TOP 5: THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 Trailer, OUT OF THE FURNACE, Gal Gadot to Play Wonder Woman in BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN, Sundance 2014, X-MEN: APOCALYPSE

     December 7, 2013


This week in Blu-ray/DVD recommendations I confidently offer up writer/director Maggie Carey‘s The To Do List for your consideration. Starring Aubrey Plaza, Johnny Simmons, Bill Hader, and many more, The To Do List delivers consistent laughs and, at times, an all too realistic depiction of the awkwardness of “first times”. As an added bonus, I imagine viewers who grew up in the 90′s will appreciate the fashion and accessory induced nostalgia the film provides (the sound of a Trapper Keeper ripping open is music to my ears). Moreover, having a story like this told from a female perspective is refreshing to say the least. I don’t want to oversell it as being a comedic game-changer but The To Do List is a solid feature debut for Carey and Plaza is excellent as the overachieving lead who approaches sexual experience the only way she knows how: like it’s a class final that’s worth 75% of your overall grade.

Home entertainment recommendations aside, this week’s Top 5 highlights the first trailer for director Marc Webb‘s The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Out of the Furnace interviews with Christian Bale and more, Gal Gadot landing the role of Wonder Woman in Batman vs. Superman, Sundance 2014 announcing its competition lineup along with a slew of first/new images from many of the entries, and the possibility of X-Men: Apocalypse hitting theaters in May 2016. For more, check out a brief recap and link to each of the above after the jump.

1. First Trailer for THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2


The first trailer for Sony’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 landed online this past week and, in the process, teased enough potential villains for me to wonder if the Wall Crawler’s going to need to throw back a 5-Hour Energy or seven to keep up. In all seriousness, some of the action and effects work on display here looks tremendous and I have a gut feeling that the film could turn out to be great.

2. OUT OF THE FURNACE Interviews with Christian Bale and More


In spite of its lukewarm reception thus far, I’ll stand by the statement I made a few weeks ago about Out of the Furnace being a must-see for me due to its stellar cast. If you agree with my sentiment in the slightest then you’re in luck as we ran several interviews with said cast this past week including: Steve’s video interviews with Christian Bale and Casey Affleck, our text interviews with Zoe Saldana and Willem Dafoe, and a group text interview with Bale, Affleck, Saldana, Woody Harrelson, and co-writer/director Scott Cooper.

3. Gal Gadot to Play Wonder Woman in BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN


Some big news came out of the Batman vs. Superman camp this week with the announcement that Gal Gadot has been cast as DC’s definitive female superhero, Wonder Woman. There’s no questioning that Gadot is a striking beauty and the fact that she served two years in the Israel Defense Forces tells me that she’s likely capable of handling whatever fighting/action demands the role might throw her way.

4. Sundance 2014 Competition Lineup Announced


As hard as it is to believe, the six inches of snow outside my front door and the announcement of its competition lineup serve as proof that winter is upon us and Sundance 2014 is just over a month away. I’m sure others will pop-up as January 16th creeps closer, but for now my most anticipated film from the festival is the Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader drama, The Skeleton Twins. Check out the rest of the lineup at the link above and for a slew of first images from some of the announced films be sure to click here.

5. X-MEN: APOCALYPSE Gets 2016 Release Date


Providing further evidence of the social media age we live in, a couple of tweets made headlines this week. X-Men: Days of Future Past director Bryan Singer and industry staple Exhibitor Relations both took to Twitter to announce that X-Men: Apocalypse will hit theaters in 2016 (May 27th, 2016 to be precise). Details on the pic are scarce beyond the release date (you only get 140 characters, folks) but those familiar with the character Apocalypse can start connecting dots immediately and, for better or worse, the speculation and debate surrounding what could be is half the fun.


    really not psyched about more x-men movies or fox doing a shared universe. i’m sure that days of future past will be decent and might clear up SOME of things past installments have totally dropped the ball on, but overall that franchise is just such a clusterfuck. adding in a hip new fantastic four that isn’t going to follow the comics at all doesn’t sound like it’s going to make the continuity any better

