With Halloween 2013 now a few days behind us, I may be a little late to the punch on this recommendation. Still yet, every October I find myself liking 1995’s Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers more and more. Directed by Joe Chappelle (who would later go on to direct episodes of The Wire and Fringe among others) and written by Daniel Farrands (a long-time fan of the franchise who, at the time, had little produced work under his belt), the film is notorious for its troubled production and its “Producers Cut” which features nearly 45 minutes of alternate footage, including a different ending. Watching it as a kid I remember it being the Halloween film that made me fear Michael Myers. To date, I still feel like the pic features the killer at his most ruthless (just try looking at doing the laundry the same way after watching). Rewatching it as an adult, I admire Farrands’ script for exploring the forces at work behind Michael’s madness. Even with October 31st, 2014 a distant 363 days away, I encourage Halloween fans to watch or revisit The Curse of Michael Myers this next week and see how your feelings towards the film stack up against my own.
Mid-90’s horror recommendations aside, this week’s Top 5 includes Ender’s Game interviews with Asa Butterfield and more, the excellent first trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past, a slew of interviews for 12 Years a Slave, a new trailer for The Wolf of Wall Street, and a detailed history of the Ghostbusters movies, comics, cartoons, and merch. In what should come as no surprise, a brief recap and link to each of the above can be found after the jump.
1. ENDER’S GAME Interviews with Asa Butterfield and More
Having never read Orson Scott Card’s source material, I’ve not been anticipating the release of director Gavin Hood’s Ender’s Game adaptation as eagerly as some. That said, the film looks to be garnering fairly solid reviews (read Matt’s review here) and this will likely be a case where I let generally positive feedback steer me to the theater to see it for myself. Whether you’re interested to see what the mostly positive response is all about or you’re thrilled with the idea of seeing a favorite book play out on the big screen regardless, you’ll do well to check out our video interviews with Asa Butterfield and Viola Davis, a text interview with Harrison Ford, and the second part of Scott Wampler’s set visit where he describes the “surreality” of meeting Mr. Ford. Also, for those concerned, Matt reassures everyone that the book’s controversial author won’t make any more money from the movie than what he made when selling the rights years ago.
2. First Trailer for X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST
I loved 2011’s X-Men: First Class. The cast (especially Fassbender and McAvoy), the tone, the cameo that I somehow managed to avoid having spoiled, I loved all of it. That in mind, as a fan of X1 and X2, I was excited to see what director Bryan Singer’s return to the franchise would look like building off of the stellar foundation set by First Class director Matthew Vaughn. If this first trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past is any indication, it’s looking good. Really, really good.
3. 12 YEARS A SLAVE Interviews with Chiwetel Ejiofor and More
I’m looking forward to watching director Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave with the full expectation of being emotionally crushed by it. Based on its stellar reviews (read Matt’s review here) it sounds as if McQueen has crafted a challenging, brutal look at one of our nation’s greatest sins with a film that is filled to the brim with powerhouse performances and uncompromising intensity. That in mind, we’ve populated the site this past week or so with video interviews with Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, composer Hans Zimmer, and Lupita Nyong’o and Alfre Woodard. Additionally we have a text interview with Paul Dano.
4. New Trailer for THE WOLF OF WALL STREET
In spite of the fact that I’ve seen it in front of movies as a coming attraction ad nauseam, the first trailer for Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street remains one of my favorite of the year so far. Also in my list of top trailers? This second trailer for The Wolf of Wall Street. The movie just looks incredible. There’s probably enough great footage lying around that even I could make a compelling trailer out of it. Okay, that’s probably a stretch but you get what I’m saying.
5. A Detailed History of the GHOSTBUSTERS
If you’d have told pre-teen me that one day you’ll be 27 and writing/typing about Ghostbusters for an international readership I imagine my response would have been two-fold: 1) that’s awesome, 27 year-old me sounds like an all right guy and 2) what’s an “international readership”?. Classic pre-teen me stuff right there, folks. Getting to the point, this past week our David Kobylanski graced the site with a detailed history of the Ghostbusters, the contents of which fill my heart with childlike wonder.