TOP 5: FROZEN, IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE Trailer Cut Like THE WOLF OF WALL STREET, HOMEFRONT, What to Watch Online, OLDBOY

     November 30, 2013

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Last night I rewatched Man of Steel for the first time since catching it in theaters back in June. Previously, I wrote that the film had me emotionally invested in Supes in a way that only Grant Morrison‘s All-Star Superman had done before. While I’ve since been blown away by Alan Moore‘s For the Man Who Has Everything tale, my second Man of Steel viewing from yesterday corroborates my previous statement. I see the pic as being good, borderline great thanks in large part to the outstanding performances of Michael Shannon and Kevin Costner. The tragedy of Zod’s story was somewhat lost on me during my first screening (perhaps it was dulled by the impressive array of action set pieces). This time around, though, I felt the full brunt of it and I couldn’t help but sympathize with him for knowing no other purpose than to defend the people of Krypton at any cost. Also, the scene where he introduces himself to the citizens of Earth? Downright frightening. Regarding Pa Kent: although I loved every facet of Costner’s performance the first time I watched the film, I was surprised at how much his scenes still resonated with me on the repeat viewing. Kudos to Zack Snyder and Co. for limiting his screen time and, in doing so, making every single second with him in the frame mean that much more.

My Blu-ray pick of the week aside, this week’s Top 5 features Frozen interviews with Kristen Bell and more, an It’s a Wonderful Life trailer cut in the style of Martin Scorsese‘s The Wolf of Wall Street, Homefront interviews with James Franco and more, the first installment in Allison’s new monthly list of recommended streaming, and Oldboy interviews with Spike Lee, Josh Brolin, and more. As tradition dictates, a brief recap and link to each of the above rests after the jump.

1. FROZEN Interviews with Kristen Bell and More

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The last thing Disney’s Frozen (read Matt’s review here) needs is someone else singing its praises but I’m going to anyway. It’s great. I liked it more than Wreck-It Ralph and I freaking loved Wreck-It Ralph. I can’t recommend it enough for kids and adults alike. Now that you know how much I loved it, you should be properly motivated to check out Steve’s video interviews with Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Josh Gad, and co-director Jennifer Lee & producer Peter Del Vecho.

2. IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE Trailer Cut Like THE WOLF OF WALL STREET

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One of my favorite trailers of the year is the first cut released for Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street. It’s set to Kanye West’s “Black Skinhead” and oozes excess and moral corruption from every pore. Dubbed “The Wolf of Bedford Falls” by creator Owen Weber, this alternate cut of Frank Capra’s 1946 classic It’s a Wonderful Life positions the film in a similar light and the results are pretty nifty.

3. HOMEFRONT Interviews with James Franco and More

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I plan to check out Homefront this evening and my hopes are that the movie knows how ridiculous it looks and firmly plants tongue in cheek accordingly. Nevertheless, even if it takes itself too seriously then at least I get to see James Franco play an over-the-top Louisiana meth dealer and that’s gotta count for something, right? Regardless of your expectations of the film, you can do your due diligence and learn more about it by watching Steve’s video interviews with James Franco, Kate Bosworth, and Jason Statham & Izabela Vidovic. For even more detail, you can also check out this text roundtable interview with Jason Statham, James Franco, Winona Ryder, Kate Bosworth, Izabela Vidovic and director Gary Fleder.

4. What to Watch Online: Streaming Recommendations

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Between Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and others, the online streaming landscape features an intimidating variety of options to choose from even for its most avid users. That in mind, our Allison Keene launched her first entry in what will become a monthly recommendation list this past week to help you decide which options from different services are most deserving of your time. The theme for this month’s inaugural installment is “unusual or dysfunctional families” and you can check out Allison’s list here.

5. OLDBOY Interviews with Spike Lee and More

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Hitting theaters this week is Spike Lee’s remake of Park Chan-Wook’s classic revenge thriller, Oldboy. While the remake has generally received lukewarm reviews to date, I’m interested to see Lee’s take on the material and Josh Brolin’s performance in general. For more on the film from those who helped bring it together, be sure to check out our video interviews with Spike Lee, Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, Michael Imperioli, and screenwriter Mark Protosevich.

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