Like many others I presume, I can reduce my yesterday down to one common denominator: waiting. Waiting for my Xbox One to arrive in the mail, waiting for the “Day One” update to wrap-up, waiting for Call of Duty: Ghosts to install to my hard drive, waiting for Ghosts‘ mandatory 1Gb update to complete. All told, it was about a two and a half hour process from the time my console arrived at my door until I was able to fire my first virtual shot. Although I’d be lying if I said the delays weren’t tedious, at the end of the day it was absolutely worth it. Microsoft’s next-gen console isn’t perfect, but its ambition and by-and-large its initial execution are pretty damn impressive. Controlling the console via voice commands with Kinect is way smoother than I expected it to be. Directing my satellite television via the console is a feature that I believe, when mastered, I’ll wonder how I ever lived without. And that seems to be the general idea of the Xbox One: to make you reconsider what a video game console can and should do. Even if all of the pieces aren’t in place yet to make it a “must have” (I expect a steady barrage of software updates in the coming days, weeks, months, etc.), I’m having too much fun with it right now to care.
My initial Xbox One impressions aside, this week’s Top 5 includes The Hunger Games: Catching Fire interviews with Jennifer Lawrence and more, Dave’s Out of the Furnace set visit recap, Christopher Nolan strapping an IMAX camera to a Learjet for Interstellar, Delivery Man interviews with Vince Vaughn and more, and a new trailer for Lars Von Trier‘s Nymphomaniac that you’ll likely only feel halfway guilty for watching. Per the drill, a brief recap and link to each of the above rests after the jump.
1. THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE Interviews
In celebration of this weekend’s debut of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Matt’s review here), Steve has peppered the site with a slew of video interviews with stars Jennifer Lawrence & Josh Hutcherson, Woody Harrelson & Liam Hemsworth, Sam Claflin & Jena Malone, Elizabeth Banks & Lenny Kravitz, Donald Sutherland, and director Francis Lawrence. That’s a good amount of interviews. And there’s only so many hours in the day. So, if you’re interested in learning more about the film and why those who helped make it feel the franchise is as popular as it is, then you better get to it.
2. OUT OF THE FURNACE Set Visit
Out of the Furnace stars Casey Affleck, Christian Bale, and Willem Dafoe. If someone tells me all three of these actors are in a movie I don’t even care to know what it’s about. Just tell me when it comes out and what time the first showing is so that I can be sure to cancel all of my plans and be there. Whether you’re like me and sold blindly on the film by virtue of its cast or if you need a little more convincing, I recommend checking out Dave’s set visit recap and on-set interviews with Casey Affleck, Willem Dafoe, Sam Shepard, and writer/director Scott Cooper.
3. Christopher Nolan Straps an IMAX Camera to a Learjet for INTERSTELLAR
The average person may think to themselves “…it’d be cool to put one of the most rare and technologically brilliant cameras in the world on the front of a jet and see what happens…” before then worrying about what they’ll have for lunch. The in no way average Christopher Nolan thinks this and then proceeds to leverage his considerable resources to strap an IMAX camera to the front of a Learjet for his new movie Interstellar. You win, Christopher Nolan. You always do.
4. DELIVERY MAN Interviews with Vince Vaughn and More
I’ll be the first to admit that I’m often a sucker for Vince Vaughn and the recurring “lovable screw-up” role that he’s typecast himself into. To that end, even if Delivery Man is an unnecessary remake of Ken Scott’s Starbuck as Matt says in his review, I have every intention of seeing it at some point and I’ll likely enjoy the heck out of it because that’s just what Mr. Vaughn does to me. If you have a similar soft spot, I encourage you to watch Steve’s video interviews with Vince Vaughn, Cobie Smulders, Chris Pratt, and his text interview with Britt Robertson who also happens to discuss the audition process for Tomorrowland. In case those aren’t enough, Christina also has a text interview with Vaughn, Smulders, and Pratt for your reading pleasure.
5. New NYMPHOMANIAC Trailer Earns NSFW Tag
It’s no secret that the Internet has a seemingly endless supply of assets that aren’t appropriate for consumption in most day-to-day situations. That’s part of why we love it so much. Those mindful of this basic tenet generally lend a helping hand by using the “NSFW” disclaimer in order to help others avoid compromising situations. That said, not all “NSFW” tags are created equal. There’s “don’t watch this at work because coworkers might think it’s inappropriate” and “don’t watch this at work because coworkers might never talk to you again”. I’d say this latest trailer for Lars Von Trier’s Nymphomaniac comfortably falls under the latter.