R.I.P. Mary Tyler Moore (1936 – 2017) *The World is Missing its Smile*

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I don’t know how many more of these I can take.  Celebrity deaths that impact you personally are rare.  They’re performers, you enjoy their work, but they weren’t really a part of your life.  That isn’t the case with Mary Tyler Moore.  The actress, who passed away today at the age of 80 was part of two of (if not the two) greatest sitcoms of all-time in The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Mary Tyler Moore Show.  As a kid growing up, I wasn’t terribly popular.  I got beat up a lot, to be honest.  But I noticed that the kids that made the other kids laugh usually got away with murder.  So I decided to learn how to be funny (to the extent you think I am) by watching Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Bob Newhart, Cheers, MASH, and a host of others over and over until I apparently achieved enough success to stop getting curb-stomped.  The two I watched the most, though, were Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore.  Moore was a consummate comedienne and actress, and below is a wonderful tribute to her from the New York Times.  But, to me, she’s one of the people who made me smile, and taught me how to make others smile when I could.  That the world no longer has her smile, makes the entire planet gloomier for the loss.  I doubt she’d want us to cry though.  I think, like Mary RIchards in the classic “Chuckles Bites the Dust” episode of The MTM Show, she’d rather our tears turn to laughter at the memory of what she gave us.  I’ll run that clip below before the Times outstanding obituary.

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POLL: BEST FILM OF 2016 (5th Annual KT Reader’s Awards)

Darth Vader, Star Wars, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

2016 was an absolutely brilliant year for movies, and now it is time for the Killing Time Community to do their yearly duty and anoint one movie as the BEST FILM OF 2016.  I do my own yearly awards (The Renaissance Film Awards) just before the Oscars, so this is the readers’ pick; YOUR pick.  Will you follow the critics toward La La Land, Arrival or Hacksaw Ridge?  Will you pick a summer favorite like Finding Dory, Captain America: Civil War or The Jungle Book?  Will a Star Wars film win for the second year running with a vote for Rogue One? Or will you just put forth MAXIMUM EFFORT and give Deadpool the recognition the Academy denied it?

La La Land, Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling

Here are how the 15 finalists for the award were chosen: I took the nine films the Academy nominated for Best Picture, added the next three highest ranked by my personal list, and then added the top two box office earners not covered by either previous category (and then I threw in Deadpool for kicks and giggles because anarchy amuses me).  All year you endure my yakking about my opinions, but this is your award.  This is our most important poll of the year, so VOTE!  The winner will be announced on February 24, 2017, (Oscar Eve), and will join the hallowed ranks of these past winners:
2012: The Dark Knight Rises 
2013: Gravity
2014: Guardians of the Galaxy 
2015: Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens
2016: ?????????????????

PS – Forward this around or direct your fellow movie lovers to the Killing Time homepage (https://justkillingti.me) to cast their votes.  We want to get as many as possible for the biggest KT Community event of the year!
King Louie, Mowgli, Christopher Walken, Neel Sethi, Disney's The Jungle Book

My Favorite Scene: The Muppet Movie (1979) “The Rainbow Connection”

Since La La Land‘s Oscar coronation is on its way, musicals and movie songs are in popular discussion, so I thought this week I’d feature one of my five favorite movie songs of all-time: 1979’s The Muppet Movie‘s “The Rainbow Connection”.  As a song, take away the fact that its sung by a puppet frog in a swamp, it’s one of the most touching songs that I’ve ever heard, and it’s been covered by many artists over the years (my favorite was Sarah McLachlan’s a few years ago).  It’s an odd way to start the Muppets first feature film, but then the Muppets have always been this mad magic that should in no way work, but does.  Jim Henson was one of the most brilliant creative minds of his time, and merging his love of puppetry with a subversive sense of humor he created essentially vaudeville in felt. Continue reading My Favorite Scene: The Muppet Movie (1979) “The Rainbow Connection”