Available now on VOD and DVD is writer/director Joshua Zeman‘s urban legend documentary Killer Legends. For those who’ve seen Zeman’s solid 2009 effort Cropsey, Killer Legends is a continuation of the filmmaker’s interest not just in urban legends but in the real stories behind the tales. Rather than focus on one subject like its predecessor, though, Legends is made up of four vignettes each devoted to a true crime that helped shape some of our most widely recognized legends: The Candyman, The Killer Clown, The Babysitter Murders, and The Hookman. Individually, I found Zeman’s look at “The Hookman” and its ties to the “Moonlight Murders” of Texarkana in 1946 (the inspiration for Charles B. Pierce‘s The Town That Dreaded Sundown) to be the strongest of the four. On the whole, the doc is a fascinating project that seamlessly blends elements of crime, horror, and nostalgia as you recall the versions of the aforementioned legends that you were exposed to as a kid. Killer Legends is highly recommended if you’ve ever wondered where some of our most popular legends got their start.
All recommendations aside, this week’s Top 5 features interviews for and Matt’s review of Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, the first trailer for Jason Reitman‘s Men, Women & Children, Pierce Brosnan playing N64’s Goldeneye 007 with Jimmy Fallon, the first trailer for Outcast which features some absolute gems from Nicolas Cage, and a report claiming that Chinese movie theaters are looking for ways to integrate audience texts into the moviegoing experience. Keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.
1. SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR Interviews and Review
I like, not love, 2005’s Sin City. On one hand, its strikingly beautiful visuals are unlike any comic book adaptation before it. On the other, I’m not in love with the grisly world Frank Miller created in general. In spite of my own lukewarm enthusiasm for the pic, I still plan on renting it and also recommend checking out Matt’s review and Christina’s text interviews with Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Eva Green, Robert Rodriguez & Frank Miller, and Dennis Haysbert.
2. First Trailer for Jason Reitman’s MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN
Paramount rolled out the first trailer for Jason Reitman’s Men, Women & Children this week and, despite the unwaveringly somber tone, it’s tech savvy approach to modern relationships has piqued my interest. Given that I didn’t care for 2011’s Young Adult and have no interest in seeing 2013’s Labor Day, it’s good to once again feel hopeful about a new Reitman film.
3. Pierce Brosnan Plays GOLDENEYE 007 with Jimmy Fallon
If you owned a Nintendo 64 in 1997 then chances are you know all about the greatness that was Rare’s Goldeneye 007. The game was my first experience with a split-screen multiplayer “deathmatch” mode and, while I was absolutely horrid at it, I still look back on it fondly. Earlier this week, The Tonight Show‘s Jimmy Fallon lived out a dream I’m sure many of the game’s fans have had: playing a match with 007 himself, Pierce Brosnan. Click here to watch and let the nostalgia roll.
4. OUTCAST Trailer Features Nicolas Cage as the White Ghost
File this one under “Classic Nic Cage”. The first trailer for the actioner Outcast hit the interwebs this week and it features one trademark Cage moment after the next in less than two minutes (my personal favorite line being “I AM the White Ghost!). Throw in Hayden Christensen sporting a stellar rock star haircut and the film, which is set during the Crusades, looks to be coming together quite nicely.
5. Chinese Movie Theaters Want Your Texts to Be Part of the Movie
The next time you think your moviegoing experience is being ruined by cell phone lights and incessant talking just remember it can always get worse. This week we learned that Chinese theaters are in the protocol stage with a system that encourages texting during the film by allowing the texts of the theater audience to show up on the big screen for everyone to read. Apparently having people read your private texts on top of said texts interrupting a movie you paid to see is appealing in China. I have so many questions.