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The 10 Best Character Entrances of All-Time

If you’ve spent any time on YouTube at all, you know people are desperate for subscribers.  The last 10-30 seconds of almost any YouTube video are a needy cry for help from whatever channel you’re watching, but if you’re a movie fan, and you want consistently awesome and inventive lists, you need to subscribe to CineFix.  They turn out random Top….Whatever lists on a regular basis and they’ve come up with some great ones.  This particular one highlights the best character introductions; the first time you see a character onscreen and know they will dominate the film and fill your mind with catchphrases for years to come.  I liked this idea so much, I will not actually watch their video until after I publish this post because I made my own top 10 list below based off the same idea.  So if they copy my ideas, it’s certainly not my fault. Continue reading The 10 Best Character Entrances of All-Time

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.”

Best Pictures of the Last 25 Years: KT Pick vs. Oscars

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The Oscars are three weeks from tomorrow, and a new Best Picture (likely The Revenant) will be crowned.  Each year, during Oscar Week, we reveal the KT Community choice (which you  can currently vote for on the homepage) and I do The Renaissance Film Awards, which is how I stay sane (ish) during Oscar ceremonies that manage to incense me more than most Presidential debates.  The Revenant was a great film, no doubt, but this year was so good that it’s not even in my top 10 anymore.  Thus, the Academy and I will be disagreeing on Best Picture again, a historical trend that I am bored enough today to document in detail.

Here are the Best Picture winners from the last 25 years vs. my pick for that year’s best film.  Beside the Academy’s pick I have where I would have ranked it that year (there is a massive spreadsheet behind this fixation) and beside mine how it fared at the Oscars.  Even with the expansion of the Best Picture to a max of 10 nominations, I’ve only agreed with the Academy twice in the last 25 years (though they picked my runner-up thrice), and the trend seems to have us moving further apart, whereas there was a good decade stretch where my pick was at least among those nominated.  Take a look and see which you’d pick. Continue reading Best Pictures of the Last 25 Years: KT Pick vs. Oscars

Batman: Arkham Knight Has a New Release Date

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While there are definitely games that I’m looking forward to this fall (Destiny, Dragon Age 3, and more), the game that I really was going nuts over was Batman: Arkham Knight.  Everything I’ve seen from it is amazing.  It looks like it’s a game for a new generation of console, not a prettied up version of a 360 game.  I do admit, though, I’d rather Rocksteady kept up their standard of quality than rush a game out that could have been good but is still buggy (Thank you, Bioware, for KOTOR II).  I can’t wait to play it when it debuts June 2, 2015 for Xbox One, Playstation 4 and PC.    hr_Batman-_Arkham_Knight_40