Trailer Time: Kong Skull Island Trailer #3 (2017) *KONG!*

Well, if Kong: Skull Island accomplishes nothing else, it will have made some of the best-produced, most stylish, gorgeously cinematic trailers of recent years.  I really liked Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla, but this looks ten times better and if it is, and they can make a showdown film between these monsters as epic as this looks….then we will have achieved true monster awesomeness.  Kong Skull Island is Film #2 in March Movie Madness 2017 and opens March 10, 2017.
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My Favorite Scene: X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) “Quicksilver’s Sweet Dreams”

It’s just as well that Marvel killed off their version of Quicksilver in Avengers: Age of Ultron, because Evan Peters’ version of the mutant speedster just puts Aaron Taylor-Johnson to shame.  After stealing X-Men: Days of Future Past, which was a good movie, Evan Peters takes the mess that was X-Men: Apocalypse and using his speed and ADD (as well as his love for animals), saves the inhabitants of Xavier Mansion during its destruction.  The scene took a month to film, but it was completely worth it.  If there is no Quicksilver showcase in X-Men: New Mutants, I may boycott the movie.  That, or Deadpool 2, will be the next film in Fox’s Mutantverse after Friday’s Logan brings Wolverine’s saga to a close. Continue reading My Favorite Scene: X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) “Quicksilver’s Sweet Dreams”

Bill Paxton’s 10 Best Movies

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While the Oscars were embarrassing themselves yesterday, we lost one of the great character actors of the last 30 years.  Bill Paxton passed away yesterday after complications from heart surgery at the all-too-young age of 61.  I am so tired of writing obituaries, so my new policy is that unless it’s someone with whom  I have a special connection (Robin Williams or Mary Tyler Moore, for example), obituaries go on the Facebook page and the deceased’s career will be celebrated in the next Their 10 Best.

From the mid-1980’s through the end of the 1990’s, Bill Paxton was in some of the most memorable films of the era: The Terminator, Aliens, Titanic, Apollo 13, and a host of others.  Just recently, he turned in one of my favorite of his performances in Edge of Tomorrow, taking a role that literally does nothing but repeat a speech over and over and making it new each time.  I have never watched Paxton’s successful HBO series, Big Love, but he was a brief part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, serving as the “Big Bad” in season one of Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD.  Like the also recently lost John Hurt, Paxton was seldom the leading man (the exception being what I think is his best performance in A Simple Plan), but he made ensembles great, and he’ll be sorely missed.

Apollo 13, Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, Kevin Bacon
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2017 Renaissance Film Awards (Killing Time’s Oscars)

Welcome to the 16th annual KT Renaissance Film Awards! Created by myself years ago to ward off the amply demonstrated madness that claws at my soul each year when the Oscars get things so very wrong in their awarding. The categories (with the exception of an added ensemble award that I cribbed from the SAG awards and a new category to reward voice over/motion capture work) are the same, and unlike the Oscars, these awards are fluid. I may well change my mind. I might see something that I haven’t, and the awards will be updated to reflect my mercurial mood swings.   Continue reading 2017 Renaissance Film Awards (Killing Time’s Oscars)

POLL Results: The KT Community’s Best Film of 2016 is…….

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After a month of frenzied voting, the leader never changed, and the Killing TIme Community has officially selected Rogue One: A Star Wars Story as their Best Film of 2016.  Of the 15 possible nominees, 12 received votes, showing the depth of quality movies from last year.  This marks the second consecutive year that a Star Wars film has won the top community prize, giving Disney a perfect record since they took over the franchise (I wouldn’t count out The Last Jedi taking 2017). Continue reading POLL Results: The KT Community’s Best Film of 2016 is…….