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POLL: BEST FILM OF 2016 (5th Annual KT Reader’s Awards)

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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?

La La Land, Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling

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 
2013: Gravity
2014: Guardians of the Galaxy 
2015: Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens
2016: ?????????????????

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!
King Louie, Mowgli, Christopher Walken, Neel Sethi, Disney's The Jungle Book

2017 Oscar Nominations Announced: “Or La La Land and Some Other Films

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This morning, the nominations for the 89th Academy Awards were announced and, as expected, La La Land lead the way with 14 nominations, which ties Titanic and All About Eve for the most in Oscar history.  It literally cannot win more than 13 (it has two songs nominated), but if it walks away with less than 10 I’ll be shocked.  The biggest snub on the entire list is Amy Adams inexplicably being left off the Best Actress list, but Arrival still tied for the second most nominations with Moonlight, each film getting 8 nods.  Hacksaw Ridge and Lion each received six nominations.

For geeks, Rogue One got two nominations as did Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, but nothing for Captain America: Civil War or Deadpool, but Suicide Squad got one nomination.  Oh Oscars, you always me confused beyond belief.  No Finding Dory for Best Animated film…..but an animated film is nominated for Best Special Effects?  One nomination for The Jungle Book?  And, I will certainly be rooting for Emma Stone come Oscar night because the only two performances on her level in Arrival were Amy Adams (SERIOUSLY?) and Hailee Steinfeld in The Edge of Seventeen, which was also completely shut out

The 89th annual Academy Awards, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, will air live on ABC from the Dolby Theatre at the Hollywood & Highland Center on Sunday, Feb. 26, at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT.  The only way I can stay sane when the Oscars do what they always do, is to have my own, which we do annually on the site, and The Renaissance Film Awards (or the Rennys as people in the biz call them) will be posted during Oscar Week.  Now here’s the complete list of categories and nominees (I was going to go through and analyze who will win each category, but here’s a quick and dirty way: if La La Land is nominated in the category, there is an 85 – 100% chance of it winning that category, except for the Oscar that Casey Affleck will get for one of the most overrated movies in recent memory. Continue reading 2017 Oscar Nominations Announced: “Or La La Land and Some Other Films

Movie Review: Hacksaw Ridge (2016) “Please, Lord, Help Me Get One More.”

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It’s impossible to talk about Hacksaw Ridge without first getting the subject of Mel Gibson out of the way, since this film marks his return to the director’s chair after over a decade of exile following a series of, um, incidents.  My honest opinion of Gibson is that he is mentally ill, as there were no “incidents” (to be clear “incidents” means “horrific racist blow-ups”) in the over 20 years he’d spent in Hollywood, at least that I’m aware of, prior to roughly about the time he made The Passion of the Christ.  He’s certainly had his career marred for life for his behavior and any hint of it rising again will see a now-socially networked Hollywood descend on him and pick him to pieces.  That’s a long-winded way of saying Hacksaw Ridge isn’t just Mel Gibson’s return; it’s his last chance with an industry and public filled with people he’s slandered.  That being said, Hacksaw Ridge premiered at the Venice Film Festival to a 10-minute standing ovation at the film’s ending.  Whether that’s a byproduct of the industry’s bizarre tendency to selectively forgive despicable behavior (looking at you, Roman Polanski) or because Hacksaw Ridge‘s last hour deserves that reaction is tough to discern.  It is Mel Gibson’s best directorial effort since he won two Oscars for Braveheart, a unique story of a unique hero, and one of the most powerful and moving films of 2016. Continue reading Movie Review: Hacksaw Ridge (2016) “Please, Lord, Help Me Get One More.”

Killing Time’s Top 10 Movies of 2016

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It’s good that it was a great year for movies because we certainly needed the escapism in 2016.  I cannot recall a year with more quality films, both inside franchises and standalone films.  Exemplifying that most was Disney, which had the single greatest year of any studio in Hollywood history, grossing way over $7 billion, and doing it with quality.  It’s no accident that The House of the Mouse will end up with the top 5 grossing movies of the year.  Whether it be through their own animated and live action films, Pixar, Marvel, or Star Wars, Disney put quality product after quality product out in 2016 and people responded in droves.  It may be overly optimistic, but let’s hope that studios take note that the films that made the bucks were the films that were good.

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WHAT DO YOU MEAN I JUST MISSED THE CUT???? I PUT IN MAXIMUM EFFORT!!!!

And there’s so many films yet to see!  I have to qualify this as a preliminary list.  I’ve seen 64 movies in 2016 (normally I average 90 when all is said and done).  With Oscar films releasing wide in January, this list may very well change, which is why my ultimate say on the year in film is our annual Renaissance Film Awards which will take place Oscar week.  But as this year ends, it’s fitting and right that I single out the my top 10 (the quality is so deep, I may do a top 25 list later in February alongside the Rennys).  My top two films have not changed since May and they are such a dead heat in my mind that they just swapped again last night.  No surprise, both are Disney films.  I gave out three perfect 10’s (thus far) for 2016 films, but more 9’s than any year I’ve been a reviewer.  Yes, there were films we were counting on that fizzled (Batman vs. Superman,  Jason Bourne, Assassin’s Creed, etc.), but many more films stood up and surpassed our wildest expectations.  So, caveats in place here is my simple Top 10 as the year ends followed by a great 2016 Year in Film video put together by the talented people at We Got This Covered.  May you all have a wonderful New Year’s Eve, and I’ll catch you killing time in 2017. Continue reading Killing Time’s Top 10 Movies of 2016

Top 10: Trailers of 2016!!!!

Disney's The Jungle Book, Neel Sethi, Mowlgli

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.

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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!!!!