If you’ve followed the Top 5 for any amount of time you’ve probably already deduced that I like to use the opening paragraph in an anecdotal fashion. Whether I’m spinning a recap of my latest pop-culture excursions or using the latest wedding I’m attending as a gateway for complaining about the pop-culture excursions I’d rather be partaking of, I try and keep this space at least loosely based around entertainment. That said, this week is no different as I finally had the chance to sit down with writer/director David Ayer‘s End of Watch last night. I won’t do the film the disservice of reviewing it in two sentences, but I will say that I found Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña‘s chemistry to be excellent and the action to be consistently suspenseful/captivating. Is the script’s attempt to tie nearly every encounter the partner’s undertake into an interconnected climax a little bit of a stretch? I think so. Nevertheless, End of Watch is still a cop drama that pushes almost all of the right buttons.
But enough of my reviews in 100 words or less, in this week’s trek down memory lane is the first official image and trailer for A Good Day to Die Hard, Taken 2 interviews with Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen and more, a recap of all our James Bond / Skyfall coverage from the past week, Frankenweenie interviews with Tim Burton, Winona Ryder and more, and finally a look at some classic video games that we feel deserve an HD remake.
1. First Official Image and Trailer for A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD
This week the interwebs brought us the first official image and first trailer from the Die Hard franchise’s fifth installment, A Good Day to Die Hard. Given its runtime is just over a minute, this first cut acts more like a teaser than a full-fledged trailer. Nevertheless, those concerned about the number of explosions that can be compacted into a minute of footage needn’t worry. There’s more than enough “booms” here to leave Moscow picking up the pieces for quite some time.
2. TAKEN 2 Interviews with Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen and More
At a certain point you have to conclude that traveling abroad may just not be for you. Now is not that time, though, for Liam Neeson and co. as the man who karate chopped into submission the international baddies responsible for kidnapping his daughter has decided that a European vacation is now in order for Taken 2. Regardless of how wise you feel this travel itinerary may be, it’s probably a good idea to go ahead and check out our interviews with Neeson, Famke Janssen, and director Olivier Megaton just to be on the safe side.
3. A Week’s Worth of James Bond / SKYFALL Coverage
It’s been a busy few days for 007 around these parts. If he wasn’t being sent underwater in this video blog then he was having his Skyfall theme song knocked out of the park by Adele. To add even more coverage into the pot, we brought you exclusive images from the EPIX documentary Everything or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007 and an interview with producer Barbara Broccoli who discussed the doc, why Daniel Craig was the perfect choice for a 21st century Bond, and more.
4. FRANKENWEENIE Interviews with Tim Burton, Winona Ryder and More
With Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie hitting theaters this weekend, we did our level best to bring you the reader a fair sum of interviews with the cast and creators behind the pic. For those of you who are already excited for Frankenweenie, there really isn’t any need for me to sell the following links to you: Tim Burton, screenwriter John August, Winona Ryder, Martin Landau, and Martin Short. For you skeptics out there, I might recommend checking out our interview with August if for no other reason than the screenwriter’s knowledge of the industry and insight into what it takes to get a film from script to screen.
5. Editorial: GOLDENEYE 007 and Other Video Games That Deserve HD Remakes
…And now for something a little different. As a video game fan who continues to love titles from past consoles, Matt’s editorial this past week on classic games that he would like to see get the HD treatment on platforms such as the PlayStation Network and/or XBox Live Arcade was right in my wheelhouse. In fact, the simple truth that our site ran an editorial with mention of Ken Griffey Jr.’s Winning Run reinforces the immense pride I already had in it.