As someone who has never considered 3D films to be more than a gimmick, here is something I never thought I would write: Alfonso Cuarón‘s Gravity in IMAX 3D is a stunning achievement that is not to be missed. You’ve probably read this advice over and over already, but seriously, do whatever you can to watch the film in this format. I honestly can’t imagine seeing it any other way and, while I understand not everyone has access to an IMAX theater, I have to believe that any other presentation type will do the pic a disservice. It’s the most awe-inspiring, immersive moviegoing experience I’ve ever had; the type of thing I’ll tell my kids about one day. I can heap praise its way all day, but speaking as concisely as possible, Gravity is science-fiction perfection.
Any guesses what our lead topic is this week? This installment of Top 5 features even more Gravity love, a recap of Steve’s Thor: The Dark World set visit coverage, a new trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, more science fact-checking of Breaking Bad as well as a breakdown of our favorite series moments, and the first trailer for Chris Pine‘s Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. As protocol states, a brief recap and link to each of the above is waiting after the jump.
1. GRAVITY Review and Interviews
So, based upon today’s opening paragraph, you could say that I kind of liked Gravity. That in mind, I’ll refrain from selling the film any more and simply direct you towards Matt’s review, our What Did You Think? post where you can openly discuss your reactions to the film in the comments section, Christina’s interview with co-writer/director Alfonso Cuarón and the outstanding Sandra Bullock, and Steve’s video interview with producer David Heyman.
2. THOR: THE DARK WORLD Set Visit
Visiting the just-outside-of-London set of one of the most anticipated movies of the fall? Just another day on the job for Steve and while his Thor: The Dark World set visit was nearly a year ago, this past week the rest of us were finally able to reap the benefits with 50 things to know about the film and a video blog recap not to mention set interviews with Tom Hiddleston, director Alan Taylor, producer Craig Kyle, and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje.
3. New Trailer for THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG
I gotta be honest, my knowledge of The Hobbit is slim to none. That said, my perspective on The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug‘s new trailer is that it already looks more interesting than its predecessor and that Benedict Cumberbatch’s Smaug is an intimidating piece of work. Guess it’s a good thing that Bilbo found his courage.
4. More Fact-Checking and Our Favorite BREAKING BAD Moments
There was no bigger topic in pop culture last week than the finale of Breaking Bad. As a result, it seems only fitting that our coverage of the series was in full force with a second installment of our Dave Trumbore fact-checking the science behind the series, a breakdown of Matt, Adam, Brendan, Dave, and Allison’s favorite series moments, a video of Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul reading the series finale for the first time, and Allison’s series finale recap. While I’m sure that each of the above links is full of great stuff, I haven’t read a single one as I’m just beginning to embark on the series via Netflix and would love to stay as unspoiled as possible in the process.
5. First Trailer for JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT
The first trailer for the action/thriller Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit starring Chris Pine landed online this week and although it looks to be plenty entertaining I’ve already come to grips with the fact that I’m destined to confuse it with 2012’s action/thriller Jack Reacher starring Tom Cruise for the rest of my days. Not only do both look to be similar in tone and feature a badass lead dude named Jack, their respective posters have a few things in common leaving me with zero chance of not using the two interchangeably in conversation.