Generally speaking, I try and keep the Top 5 opening paragraph as topical as possible (i.e. films, television, posters, etc.). This week that protocol is easier than ever to follow as I recently got my first chance to check out director Gareth Evans‘ The Raid. Keeping this short and sweet, if you’ve yet to partake in The Raid and have ever derived any joy from watching action fare, martial arts, and the like, then you have a giant favor to do for yourself. Quickly find a way to check out this actioner and try to keep a smile from forming across your face while watching.
Movie recommendations aside, this weekend brings you a recap of all of our 2012 Toronto International Film Festival thus far, the first trailer and poster for Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, video interviews with the cast and director of Bachelorette, the inaugural installment of our Hollywood! Adapt This feature spotlighting Disney’s Gargoyles, and The Words video interviews with Bradley Cooper, co-writer/co-director Brian Klugman, and more. A brief recap and link to each awaits on the other side.
1. All of Our TIFF 2012 Coverage Thus Far
With TIFF 2012 kicking off just a few days ago, we’ve only begun to scratch the surface of the coverage Steve and Matt will be turning out from the festival. That said, just two days in and we’ve already got a plethora of early reviews to bring your way. Click here to check out all of the reviews that have graced the site thus far and join me in anticipation for The Place Beyond the Pines and The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
2. First Trailer and Poster for HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS
If you’re a sucker for classic fairy tales “reimagined” as dark, bloodthirsty, action pics (i.e. Snow White and the Huntsman), then Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters looks like it should fit comfortably in your cinematic wheelhouse. This first trailer for the film features an abundance of weaponry, witchcraft, violence, and attitude all dressed up in traditional early 19th century German garb. Or, put differently, it’s the logical next chapter in the lives of a brother/sister duo who very nearly fell victim to the classic “I live in a house made of candy, so I must be a nice person” trick.
3. BACHELORETTE Interviews with Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher, and More
With the comedy Bachelorette opening in limited theaters and on VOD via iTunes this weekend, we were fortunate not only to be offered this exclusive clip from the film but also to have video interviews with Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher, and Lizzy Caplan, as well as Rebel Wilson and debut director Leslye Headland. In addition to learning more about this true indie and its VOD premiere during the sit-down, Steve was also able to extract updates on the Party Down movie and other future projects from Dunst and co.
4. Hollywood! Adapt This: Disney’s GARGOYLES
This past week our own Dave Trumbore contributed his inaugural installment of a feature entitled Hollywood! Adapt This. His first case study? The animated magic that is Disney’s Gargoyles. Even if you come away from Hollywood! Adapt This: Disney’s Gargoyles thinking to yourself, “No, please leave that piece of greatness alone”, your inner-child will thank you for having spent a period of your adult life reminiscing on Gargoyles. In short, it’s a win-win.
5. THE WORDS Interviews with Bradley Cooper, Brian Klugman, and More
Also new to theaters this weekend is co-writers/co-directors Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal’s The Words – a drama about a writer who meets the original author of a manuscript he plagiarized to great success. Although it’s been met with primarily negative reactions to date, Matt enjoyed the film when he saw it at Sundance, Steve caught up with Bradley Cooper, the aforementioned Klugman, and Ben Barnes while at said festival, and earlier this week, Tommy Cook sat down with Cooper, Klugman, and Barnes once again during The Words press junket.