KT Housekeeping Update

Killing Time

 

Hi ho, fellow Time Bludgeoners, it is I, Dave, the Time Keeper with a few quick notes on site business.  This is all inside baseball, but I thought I’d give an update on the new column schedule and a tweak to the latest feature.  Columns will now run thusly:
Tuesdays: My Favorite Scene
Wednesdays: Latest 10 vs. Greatest 10
Thursdays: Killing Time
Fridays: Top 5
There are a few reasons I’m moving My Favorite Scene, but primarily it’s because no one reads it lol.  It’s probably my favorite column I write and with the exception of the mutant popularity of the ones I did for Braveheart and Breaking Bad Season 4, they are some of the least-viewed things I write.  This note will get more hits than your typical My Favorite Scene column.

The other change is to the newest feature, which I’ve given a twist.  At first I was going to take an artist and rate their latest ten films to see where they’re at, but after thinking, I decided it would be more effective and fun to compare that against what their greatest ten films are.  That way you’d get more of what I’d intended which was to see where a particular actor or director was at this point in his/her career.  I’ve done two on Steven Spielberg and George Clooney and I have gone back and added Gravity for George and edited them both into the new format.  Hope you enjoy and thank you so much for the kind words and visits.

-The Management (still … yeah still just me)

Movie Review: Gravity (2013)

Gravity, Sandra Bullock

The difficulty I have in reviewing Gravity isn’t that I don’t have anything to say about it or that I don’t have a strong feeling about it.  I just don’t want to tell you anything.  You quite honestly just need to go; know as little as possible, see it in IMAX 3D if at all possible (I don’t recommend that often) and experience it.  Gravity is so immersive, so encapsulating that you feel like you’re in space with the astronauts played by George Clooney and Sandra Bullock.  At times this will be stunningly beautiful, staring at the Northern Lights from orbit.  At times you’ll be disoriented and maybe even claustrophobic.  You most likely will be extremely tense throughout most of the movie’s 1.5 hour running time.  My body was a clenched fist throughout most of the film.  This movie needs to be seen in the theater.  I can’t imagine it having its full effect at home.  That’s no knock on the movie, by the way, more of a knock on your home.  It’s insufficient.

What I can and will say, and I’ll talk in the comments with people who do see it, is that it’s a masterpiece.  Alfonso Cuaron has done something with this film in terms of an engaging, painstakingly realistic cinematic experience that I don’t think can be compared to any other movie I’ve ever seen.  Sandra Bullock and George Clooney are outstanding; normally I don’t care for Bullock but her performance in this movie is remarkable.

On every level, Gravity is a perfect movie.  It’s technically flawless, brilliantly directed, superbly acted and-by far-the best picture of 2013 to date.  Just.  GO!
10/10
Gravity, George Clooney, Sandra Bullock, Alfonso Cuaron

Official Plot Synopsis:
Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) is a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney) in command of his last flight before retiring. But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone–tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness. The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth…and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left. But the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space.
Gravity, Alfonso Cuaron, George Clooney

Trailer Time: Out of the Furnace Trailer #2 (2013)

This looks like it could be incredible.  What a cast: Christian Bale, Woody Harrelson, Casey Affleck, Forrest Whitaker, Willem DaFoe, Zoe Saldana, Sam Shepard, WOW.  Just the intensity and the dread in this trailer is enough gut punch you.  Is there anyone who is as versatile as Woody Harrelson.  Lovable shambling con man in Now You See Me and scary, methed-up white power kingpin in this.  This looks like an Oscar contender for sure.
Out of the Furnace, Christian Bale

Dylan Neal to Play Dr. Ivo in Arrow Season Two; Plus “The Amazo”

One of the things that I love about Arrow is that it makes full use of the DCU sandbox.  They might not get Superman or Batman, but they’re grabbing any cool characters they think might work in Starling City and bringing them Ollie’s way.  On Smallville, you’d be lucky to get one DC character a year during the later seasons.  Arrow has them nearly every week, but in the spirit of the Dark Knight trilogy, as grounded in reality as possible.  I loved how they turned The Royal Flush Gang into essentially the heist team from Heat.  Read below, courtesy of ComingSoon, about even more DCU headed Arrow’s way.

Screen Crush is reporting that actor Dylan Neal has been cast as DC comics villain Dr. Anthony Ivo in the upcoming season of Arrow. Neal will appear as Ivo in the fifth episode of the new season for a four episode arc. He will encounter Oliver Queen in the “island flashback sequences” and is described as “a brutal but ruthless scientist who will stop at nothing to unearth a breakthrough that dates back to the latter days of World War II.” It’s said that Neal could recur in later episodes as the doctor as well.

Known in the comic world as “Professor Ivo,” the character is most well-known as being a Justice League villain and the creator of the robot Amazo. He is also immortal in the comic book series, which makes his fifth episode debut interesting as it bares the title “League of Assassins,” whose leader Ra’s al Ghul is also immortal in the source material.

The new season of Arrow is heavily expanding its roster of comic book characters and in addition to Dr. Ivo will include Summer Glau as Isabel Rochev, Caity Lotz as Black Canary, Michael Jai White as Bronze Tiger, Kevin Alejandro as Sebastian Blood, Bex Taylor-Klaus as Sin, Cynthia Addai-Robinson as Amanda Waller, and Grant Gustin as Barry Allen/The Flash later in the season.

In addition Jimmy Jean-Louis has been cast as a mysterious character known only as “The Captain” who will be an associate of Dr. Ivo’s.  He will be connected to a mystery running through season two called “the Amazo”.  Will Louis become Amazo, the synthetic villain who mimics the powers of the Justice League in the comics or some Nolan-ized version thereof?

Arrow season 2 premieres on Wednesday, October 9th at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

Bioshock Infinite Burial at Sea Preview and Screens

ThisBioshock Infinite Burial at Sea Part One preview from the good folks at Machinima gives you a good look at what to expect from the first story driven downloadable content for the year’s best game (generation’s?).  Booker and Elizabeth are in Rapture, the underwater city made famous in the first Bioshock, but this is Rapture before its citizens went quite mad and began painting the walls with each other.  There’s mystery and questions and ambiguity and all the things that make Bioshock so awesome.  Irrational Games says part one of the two part content will be out before the end of the year.med_Bioshock-infinite-bistro2 med_Bistro_WEB med_LizHallway_WEB