Benedict Cumberbatch, in addition to being one the finest actors working today, possesses THE most English of English names ever to be bestowed upon an Englishman. In case you doubted it was his real name, it’s actually shortened. His full name is Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch. He has, however, endeared himself to geeks and non-geeks alike by already indelibly visiting the worlds of Tolkien (Smaug and the Necromancer), Star Trek (nobody blames Into Darkness on him), and the MCU (where he is the resident Sorcerer Supreme: Dr. Stephen Strange). Cumberbatch, with his distinctive, mesmerizing voice and talent for squeezing his narrow frame into giant characters both fictional and real (Julian Assange, William Pitt, Alan Turing), has already made a lasting mark on the big screen and small, where he has achieved an impossible feat with Stephan Moffat and Martin Freeman in updating Sherlock Holmes for contemporary times, while still maintaining the spirit of Conan Doyle’s master detective better than any adaptation in my lifetime (if not period). Continue reading Benedict Cumberbatch’s 10 Best Movies→
Martin Freeman looks like an accountant more than he does a major star, but Freeman’s star has catapulted from the early days of the BBC’s version of The Office to roles in the biggest films Hollywood has to offer. Freeman has always bounced back and forth between television and films. He redefined Dr. Watson for a new generation in Sherlock, starred in a better Fargo than the film, and began The Office revolution. He’s also traversed Middle-Earth, traveled the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and starred in a trilogy of Edgar Wright’s most bizarre comedies. He has astounding range for someone who looks like a midwestern insurance salesman (he just changed careers from accountancy), and while is terrifically funny, can be menacing, charming, or heart-breaking in turns. Anything that has Martin Freeman in it is instantly worth watching, because if it’s good, he’s going to make it great, and even if it’s bad; he’ll make it tolerable. Continue reading Martin Freeman’s 10 Best Movies→
Killing Time readers voted and the new winner of the title: Best Show on TV is the first winner the site ever dubbed back in 2013 – HBO’s Game of Thrones. The seventh, and next-to-last season for the HBO fantasy drama lead from start to finish, ending up fending off its sister show on HBO, Westworld, which finished second after its first season. Sherlock finished third for its fourth season, and last season’s winner, The Flash finished tied with Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why to round out the top five. The voting was very diverse, with 13 of the 15 nominees getting at least one vote.
Here’s the history of our winners:
2013: Game of Thrones Season Three (HBO)
2014: The Walking Dead Season Four (AMC)
2015: Daredevil Season One (Netflix)
2016: The Flash Season Two (The CW)
2017: Game of Thrones Season Seven (HBO) Continue reading Poll Results: The Best Show on TV Is…..→
Each September, in conjunction with Emmy month, Killing Time readers choose what they believe to be the best show currently on television. TV has gone from a second tier medium to one that is consistently better with more variety than the movies. There’s so much quality, in fact, that, while I set the nominee list at 15 this year (and cutting it down was hard). It’s telling that, in those 15 shows, there’s one comedy (and, in truth, Atlanta is more of a dramedy). The sitcom has never been at a worse point, while drama may not be at the peak of its golden age, but it’s still a better bet than the movies have become. Continue reading Poll: What is the Best Show on TV? 5th Annual KT Viewers Poll!!!→
Sherlock Season 4 will premiere on the BBC January 1, 2017, with the first new episode since the 2015 Christmas Special. The season premiere, entitled “The Six Thatchers”, is almost certainly a play on the original Conan Doyle story “The Six Napoleons” and will find Dr. Watson and his wife preparing for the arrival of their first child (and undoubtedly Sherlock trying to find some way to cope with that). The fourth season will, as its predecessors, have three feature-length episodes, and will be available on Blu Ray January 24, 2017. It’s so long between visits, but it’s always worth catching up with Holmes and Watson again.