This time last week I was two movies into the triple feature I teased the last time we met. While I can’t say I was overly impressed by Gangster Squad, both Zero Dark Thirty and Django Unchained made their respective cases as qualified Best Picture nominees. Of the two, Zero Dark‘s unrelenting final act not only made it my top pick of the day but also provided some of the most sustained tension I can remember experiencing in a movie theater. Having now seen it for myself, I must say that I wholeheartedly agree with those who have voiced their disbelief at Kathryn Bigelow‘s Best Director Oscar snub.
Zero Dark Thirty praise aside, on tap in this week’s Top 5 are The Last Stand interviews with Arnold Schwarzenegger, Johnny Knoxville, and more, a live-action remake of Toy Story, a new trailer for Primer writer/director/star/almost literally everything else Shane Carruth‘s Upstream Color, Mama interviews with Guillermo del Toro and more, and all of our Sundance 2013 coverage to date. For your reading pleasure, a recap and link to each awaits after the jump.
1. THE LAST STAND Interviews with Arnold Schwarzenegger and More
With Arnold Schwarzenegger’s return to the silver screen, The Last Stand, hitting theaters this weekend it’s only fitting that our resident Schwarzenegger B.F.F., Dave Trumbore (remember when they hung out in the former Governor’s tank?), caught up with members of the cast via video interview: Schwarzenegger and Johnny Knoxville, Rodrigo Santoro and Forest Whitaker, and Jaimie Alexander. Or, if you’re more of a text interview type of person, check out our talks with both Santoro and Alexander.
2. Fan-Made, Full-Length, Live-Action TOY STORY Remake
There are fan films and then there are loving tributes that make you think “Wow, that is pretty damn amazing”. For me, this live-action remake of Toy Story doesn’t just fall under the latter, it’s the reason the latter even exists in the first place.
3. New Trailer for Shane Carruth’s UPSTREAM COLOR
I’ll admit to being someone who admires Shane Carruth’s Primer for its originality and refusal to talk down to its audience. At the same time, I’m also one who, after a single viewing, felt like an undeclared student who accidentally walked into a masters class in neuroscience on my first day of undergrad. Even though I’m not sure what the hell happened the first time around, I’ve never experienced anything quite like it. Ipso facto I can’t wait to check out his follow-up, Upstream Color, and its new trailer gets a spot on this week’s list.
4. MAMA Interviews with Guillermo del Toro and More
I’m a sucker both for horror movies and Guillermo del Toro films. When those two forces combine, it’s a foregone conclusion that said picture will have my attention (even if GDT only appears in a producing capacity). So congratulations, Mama, you have my attention and likely a future place in my wife and I’s Blu-ray/DVD collection (to her dismay, I’m sure). If you have a similar soft spot in your heart for horror and GDT, you’ll do well to check out Matt’s review, our video interviews with Guillermo del Toro and the Muschietti siblings who were behind both the original short film and the feature-length, and a text interview with the aforementioned Guillermo del Toro and one-half of the Muschietti siblings, director Andrés Muschietti.
5. All of Our Sundance 2013 Coverage to Date
There’s no reward for harboring envy in secret so I’ll just come out and say that I’m insanely jealous of my Collider cohorts, Steve, Matt, and Adam for being in Park City, Utah, living it up at Sundance 2013 right now. Nevertheless, I’m not so blind with envy that I can’t appreciate the way their presence benefits the rest of us: by way of this coverage which includes early reviews of some of the pics that have played the festival thus far.