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?
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
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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”→
If you thought Episode VII had a bunch of Easter eggs and fan nods scattered throughout the film, Rogue One has even more. You probably caught some of them, but did you catch 40? What Culture has and has put together this ode to the tricksy people at Lucasfilm for sneaking even more awesomeness into a film I love more every time I see it.
This is simply one of the most joyful scenes in movie history, and the signature moment in Gene Kelly’s career. Kelly was truly an actor who lived in the right age-the golden age of musicals- that showcased the breadth of his talent. In today’s Hollywood, I don’t think anyone would know what to do with him. he’d likely be on Broadway rather than in films. I love this scene. This is a go-to scene when I need a pick me up, and it always leaves a smile on my face. Continue reading My Favorite Scene: Singin’ in the Rain (1952) “Singing and Dancing in the Rain”→
I normally don’t post on Christmas Day, but I wanted to express my deep thankfulness to all my readers in a unique way that could only be expressed in song…..by a Wookie. Thank you so much to the folks at How It Should Have Ended for creating this masterpiece that reminds of Christmas, family, Star Wars, and how profoundly empty our lives would be without the Internet to share these things. God bless us all, every one, and Merry Christmas to you all!