Oscar will hand out its Best Picture award on Sunday, and I’ll be doing the 3rd Annual Renaissance Film Awards (or “the Rennys” as we call them here around the home office), but the Killing Time Community’s pick for Best Film of 2014 is Guardians of the Galaxy. Voting was extremely tight and Guardians, Cap and The Lego Movie all took turns at #1, but Guardians pushed through late and took the prize. I’m just going to chalk up the votes for Maleficent to someone having a grand mal seizure at the keyboard.
Guardians of the Galaxy follows The Dark Knight Rises and Gravity as KT Community Best Pictures. This movie was pure fun and it came around in August at the end of a dismal summer and gave fans of the comic and newcomers alike a wild ride. This is going to be the first year I’m going to differ from the Community’s pick; this wasn’t what I would have picked, but it’s certainly in my Top 5 and worthy of the title. Thanks to everyone for voting and tune in for more awards and honors as the week progresses.
* Yes, I accidentally thought it was a year ago and sent out the wrong post. I’ve got 2200 of them lying around and I’m an addled old man. Chalk it up to that….but VOTE!
Just a friendly reminder KTers, we’re less than a week away from closing the poll on which film will be the Killing Time Community’s Film of 2013. Voting is super close. Guardians of the Galaxy, Cap 2 and The LEGO Movie are the leaders, but they flip spots every day. If you haven’t voted…..WHY NOT? And, as an aside, the people who are voting for Maleficent…..actually SAW Maleficent, right? It amuses me that the only films with no votes (aside from AmericanSniper) are the ones the Academy nominated for Best Picture. Sticking it to the Oscars. Did I forget to mention to VOTE!
IT IS TIME! The Killing Time Community must now perform its most solemn duty of the year: choosing what film they will endorse as Movie of the Year. This is the 3rd Annual award, with The Dark Knight Rises and Gravity taking honors in 2013 and 2014, respectively. What movie will receive the coveted golden stabbed watch statue (commonly known as “the Stabby”) this year and all the prestige and fanfare that comes with the honor? You will choose. I’ll vote once just like any other member, but the readers decide this award. I do my own personal awards in a different forum, but that’s just one man’s opinion. This is the endorsement of the readers.
You’ll note there are 20 films to choose from, and I know that’s a lot, but this is the formula I used to select the nominees:
1. All eight Academy Award Best Picture nominees
2. My personal top eight films
3. Top 4 highest grossing films that didn’t make it on to the first two lists (so that’s why Transformers is there; that’s OUR bad).
I hope this gives you the variety you need to make your decision. VOTE! Please, if you read this site, voice your opinion on this one. The poll will run until the Friday before Oscar Sunday, when we’ll unveil the 2015 Killing Time Movie of the Year!
The ten finalists for the Visual F/X Oscar have been announced. The list will be winnowed down to five by the time nominations are announced on January 17, 2015. It’s surreal to start talking about Oscars when there really hasn’t been anything this year to laud.
Here are your ten finalists:
Captain America: The Winter Soldier Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Godzilla Guardians of the Galaxy The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Interstellar Maleficent Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb Transformers: Age of Extinction X-Men: Days of Future Past
To me, there’s no contest here. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes took motion capture to entirely new level. What Andy Serkis and the other apes did was nothing short of revolutionary. I’d love to see The Hobbit get some kind of recognition, but the Academy dismissed it after the first film.
I truly didn’t want to go see this film. I thought it was a horrible idea when it was announced, but the trailers and how striking Angelina Jolie looked as Maleficent had me looking forward to it…until I started to read what they’d done to the character. So I walked out of the theater. I wasn’t mad. I wasn’t entertained. It just sort of bizarrely happened. Continue reading Movie Review: Maleficent (2014) *MAJOR SPOILERS*→