If you’ve yet to check out writer/director Destin Daniel Cretton‘s Short Term 12, what are you waiting for? The film hit shelves on Blu-ray/DVD on January 14th, rendering the “it’s not playing anywhere near me” excuse invalid. I had the opportunity to watch it last weekend and I was blown away. Much has been made of Brie Larson‘s performance and for good reason: it’s terrific. She’s not alone in that regard, though. The turns by Kaitlyn Dever and Keith Stanfield are nothing short of excellent and, in particular, a scene between Stanfield and John Gallagher Jr. in which Stanfield’s character, Marcus, bares his emotional scars via an original rap verse is equal parts heartbreaking and jaw-dropping. Watching Short Term 12 is an emotional roller coaster. You’ll laugh, cry, feel anger, love, hope, and despair. You’ll catch a glimpse of just how lonely a life can be and, at the same time, appreciate how opening ourselves up to the possibility of trust and love is a powerful decision that doesn’t come easily for all of us.
My Blu-ray/DVD recommendation of the week in the books, this week’s Top 5 highlights all of our Sundance 2014 coverage to date, a new trailer for The Raid 2 (including Matt’s Sundance review), Quentin Tarantino‘s The Hateful Eight script leak, a new trailer for Disney’s Maleficent, and a variety of news from the Star Wars: Episode VII camp. Keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.
1. Sundance 2014 Coverage
While I’m sure we’ll be seeing more interviews from Steve in the coming days/weeks, the Collider team has mostly put the finishing touches on covering yet another Sundance Film Festival. You can click here for all of our festival coverage to date or check out some of my personal favorite posts from the festival including: Matt’s The Raid 2 review, Adam’s review of The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz, and Steve’s video interview with You’re Next and The Guest screenwriter Simon Barrett.
2. New Trailer THE RAID 2
I couldn’t be more excited about writer/director Gareth Evans’ The Raid 2 if I actually had a financial stake in the film. The original has earned every bit of its reputation as one of the best action films in recent memory and the sequel looks as if it will build on that in almost every discernible way. In related news, the fact that my colleagues have already seen the film makes me feel…jealous. Pure, unbridled, jealousy. Emotions aside, click here for the latest trailer for the film and, in case you missed the link above, Matt’s Sundance review.
3. THE HATEFUL EIGHT Script Leak
What once seemed to be Quentin Tarantino’s next directorial effort may now be shelved…literally. This past week we learned that Tarantino handed out his first draft of the western The Hateful Eight to a small contingent of actors only to have it leaked by one of their respective agents. So distraught by the leak is Tarantino that he says he will have the script published as a book and move on to something else for his next film saying, “I’ve got ten more where that came from.”
4. New Trailer/Promo for Disney’s MALEFICENT
I’m unashamedly looking forward to Disney’s Maleficent hitting theaters at the end of May. I thought the teaser trailer that debuted a few months back was highly effective and while this new trailer/Disney channel promo is more geared towards getting kids excited for the pic, it does nothing to quell my own anticipation. In the interim, I’ll continue to give Disney my undivided attention while singing Frozen‘s “Let It Go” in 25 different languages.
5. STAR WARS News: Script Is Done, Miles Teller Talks His Audition, and More
Rounding out this week’s standouts is a grab-bag of news relating to Star Wars: Episode VII. Depending on your anticipation for the film, the following links could be construed as either inconsequential or of supreme interest. For the sake of readership, I’m hoping for the latter: the script is done, Carrie Fisher reveals the production start date with Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill, and Miles Teller talks about auditioning for the film in an interview with Perri Nemiroff.