Available now on VOD is director Bong Joon ho‘s blistering sci-fi thriller Snowpiercer. I caught the film earlier today and it’s an absolute tour de force brimming with action and incisive commentary. Set aboard a perpetually moving train that protects Earth’s remaining population from a second Ice Age, the pic sees Chris Evans lead a revolt that seeks to move the have nots from the squeamish conditions of the train’s tail to the lavish amenities of its head. What ensues is a premium visceral experience that may lack subtlety but never fails to excite and impress. Similar to how each floor presents its own unique set of challenges and incredible action opportunities in Gareth Evans‘ The Raid, each station on Bong Joon ho’s Snowpiercer contains its own form of beautifully orchestrated chaos that is a sight to behold albeit not for the weak of stomach. If any of the above sounds like your cup of tea then I can’t recommend checking out Snowpiercer enough. This is one that sci-fi fans will be talking about for a while.
My hyper-violent VOD recommendation aside, the Top 5 returns from a San Diego Comic-Con induced break to feature interviews for and Matt’s review of Guardians of the Galaxy, a new trailer for Christopher Nolan‘s Interstellar, the first trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, a fantastic trailer for the documentary Atari: Game Over, and a recap of our SDCC 2014 coverage. Keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.
1. GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Interviews and Review
Tomorrow morning I’ll be watching a movie in theaters at 10am for the first time in my life. This should tell you all you need to know about how badly I need to see Guardians of the Galaxy this weekend. Whether you’ve already watched it and want to learn more or you’re as determined as I am to see it this weekend, I’m convinced you’ll do well to check out Matt’s review and Steve’s video interviews with director James Gunn, Vin Diesel, and Benicio del Toro. For more, also check out this text interview with Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Michael Rooker, Benicio del Toro, Vin Diesel, and James Gunn, and our “What Did You Think?” post where you can feel free to discuss your thoughts on the film with other readers.
2. New INTERSTELLAR Trailer
Alongside Foxcatcher and Gone Girl, Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar ranks among my most anticipated 2014 releases still to come. It goes without saying then that I was thrilled when a new trailer for the film debuted this week and gave us some beautiful images like the one you see in the slice above. November 7th cannot get here fast enough.
3. First Trailer for THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES
Given that I’ve never watched Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy or either entry of The Hobbit thus far, it should come as no surprise that I wasn’t terribly impressed by the first trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. I agree with Matt’s assessment of the cut which is that it feels weary of itself and yet determined to make that final three hour crawl across the finish line just to say it did. Maybe it will turn out great and, for the fans of the series, I hope that it does. If you’re still reading and haven’t yet hit “Send” on that hate e-mail to me then I’d like to offer you our Comic-Con panel recap of the film as a peace offering.
4. Excellent Trailer for ATARI: GAME OVER
I’m not sure what this says about me but I’m guessing it isn’t good: I got goosebumps while watching this first trailer for director Zak Penn’s Xbox Originals documentary Atari: Game Over. Claiming to document the rise and fall of Atari with a specific focus on the absolute nightmare that was their E.T. tie-in game, Atari: Game Over will be at the top of my watch list when it hits Xbox this fall. If the trailer has a similar impact on you, I also recommend checking out our Comic-Con panel recap.
5. Our Comic-Con 2014 Coverage to Date
If you’ve been around the site the past few weeks then you’ve probably noticed an abundance of San Diego Comic-Con coverage. When I say abundance, what I mean to say is a shit-ton. As a high-five to my colleagues who covered the event tirelessly and as a tool to help readers catch up on the coverage they may have missed, click here for all of our Comic-Con 2014 coverage to date and click here for a handy guide Matt put together for you earlier in the week that categorizes coverage by movie panel, television panel, movie interview, television interview, and more.