As great a time as I’ve had at the movies this summer, basking in the glow of giant blockbuster after giant blockbuster, watching The Way, Way Back last weekend was a relief. A barely average waterpark stood in place of the massive action set pieces I had grown accustomed to. A teenager from a broken home struggling to find a shred of self-confidence was the substitute for the oft-used extinction of civilization as we know it stake. Although I hesitate to call the film great (I would reserve that attribute for the similarly-themed Adventureland if pressed), it was exactly what I needed at the time: a small-scale comedy/drama with both feet planted firmly on the ground and characters I could invest in. With films like The Way, Way Back currently playing nationwide, if you’re still suffering from blockbuster sensory overload then you only have yourself to blame.
My recommendation for curing the common blockbuster aside, this week’s Top 5 includes the moving first trailer for Ben Stiller‘s The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, 2 Guns interviews with director Baltasar Kormakur and more, the first trailer and official images from David O. Russell‘s American Hustle, Joe Lynch‘s very cool short film Truth in Journalism featuring one of my favorite Marvel characters, and our own Christina Radish covering the heck out of the TCA Press Tour with Breaking Bad, Homeland, and Game of Thrones related posts. Let’s meet on the other side of the jump for a brief recap and link to each of the above.
1. First Trailer for THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY
I was blown away when I saw this first trailer for The Secret Life of Walter Mitty in front of The Way, Way Back. The combination of me having not seen it on my laptop before experiencing it on the big screen (which doesn’t happen often) and it just being a phenomenal cut was golden. If you’ve yet to check it out, don’t walk, run, to the above link.
2. 2 GUNS Interviews with Director Baltasar Kormakur and More
With the actioner 2 Guns (Matt’s review here) opening this weekend, the unbridled mix of testosterone and charisma provided by having Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg in the same movie is almost too much to handle. And, as someone who generally loves their respective work, I mean that as genuinely as possible. This in mind, if you’re at all interested in learning more about the film and how the two stars came together for the first time then I recommend checking out this press conference recap with Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg and Steve’s video interviews with director Baltasar Kormakur and producer Randall Emmett.
3. First Trailer and Images from David O. Russel’s AMERICAN HUSTLE
While I didn’t have the pleasure of seeing the excellent first trailer for David O. Russell’s American Hustle (first official images here) in theaters prior to on my laptop screen ala Walter Mitty, I still loved it and can’t wait for Christmas weekend when I have the opportunity to watch both of the above mentioned pics for the first time. Typically this part of the recap would include a lame reference about Santa bringing me two of my most anticipated movies of the year in the same weekend but I’m trying to be more judicious in my use of weak references so I’ll spare you the displeasure for now.
4. Short Film TRUTH IN JOURNALISM Features a Fan-Favorite Marvel Character
It’s no secret that I loved The Punisher short film, Dirty Laundry, that producer Adi Shankar brought to Comic-Con last year (so much so, that I included it in the Top 5: End of the Year Edition). As such, it should come as no surprise that I also enjoyed the heck out of the follow-up of sorts that Shankar brought to this year’s Comic-Con, the short film Truth in Journalism. Starring Ryan Kwanten and directed by Joe Lynch, the short is worth every bit of its roughly 17 minute runtime and includes a reveal that is pretty nifty even if you sniff it out a few minutes into the film. If you haven’t already, check out Truth in Journalism here and read Steve’s exclusive interview with producer Adi Shankar.
5. TCA Press Tour Coverage Includes BREAKING BAD and More
I sometimes feel as if our own Christina Radish consumes more television in a week than I do in a year. It’s impressive really and I’ve found myself relying on her interviews and television coverage when making my own TV viewing choices as a result. This past week, continuing her tradition of providing ample coverage from the TCA (Television Critics Association) Press Tour, Christina graced the site with recaps from the press tour including creator/showrunner Vince Gilligan talking Breaking Bad, HBO execs. Richard Plepler and Michael Lombardo discussing Game of Thrones, The Newsroom, True Blood and more, and Community‘s Dan Harmon talking his new animated series Rick and Morty. Of course, these are just a few of the highlights from the tour. All of her coverage can be found by clicking here.