Every once in a while I use this space to tout a recently released Blu-ray/DVD that I missed in theaters but, via the magic of home video, was finally able to check out from the comfort of my couch (click here to see me gush about The Perks of Being a Wallflower). Today I’ll do the same by encouraging you to check out co-writer/director Scott Derrickson‘s horror pic Sinister. There’s nothing spectacular going on here, it’s just an effective movie with several scenes that I found genuinely frightening/disturbing. Moreover, it’s probably the last widely-released horror entry since Insidious that left me turning some of the lights on in the house shortly after it ended.
With my “Super Cool Blu-ray Pick of the Week” out of the way, this week’s Top 5 includes interviews from the set of The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, some drama-inducing first set images from The Amazing Spider-Man 2, a set visit recap and interviews for Park Chan-wook‘s Stoker, Jack the Giant Slayer interviews, and the first trailer and poster for director James Wan‘s The Conjuring. As you may expect, a brief recap and link to each of these can be found completely free of charge after the jump.
1. THE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE Set Visit Interviews
All films whose premise features dueling magicians has The Prestige to thank for my time and money. Based purely on my love of that pic, every time I hear a movie plot described as “Well, it’s about these rival magicians…” I interrupt with “Sweet, I love The Prestige. This is gonna be great”. Yes, I’m that easy to coerce. So, whether you have an affection for magic battles, Steve Carell, or both, you’ll do well to check out Steve’s The Incredible Burt Wonderstone set interviews with Mr. Carell, Olivia Wilde, Steve Buscemi, director Don Scardino, and producer Chris Bender.
2. THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 Set Images and More
This past week the Interwebs delivered us a slew of set images, the news that Chris Cooper has signed on to play Norman Osborn, and our first look at Shailene Woodley as Mary Jane Watson walking from “Point A” to “Point B” on the New York City set of The Amazing Spider-Man 2. In turn, said Mary Jane images sparked a firestorm of debate on comment sections across the web as fanboys clamored for Woodley to look less like an actual person and more like the lines and ink-based Mary Jane they were used to getting all hot and bothered over. I’ll just say this and be done with it: if you were moved to tell the Internet about how Ms. Woodley isn’t attractive enough to portray the character of Mary Jane Watson, I feel sorry for you.
3. STOKER Set Visit and Interviews with Nicole Kidman and More
This weekend marks the release of director Park Chan-wook’s English-language debut, the mystery/thriller Stoker. To celebrate said release, we peppered the site this past week with Adam’s set visit recap, Matt’s enthusiastic review, Tommy’s video interviews with Matthew Goode, Mia Wasikowska, and Nicole Kidman, and Sheila’s press day sit-down with Park Chan-wook, Goode, Wasikowska, and Kidman.
4. JACK THE GIANT SLAYER Interviews with Director Bryan Singer and More
Jack the Giant Slayer(Matt’s review here) seems tailor made for those who enjoy a slice of adventure/fantasy/action fare that you can be entertained by in the moment and turn off as soon as the lights come on. While not my cup of tea, I can respect the idea that many moviegoers want exactly that. So, whether you’re someone who wants the two-hour escape that Jack provides or someone who wants to read Bryan Singer talk about X-Men: Days of Future Past and Nicholas Hoult discuss Mad Max: Fury Road, be sure to read Steve’s interviews with Singer, Stanley Tucci, and Nicholas Hoult.
5. First Trailer and Poster for THE CONJURING
Carrying on my horror movie theme from the opening paragraph, this entry is without a doubt my favorite of the week. The first trailer and poster for James Wan’s The Conjuring debuted this week and, based on those two artifacts alone, the film has a throwback horror/suspense feel that I’m confident I’ll be swooning over for quite some time. As an aside, never play hide and seek in old houses. It’s just creepy and someone is bound to see/hear a ghost. I know it’s tempting, but just walk away.