Kyle's Career Filmstrip: TV Series and Movies

Dec 11, 2017

The 50 best films of 2017 in the UK: No 10 Manchester by the Sea

Must see UK article on Manchester by the Sea (ranked No. 10 for 2017), plus an exquisite movie still of Casey Affleck and Kyle Chandler.

Nov 13, 2017

After 14 Seasons of Grey's Anatomy, Shonda Rhimes Only Regrets Killing 1 Character

Over the course of 14 traumatic seasons of Grey's Anatomy, creator Shonda Rhimes has killed off a ton of characters. Lexie Gray? Dead. Mark Sloan? Dead. Denny Duquette? Dead. Derek Sheperd? I still can't talk about it, you guys.

You'd think that after dramatically cutting short so many beloved, fictional lives, Rhimes might want to bring a few of them back from the dead. However, the showrunner has just one regret about killing off a character, and it's pretty surprising. Rather than reviving one of the major players, Rhimes told Entertainment Weekly in April that the person she really didn't want to see go was actually one of the many high-profile guest stars on the medical drama: Dylan Young.

The ill-fated bomb squad leader appears in season two episodes "It's the End of the World" and "As We Know It," and is played by the internet's fantasy husband, Kyle Chandler. Chandler had yet to steal hearts as Coach Taylor in Friday Night Lights when the episode aired in 2006, but even so, both Rhimes and the cast knew he had big things ahead of him. "I remember thinking Kyle Chandler was amazing," Ellen Pompeo, who plays Meredith, revealed. "I wasn't surprised his career really took off after that because he was so natural."

Rhimes further explained that although the character was always supposed to die, she wavered once she got to know Chandler. "He would pitch me ideas on how Dylan, his character, could maybe not explode, and I would show him the line in the script that said, 'Dylan explodes,'" she said. "That's literally all it said. He was written to explode. But I did not expect to have Kyle Chandler. I didn't want to explode him." The revelation echoes what she said back in 2013, when she told The Hollywood Reporter that Dylan is the one character she wouldn't have written out if she could go back in time.

As we're all heartbreakingly aware, Dylan does explode into pink mist after Meredith successfully hands over the bomb she removed from a patient's chest cavity. I'm tearing up just thinking about it.

Although his exit from Grey's is still one of the most upsetting, I guess now we know why he later reappears as one of Meredith's hallucinations. Rhimes just couldn't get enough of him (and she's definitely not alone).

KCC:  We regret it, too.

Nov 9, 2017

Game Night Synopsis

Bateman and McAdams star as Max and Annie, whose weekly couples game night gets kicked up a notch when Max’s charismatic brother, Brooks (Chandler), arranges a murder mystery party, complete with fake thugs and faux federal agents. So when Brooks gets kidnapped, it’s all part of the game…right? But as the six uber-competitive gamers set out to solve the case and win, they begin to discover that neither this “game”—nor Brooks—are what they seem to be. Over the course of one chaotic night, the friends find themselves increasingly in over their heads as each twist leads to another unexpected turn. With no rules, no points, and no idea who all the players are, this could turn out to be the most fun they’ve ever had…or game over.

Game Night -- Trailer

Oct 26, 2017

‘Pure Country’ at 25: Why we love this George Strait classic

George Strait’s film debut, “Pure Country,” turned 25 this week.  Released on Oct. 23, 1992, it was Strait’s first (and only) starring role in a film. While it turned a profit, grossing $15.1 million on a $10 million budget, it wasn’t a hit with critics.

But because of a soundtrack that sold more than 6 million copies and spawned two No. 1 hits for Strait, as well as the film’s syndication on cable TV, King George’s tale of a country star who has lost his way and returns to his country home to reset his priorities has endured the test of time to become a fan favorite. Here’s a few reasons why we love Strait’s only cinematic outing...

The “Pure Country” soundtrack is a bit of a different sound from Strait, since most of the songs on the album are from the perspective of Strait’s character, Wyatt “Dusty” Chandler. Album opener “Heartland” remains one of Strait’s most bombastic and arena-ready songs, and “I Cross My Heart” is a wedding staple. The soundtrack was also recently re-released on vinyl.

Kyle Chandler
Before he was Coach Eric Taylor, Kyle Chandler was Buddy Jackson, Dusty’s stand-in. When Dusty gets tired of the smoke and mirrors that his tour has become, he quits his tour to head home and find himself, much to the horror of his manager. 

Enter Jackson, who gets drunk with power playing Dusty in his absence. Chandler plays Jackson with a bemused, smarmy smirk most of the film. It’s a great villain performance from an actor who would later go on to become an embodiment of model fatherhood. 

George Strait
Strait’s musical chops are much, much better than his acting chops, but he does a better job here than most singers-turned-actors do in their own films. He was worried about the film and its effect on his career before he took the role, but later said in an interview that he saw it as “an adventure”: “It's a good change of pace for me. I got to try something new.”

Besides, when he’s singing (which is most of his scenes in the film), his straightforward charisma is hard to deny.

The sequels
Yep, there is a “Pure Country” franchise. “Pure Country 2: The Gift” was released in 2010 as a straight-to-video release. It stars Katrina Elam as Bobbie, a young girl who is visited by three angels who give her the gift of song and must follow a series of rules in order to still sing. Strait appears as himself in a brief cameo.

“Pure Country: Pure Heart,” also released straight-to-video, revolved around two teenage sisters going on a trip to Nashville after discovering their father was a country music singer. Willie Nelson makes a cameo. I have no idea if these sequels are good, but the fact that there is a “Pure Country” franchise is amusing in and of itself.

If you weren’t alive to witness this film when it was released, or you don’t own the DVD, don’t fret- it plays on TV all the time. TV was probably how this film got introduced to an entire generation of George Strait fans, to be honest. This thing is inescapable on CMT and other cable channels, ensuring its longevity.