Tommy Lee Jones has a career of crusty and cantankerous curmudgeons stretching back nearly 50 years. From working oil rigs in Texas, Jones ended up at Harvard rooming with eventual US Vice-President Al Gore. Despite some early successes in The Coal Miner’s Daughter and The Executioner’s Song, the veteran career actor really didn’t become a star until the early 1990s: after over 20 years of putting in his dues. Lonesome Dove, JFK, Under Siege, and then his Oscar-winning turn in The Fugitive turned him into one of Hollywood’s most reliable actors. Jones’s Texas roots always give him a grounded authenticity whether he’s playing a Man in Black, an ally of Lincoln, a military man or a grieving father. He is a master of economy with emotional range, allotting just enough for what the scene requires, but always leaving the audience with a feeling that there’s more going on behind his steely gaze. Quite simply, if you see Tommy Lee Jones is in a movie, you have to pay attention to it. Continue reading Tommy Lee Jones’s 10 Best Movies→
The Marvel Cinematic Universe started eight years ago this week with the release of 2008’s Iron Man. Fast-forward to 2016 and the first weekend in May is now Marvel Weekend. They park a film here every year, and every year, advance an ongoing film universe that now contains four TV shows (with four more planned) and is on its 13th installment with Captain America: Civil War. It is well on its way to becoming the most prolific (it should pass the Bond franchise for most installments in a series around 2020) and successful film franchise in history. The cornerstone of the Marvel Universe is Captain America. Continue reading My Favorite Scene: Captain America – The First Avenger (2011) “Grenade!”→
After a month of frenzied voting, the Killing Time Community’s pick for Best Marvel Movie is the film that began it all: 2008’s Iron Man. It was not an easy win for the grandpappy of Marvel films. Battling it to the wire was Marvel’s latest film: Guardians of the Galaxy. Right behind those two was this year’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Finishing between the top 3 and a gaggle of votes for every other film was 2012’s The Avengers. Even though the original still sits atop the throne, the fact that the last two Marvel movies finished right behind it, should prove that six plus years into the Marvel movie-verse, things are just getting better and better.
Just a reminder to vote in the Best Marvel Movie Poll. With a few days to go, four movies are battling it out for #1. Someone also might throw Iron Man 2 a pity vote…. At any rate, vote at http://justkillingti.me. The winner will be announced around Labor Day.
We’ve had ten films now in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. From 2008’s Iron Man to this month’s Guardians of the Galaxy. It’s amazing to see the complex story that’s connecting all these films form, but which installment is the mightiest Marvel film? This month the KT Community will put that question to rest! Vote on the homepage at http://justkillingti.me. Excelsior!