was going to be a third movie; the Mouse already knew that this one was going to be a monster. Call it science, call it art, call it arcane powers granted through a sorcerous pact made with supernatural forces, but the writing was literally on the wall for this one. (more…)

Apr
10
2017
12

The ‘Thor: Hot Darn But I Am THERE Ragnarok’ Trailer.

I am absolutely, totally there.  Because while Marvel – to quote Honest Trailers – is drunk on its own power, it’s a blessedly friendly drunk who said “You wanna see Thor and Hulk gladiator it up in the arena, right?  RIGHT? Because so do we!  And we’re gonna get Jeff Goldblum, just because!”

Seriously, this looks far too good to be the third movie in a franchise. Or sub-franchise.  I’m not sure how to score this.

Moe Lane

PS: It lacked only the record scratching sound.

Mar
08
2017
8

I’m not sure what’s more surreal about Thor: Ragnarok.

…that Jeff Goldblum has decided to embrace his inner David Bowie*:

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May
24
2016
3

So, looks like Mark Ruffalo’s gonna green up again.

Interestingly, he’s gonna be playing the Hulk in Thor: Ragnarok. Usual suspects for the main cast: also… “Other newcomers to the film include Jeff Goldblum as the eccentric Grandmaster, Tessa Thompson as the classic hero Valkyrie, and Karl Urban as Skurge.” And with Cate Blanchett as the Big Bad (Hela). That’s gonna be one long geek-fest from start to finish, in other words. Except for Tessa Thompson, who I don’t think has done geek movies before now.

…Apropos of nothing, a Thor / Hulk / Loki / Stacker Pentecost / Van Helsing / Galadriel / Dr. McCoy / Pick The Scientist Jeff Goldblum Will Be Playing movie would be AMAZINGLY good.  And I even know how to make it work.  My pitch? Real simple: LEGO Movie 2.

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