Kurt Russell has been in show business since was 12 and did a guest spot on Dennis the Menace. Russell is still going strong at 66, having just starred in The Fate of the Furious and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which will-whatever else happens in 2017-end the year as two of the biggest blockbusters. From his early work in TV, to nearly a decade of work as the poster child for Disney’s live action film division in the 1960’s to 1970’s, to Captain Ron, Escape from New York, and Big Trouble in Little China in the 1980’s and the action movie 1990’s, best marked by Tombstone. There are some people who understand Tombstone is fundamentally awesome, and some people who are clearly wrong. Russell has several Westerns among his best films, and does his best work in the shoes of the everyman in an extraordinary situation. Deepwater Horizon, Backdraft, and-what I believe is the best acting of his career-as hockey coach Herb Brooks in Miracle all show Russell not as a glamorous movie star, but as the audience’s point of view into an incredible situation. It’s an exceedingly underrated talent in an actor. He’s tremendously likable and (admittedly he skates on this at times) there are movie stars you sometimes just want to spend two hours with, and Russell’s 50 plus years in Hollywood stand as a testament to his efficacy in connecting with filmgoers.
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I came late to the Fast franchise….well, late and early. I have related the tale before that, following the premiere of the first film in the series, I sat in my 1994 Saturn in a theater parking lot full of sensible family sedans borrowed from parents and watched said sedans go nuts. Peeling around corners, fishtailing wildly while their owners tried to locate the NOS button, it took a solid 30 minutes for the automobile carnage to subside to the point where I could putter home. I skipped the next five. Continue reading My Favorite Scene: Furious 7 (2015) “Abu Dhabi Auto Acrobatics”
2015 was the best year for movies in a decade, and there’s no arguing that the Academy Awards did an adequate job with the nominations. If you know me, you’re shocked because that’s literally the nicest thing I’ve said about the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences….ever. But enough treacle; they screwed things up too, some inexplicable, so let’s go down the list of gripes now that we’ve had a few day to digest the nominations. Continue reading 2016 Oscar Snubs RANT!!!
Any way you look at it, 2015 was a fantastic year at the movies. Granted, it started slowly, but it’s fall was one of the best in recent memory. I swear, I’m not getting soft, but I handed out six 10.0 scores this year, and I think that’s the most I ever have (even pre-dating this blog). For the majority of the year, Alex Garland’s Ex Machina reigned atop my list only to be unseated at the end of the year by a perfect return to a galaxy far, far away. Oscar Isaac and Domnhall Gleeson, who starred in both films were the male breakout starts of the year, while Margot Robbie, Daisy Ridley and Alicia Vikander all delivered star-making performances. Continue reading Killing Time’s Top 10 Films of 2015
What a weird year 2015 has turned out to be for movies. We’re halfway through the year, and I think there’s no doubt that this is going to be a second half that delivers most of the best films. We had that incredible dry spell to begin the year that Furious 7 quenched with a jaw-dropping performance at the box office that is now being surpassed by an even bigger showing by Jurassic World. Jurassic is already the #4 film, passing The Dark Knight this weekend and there’s little doubt in my mind it will – at least – end up at #3 passing The Avengers. Both Furious 7 and Jurassic World are Universal Studios films, giving that studio the kind of year we thought Disney was going to have (though the mouse has done just fine with Avengers 2 and Inside Out with Star Wars yet to come). Continue reading TOP 10 MOVIES OF 2015 AT THE MID-POINT