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Michael Keaton’s 10 Best Movies

Michael Keaton

Michael Keaton was one of the biggest stars of the 1980s and has enjoyed a career renaissance thirty years later.  With a stellar resume of both comedic and dramatic roles, Keaton has laid down landmark performances in both the DC (Batman) and Marvel (Vulture) film universes, and his only Oscar nomination came in 2015 from playing a washed-up super hero actor in 2014’s Birdman.  He’s been an anchor voice in two Pixar films: Cars and Toy Story 3, and was Tim Burton’s go-to actor before Burton and Johnny Depp mutually ruined each other’s careers.  Keaton will be reuniting with Burton for the director’s live-action adaptation of Dumbo for Disney.  With dramatic roles in films like The Founder and Spotlight, it would be great if someone could find a showcase for his comedic skills, because Keaton’s timing is a thing of beauty.  At any rate, it’s fantastic that Michael Keaton is a big star again.  Movies are better for it.

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10 Sequels Better Than the Original

Heath Ledger as The Joker in The Dark Knight
We live in the Age of the Sequel. Studios want franchises with multiple sequels, and increasingly, shared movie universes copied on the success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While sequel fatigue may be creeping into many movie goers minds, the fact is that sequels are here to stay. Sequels do have advantages over original films. They have a built-in audience connection, the opportunity for deep character exploration and the chance to build large and challenging plot lines that wouldn’t be possible in a single installment. When filmmakers take advantage of these unique tools, the sequel can even eclipse the film that inspired it. The best sequels build on and expand great films. Here are 10 films where the sequel managed to top (even by the slimmest of margins) the original.

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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.”

Toy Story 4 Will Not Follow the Plot of Toy Story 3

Toy Story 3

I don’t know if this makes it more palatable that a Toy Story 4 is even happening, but it will not be following the plot of Toy Story 3.  This alone is a relief, because that ending was perfect.  Flawless. Continue reading Toy Story 4 Will Not Follow the Plot of Toy Story 3