We haven’t had a CineFix list in a while; my favorite place for YouTube movie lists. As a “word person” myself, I firmly believe the best films begin with the best scripts. Most of the best scripts rest on the back of great dialogue. CineFix has put together their 10 Best Dialogue Movies of All-Time. The thing that makes CineFix’s lists so intriguing is that they’re not straight top 10 lists. Each rung on their ladder represents a specific aspect of the topic they’re tackling, and unlike some sites, they have a long memory for film and do a great job of comparing classic cinema with recent releases. For example the ten spots in the Best Dialogue of All-Time represent: evoking a place or time, wordplay, subtext, verbal conflict, storytelling, realism, hyper stylized, Non-American English dialogue, banter, and Shakespearean. As usual, I probably would have picked one of their honorable mentions for several spots, and instead of highlighting Kenneth Lonergan as the “up and coming” voice in screenwriting, I’d have highlighted Taylor Sheridan (Wind River, Hell or High Water). It’s still interesting and educational, as always.
Kate Winslet is one of the most critically-acclaimed actresses of the last 25 years. Able, like her co-star Leonardo DiCaprio, to shed the “Titanic” label, Winslet has gone on to star in a series of challenging, diverse roles over her career that have earned her 7 Oscar nominations and a whopping 11 Golden Globe nominations. My personal favorite roles of Winslet, are not the ones for which she’s received the most praise. Her only Oscar win to date is for 2008’s The Reader, which was a fine performance but nowhere near her best and was one of those Oscar wins where someone has just become ridiculously DUE. My favorite work of her’s is in Marc Forster’s Finding Neverland, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, her insanely (literary pun) good Ophelia in Kenneth Brannagh’s Hamlet, and her indomitable sidekick to Michael Fassbender’s Steve Jobs. I also loved her and the entire cast of the puzzling critically lambasted Collateral Beauty last winter. Another argument for Rotten Tomatoes as a useless metric. And, as if dominating movies wasn’t enough, Winslet has a well-earned Emmy for the powerful HBO mini-series, Mildred Pierce. She’s an actor with a quarter century of fine performances who commands attention whenever she enters a project. Continue reading Kate Winslet’s 10 Best Movies→
It was never even close. The Killing Time Community Film of 2015 by a 40 point margin is Star Wars Episode VIII: The Force Awakens!!! I agree and named it Best Picture when the Renaissance Awards went up yesterday (click here to review). Mad Max: Fury road finished a distant second and The Revenant (which I suppose is the Community’s pick amongst those films actually in the running tomorrow) finished third.
What I thought was great was that every single one of the 15 nominated films got votes. Even if Star Wars wasn’t your favorite film this year, there was a film(s) that will stick with you and I think the breadth of the voting once you got past the juggernaut in first showed that. Tomorrow night is OSCAR NIGHT! Tune in so you can understand what I’ll be screaming about on Monday. It’ll be interesting to see if host Chris Rock addresses Spike Lee’s boycott. I think the thing I’m most rooting for is for John Williams to win Best Score for Star Wars with his 50th Oscar nomination (FIFTY). It may be the last chance for the maestro, and he legitamitely deserves it. Our look back at 2015 has ended (though expect a mega lightning review bomb next week of the films I watched to catch up) and it’s time to begin 2016 in earnest. See you at the movies!
Here are our legacy winners (all PG-13, huh): 2012: The Dark Knight Rises 2013: Gravity 2014: Guardians of the Galaxy 2015: Star Wars Episode VII
Welcome to the 15th annual KT Renaissance Film Awards! Created by myself years ago to ward off the amply demonstrated madness that claws at my soul each year when the Oscars get things so very wrong in their awarding. The categories (with the exception of an added ensemble award that I cribbed from the SAG awards) are the same, and unlike the Oscars these awards are fluid. I may well change my mind. I might see something that I haven’t, and the awards will be updated to reflect my mercurial mood swings. (And just for the record, I did these on paper before Sunday’s awards, so if I happen to agree with the Academy, be assured it is a freak occurrence.) Continue reading 2016 Renaissance Film Awards (Killing Time’s Oscars)→
2015 was a fantastic 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 2015. I do my own yearly awards (The Renaissance Film Awards) just before the Oscars, so this is the readers’ pick. Will you follow the critics toward The Revenant or Spotlight? Will you pick a summer favorite like Mad Max, Inside Out or Jurassic World? Or will the odds-on favorite, the biggest film in history, Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, take home the prize?
Here are how the 15 finalists for the award were chosen: I took the eight films the Academy nominated for Best Picture, added the next four highest ranked by my personal list, and then added the top three box office earners not covered by either previous category. 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 27, 2016, (Oscar Eve), and will join the ranks of past winners: 2012: The Dark Knight Rises 2013: Gravity 2014: Guardians of the Galaxy 2015: ?????????