Having taken a couple weeks off for the summer and the content-generating machine that is San Diego Comic-Con, I kind of feel like there’s so much to share that I’m not sure where to start. I suppose at the top is the most logical choice and, for me, that spot is occupied by director James Wan‘s fantastic The Conjuring. Alongside The Cabin in the Woods, The Conjuring stands as some of the most fun I can remember having in a theater with a horror film. It’s terrifying, tense, and awesome to enjoy amongst a crowded theater that’s on edge to the point that so much as an on-screen crayon rolling across the floor is cause for clenched fists and covered eyes. If you’ve yet to check it out, convince someone you think will appreciate being scared to death to tag along with you and enjoy the ride.
My recommendation aside, this week’s glorious return of the Top 5 includes a ridiculous amount of Comic-Con 2013 coverage, The Wolverine interviews with Hugh Jackman and more, new trailers for Alfonso Cuaron‘s Gravity, news of JCVD essentials Kickboxer and Bloodsport getting the remake treatment, and the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival line-up announcement. It’s been a couple weeks, but I trust you know what lies after the jump.
1. All of Our Comic-Con 2013 Coverage
When I refer to Comic-Con as a “content-generating machine” I mean it. Initially, I tried to keep track of the number of posts it spurred but lost count somewhere around the 8,473 mark. And that was just regarding the Superman/Batman World’s Finest movie. At any rate, if you’re at all interested in seeing if there’s any coverage you may have missed then this Comic-Con 2013 recap post is a great place to start. You can also click here for the latest Comic-Con posts (yes, we’re still posting new stuff) and, if you check out nothing else, at least do yourself a favor and take a gander at over 250 Cosplay images from the convention.
2. THE WOLVERINE Interviews with Hugh Jackman and More
I’ll be checking out The Wolverine later today and have every intention of weaving some reaction into next week’s opening paragraph. So far, the consensus seems to be that it’s a vast improvement over X-Men Origins: Wolverine although, to be fair, I once found a home video of my childhood cat literally just sleeping on the couch and I would rank that 45 seconds of footage ahead of Origins. That said, whether you’ve seen the movie and are now looking for more or are in need of a little convincing still yet, I encourage you to check out Matt’s review here and Steve’s video interviews with Hugh Jackman, director James Mangold, Famke Janssen, and co-stars Rila Fukushima, Hiro Sanada, Tao Okamoto.
3. New Trailer for Alfonso Cuaron’s GRAVITY
Go ahead and forget any ideas you’ve ever had about how cool it would be to go to space. Shit’s scary out there. And dark. Really dark. Don’t believe me? These three new trailers for Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity are proof that going to space is always a bad idea and the BEST we can hope for should we ignore all logic and go anyways is a music video of a David Bowie cover. Risk and reward, people. It’s all about risk and reward.
4. JCVD Round-Up: KICKBOXER and BLOODSPORT Remakes in the Works
One of the best parts about having older siblings is that, ruthless bullying aside, on occasion they let you partake in the movies they watch in exchange for you just shutting up for five seconds. To that end, some of my fondest childhood movie memories are watching Kickboxer and Bloodsport with my oldest brother. I was in awe of Jean-Claude Van Damme as a kid (who am I kidding, I’m still in awe) and can only hope that this news of Kickboxer and Bloodsport remakes being in the works means that a whole new generation of younger siblings will have the opportunity to bond with their older siblings over a blissful 90 minutes of brutal hand-to-hand combat.
5. TIFF 2013 Line-Up Announced; Includes 12 YEARS A SLAVE and More
The Toronto International Film Festival has become a staple of my fall schedule. Just like our readers, each and every September I have the opportunity to sit back and enjoy the show as my colleagues bring early reviews and interviews from the ground floor of this great festival. It’s not only a great way to look ahead at what’s coming next but also a pretty solid barometer for awards season buzz. This in mind, the past week brought us the first round line-up announcement for TIFF 2013 and the slate already looks loaded. I’m sure there are more, but off the top of my head I already know I’ll be waiting anxiously for the first reviews of Gravity, The Fifth Estate, and Kill Your Darlings to surface. Although we may still be posting Comic-Con news at that time, TIFF 2013 is weeks away and I couldn’t be more excited.