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Killing Time – July 3, 2014

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Time is what we want most, but… what we use worst.
~William Penn

Hard as it is to believe, the year is half over.  As we in the States prepare to celebrate our nation’s birthday in the traditional American way (eat red meat, drink whatever’s not nailed down and then gather to festively explode things), I look back over the last six months in media/entertainment and it’s….kind of underwhelming. 

The Lego Movie
In movies, The LEGO Movie and Cap 2 were perfect; just perfect films, but there’s been little else to get excited about in cinema.  If the Oscars were held today, I would lobby until I was blue in the face for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for Will Arnett’s Batman from The LEGO Movie.  That’s what kind of year we’re having (though I still envision lobbying for a nomination).

Game of Thrones, dragonsEvent TV = Game of Thrones.  For the eleven weeks we had it, Game of Thrones season four was appointment television in a way nothing else is.  Arrow finished off a fantastic season.  The Blacklist was a huge surprise as a new drama and, after a bumpy start, Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD finished with huge, game changing episodes that redefined the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

The Martian, Andy Weir
I’m catching up on my contemporary literature, but the only 2014 novel that I’m throwing copies of at anyone literate is The Martian by Andy Weir.  Movie rights have already been snapped up with Matt Damon looking at starring, so pick this up and I guarantee you’ll rip through it in a weekend (I don’t really guarantee that.  I have no idea how fast you read.)

Watch Dogs and Titanfall have been fun, but I’m still waiting for THE GAME that makes my Xbox One tap dance on the head of the previous generation of console.  As bleak as the movie landscape is for the fall, the gaming slate is so jam-packed that it’s almost a relief when some games (not Batman Arkham Knight; that sucked) got pushed to 2015.  In four weeks in October, there are ten games coming out that I’m dying to play.  That’s my personal fiscal cliff I’m looking at right now.

DC Comics, Forever Evil
In comics, we’ve had the traditional huge events in DC’s Forever Evil and Marvel’s Original Sin and both were fun.  Scott Snyder is continuing the best run on Batman since I’ve been reading the book, but most of the fun is over at Marvel and Image right now.

What have been your favorite media moments of 2014 so far?

Killing Time milestones this week: The site hit a huge milestone as we passed 100,000 hits (thank you all for dropping by, sincerely) and 900 likes over on the Facebook site.  Post #1900 also went up this week.

Despicable Me 2, Minions
I want to say that the most-viewed post of the week, a year now since its release, was NOT my review of Despicable Me 2….but we all know it was.  The mutated phenom that is the post that has triple the number of hits of the #2 all-time post racked up another week atop the scoreboard.  It is the Titanic of posts (in the box office sense, hopefully not in the sense that it will capsize my site sense).

No new countries this week, but this week we celebrate the home country of Killing Time, the US of A and Independence Day, so WE DO NOT NEED YOU, GREENLAND!  YOU HEAR, ME?  Those who think I’m going to drop this, I would direct to the French Guiana campaign of 2013.

Also, if you’ve been following the MARCH TO 100K Gamerscore below, I’m under 1500 left and we’re in the summer gaming desert so if you’re on Xbox 360 or Xbox One, friend “sleeplessdave” and help me get to my six-figure gaming dream!

The Authority by Jeff VanderMeer
Night Film by Marisha Pessl
Sucker’s Portfolio by Kurt Vonnegut

Star Wars The Old Republic Vol. 1-3
Star Wars Darth Maul: Death Sentence
Avengers World Vol. 1

Blu Ray:
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season One

The Leftovers Season One
Boss Season One
Covert Affairs Season Four
Rectify Season One
Da Vinci’s Demons Season Two

Song of the Week
: “Rust or Gold” by Jill Andrews

Video Game: GAMERSCORE AT 98, 673
Saint’s Row: The Third
* XBOX Live, gamertag: sleeplessdave; feel free to friend me!
THE ROAD TO 100,000 GAMERSCORE: 1,327 to go!

3 thoughts on “Killing Time – July 3, 2014”

      1. Hmmm. How do I articulate this thing I feel in my gut? Because now that I think about it, I would give the LEGO Movie a 10/10, a higher mark than Snowpiercer. Yet I know that Snowpiercer is a better movie, at least up until the finale, which could have been handled in a less-jumbled way. I guess my feeling is that you have to judge a film by what it sets out to accomplish. The LEGO Movie sets out to capture the fun of a cherished plaything, and does it perfectly. Snowpiercer takes a bizarrely unconventional premise, uses it to transmit a political message that exists in a gray zone instead of taking easy potshots, all while balancing weird and extreme fluctuations in tone so that they are not jarring. And it does it imperfectly. But it must have been harder to get Snowpiercer almost right that it was to get the LEGO Movie perfect—and it obviously took a LOT to turn the LEGO Movie into what it was.

        The other answer is that Snowpiercer and LEGO are the two best movies of the year, and trying to place one above the other is pointless, because they represent apples and oranges.


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