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Poll Update: Best Film of 2016 Week 3

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We are eight days from the announcement of the 5th recipient of the KT Reader’s Award for FIlm of the Year.  Rogue One is still atop the poll, but it’s comfortable lead has turned into a five-film scrap as Deadpool had a big surge this week and moved into third place behind the Star Wars spinoff and La La Land.  The Jungle Book and Captain America: Civil War are tied behind them to round out the top five.  Hidden Figures became the 11th different film to receive a vote for Best Picture in this wildly deep year for films, leaving only four nominees without at least one vote.  This is going to come down to the wire.  Deadpool’s surge completely changed lead margins for Rogue One, and we’ll see if the leader from the beginning, can hold on for one more weak or if last-minute voting will see another film take the prize.  This is going to be the last update.  Saturday, February 25th will see the announcement of the Community’s pick, and next week will also bring the site’s annual Oscar therapy alternative: The Renaissance Film Awards.  If you haven’t yet, VOTE!  You can find the poll on the Killing Time homepage at https://justkillingti.me or by clicking here.  This is the reader’s choice: make your voices heard!
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Poll Update: Best Film of 2016 Week 2

Well, halfway into KT’s 5th Annual Poll for Film of the Year and Rogue One’s comfortable early lead has turned into a four-way race for the top spot.  Rogue One is still in the lead, but only just, holding off La La Land by a few percentage points, and Captain America: Civil War and Disney’s The Jungle Book aren’t far behind.  In all, 10 of the 15 nominees have received Best Picture votes showing what kind of year 2016 was at the movies.  As more people see La La Land, will it be able to eclipse the Star Wars spin-off or will one of Disney’s OTHER huge films from last year come racing to the front of the pack?  If you haven’t yet, VOTE!  You can find the poll on the Killing Time homepage at https://justkillingti.me or by clicking here.  This is the reader’s choice: make your voices heard!
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Poll Update: Best Film of 2016 Week 1

Well, one week into KT’s 5th Annual Poll for Film of the Year and one thing is clear: a lot of great movies came out last year.  Rogue One is in the lead, but behind it is a seven-way tie for second.  Will the first Star Wars spin-off hold on and give us a second SW winner in two years, or will it be overtaken by the others.  If you haven’t yet, VOTE!  You can find the poll on the Killing Time homepage at https://justkillingti.me or by clicking here.  This is the reader’s choice: make your voices heard!
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Site Note: New KT Feature-Their 10 Best

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Two years ago I wrote a monthly feature called “Latest vs. Greatest” where I would rate an actor, director, composer, etc.’s 10 latest films against their 10 greatest films as a sort of career barometer.  I also threw in a feature-length biography to boot, and though they were some of the most-read posts I’ve written, I discontinued the feature because writing them was getting to be so time consuming and expensive that I just couldn’t keep up.  I’ve been mulling over how to bring it back in some way in a simpler form, and that form will be a new, weekly column on Sundays called “Their 10 Best”.

It will be much simpler than “Latest vs. Greatest”.  I will do a brief introduction of the subject, review their career honors, and then present a simple list of what I feel are the ten best films (or TV shows) in which they have been involved.  Lists are fun; they’re great for starting movie nerd debates, and I think this better captures the spirit of what I originally wanted to do with the original column.  I will also try to keep them dynamic and updated as new films in which subjects are released and new honors are bestowed.  If a subject was previously featured in Latest vs. Greatest, I will link to that profile as well, and to make sure it’s liked, our first column will be Tom Hanks, who I DEFY you to dislike.

Note: The Latest vs. Greatest Columns will still be archived at the bottom of the Their 10 Best page since this is an evolution of that feature.
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How I Review Movies

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Today is the fourth anniversary of Killing Time!  We’ve been consistently stabbing minutes here for four years now, and I was wondering how best to mark the occasion when I got a question from a KTer over at the Facebook page (YES, we’re on Facebook: www.facebook.com/killingtime2014).  His question was so good that I decided to make it the anniversary showcase because it goes to the heart of the site.  He asked, “What do you look for when criticizing movies? I will never understand critics and what they out of movies.”  I’ve been doing this now for actually about 10 years in various forums and no one has ever asked me that, and it is a perfectly reasonable question to which I’ll try to give my best answer. Continue reading How I Review Movies