There are no new, wide releases on the final weekend of 2017. I did neglect to include three films in the 11 movies the opened around the Christmas weekend. Molly’s Game (written and directed by The West Wing’s Aaron Sorkin), All the Money in the World (directed by Ridley Scott), and The Phantom Thread (Daniel Day-Lewis’s final movie) all opened on Christmas Day, and I have placed their trailers below.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi repeated at the box office, but with 11 new competitors and mixed fan reaction, it’s total barely stayed in triple digits at $101 million (though that number is in contention; some have it at $99 million). This was enough to make Episode VII already #3 in 2017 domestic box office and it will pass Wonder Woman for #2 this weekend. Internationally, the film has made $815 million, and will likely move from #10 to #4 for the year by weekend’s end. We’re one weekend away from a 47-5 record for the year and a 90% prediction rate so I’m staying with The Last Jedi for at least one more week, but this weekend will be where we see just how the split in the fan base affects the box office.
Releasing Christmas Day, among a glut of other films will be an odd-looking film about a dressmaker that will be the final performance of one of the greatest actors of all-time. Phantom Thread, directed by Paul Thomas Anderson (Magnolia, Boogie Nights) was announced earlier this year by Daniel Day-Lewis as his final performance. Day-Lewis has always marched to the beat of his own drum, and it’s entirely possible he’ll change his mind at some point in the future. However, if this is it, this is an extremely strange trailer for an odd-sounding movie to finish a career on. Daniel Day-Lewis is the only actor in the history of the Academy to win Best Actor in a Leading role three times, the final time coming in 2012 for his best performance, in my opinion, in Lincoln. I’m not a particular fan of PT Anderson, so I may let Lincoln stand as my last remembrance of Day-Lewis onscreen, but if he’s done, he’ll be remembered as a giant. Full plot details below from Coming Soon. Continue reading Phantom Thread Trailer #1 (2017) *Daniel Day-Lewis in His Final Film*
Lincoln is a supremely frustrating movie for me, and exemplifies everything that’s gone wrong with Steven Spielberg as a director. The opening scene is almost laughable. It seems like something out of a third grade play. As always, Spielberg couldn’t end his film when he had the perfect moment (the long way down the hall on the way to Ford’s Theatre). This film, though it wandered a bit in-between these moments, was about the passage of the 13th Amendment. Everyone knows Lincoln was assassinated. It would have been a far more poignant ending to see him walking to his death then to spend another twenty minutes showing it.
HOWEVER, Lincoln is still a must-see film because it contains one of the best performances by any actor in any role ever. Daniel Day-Lewis is famous for subsuming himself into the characters he portrays, but his Oscar-winning turn as our 16th President was on another level altogether. Lewis had to overcome everyone’s preconceptions of who Lincoln was and turn him into a real man for the audience. That’s a tough task when you’re talking about the most deified figure in American history. This scene is fantastic, but almost any time Lewis is on the screen you can’t help but marvel at the deftness with which he pulled off one of the great performances of all-time. I just wish he’d had a director who could have shaped a better movie around it.
Whether we wake or we sleep,
Whether we carol or weep,
The Sun with his Planets in chime,
Marketh the going of Time.
After getting feedback from the KT community and thinking it over, I’ve decided to make a few minor changes to the publishing flow of the site. There will still be something new up here every day. Period. There may not be five somethings every day, though. I’m going to use our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/justkillingtime2014 increasingly to post links to items on which I don’t have a whole lot to say. Rather than rewriting a perfectly good post from another source, I’ll post it there with a brief comment. The main site will be focusing more on reviews, the weekly columns and longer pieces that I keep meaning to write but get put off by writing five articles on news. Continue reading Killing Time – April 17, 2014
This is a tough one. Let me define the category and that might help everyone who will immediately tear apart my choices. I’m putting myself in the shoes of a director with the ability to cast whomever I want. I’d want someone with proven chops. I’d want someone who is at the top of their game (Johnny Depp was on this list 10 years ago). I’d want someone who can carry a film and/or can work seamlessly with an ensemble. I’d want these five gentlemen (in no order but alphabetical).
Continue reading Top 5: Actors