New to Blu-ray this week is the fascinating documentary Jodorowsky’s Dune. I caught the film earlier today and have no reservation calling it a must-see for sci-fi fans. Seeing Alejandro Jodorowsky passionately recant the events that led to his convincing the likes of Orson Welles and Salvador Dalí to join the pic is a joy in its own right, but illustrating the impact his unmade movie had on future science-fiction films is one of the doc’s greatest achievements. The level of imagination, creativity, detail, and ambition that Jodorowsky and his visionary team put into their adaptation of Frank Herbert‘s seminal sci-fi novel is staggering and a bit awe-inspiring when you consider its influence on future entries such as Star Wars, Alien, The Terminator, and more. Ahead of its time doesn’t even begin to describe it. For better or worse, I’m not sure that the world is prepared for the madness that is Jodorowsky’s film even today.
My Jodorowky’s Dune endorsement aside, this week’s Top 5 features interviews for and Matt’s review of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Steve’s visit to the set of Guardians of the Galaxy, a new trailer for David Fincher‘s Gone Girl, Boyhood interviews and Matt’s review, and the first trailer for Ridley Scott‘s biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings. Keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.
1. DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES Interviews and Review
We pulled out several stops in celebration Matt Reeves’ Dawn of the Planet of the Apes hitting theaters this weekend. In addition to Matt’s review and Steve’s video interviews with Matt Reeves, Andy Serkis, and WETA’s senior visual effects supervisor Joe Letteri & visual effects supervisor Dan Lemmon, Matt also took a look back at the entire Planet of the Apes movie franchise. Check out his retrospective reviews for Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Tim Burton’s 2001 Planet of the Apes remake, Battle for the Planet of the Apes, Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, Escape from the Planet of the Apes, Beneath the Planet of the Apes, and 1968’s original Planet of the Apes.
2. GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Set Visit
On any given week, a new extended trailer, our reaction to Marvel screening 17 minutes of the film, and character profiles for Guardians of the Galaxy‘s Groot, Drax the Destroyer, and Gamora might be enough content to warrant a spot on the Top 5. This week it doesn’t have to be, though, because we also rolled out Steve’s set visit coverage which includes a visit recap featuring a video blog and on-set interviews with Zoe Saldana, James Gunn, Karen Gillan, and Dave Bautista. Not bad for a week’s work.
3. New Trailer for David Fincher’s GONE GIRL
20th Century Fox unveiled its latest trailer for the David Fincher drama/thriller Gone Girl this past week and, in doing so, has cemented its place alongside Foxcatcher and Interstellar as my most anticipated of 2014. The lighting is so bleak that it hurts and the scene with Rosamund Pike telling Affleck “It’s not even close!” is about as good as a one-second trailer blip gets.
4. BOYHOOD Interviews and Review
Given that Richard Linklater’s Boyhood is twelve years in the making, I should be ecstatic that the film is only a week away from hitting a theater anywhere close to me. And yet, I can’t help but be envious of those who are able to see the film on the big screen during this week’s limited release. Helpful in passing the time before I get crushed by it next week is Matt’s Sundance review and Christina’s text interviews with Richard Linklater & Ethan Hawke, star Ellar Coltrane, and Patricia Arquette.
5. First Trailer for Ridley Scott’s EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS
In addition to the Gone Girl trailer, 20th Century Fox also debuted the first trailer for its biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings from Ridley Scott this week. As you may have gathered from the title, the pic is a retelling of the Moses story from the Book of Exodus and stars Joel Edgerton as Ramses and Christian Bale looking very Christian Bale-like as Moses. There’s still time for Fox to change my mind before its December release, but for now I’m going to say that I have no interest in seeing this. Any inkling I may get to watch a bible story play out on the big screen will be met with a rewatching of Darren Aronofsky’s Noah.