The sequel to Bungie’s immensely successful shooter/MMORPG Destiny drops tomorrow, after some seriously gorgeous trailers, but I have to say….as a fan of achievements….THIRTEEN? There are 13 achievements for the entirety of what, if Destiny is any indication, will be a game that gets you fired from your job and destroys your human relationships? That’s weird. I don’t think I’ve even ever seen a major release with fewer achievements than this since the dawn of ….achievementdom. But Destiny freaks (of which I’m not one) won’t really care. They’ll fly from planet to planet, shooting things and scraping up loot endlessly for years. Friends and family will feed and water them as they devolve into nothing but trigger fingers and atrophy; their skin becoming translucent from lack of sunlight. That’s how addicting this game gets for some. Destiny 2 will also have a story mode, but I have a feeling it will be largely ignored in favor of said shoot & loot. The game releases at midnight, September 6, 2017. Achievements, courtesy of xboxachievements.com. Continue reading Destiny 2 Complete Achievement List (2017-Xbox, Playstation)→
Stop me if you’ve heard this one: Lucasfilm fired a Star Wars director. Though it’s being spun as a mutually agreeable parting of ways, Variety is reporting Trevorrow much like Phil Miller, Chris Lord, and Josh Trank, was fired off of his Star Wars project. Forgot about Trank, didn’t you? (and we’re not even sure what spin-off that was supposed to be for). However, it’s been less than three months since Lord & Miller were fired with only three weeks left in Han Solo‘s principal photography and replaced with Ron Howard. Who’s going to replace Trevorrow? The obvious choice is Rian Johnson, since he’s kept a tight ship on The Last Jedi and wrote the screenplay for Episode IX, but there’s no immediate rumored replacement.
On one hand, I’m kind of glad about this one. Jurassic World is a massively overrated movie in which the direction was one of its biggest problems (though I do love Trevorrow’s Safety Not Guaranteed). Trevorrow helming what may be the last Episode made me nervous. Now, I’m beginning to get a little nervous about Lucasfilm scaring off potential directing talent. I’m glad they’re sticking to their guns on their vision of the story and the universe, and given the two films we’ve gotten, you can hardly argue with their end product. Directors, though, want control, and the Star Wars franchise is quickly developing a reputation as a place where directors don’t have it. How JJ Abrams and Rian Johnson made it look so easy is looking like a miracle (maybe Abrams will return for IX?). Remember, even though he wasn’t fired, Rogue One director Gareth Edwards was supplanted by Tony Gilroy who came in to help shoot the massive reshoots that admittedly made the film a better product. Does today’s news worry you about the long-term future of the franchise, or are you happy Trevorrow is gone? Who should replace him? Star Wars Episode IX is scheduled for a May 24, 2019 release. More below including the official divorce statement from Coming Soon. Continue reading Colin Trevorrow Leaves Star Wars Episode IX; What is it With Lucasfilm and Directors???→
The REAL best picture from last year still has me kind of puzzled as to how a classical Hollywood musical managed to completely blow me away to the point where I ended up seeing it more in the the theater than I did Rogue One. Damien Chazelle is come kind of mad wunderkind. Whiplash was a work of genius, and La La Land is also about music and extols the virtue of jazz, but this couldn’t be more different. An unabashed musical of this sort hadn’t been made since the late 1950s. It’s charming, visually stunning, has amazing music and songs, and finishes in a surprisingly bittersweet, though charming look at what might have been for the film’s stars: Mia (Emma Stone) and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling).
La La Land is about chasing your dreams, and-ultimately-if you take away a message from the film it’s that you can have your dreams and the person you love the most, but be wary, because the smallest decision, one alteration from what you know in your heart to be the right course, and you’ll end up losing one or the other (or likely both outside of the world of movies). The film’s end flashes forward five years. Mia’s achieved her dream of acting success and Sebastian has his jazz club, which Mia and her husband stumble into one night one the way home. Sebastian, playing the piano, sees Mia, and begins to play their theme, and then Chazelle takes the audience on a trip through an alternate timeline, where things didn’t go wrong between them, and they still got what they wanted. We revisit the music and locales of the film and the entire thing shouldn’t work because we’re too jaded in 2017 for something as hokey as this amazingly shot dance number…but apparently we’re not if it’s done right. This is a perfect film, period.
It all began with a rather innocent, passive aggressive comment from devoted KT reader and sage Mr. Bobinsky, “It would be nice if these were in some kind of order….” Mr. B was referring to the archives, specifically the Movie Review Archives, the digital vault in which my wisdom regarding individual films is kept. Regular features and columns as well as media that we regular feature (trailers, achievement lists, etc.) are kept in archive pages that you can see in a banner across the top of the home page.
Killing Time is now 4.75 years old and the insides of those archives are beginning to become unwieldy to navigate. So, if you visit the Movie Review Archive (Their 10 Best and IMDB 250 are already in order) you will now find reviews listed from A to Z along with the year of their release. You’ll note that the reviews from Killing Time (which stretch from late 2012 to present) are also joined by a group from a Live Journal blog I ran for a year in 2009-2010. So it’s a little bit of a grab bag, and looking a the number of films I used to review versus what I do these days, I’m going to try to do at least one or two a week.
I also want to alphabetize the Trailers, My Favorite Scenes, Lists, Achievement Lists, and other features, but it is MIND numbing, and despite what rumors you may have heard, my army of enchanted gnomes is currently still in labor arbitration with me over working conditions. So should you go in an archive and it looks like a vat of letters exploded, I’m probably cobbling together new shelves for my digital creations. Just part of the site getting older and bigger (don’t know if anyone’s noticed, but we may hit 500,000 hits on the home page alone by the end of 2017!). Thanks, Mr. B. It was a good idea that will no doubt keep me cutting and pasting for months (but will look purty in the end.