The LEGO Movie was one of the best surprises I’ve had at the movies this decade. It combined a wildly inventive animation style with a script that had laughs and feels in it for anyone from 1 to 100. Future LEGO installments haven’t been able to touch the magic of the original, and the sequel arrives early next year after a number of rewrites. While the original voice cast returns, original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller are only producers this time and the final script is only based on a story idea of theirs.
Everything is not awesome in Bricksburg. Five years after Taco Tuesday, our heroes are in a post-apocalyptic DUPLO-created nightmare. The first trailer for the sequel has some laughs and made me smile, but I’m honestly a more than a little worried that without Lord & Miller running this show it’s going to be hard to recapture the magic of the first film. The LEGO Movie 2 will open in February 2019. More from Coming Soon below. Continue reading The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part Trailer #1 (2019) *They Come in Pieces*→
Morgan Freeman passed beyond being one of the most prestigious actors of this generation decades ago. Now, still churning out several films a year, Freeman is capping a resume of over 50 years of work on television and in film that stacks up against the greatest actors of all-time. Most of Freeman’s early work was in television including being part of one of the most innovative children’s educational programs of all-time, The Electric Company, from 1971-1977. Transitioning to film, his resume grew and grew, but he really didn’t become a huge star until 1989 when Lean on Me, Glory, and Driving Miss Daisy were all released. Freeman was already 52-years-old. Now an octogenarian, Freeman continues to be one of the most welcome presences on the screen, graced with a dignity most actors could only dream of, and a voice that can only be described as divine. Continue reading Morgan Freeman’s 10 Best Movies→
Welcome to the tenth 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 2015 Renaissance Film Awards (Killing Time’s Oscars)→
* 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!