“He’s not bad, just conflicted”: My crush on Tom Hiddleston’s Loki

This is my entry for the 2017 Reel Infatuation Blogathon hosted by Silver Screenings and Reel Infatuation, I’m happy to be participating for the second year!!

I have this habit of developing crushes on villains. I’m not sure why, I think it’s because so many times the villain is the most interesting character in the story, he has layers to him, and interesting motivations. And then there’s a character like Loki, brought to brilliant life by Tom Hiddleston, who is another case entirely.

From the moment he first travelled through the Tesseract in The Avengers (my first experience with the character), I was in love with Loki of Asgard. The would-be King of Asgard/Midgard/whatever he can conquer is equal parts menace and charm. He’s also not afraid to get his hands dirty (unlike some villains) as he doesn’t hesitate to attack a man to get his eyeball (long story). But please don’t get the idea that I have a crush on Loki because he does all of these evil things. What really attracts me to him is the fact that, for a villain, he really isn’t evil at all. In fact, the more I learn about Loki (as Tom Hiddleston has played him), the more sympathetic I am to his cause.

Take, for example, Hiddleston’s performance in the first Thor film. We (the audience) know from the start that Loki is actually a Frost Giant disguised as an Aesir. But Loki doesn’t know this until deep into the film, and once he knows the truth, you can tell it just DESTROYS him inside, to realize that he isn’t actually Odin’s son, that he actually belongs to a race that every last warrior in Asgard is raised from birth to despise. And seeing Loki in such pain, I want to reach through the screen, comfort him and slap Odin upside the head for being such an idiot in favoring meathead Thor the way he does. It’s no wonder Loki has issues. And I know all about struggling through issues, so I am very much attracted to a man who suffers through similar things.

I hope this makes sense, why I have such a crush on Loki. He can be so charming, mischievous and it strikes me that he is the kind who does not give his affections (or trust) lightly. And at the same time, he is also not afraid to go after what he believes is rightfully his. He has his convictions (I don’t care what Coulson says), and I admire that in a man.

I’m very sad that Thor: Ragnarok will be Hiddleston’s last outing as Loki (unless he’s been persuaded to change his mind. I’m very nervous that he’s going to be killed for real this time. Hopefully Loki gets a happy ending for once.

And that’s my crush on Loki 🙂 I hope you enjoyed it!

Remembering James Horner Blogathon Day 3

Unbelievably the last day of the Remembering James Horner Blogathon is already here! Thank you to everyone who has participated thus far, enjoy day 3!!

MovieRob: The Karate Kid (2010)

The magic of James Horner: Casper (1995)

Christina Wehner: Sneakers (1992)

Listening to Film: The Rocketeer (1991)

Tranquil Dreams: The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008)

See also:

2nd Annual Remembering James Horner Blogathon Day 1!!

2nd Annual Remembering James Horner Blogathon Day 2!!

The magic of James Horner: Casper (1995)

Thanks to everyone who has participated in the blogathon so far. Today is the last day and here is my contribution. Enjoy!

It’s been two years since James Horner was ripped away from us, his passing left a void that may never be filled. He had a gift for creating magical themes that stuck in the head for hours after the movie was over. And one of my favorite examples from the mid-90s was the main theme from Casper (1995).

Loosely based on the comics character Casper the Friendly Ghost, Casper follows a paranormal therapist, Dr. James Harvey (Bill Pullman) and his daughter “Kat” as they travel from state to state in an attempt to make contact with the spirit of Harvey’s deceased wife Amelia. The pair come to Casper’s former home when the spoiled heiress who inherited the home wants the ghosts (Casper and his uncles) removed so she can claim the “treasure” hidden inside.

Casper’s Lullaby

Casper’s theme, listed on the soundtrack as “Casper’s Lullaby”, is a haunting piano melody that comes to the forefront particularly when Casper remembers the events of his death, and also during the Halloween dance when Kat realizes she’s dancing with Casper (who’s alive for one night).

How Casper Died

It’s such a haunting melody, one that highlights the tragedy of Casper’s short life, and the fact that he “didn’t go where he was supposed to” but stayed behind instead. Actually, ever since Horner passed away, I’ve had a hard time listening to this theme, as it reminds me that one of the greatest film composers is gone before his time. I hope you enjoy listening to Casper’s Lullaby, and I hope you enjoy the rest of the blogathon today.

2nd Annual Remembering James Horner Blogathon Day 2!!

The blogathon is off to a rousing start!! Thanks to everyone who has posted so far, I’m looking forward to seeing what is posted today for day 2:

Sean Munger: Postmodern patriotism: Howard’s “Apollo 13” as history and mythology

MovieRob: Clear and Present Danger (1994)

See also:

2nd Annual Remembering James Horner Blogathon Day 1!!

2nd Annual Remembering James Horner Blogathon Day 1!!

