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Charlize Theron’s 10 Best Movies

Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron is the queen of action right now in Hollywood, which isn’t a bad title to attain after 20 years playing mostly deeply serious character roles.  Theron, who is originally from South Africa, doesn’t have as deep a resume as some of the actresses from her generation, but it’s not lack of talent that prevents her, more a tendency to take on misguided “message” projects that fall flat.  Additionally, if you look for Monster among her 10 Best, you won’t find it as it is one of the few films in my life I’ve walked out of because I found it so deeply unpleasant.  Doesn’t mean that she wasn’t outstanding in her acting; just means that there’s only so much hooker/serial killer I can take (and from the eventual director of Wonder Woman….who knew?).  She’s on a serious career upswing in the wake of stealing Mad Max: Fury Road (where’s our Furiosa spin-off?) and re-establishing her action dominance in Atomic Blonde.  She looks 20 years younger than her actual age, and can beat you up, so it’s unlikely this actress is going to fall prey to the gender wall that eats so many careers.  I’d like to see her do more comedy though.  She has great timing, and that’s something you can’t teach.

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Tom Hardy’s 10 Best Movies

Tom Hardy

Tom Hardy has, for an actor only 15 or so years into his career, put together a top 10 list of projects that would be the lifetime envy of most.  Rarely the leading man, Hardy seems most comfortable in a high-class ensemble where he can build indelible characters that steal movies.  Even before he became part of the “Nolan Troupe”, joining the director for Inception, The Dark Knight Rises, and Dunkirk, Hardy was firmly established as a consummate character actor.  Even in films like Mad Max: Fury Road, in which he’s the title character, he was content to let Charlize Theron’s Furiosa steal the movie while he provided the constant and the result was the Academy actually nominated a cool movie for Best Picture.  Hardy is one of many actors that had their first high-profile role in Band of Brothers (one of the five best things ever to air on TV) along with James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, and others.  Hardy doesn’t stick just to films, having returned to TV for the massively underrated Peaky Blinders and beginning his own starring vehicle in FX’s Taboo.  He’s a chameleon (compare skinny Band of Brothers Hardy with Bane), but at the core of all of his characters is a fierce anger that sometimes burns hot or cold, but it’s always an asset to whatever project he’s undertaking.

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Poll Results: Greatest Sequel of All-Time

After a month of debate, there were really only two movies that were ever in contention for the title of “Greatest Sequel of All-Time”, and over the last two weeks The Empire Strikes Back distanced itself from The Dark Knight to triumph as the Killing Time community’s pick as greatest sequel. Continue reading Poll Results: Greatest Sequel of All-Time

Poll: Greatest Sequel of All-Time

After a couple of months of taking it pretty easy on you with polls, we’ve got a whopper this month.  It used to be, with the exception of Godfather II and Aliens, that sequels were a dirty work in Hollywood.  They never were anywhere as good as the original and, in fact, seemed to completely lose whatever made the original film good in the fist place.  And then came the age of the franchise….

The Dark Knight, Heath Ledger, The Joker

Sequels started to get better.  Then as franchises popped up like mushrooms, some of them got better with each installment (though plenty still get worse every time out).  2008’s The Dark Knight, sequel to Batman Begins, snub for Best Picture was pretty much wholly responsible for the Academy expanding the Best Picture nominees to a max of 10.

X-Men 2, Alan Cumming, Nightcrawler

In going through this list, I tried to find films that were better than the original installment (or at least in the ballpark).  There are no MCU films on the list because it’s nearly impossible to pull a sequel out and have it stand on its own.  Not a criticism, but if I had included them, they’d probably be at least a third of the list.  One pick per franchise.  The story had to advance the characters and overall plot of the franchises’s story.  So carefully consider, vote on the main page at justkillingti.me, and in a month, we’ll crown the greatest sequel to ever hit the screen!

Godfather, Godfather Part II, Al Pacino, Michael Corleone, Fredo Corleone
“I know it was you, Fredo. You broke my heart. You broke my heart.”

2016 Oscar Winners and Recap of the Wildest Show in Recent Memory

 

Chris Rock, 2016 Oscars

Anyone who wondered if Chris Rock was going to address the controversy surrounding the lack of minority nominees in his second, turn as Oscar host, had about six seconds to wonder.  Rock, in a monologue so strong that it reminded everyone why he’s the best stand-up comedian today, absolutely blasted the Academy, the boycott, racism in general and did it all in such a wise and hysterical way that I don’t think anyone else could have.  In fact, the first half of the show was pretty much The Chris Rock Variety Show With a Special Focus on Race….and it was (with a few exceptions) pretty brilliant.  Before we get to the actual awards, which were every bit as bizarre as the rest of the night, here’s Rock’s monologue:

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