Before I dive headfirst into what could be considered overselling to the “nth degree”, I have a disclaimer: I’m a total sucker for nostalgia-inducing, high school-centric, coming of age films. With that out of the way, I cannot recommend enough that you watch author/writer/director Stephen Chboksy‘s adaptation of his own novel, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, as soon as possible. The pic hit Blu-ray/DVD this past week and over the course of 24 hours I rented it, watched it, loved it, returned it (yes, somehow late fees are still a thing…), and purchased it for my own collection. I could go on and on about the emotional note the movie hit for me at every turn but I’ll spare you the fanboy torment. Suffice to say that I’ll be looking back fondly on this one for quite a while.
My “Blu-ray/DVD pick of the week” aside, this week’s installment features a week of Die Hard that includes Matt revisiting the entire franchise and A Good Day to Die Hard interviews with Bruce Willis and more, coverage from Steve’s visit to the set of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, a slew of video interviews from this year’s VES Awards including talks with Ang Lee and Wally Pfister just to name a few, Beautiful Creatures interviews with Emmy Rossum and more, and a healthy amount of images from the floor of Toy Fair 2013. Yep, you guessed it, a brief recap and link to each of the above can be found on the other side.
1. DIE HARD All Week: Interviews and Matt Revisits the Entire Franchise
In celebration of its fifth iteration, A Good Day to Die Hard, hitting theaters this weekend, the past few days saw Matt revisit and review each of the previous four entries in the blockbuster franchise: Die Hard, Die Hard 2, Die Hard with a Vengeance, and Live Free or Die Hard. As for A Good Day, while critical reaction indicates it’s easily the weakest of the bunch (click here for Matt’s review), we’ve still got video interviews with Bruce Willis where he confesses his love for the series’ original baddie, John McClane’s son, Jai Courtney, the lovely Yuliya Snigir, as well as a text interview with Willis, Courtney, and director John Moore.
2. THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES Set Visit Coverage
I would start this entry off with a line about being saddled by “YA adaptation fatigue” but considering this week’s opening paragraph is basically me drooling praise onto a YA adaptation, I’ll bite my tongue. While the film doesn’t hit theaters until August, this week we rolled out of set visit coverage of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones which includes this visit recap, and on-set interviews with Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, author Cassandra Clare, Jared Harris, producers Don Carmody and Robert Kulzer, and director Harald Zwart.
3. VES Awards Video Interviews with Ang Lee, Wally Pfister, and More
Admittedly I’m cheating a little bit on this one as some of the following interviews were posted prior to this week. Please forward all complaints to me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll do my best to not delete them immediately. That said, a few weeks back Steve attended the VES Awards where he rubbed shoulders with some of the leaders of the visual effects industry. While your own tastes may steer you in a different direction, I’d say that his red carpet video interviews with Ang Lee, Wall Pfister, and Andy Serkis alongside WETA Digital’s Joe Letteri rank at or near the top of the list. You can also click here for the entire lineup of red carpet interviews from this year’s ceremony.
4. BEAUTIFUL CREATURES Interviews with Emmy Rossum, Viola Davis, and More
See the first sentence of this week’s number two spot. Way back in November we brought you a set visit recap from director Richard LaGravenese’s Beautiful Creatures adaptation and now, with the film hitting theaters this weekend, we are supplementing that coverage with a number of interviews from the hopeful next big YA adaptation: Emmy Rossum, Viola Davis, Thomas Mann alongside Zoey Deutch, Alice Englert, Alden Ehrenreich, and aforementioned director Richard LaGravenese.
5. Toy Fair 2013 Coverage
If you’re anything like me and love to annoy the hell out of your roommate and/or significant other by decorating living spaces with toys and other artifacts from your favorite pop culture entries then browsing through Steve’s onslaught of Toy Fair 2013 image articles is exactly how you want to spend a Saturday or Sunday afternoon. Piece of advice: if your significant other happens to frown upon such activity, just remind them that Pinterest is equally annoying and typically doesn’t involve items that could appreciate in value over time. So there.