Trailer Time: The Immigrant (2013)

I have not heard much buzz about this at all, but it did well at Cannes and has some star power with Jeremy Renner, Joaquin Phoenix and Marion Cotillard.  The plot synopsis below sounds positively Victor Hugo, but give the trailer a look and we’ll see what we’re in for when The Immigrant opens on November 27th.

1920. In search of a new start and the American dream, Ewa Cybulski and her sister Magda sail to New York from their native Poland. When they reach Ellis Island, doctors discover that Magda is ill, and the two women are separated. Ewa is released onto the mean streets of Manhattan while her sister is quarantined. Alone, with nowhere to turn and desperate to reunite with Magda, she quickly falls prey to Bruno, a charming but wicked man who takes her in and forces her into prostitution. And then one day, Ewa encounters Bruno’s cousin, the debonair magician Orlando. He sweeps Ewa off her feet and quickly becomes her only chance to escape the nightmare in which she finds herself.
The Immigrant, Joaquin Phoenix, Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Renner

Hunger Games Catching Fire IMAX Poster is Best of 2013

The Hunger Games Catching Fire, Hunger Games, Catching Fire, Katniss Everdeen, Jennifer LawrenceNow THIS is a studio poster that I applaud.  We publish a lot of fan made posters on Killing Time because the art involved in the movie poster has given way to formulaic studio pablum.  Much like most movies themselves, I suppose.  However, this poster for the IMAX version of The Hunger Games: Catching Fires is arresting, intricate art that makes me want to see the film more that I did before I saw it.  THAT is what movie posters should do.

Killing Time – October 31, 2013

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Time is more valuable than money. You can get more money, but you cannot get more time.
~Jim Rohn

Well, first the important things: welcome to all the new followers who seem to have flocked to my blog of reality stabbing in response to my posting that I was too sick to do a post about yelling at Ridley Scott.  One can only dare to dream what will happen when I can actually sit up here long enough to write the confusticated thing.  I’ve broken my record for new followers in a day and it’s not past lunch.  Maybe I should write all my posts with the aid of Nyquil…

Last week, as you no doubt have marked in your journals or etched on whatever tablet your community is using to keep records of important events, I joined Audible.  Yes.  I have embraced now not just the electronic book but the spoken one.  What was once heresy has now become a 24/7 effort to be able to have books flowing into my various sensory holes.  In week one I listened to three books and read four, so I think the experiment is working.

Killing Time milestones this week: Despite my plucky little intro, this has been one of the slowest weeks on the site in recent memory and the only one where we haven’t broken 1000.  We’re poised at 34k, but have not yet smashed through it.  This, as in all things, may be laid squarely at the feet of French Guiana.

The most popular article of the week for the second week in a row was a summary of what TV Shows Have Been Renewed or Canceled This Season Thus Far.

Grenada has been taken by the Killing Time phenomenon and become our 148th nation to visit, a taking accomplished far more smoothly than Reagan ever managed it.  Too soon?  Probably too soon.

You know who didn’t stop by this week?  If you answered French Guiana, then you’ve been privvy to my growing mad fixation on the tiny  South American dot that is preventing me from coloring in all of that continent in the giant map we keep in the rumpus room of the KT Lair (like your lair doesn’t have a rumpus room with a theatrically large map, don’t judge me).  At the risk of sounding repetitive….my friends in Suriname….the Maroni River which borders you and French Guiana is hideously secured.  It’s a national problem.  You would be helping them SEE that!  You swim the river, make your way to an Internet hostel, crank up KT, hit refresh on a couple of articles and then cartwheel your way back to Suriname.  Or look for a job there, because actually the jobless rate in Suriname is not good and French Guiana is ostensibly in the Euro Zone as a French protectorate.  What?  This isn’t common knowledge?

Insurgent by Veronica Roth
A Letter to a Christian Nation by Sam Harris

The Dark Knight Returns Deluxe Edition
The Big Bang Theory Season Six

Grey’s Anatomy Season Ten
Arrow Season Two
New Girl Season Three
The Blacklist Season One
Damages Season Five
Scandal Season Three

Song of the Week: Nightmare Before Christmas Soundtrack!!!

Video Game:
Game of Thrones
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Thor God of Thunder Vol. 2: Godbomb by Jason Aaron

Trailer Time: The Wolf of Wall Street Trailer #2 (2013)

The Wolf of Wall Street made a brief foray into 2014 from it’s original release date (which was this Friday).  Then, once Monuments Men left a gaping hole in the Oscar race, the Scorcese financial thriller came back into 2013 and will now open on Christmas Day.  I have no idea what to think about this one.  Sometimes to cheer myself up, I’ll watch the buck-toothed Matthew McConaughey pound his chest in the first trailer.  I suggest it for quick therapy.  Official synopsis below.

A New York stockbroker refuses to cooperate in a large securities fraud case involving corruption on Wall Street, corporate banking world and mob infiltration. 

Leonardo DiCaprio, Martin Scorcese, The Wolf of Wall Street

Disney Commissions 20th Anniversary Nightmare Before Christmas Posters

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The Nightmare Before Christmas is a very special film to me on a number of levels, but suffice it to say I own a lot of Jack Skellington stuff, and if you check the homepage, you’ll see my XBOX Live avatar is currently Skellingtonized.  That it has been 20 years since this miracle first graced the screen is kind of astounding to me.  Disney first showed the film in 3D at the El Capitan theatre in downtown Los Angeles and I was blessed enough to be able to attend.  After the show, we were taken downstairs and they had the actual puppets and sets on display.  It was absolutely amazing and one of my favorite movie going memories.  NBC is a film that doesn’t need 3D, but it thrives in the format.  To comemmorate the 20th anniversary of the film and to market it at the El Capitan, Disney commissioned a special poster (both variants of which are on display here) from artist Jeff Soto.  I’ll leave up the official press release in case you want one for your living room (fiscal barriers alone have prevented me from purchasing one).  Happy Halloween/Merry Christmas in true Skellington style from all of us at Killing Time!!!

Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas made it’s worldwide debut at the famed theater on October 15, 1993. Jeff Soto paid homage to the film’s premiere and the theater itself in the artwork.

With the purchase of each poster, the recipient will receive one General admission ticket to the screening of Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas in 4D at a time of their choice on October 31, 2013 at the El Capitan Theater. Screening times on that date are: 10AM, 12:15PM, 2:30PM, 4:45PM, 7:00PM and 9:15PM. The print will be available at the theater to pick up at that time.

Prints may be pre-ordered at the theater in person or by calling (818) 845-3110 and mentioning the Poster/Ticket package starting today at 10AM Pacific Time.  The regular poster is $60 and the variant may be obtained for $75.