Octavia Spencer’s 10 Best Movies

Octavia Spencer

Octavia Spencer was primarily a career TV guest star for the first 20 years of her career.  There aren’t many dramas or comedies from the late 1990s to early 2000s that don’t have a guest appearance from Spencer.  She picked up the odd role in films, but it wasn’t until her Oscar-winning turn in The Help that he exploded into one of the best character actresses in Hollywood.  Spencer is almost never the star, but any film is immediately elevated by her presence, versatility, and strength as an actress.  Equally comfortable with drama or comedy, Spencer has a deceptive intensity.  When she fixes her gaze on the target of her character’s focus, she commands not only their attention, but transfixes the audience as well.  With multiple Oscar nominations since breaking out in The Help, Spencer has become one of the most sought after additions to any ensemble cast. Continue reading Octavia Spencer’s 10 Best Movies

My Favorite Scene: The Godfather Part II (1974) “I Know It Was You, Fredo”


I prefer The Godfather to The Godfather Part II, but both won Best Picture, and for most people it’s a toss-up as to which is the better film.  I prefer the first film’s narrative about Michael’s descent into Hell rather than the sequel’s about the price of reigning there.  I actually enjoy Robert DeNiro’s part of the dual storyline as a young, rising Vito Corleone more than I do Al Pacino’s expansion of his empire into Cuba amidst the crumbling of the family that was his base.

Whichever of the two films you prefer, both are flawless (and would that Coppola had just let that lie).  My favorite scene in the epic isn’t long; not even a minute.  It is, though, I believe the most powerful and enduring moment in the film.  Fredo, Fredo, Fredo.  Michael warned you, man.  You don’t take sides against the family.  This is like Mob 101!  When Michael finds out that Fredo’s been betraying him, the moment he’s dead isn’t when he actually has him killed on a lonely lake.  Mirroring Jesus’s identification of Judas as His traitor, Michael embraces him, kisses him, and then chills him to his soul with a quote that’s as legendary as any in cinema: “I know it was you, Fredo.”

John Cazale and Al Pacino in The Godfather Part II


POLL: BEST FILM OF 2017 (6th Annual KT Reader’s Awards)


2017 wasn’t anywhere near the quality year we were spoiled with in 2016 at the movies, but it did have a number of gems.  So now it falls to the Killing Time Community to do their yearly duty and anoint one movie as the BEST FILM OF 2017.  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 The Shape of Water, Dunkirk, or Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri?  Will a Star Wars film win for the third year in a row with the divisive yet financially successful The Last Jedi?  Or will you recognize a film the Academy denied like Beauty and the Beast, Blade Runner 2049, or Wonder Woman?

Sally Hawkins and Doug Jones in The Shape of Water

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 four highest ranked by my personal list, and then added the top two box office earners not covered by either previous category.  All year you tolerate (mostly politely) my opinions, but this is your award.  This is our most important poll of the year, so VOTE!  The winner will be announced on March 2, 2018 (Friday before Oscar), 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: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
2017: ?????????????????????????

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!
Mark Hamill in Star Wars: The Last Jedi

In Theaters This Week (1/26/2018): Maze Runner The Death Cure, Hostiles

Christian Bale in Hostiles

Each Thursday we look at what is going to be coming out in theaters this weekend, show you the trailers for the big releases, predict the box office winner and just generally give you enough of a carrot to pull you through the rest of the work week.  This weekend brings the biggest movie January 2018 has to offer as well as another limited release gone wide from a film with dashed Oscar hopes. Continue reading In Theaters This Week (1/26/2018): Maze Runner The Death Cure, Hostiles

Pacific Rim: Uprising Trailer #2 (2018) “RISE UP!”

Pacific Rim: Uprising only has Guillermo del Toro as producer, so the particular blend of over-the-top wackiness that brought Lovecraftian monsters to bear against what are essentially giant Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em robots in Pacific Rim may be missing in the sequel.  But if you think that’s going to prevent me, as a guy whose last name is Yaeger, from going to see a movie in which giant robots called Jaegers save the day…..you are sadly, sadly mistaken.  It could be the worst movie of the year and still serve as a two hour self-affirmation journey for me.  So when the Kaijus return in March….I shall be there!  RISE JAEGERS RISE! Continue reading Pacific Rim: Uprising Trailer #2 (2018) “RISE UP!”