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 the best year for movies in a decade, and there’s no arguing that the Academy Awards did an adequate job with the nominations. If you know me, you’re shocked because that’s literally the nicest thing I’ve said about the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences….ever. But enough treacle; they screwed things up too, some inexplicable, so let’s go down the list of gripes now that we’ve had a few day to digest the nominations. Continue reading 2016 Oscar Snubs RANT!!!
Any way you look at it, 2015 was a fantastic year at the movies. Granted, it started slowly, but it’s fall was one of the best in recent memory. I swear, I’m not getting soft, but I handed out six 10.0 scores this year, and I think that’s the most I ever have (even pre-dating this blog). For the majority of the year, Alex Garland’s Ex Machina reigned atop my list only to be unseated at the end of the year by a perfect return to a galaxy far, far away. Oscar Isaac and Domnhall Gleeson, who starred in both films were the male breakout starts of the year, while Margot Robbie, Daisy Ridley and Alicia Vikander all delivered star-making performances. Continue reading Killing Time’s Top 10 Films of 2015
9/11. That’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the World Trade Center’s twin towers. It’s impossible for people to look at those buildings and to see anything other than the horror that occurred nearly 15 years ago. There is; however, another story, a true story, regarding the towers that took place in 1974. A French wire walker, Philippe Petit (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), mesmerized New Yorkers one August morning as they looked to the skies and saw Petit perform an extended walk between the North and South Towers of the WTC. It’s a story that’s the antithesis of 9/11. It’s a dream, Petit’s coup. It’s a story of hope, ambition, bravery and wonder and Robert Zemeckis brings it to glorious fruition in The Walk. Continue reading Movie Review: The Walk (2015) *Zemeckis Takes Us to Dizzying Heights!*
Let’s not beat around the bush, this is where we’re headed. We’re all counting the days until December 18th and a return to the Star Wars Universe. 2015 has been, thus far, a year of pleasant surprises like Ex Machina, Mad Max and Furious 7, but overall, not a fantastic year. The dumbest thing any studio this year did was not follow Disney’s example (including Disney) and take advantage of this six week dead zone we’ve been experiencing since the release of Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation. It’s an absolute wasteland out there and has been since the end of July. Guardians of the Galaxy released a great film at this precise period of time last year and was the year’s top-grossing film. You’d think someone in a suit would notice that and stop trying to cram every summer movie into May. People get bored in August and September too. Continue reading Fall 2015 Movie Preview Week-by-Week (Trailer Extravaganza!!!)