by Jason Barr Posted: October 6th, 2012 at 11:38 am
If you’ve followed the Top 5 for any amount of time you’ve probably already deduced that I like to use the opening paragraph in an anecdotal fashion. Whether I’m spinning a recap of my latest pop-culture excursions or using the latest wedding I’m attending as a gateway for complaining about the pop-culture excursions I’d rather be partaking of, I try and keep this space at least loosely based around entertainment. That said, this week is no different as I finally had the chance to sit down with writer/director David Ayer‘s End of Watch last night. I won’t do the film the disservice of reviewing it in two sentences, but I will say that I found Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña‘s chemistry to be excellent and the action to be consistently suspenseful/captivating. Is the script’s attempt to tie nearly every encounter the partner’s undertake into an interconnected climax a little bit of a stretch? I think so. Nevertheless, End of Watch is still a cop drama that pushes almost all of the right buttons.
But enough of my reviews in 100 words or less, in this week’s trek down memory lane is the first official image and trailer for A Good Day to Die Hard, Taken 2 interviews with Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen and more, a recap of all our James Bond / Skyfall coverage from the past week, Frankenweenie interviews with Tim Burton, Winona Ryder and more, and finally a look at some classic video games that we feel deserve an HD remake.
James Bond fanatics are going to have a very happy 2012. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Bond film franchise, and in addition to the release of the next Bond film, Skyfall, Fox and MGM will release all of the previous 22 Bond films in one gigantic Blu-ray box set this fall. The announcement was made at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, which is where the Star Wars Blu-ray announcement was made last year. In addition to featuring every movie from Dr. No through Quantum of Solace, the box set will include nine Bond movies that have never been released in HD before.
The box set features 130 hours of bonus features (Fox knows how to do right by their home releases when it comes to extras) and have an MSRP of about $240. I hope one of the extras on the Die Another Day Blu-ray is someone desperately trying to explain why a car chase with invisible cars wasn’t an astoundingly stupid idea. Hit the jump for a full look at the box art and the press release.
UPDATE: We’ve been sent the trailer for the box set. It’s after the jump.
Sony Pictures held a press conference today to announce details on the 23rd James Bond film. First up, Sony confirmed the title would be Skyfall, which sounds a bit sci-fi, but is a billion times better than “Quantum of Solace“. As for the title’s meaning, producer Barbara Broccoli says, “It has emotional context which will be revealed in the film.” The press conference was also attended by director Sam Mendes, co-producer Michael G. Wilson, and cast members Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Judi Dench, Bérénice Marlohe, and Naomie Harris.
The official James Bond twitter, @007, tweeted the logline: “Bond’s loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.” Hit the jump for more juicy details on 007′s next adventure. The film also stars Ralph Fiennes, Albert Finney, and Ben Whishaw. Skyfall is due out November 9, 2012. [We've updated the story with the press release, as well as photos and video from the press conference, all of which you can check out after the jump.]