Kurt Russell has been in show business since was 12 and did a guest spot on Dennis the Menace. Russell is still going strong at 66, having just starred in The Fate of the Furious and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which will-whatever else happens in 2017-end the year as two of the biggest blockbusters. From his early work in TV, to nearly a decade of work as the poster child for Disney’s live action film division in the 1960’s to 1970’s, to Captain Ron, Escape from New York, and Big Trouble in Little China in the 1980’s and the action movie 1990’s, best marked by Tombstone. There are some people who understand Tombstone is fundamentally awesome, and some people who are clearly wrong. Russell has several Westerns among his best films, and does his best work in the shoes of the everyman in an extraordinary situation. Deepwater Horizon, Backdraft, and-what I believe is the best acting of his career-as hockey coach Herb Brooks in Miracle all show Russell not as a glamorous movie star, but as the audience’s point of view into an incredible situation. It’s an exceedingly underrated talent in an actor. He’s tremendously likable and (admittedly he skates on this at times) there are movie stars you sometimes just want to spend two hours with, and Russell’s 50 plus years in Hollywood stand as a testament to his efficacy in connecting with filmgoers. Continue reading Kurt Russell’s 10 Best Movies→
In post-Civil War Wyoming, bounty hunters try to find shelter during a blizzard but get involved in a plot of betrayal and deception. Will they survive?
It’s a cryptic plot summary, but those who know Tarantino know it’s going to get a whole lot more complicated…..and then a lot of people will get shot. This is Tarantino’s second Western in a row. I thought Django Unchained was a brilliant nod to past spaghetti Westerns with unbelievable performances from Christoph Waltz, Jamie Foxx and Leonardo DiCaprio.
I also thought the last half-hour of the film went totally off the rails and the climactic shoot-out was so over-the -top as to be almost laughable. However, the film did continue to show a progression in maturity in Tarantino’s writing, something that’s continued to improve as he’s aged. The Hateful Eight has a fantastic cast and will be sure to figure into Oscar talk when it debuts on Christmas Day 2015 (this would be a very weird Christmas choice).
It’s over! It’s finally over! The worst year in films that I can remember is over! Usually I do my Top 10 of the year before I look ahead to the next year, but this year, I’m really struggling. There are some holiday films and smaller films I haven’t seen, but by and large….2014 was an epic disaster of quality film making. Thankfully, people avoided the weak offerings (mostly) and box office receipts were down 20%. The public knows there’s plenty of worthwhile adventures to be had on TV, in books and online. Fortunately, 2015 has some very promising offerings, undoubtedly surprise hits and other things to keep us distracted when we’re not thinking about Episode VII. These are Killing Time’s most anticipated films of the year and may it be a great one!
1. Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (December 19)
2. Avengers: Age of Ultron (May 1)
3. SPECTRE (November 6)
4. Inside Out (June 19)
5. The Martian (November 25)
6. Untitled Cold War Thriller (October 16)
7. Minions (July 10)
8. Terminator: Genisys (July 1)
9. The Hateful Eight (November 30)
10. Jurassic World (June 12)
11. In the Heart of the Sea (March 13)
12. Crimson Peak (October 16)
13. Mission: Impossible 5 (December 25)
14. The Walk (October 2)
15. Ant-Man (July 17)
Those are certainly not the only films 2015 has to offer (and let’s remember that at least a few of these will inevitably jump to 2016). Other films that I’m looking forward to: Blackhat, Focus, Chappie, Mad Max: Fury Road, Pan, The Fantastic Four, The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, Jungle Book, Peanuts, and The Good Dinosaur. It looks like a packed year, gang. I’ll see you at the theater!