Godzilla is one of the summer’s movies that has grown on me in retrospect, so I’m looking forward to giving it another try on Blu Ray and it looks like Warner Brothers has some cool special features as to how they brought the big guy to life. Godzilla hits stores on September 16, 2014 and you can read the full release from Warner Brothers below. Continue reading
In a Hollywood landscape that’s gone cookie cutter, franchise-mad, you’re almost forced to admire Wes Anderson for creating a style of film that’s indelibly unique and completely his own. That’s not to say I like his films. I’ve found them to be hit or miss, but I really loved Moonrise Kingdom, so with all the great buzz, I was looking forward to The Grand Budapest Hotel. Continue reading
Today I went to the multiplex and saw the live broadcast of Monty Python’s last performance together. And I am sorry to report that they’re now finally gone for good. I’m a little sadder, and the world is a slightly more serious place.
I grew up on these five maniacs who somehow found each other and formed what was probably the greatest comedy troupe in history. If only the sixth Python were still with us, but at least Chapman left the legacy he did.
The surviving Pythons showed their age today. Only Terry Gilliam looked genuinely buoyant up on that stage. But they were having so much fun together. It was like a high school reunion, except that everyone present liked each other in the past.
Back in its day Monty Python was groundbreaking, edgy, and weirdly idiosyncratic. Dare I say, avant-garde? And so there was something surreal about the way they paraded their greatest hits onstage today in a venue as big and overpowering as a rock concert’s.
It’s also strange how warm, reassuring, and safe their act seemed, despite the darkness and rudeness that has always been an integral part of their appeal. When Cleese and Palin trotted out their Dead Parrot sketch towards the end of the performance, it wasn’t the way it used to be, but it worked like a charm. One of them knowingly sold a dead bird to the other, and yet they were old friends.
Adieu, adieu, adieu. Always look on the bright side.
Say no more.
Another great actor leaves us this year. This has been a hard one. Garner always had a charisma about him that raised the level of his material and between The Rockford Files and Maverick, stands among the iconic leading men in TV history. Garner was 86. Full obituary from CNN below. Continue reading
This week is the last week to vote in this month’s poll where we’re deciding what the KT Community’s pick for the best film of 2014′s first half was. It’s a shame Dawn of the Planet of the Apes didn’t come out 11 days earlier or it could have made this an even more interesting race. As it is, though, all the films up for consideration have received votes and voting during the last week has shaken up many a poll. You can vote on the homepage at https://justkillingti.me.