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!
2016 was an absolutely brilliant year for movies, and now it is time for the Killing Time Community to do their yearly duty and anoint one movie as the BEST FILM OF 2016. I do my own yearly awards (The Renaissance Film Awards) just before the Oscars, so this is the readers’ pick; YOUR pick. Will you follow the critics toward La La Land, Arrival or Hacksaw Ridge? Will you pick a summer favorite like Finding Dory, Captain America: Civil War or The Jungle Book? Will a Star Wars film win for the second year running with a vote for Rogue One? Or will you just put forth MAXIMUM EFFORT and give Deadpool the recognition the Academy denied it?
Here are how the 15 finalists for the award were chosen: I took the nine films the Academy nominated for Best Picture, added the next three highest ranked by my personal list, and then added the top two box office earners not covered by either previous category (and then I threw in Deadpool for kicks and giggles because anarchy amuses me). All year you endure my yakking about my opinions, but this is your award. This is our most important poll of the year, so VOTE! The winner will be announced on February 24, 2017, (Oscar Eve), and will join the hallowed ranks of these past winners:
2012: The Dark Knight Rises
2014: Guardians of the Galaxy
2015: Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens
PS – Forward this around or direct your fellow movie lovers to the Killing Time homepage (https://justkillingti.me) to cast their votes. We want to get as many as possible for the biggest KT Community event of the year!
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!!!!
We live in THAT WORLD now. I’m just saying, from now on it’s the Golden Globe nominated Ryan Reynolds . This is apparently what it takes to get critical acclaim for a comic book movie.
Hard as it is to believe, 2016 is halfway done. For moviegoers, 2016 has had its disappointments (Batman vs. Superman…really anything Warner Brothers made), but it’s also delivered flawless films, super hero awesomeness, animated classics, and some surprise gems. The story of the year so far, though, is Disney. The studio has manhandled the box office, winning nearly half the weeks in the year thus far. Yes, Alice: Through the Looking-Glass failed and The BFG isn’t looking like a winner, but the studio barely noticed because the films trampling those and still earning were OTHER Disney films. They’ve made my top three films of the year, to date, and four of the top seven. Disney is hitting it out of the park with all of its major weapons: Disney Animation (Zootopia), Live-Action Films (Jungle Book), Pixar (Finding Dory), and Marvel (Cap: Civil War). Not to mention that it still has another Marvel film in Dr. Strange this fall and that’s all before we get to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. They’re pretty much running a clinic on how to deliver quality and how that translates into monetary success. I’m looking forward to a lot of films in the year’s second half, and who knows what the final list will be, but here are my Top 5 Films of 2016 at halftime. Continue reading Top 5: Films of 2016 at the Midpoint