My Favorite Scene: Underworld (2003) “Enter Selene”

I, Frankenstein opens this Friday and it is a film very much in the vein of the Underworld franchise (in fact it is created by the producers of the film).  Underworld films are not good.  Let’s just get that out of the way.  I know they’re not good.  I do not care.  I love the heck out of these movies.  It’s vampires vs. werewolves with Kate Beckinsale in skintight leather flipping around.  I’m not made of stone, people.  The films are what they are and they make no pretensions to be anything more.  This is the opening to the first film and if you’re going to like the films, you’ll know by the time Selene hits the ground and just keeps on walkin’.

Movie Review: Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)

Jack Ryan, Chris Pine, Kevin Costner, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
First film review for a 2014 film!  Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is a reboot of Tom Clancy’s most popular creation: CIA Agent (reluctantly) Jack Ryan.  This is the fifth film featuring Ryan and Chris Pine is the fourth actor to portray him.  Unlike other similar franchises, Ryan is a role that has yet to be defined by anyone indelibly.  Alec Baldwin played him first in The Hunt for Red October.  Harrison Ford took the role  for two films (Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger) and the last attempt at rebooting the character was in the midst of Ben Affleck’s blockbuster phase (The Sum of All Fears).  Shadow Recruit is not based on any Clancy novel.  I grew up on those novels and I love the series, but it is firmly rooted in the Cold War for a good portion of the run, so I think that original scripts are the way to go. Continue reading Movie Review: Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)

POLL: Best Film of 2013?

With Oscar nominations out, it is time for the Killing Time community to dub its annual pick for movie of the year.  Last year, the overwhelming choice was The Dark Knight Rises.  This year I’ve selected 10 nominees drawing from my top films, the top box office earners and Oscar nominees.  If you have a film you want me to add, rather than just check Other, leave a comment and I will add the film to the list and manually vote for it for you.  Which film will win the coveted Stabby Clock Trophy?  It’s up to you.

JJ Abrams Talks Star Wars Episode VII Plot, Casting Rumors and More. JJ SPEAKS!

JJ Abrams, Lens Flares, Star Wars Episode VII, Star Trek Into Darkness

Star Wars Episode VII rumors have been flying fast and furious now for a year, but in that time JJ Abrams has only addressed the film in an interview a handful of times.  He did recently clarify a few issues during an interview he held for the Television Critics Association press tour.  Here’s the bullet points:
* The script is complete and they are moving “full steam ahead”.
* Jesse Plemons (Breaking Bad) is in the running for one of the major roles and has met with Abrams multiple times.  “He is one of the actors that we’ve talked to, yeah. It’s not often that I read about actors that I’m going to be meeting. I get to read articles about actors who were going to come in, so I get to see someone and say, ‘Oh, I read that I was going to see you. It’s very nice to see you.’ It’s usually agents talking to people about what’s happening. It’s just a lot of noise.”
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