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My Favorite Scene: Whiplash (2014) “Not Quite My Tempo”

It is Oscar Week!  The good-bye to the movies of 2015, and the slow painful turn toward waiting for a movie as good as Deadpool to come alone in 2016 (my guess is The Jungle Book is our first shot).  This week will be the unveiling of the 2015 KT Community Pick for Movie of the Year (so vote while you can) and The Renaissance Film Awards.  I know posts have been scarce of late, but I’ve not been idle.  Actually I’ve been incredibly idle due to a patch of ice, a retaining wall and my incredible lack of dexterity.  I’ve put the time I’ve spent in incredible lumbar pain watching as many 2015 movies as I can get my hands on so as to give my most informed opinion when handing out the Rennys and yelling at the TV screen Sunday night.  So many reviews will descend upon you in due time.  None of this has anything to do with what probably should have won Best Picture last year: Whiplash.

JK Simmons, Whiplash

Every now and again, the Academy actually lifts up a gem that no one would have ever gotten to see and gives it the stage to shine on which it deserves.  It takes a LOT for me not to have heard of a film, but until JK Simmons started winning every award for Supporting Actor they have to offer last year, I’d never heard of Whiplash.  Simmons is a career veteran of a hundred character roles, but in sadistic music teacher Terrence Fletcher, he creates one that will never be forgotten.  He’s sort of the polar opposite to Robin Williams in Dead Poets Society.  My favorite scene is pretty much a tie between every time we see him on screen, but when the newest member of his jazz ensemble is introduced to the Jekyll and Hyde routine on his first day, you get to see Fletcher at his terrifying best.  You can’t help but smile and groan for poor Miles Teller as soon as you hear the words: “Not quite my tempo.”


JK Simmons, Miles Teller, Whiplash


Complete List of Winners from the 2015 Oscars


The annual Hollywood Mutual Admiration Society Extravaganza known as the Oscars was typical of the year it was rewarding: nothing dominated.  In a year with no clear cut Best Picture, the wealth was spread with Birdman winning Best Picture – overtaking early favorite Boyhood which won just one award- and leading the way with five Oscars (including three for Best Director Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu) and Whiplash and The Grand Budapest Hotel each taking three awards. In fact, each of the eight pictures nominated for Best Picture each one at least one Oscar.  In the absence of The Lego Movie, Big Hero 6 (which any other year would be a fantastic choice) took Best Animated Feature.  JK Simmons and Patricia Arquette finished their year-long awards sweep in the supporting categories for Whiplash and Boyhood, respectively.  In the top acting categories Eddie Redmayne won for his portrayal of physicist Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything and Julianne Moore for playing an Alzheimer’s victim in Still Alice.

And the Oscar went to…


Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance


Eddie Redmayne, “The Theory of Everything


Julianne Moore, “Still Alice


J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash


Patricia Arquette, “Boyhood


Alejandro González Iñárritu, “Birdman”


Graham Moore, “The Imitation Game


Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris and Armando Bo, “Birdman”




Ida” (Poland)


Big Hero 6


Emmanuel Lubezki, “Birdman”


“The Grand Budapest Hotel,” Milena Canonero


“Whiplash,” Tom Cross


“The Grand Budapest Hotel,” Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier


“The Grand Budapest Hotel,” Alexandre Desplat


“Glory” from “Selma,” music and lyrics by Common and John Legend


“The Grand Budapest Hotel,” Adam Stockhausen (production design), Anna Pinnock (set decoration)


American Sniper,” Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman


“Whiplash,” Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins and Thomas Curley


Interstellar,” Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter and Scott Fisher




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“The Phone Call”

2015 Oscar Shoulda Beens

Hi ho, Time Killers.  While at tonight’s Academy Awards, we may get some great moments (I will have to read about them since I currently find myself without television), many of us are still outraged at the films that won’t receive any honors due them.  To these snubbed gems, the team at JoBlo has created a supercut in their downtrodden honor.  So drink these films in, likely you won’t be seeing them on the Kodak Theater stage tonight.

As a site note, I’m sorry for the past two days of nothingness.  Reality sometimes gets annoyingly in my way of our collective attempt to avoid it.  I hit a rather unexpected, large patch of reality.  Nothing I can’t daydream my way out of, but the Renaissance Film Awards, which usually precede the Oscars, will have to this year follow them.  Happy Oscar Day!

POLL RESULTS: The KT Community Best Picture of 2014 Is….

Oscar will hand out its Best Picture award on Sunday, and I’ll be doing the 3rd Annual Renaissance Film Awards (or “the Rennys” as we call them here around the home office), but the Killing Time Community’s pick for Best Film of 2014 is Guardians of the Galaxy.  Voting was extremely tight and Guardians, Cap and The Lego Movie all took turns at #1, but Guardians pushed through late and took the prize.  I’m just going to chalk up the votes for Maleficent to someone having a grand mal seizure at the keyboard.

Guardians of the Galaxy follows The Dark Knight Rises and Gravity as KT Community Best Pictures.  This movie was pure fun and it came around in August at the end of a dismal summer and gave fans of the comic and newcomers alike a wild ride.  This is going to be the first year I’m going to differ from the Community’s pick; this wasn’t what I would have picked, but it’s certainly in my Top 5 and worthy of the title.  Thanks to everyone for voting and tune in for more awards and honors as the week progresses.

Movie Review: The Theory of Everything (2014) *Mild Spoilers*

Stephen Hawking, Jane Hawking, The Theory of Everything, Felicity Jones, Eddie Redmayne
Life, though it flies past, is rather packed with moments and memories.  For great men and women, I would only imagine that it’s even more of a blur.  It’s almost impossible to capture the scope of a life in two hours, hence the biopic is often a hit or miss endeavor.  The best of them pick a through-line.  One seam in the stratum of a life and use it to show the person as a whole.  In examining the life of renowned physicist Stephen Hawking, The Theory of Everything does this remarkably well. Continue reading Movie Review: The Theory of Everything (2014) *Mild Spoilers*