It’s finally here, the 2nd Annual Remembering James Horner Blogathon is here! Even before I woke up this morning day 1 is off to a good start with two amazing entries already. As I see new entries come up, I will add them to this list below. Enjoy!!

Plain, Simple Tom Reviews: The Land Before Time (1988)

Movierob: The Pelican Brief (1993)

Listening to Film: “Nautical but Nice”: James Horner and the Music for Wrath of Khan

Listening to Film: “The Underappreciated” (Star Trek III)

Reelweegiemidget: Willow (1988)

New developments with the Han Solo film

Wow, things have gotten weird with the Han Solo film!! First came the news that directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller had been let go from the project due to “creative differences” with the powers that be at Disney and Lucasfilm. As if that wasn’t shocking enough (having two directors let go from such a high-profile project during filming no less), today the news has come down that their replacement will be none other than Ron Howard himself!!

That’s right. Ron Howard is officially directing a Star Wars film. And…I’m not sure how I feel about that. Don’t get me wrong, some of my favorite films are directed by Ron Howard: Apollo 13, Cocoon, A Beautiful Mind, all of these are films I enjoy. In fact, it is entirely feasible that Howard will do a fantastic job and the Han Solo film will go off without a hitch a la Rogue One. And yet…his recent efforts do not inspire me with confidence. I mean there was Inferno (2016) which hit theaters with a dull *thud.* And then there was In the Heart of the Sea the year before that, and it didn’t go over well either. I’m not saying Howard can’t do it, but I don’t feel as confident about the film now.

What do you think about Ron Howard being chosen as the new director of the Han Solo film? Is the project doomed? Or are we all fretting over nothing? Let me know in the comments below. Tomorrow marks day 1 of the Remembering James Horner Blogathon!! Don’t forget to tag my blog at the start of the post (this post is part of the Remembering James Horner Blogathon hosted by Film Music Central) so I can include you in the daily summary that I will keep updated as best I can 🙂

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Movies I may (or may not) see this summer

So unbelievably, today marks the official beginning of summer (I say unbelievably because it’s been in the high 80s pretty much since the start of May). And with summer comes even more movies to enjoy! While I got off to an insane start with movie-watching earlier this year (especially March), the growing chaos of my work load means that I must be exceptionally picky with any movies I watch this summer. So on that note, here are a list of the big movies that have caught my eye and I may (or may not) go to see them. Let’s run down the list!

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First up is Despicable Me 3, coming out on June 30th. To be fair, I haven’t seen any of the Despicable Me films to date, but this one looks really funny, and you know me, I’m always up for a good laugh. I’m also intrigued by Gru’s twin brother.

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And then on July 7th comes the movie we’ve all been waiting for, Spider-Man: Homecoming!! This is a movie I WILL be seeing one way or another (unless it bombs, in which case forget it), and yes it may have everything to do with seeing the Iron Man interacting with Spider-Man awesomeness. Also Michael Keaton is the villain, so how can it go wrong?

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The next week, on July 14th, will see the latest installment in the rebooted Planet of the Apes franchise, War for the Planet of the Apes. Believe it or not, I have never actually seen any Planet of the Apes film in its entirety (I once saw the first ten minutes of the original film, and the ending of the 2001 film, which weirded me out). I have an idea of how this film is going to end, and I might be persuaded to go see it just to see if I’m right. Also, this may be the film that connects back to the original, as the little girl has been confirmed to be Nova, a mute female that appears in the original 1968 film.

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The week after THAT is a movie I’ve personally been looking forward to and that’s Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. I’m all for new science fiction films and I’m praying with all my might that this film isn’t a dud. The visuals look stunning, and if the film pulls it off I’m sure there will be sequels to come.

Now for a movie that I’m NOT looking forward to in the slightest (though I’m curious to see how it performs) and that is The Emoji Movie, which premieres the last week of July. I can barely imagine the pitch meeting that led to this film being created outside of a conversation that went something like “Hey, let’s make a movie where emojis are alive!” It is without a doubt the stupidest film concept I’ve seen recently (at least since Pixels). This is one of those films that will be badly dated in ten years (if not sooner).

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Thankfully, Atomic Blonde is releasing the same week as The Emoji Movie and will likely blow that stupid film out of the water. I hadn’t heard about this film until recently (I saw a preview when I went to see Alien: Covenant) but it looks really good and I’m definitely going to see this one. It’s a spy-action film set shortly before the fall of the Berlin Wall and Charlize Theron plays a spy who must investigate the murder of a fellow agent. Of course nothing is what it seems.

And since there isn’t really anything I want to see in August, that’s about it for my list. What are you looking forward to seeing the rest of this summer? I can’t wait to hear all about it in the comments below 🙂 Have a good Wednesday, we’re halfway through the week!

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