Any way you look at it, 2015 was a fantastic year at the movies. Granted, it started slowly, but it’s fall was one of the best in recent memory. I swear, I’m not getting soft, but I handed out six 10.0 scores this year, and I think that’s the most I ever have (even pre-dating this blog). For the majority of the year, Alex Garland’s Ex Machina reigned atop my list only to be unseated at the end of the year by a perfect return to a galaxy far, far away. Oscar Isaac and Domnhall Gleeson, who starred in both films were the male breakout starts of the year, while Margot Robbie, Daisy Ridley and Alicia Vikander all delivered star-making performances. Continue reading Killing Time’s Top 10 Films of 2015
The best steward of the Star Wars banner during the time between the Original Trilogy and the Sequel Trilogy turned out to be Star Wars: Clone Wars. I certainly will grant the Prequels their moments and love Episode III, but as a whole they don’t match the body of work Dave Filoni and his team did in fleshing out The Clone Wars into the conflict we’d always wanted to see. It was a shame it couldn’t have one more season (season six was painfully truncated) to finish out storylines, but they are addressing them in their subsequent ongoing series Star Wars: Rebels
One of the best and most interesting storylines over the course of the show was the return of Darth Maul. Maul was the villain who should’ve gotten the screentime and films that it seems Kylo Ren will in the Sequel Trilogy. There’s no arguing that his epic duel with Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon in The Phantom Menace is one of the best moments in the saga, but cutting him in half at the end wasted a lot of potential for future encounters that The Clone Wars was happy to resurrect.
Outfitted with cybernetic legs and with his brother, Savage Opress (least subtle Star Wars name ever), Maul is faced with his former master, who is not terribly pleased his horned apprentice has been meddling in his affairs. What follows is one of the best duels of the series and pure Sith on Sith awesomeness.
I am not a stupid person (I have test scores that back this up, which I would prefer you look at rather than at me in action in actual life); however, I have I giant blind spot in my intellect when it comes to anything financial. My eyes glaze over and my brain simply will not wrap itself around what makes things tick when it comes to economics. It’s unfortunate that I’m in the majority when it comes to this, because it is, in large part, what lead to the crash of the housing market, which – in turn – crashed the world’s economy. Trillions were lost. Millions (including me) lost their jobs. The Big Short is the story of a few separate investors who saw what no one else was willing or able to see and how they made a ton of money betting on a global economic collapse.
Continue reading Movie Review: The Big Short (2015) *Making Money on a Meltdown*