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Bradley Cooper’s 10 Best Movies

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Bradley Cooper’s best role may be as an weapons-obsessed, semi-homicidal raccoon, but the actor has put together a solid list of performances in which he is not knee-high and betailed.  When Alias exploded on ABC, everyone thought Jennifer Garner was going to be the breakout star from the cast, but, over the years, Cooper has emerged as the most talented member of that fantastic ensemble cast.  He’s hit or miss as a leading man, with his best solo performance undoubtedly being sniper Chris Kyle in American Sniper.  Where Cooper shines is as part of an ensemble.  He works best when paired with other high caliber actors (American Hustle, Silver Linings Playbook) and can easily do drama, comedy, or action.  His achievement with Rocket is not glib praise.  Cooper completely transforms his voice to play one of the MCU’s most popular characters and manages to make a character that is silly in concept, a hysterical, often moving example of voice acting at its finest. With A Star is Born, Cooper added A-list director to his repertoire, taking his career in a direction akin to that of Clint Eastwood. Cooper has a bright future in front of the camera and behind it.

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2015 Renaissance Film Awards (Killing Time’s Oscars)

Welcome to the tenth 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) 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. (And just for the record, I did these on paper before Sunday’s awards, so if I happen to agree with the Academy, be assured it is a freak occurrence.) Continue reading 2015 Renaissance Film Awards (Killing Time’s Oscars)

POLL REMINDER: Vote for the Best Film of 2014!

* Yes, I accidentally thought it was a year ago and sent out the wrong post.  I’ve got 2200 of them lying around and I’m an addled old man.  Chalk it up to that….but VOTE!

Just a friendly reminder KTers, we’re less than a week away from closing the poll on which film will be the Killing Time Community’s Film of 2013.  Voting is super close.  Guardians of the Galaxy, Cap 2 and The LEGO Movie are the leaders, but they flip spots every day.  If you haven’t voted…..WHY NOT?  And, as an aside, the people who are voting for Maleficent…..actually SAW Maleficent, right?  It amuses me that the only films with no votes (aside from American Sniper) are the ones the Academy nominated for Best Picture.  Sticking it to the Oscars.  Did I forget to mention to VOTE!

 

Movie Review: American Sniper (2014) *Mild Spoilers*

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I have to give the Academy some credit.  At least one of the movies they nominated for Best Picture was one of the best movies of the year.  American Sniper, the story of Christopher Kyle (the most lethal sniper in US Military history), is a great film, an important film and I hope every theater showing it is as packed as mine was for this film. Continue reading Movie Review: American Sniper (2014) *Mild Spoilers*

POLL: What Was the Best Film of 2014?

IT IS TIME!  The Killing Time Community must now perform its most solemn duty of the year: choosing what film they will endorse as Movie of the Year.  This is the 3rd Annual award, with The Dark Knight Rises and Gravity taking honors in 2013 and 2014, respectively.  What movie will receive the coveted golden stabbed watch statue (commonly known as “the Stabby”) this year and all the prestige and fanfare that comes with the honor?  You will choose.  I’ll vote once just like any other member, but the readers decide this award.  I do my own personal awards in a different forum, but that’s just one man’s opinion.  This is the endorsement of the readers.

You’ll note there are 20 films to choose from, and I know that’s a lot, but this is the formula I used to select the nominees:
1. All eight Academy Award Best Picture nominees
2. My personal top eight films
3. Top 4 highest grossing films that didn’t make it on to the first two lists (so that’s why Transformers is there; that’s OUR bad).

I hope this gives you the variety you need to make your decision.  VOTE!   Please, if you read this site, voice your opinion on this one.  The poll will run until the Friday before Oscar Sunday, when we’ll unveil the 2015 Killing Time Movie of the Year!

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