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)
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. Ok, so this week, it’s a bit late, but if you aren’t shoveling your way out of the aftermath of Winter Storm Helena, 2017’s first weekend has some goodness to offer. Continue reading In Theaters This Week (1/6/2017): Underworld Blood Wars, Hidden Figures, A Monster Calls
A great trailer is like a mini-film. The best of them tell you just enough to want to kill to see the movie it’s advertising without giving away the whole plot, use iconic imagery and music to capture the soul of the film, and live on even after the film’s release as a pleasure to watch. A great trailer can even be for a movie that ended up being a huge disappointment. Most of the films on this list are universally critically acclaimed, but Suicide Squad sharply divided fans. Does that make that amazing “I Started a Joke” trailer released any less a masterpiece? Nope. Half of what was in the Rogue One trailers never made the final cut of the film. Will that stop me from watching them for decades to come? Not a chance.
A few words about the process of selection. One, all that mattered for consideration was that the FILM came out in 2016 (even in limited release). Some of these trailers first dropped in 2015, just as we’re getting trailers for 2017 films in 2016. Two, there are two films on the list with red-band trailers, so content warning, but they’re the trailers that made me want to see those films. If you have any picks for trailers you think should’ve made the list, comment away, if WP will let you, paste the trailer’s link. A great set of trailers sets up a great movie watching experience, and if you go to as many films as I do you tend to see the same ones over and over. I never tired of these. Continue reading Top 10: Trailers of 2016!!!!
My wife died of cancer. It’ll be two years in October. That’s the whole reason I started Killing Time. I needed a place to go, a place to be where there was no cancer, no death, no pity, and no tears. When someone you love dies, no one really knows what to say other than how sorry they are, but they do seem to fire books at you by the truckload. I never got that. Why would I want to read more about grief when it was my whole life? That being said, most I just flipped through. Only two helped me at all. Early on, it was A Grief Observed by CS Lewis. It’s essentially a journal Lewis kept in the days and months following his wife’s death from cancer (a story that is brilliantly told by Anthony Hopkins and Debra Winger in Shadowlands). After awhile, when grief is all you have known for ages, you stagnate. That’s when a dear friend of mine gave me Patrick Ness’s masterpiece A Monster Calls. Continue reading Trailer Time: A Monster Calls Trailer #1 (2016) *A Literary Masterpiece Comes to the Screen*
“The book was better.” It’s a snotty thing to say and elitist, but it means you read the book so you get to do that. It’s like a special feature of reading; you get to lord it over people who don’t. When it comes to movies, books almost always win. Not always the case (see Top 5 Movies Better Than Their Books) but generally you’ll find the book a more complete experience then the two-hour adaptation. But you don’t get to be snooty if you don’t read the book BEFOREHAND. Continue reading 10 Books I Need to Read Before the Movie Comes Out