TOP 5: THE MASTER Trailer, BRAVE, Cinemath, SEEKING A FRIEND FOR THE END OF THE WORLD, ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER

     June 23, 2012

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Earlier this week I literally dreamed about The Dark Knight Rises. Not that I was in the movie. Not that I was Batman. Just that I was in the theater watching it for the first time. And I woke up with a sense of joy that followed me around for hours. Even now I can’t decide exactly what this says about me or whether it’s a good or bad thing that I’m so excited for a single moviegoing experience. Part of me is a little disappointed in my subconscious for dreaming on such a micro level. Another part is encouraged that it finds such joy in the “little things”. Regardless, those precious two hours and forty-five minutes or so on midnight of July 20th can’t get here soon enough.

All personal issues aside, this week’s iteration of the Top 5 includes the new trailer for Paul Thomas Anderson‘s The Master, Brave interviews with John Lasseter, director Mark Andrews and more, Brendan’s latest Cinemath feature, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World interviews with Steve Carell, Keira Knightley and more, and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter interviews with Tim Burton and co. The search for a brief recap and link to each concludes after the jump.

1. THE MASTER Trailer

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This may or may not earn me many “cinephile points”, but this new trailer for The Master did more for me in a minute and a half than There Will Be Blood did in its entire running time. The cinematography, the score, Hoffman’s creepy as hell mustache, and Joaquin Phoenix yelling “…just say something that’s true!”. Yeah, I need to see this.

2. BRAVE Interviews with John Lasseter, Director Mark Andrews and More

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Having not yet seen the film, I can’t speak to how well Brave stacks up against previous Pixar fare. That said, I can’t help but think you’ve done an all right job for yourself as a film studio when a pic that seems to be generally agreed upon as good, just not quite transcendent, is perceived as a step down. For more on Pixar’s latest, check out Matt’s review and Steve’s video interviews with John Lasseter, director Mark Andrews and producer Katherine Sarafian, Kelly Macdonald, and Kevin McKidd.

3. Cinemath: Good Movies Do Better at the Box Office

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I was beginning to think this day would never come. It’s been nearly six months since Brendan last graced us with a Cinemath installment and, to be honest, life just hasn’t been the same while waiting. If you’ve ever wondered to yourself what, if any, correlation exists between critical reaction and box office performance, then this latest trip down the movie numbers rabbit hole is exactly what you need in your life.

4. SEEKING A FRIEND FOR THE END OF THE WORLD Interviews with Steve Carell and More

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I can think of far worse people to spend the final days of Earth’s existence with than Steve Carell and Keira Knightley. While this may not seem like the most ringing endorsement, I have to admit that it’s the lone motivation I need to justify paying to see Seeking a Friend for the End of the World in theaters. Whether you’re as easy to please as I am or you have ulterior motives (like getting to see Matt on camera!), I recommend checking out Matt’s review of the pic and his video interviews with Carell, Knightley, writer/director Lorene Scafaria, Gillian Jacobs and T.J. Miller.

5. ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER Interviews with Tim Burton and More

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Rounding out a week in which we covered the hell out of three newly released films, I present to you Matt’s review of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Steve’s video interviews with Tim Burton, Timur Bekmambetov and Seth Grahame-Smith, Benjamin Walker and Anthony Mackie, Dominic Cooper, Rufus Sewell, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. If you leave this site and have any glaring questions regarding Vampire Hunter, End of the World, and/or Brave, you only have yourself to blame.

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