    • enough said

      The X-men movies are the only good ones these days (comic book movies). All the X-Men movies have been great. The only complainers are cry babies that live with their parents still and are juvenile and can not except some changes from the comics (the costumes in the comics would not translate well in live action movies, it would look cheesy). The X-Men movies HAVE been great with all 6 movies so far, soon to be 7 next year, and they all follow the same continuity and do not remake after 3 movies or less, for example, Batman, Superman, Fantastic Four, Spiderman, Incredible Hulk, Iron Man (won’t be a 4th one, so I am assuming they are going to remake), Ghost Rider, the Punisher, Green Lantern and some others have not been going beyond 2 or three movies, they start the fuck over, which is fucking stupid.

      Superman 1, 2, 3, 4 and ‘Batman’ (1989), ‘Batman Returns’ and ‘Batman Forever’, and ‘Batman & Robin’ are the only examples of going beyond 3 movies, except for the excellent X-men movies.

      But that is not a good example, because all 4 original Superman movies (as good as Christopher Reeve is, he is the best as Clark Kent/Superman/Kal-El) are campy and are not that good, same for the ‘Supergirl’ spin off. Superman Returns was a snooze fest. The Tim Burton Batman movies are the only good Batman movies, ‘Batman’ (1989) and ‘Batman Returns’ are awesome, but the non Tim Burton ones are crap, and the Christopher Nolan ones…..yeah, not Batman, gotham city is so obviously chicago. ‘Catwoman’ movie did not follow continuity and was also stupid.

      • enough said

        I forgot to mention the pathetic man of steel new superman movie, man that Cavill guy is an ugly shit, and the movie was abysmal.

      • doc

        “All the X-Men movies have been great”. I beg to differ. Have you forgotten the cinematic abominations that are X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine? I don’t care about deviations from the comics when they make sense. But a Dark Phoenix that does nothing but stare off into space? And who can forget the genius of the adamantium bullet? Do I need to go on?

  • the truth

    Only good news is ‘X-Men : Apocalypse’, looking forward to it.

    • Jay

      Agreed, great news on the X-MEN movies, about time Apocalypse was in the movies. Hopefully the actor that spoke for Apocalypse from the ‘X-Men : The Animated Series’ (1992-1997) in the movie, and Apocalypse should look like the Apocalypse in that series, the same for Mr. Sinister and Omega Red.

  • mcphigg

    Wonder Woman does not have a fucking hook nose.

    So fucking typical that a jew gets the wonder woman role. To add insult, an ugly jew, oh wait, that is being redundant, just jew, an ugly jew is redundant and a given when talking about jews. Jamie Alexander should be Wonder Woman.

    Them southern shits are dumb and ugly too, like the jews. The religious are dumb and ugly too.

    • Ohem F. Gee

      Were you dropped on your head as a baby or are your parents siblings?

    • doc

      Put the paint chips down!

  • doc

    Amazing Spider-Man 2 is looking alot like Spider-Man 3. I hope I’m wrong.

  • nate the tick

    BBBuuuttttt, but, but………..JEWS ARE UGLY, that’s a fact, get over it people, deal with it, they run hollywood and the media as well. JEWS are ugly, greedy, cheap bastards. Jews are ugly, ugly, ugly! The only reason Jews get married to a better non jew, non native american, non southerners, non religious freaks, non skin heads is because jews are rich off of people, off of scams, off of being criminals, they are cheats, scumbags!

    Jew, southerners, religious freaks, are ugly!

    Why would Jamie Alexander want to be wonder woman? wonder woman will flop just like superman vs batman will flop.

    also, the X-Men movies rule and I shit on christopher Nolan when I get the chance, for his abomination Batman films and for ripping off ‘Dark City’ (1998)

    Jews, southerners, religious freaks are stupid, retards, and ugly!j