TOP 5: THOR: THE DARK WORLD, DALLAS BUYERS CLUB, Marvel Live-Action Series Coming to Netflix, 47 RONIN Set Visit, Blockbuster Video Is Dead

     November 9, 2013

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Although I hate to naysay, I’ve gone on record several times with my lack of excitement for the upcoming RoboCop remake (here’s one example although I’m sure there are more). This past week MGM and Sony released the new trailer for the film and while I think the cast has the potential to be great, in general the movie just keeps digging itself into a bigger hole with every bit of new footage that I see. Whereas Paul Verhoeven‘s original was laced with social critique that was often ahead of its time if not at least skillfully deployed, this latest trailer goes out of its way to show that it too has something to say about social issues with on the nose references to the idea of using American resources to promote peace abroad rather than at home and the invasive nature of corporate marketing/branding. You keep up with current affairs, we get it. Speaking of marketing, probably my biggest beef with this latest cut comes in its final seconds when it shows RoboCop making a grandiose landing that essentially says “You guys liked the Iron Man movies, right?! You should definitely check this out then because it has a guy in a futuristic suit too!”. Thanks but no thanks, MGM and Sony.

Now that I’ve levied more criticism on a 2:30 trailer than is likely fair, let’s move on to something more positive. This week’s Top 5 features Thor: The Dark World interviews with Tom Hiddleston and more, Dallas Buyers Club interviews with the likes of Jared Leto, the news that Marvel will bring live-action series to Netflix featuring Daredevil and others, a recap of Steve’s 47 Ronin set visit, and a farewell to the once massive video rental chain, Blockbuster Video. If I haven’t lost you yet, a brief recap and link to each of the above can be found after the jump.

1. THOR: THE DARK WORLD Interviews with Tom Hiddleston and More

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It seems unlikely that I’ll be able to check out Thor: The Dark World this weekend but I have every intention of seeing it by the end of next weekend at the latest. Reviews have been generally positive (read Matt’s review here) but let’s face it, after loving the original I was going to see the sequel regardless of critical reaction. In lieu of experiencing the film for myself, I’ve got these video interviews with Tom Hiddleston, Kat Dennings, and director Alan Taylor to keep me warm. For those of you who have already seen the film, you should make sure you take the time to read our spoiler-filled explanation of its end credits scene.

2. DALLAS BUYERS CLUB Interviews with Jared Leto and More

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One of my most anticipated films of the year is director Jean-Marc Vallée’s Dallas Buyers Club. The performances look spectacular and, on paper at least, the story seems about as unbelievable as a movie with the “Based on a True Story” byline can be. While I’ll unfortunately have to wait until the pic expands into more theaters to check it out, for now I’ve got Matt’s TIFF review, Steve’s video interview with Jared Leto, and Sheila’s text interviews with director Jean-Marc Vallée, Jennifer Garner, and Matthew McConaughey to fall back on.

3. Marvel Live-Action Series Coming to Netflix Includes Daredevil and More

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Late this week Disney/Marvel and Netflix dropped a considerable bit of news when announcing that Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage would each be debuting their own live-action series via the streaming giant beginning in 2015. As if that info wasn’t enough to make the day of Marvel fans everywhere, the announcement also included news that the individual series would culminate in a “The Defenders” mini-series. Execution is key of course but, on the surface, this move has “Home Run” written all over it for each of the involved parties.

4. 47 RONIN Set Visit with Video Blog Recap

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Anytime Hollywood gets itself involved with telling culturally significant tales from cultures outside of the U.S. of A, I get a little nervous. That said, I’m hoping Japan’s beloved tale of the 47 Ronin is handled with care and respect in director Carl Rinsch’s film of the same name. Based on Steve’s set visit recap from this past week, things were at least shaping up that way when 47 Ronin was shot back in 2011. To learn more about the pic check out Steve’s set visit recap with video blog and set interviews with Keanu Reeves, director Carl Rinsch, co-star Hiroyuki Sanada, and costume designer Penny Rose.

5. R.I.P., Blockbuster Video

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And just like that, Blockbuster Video is no more. This past week we learned that the chain would close its last 300 stores nationwide and end its mail service (which, to be honest, I never knew existed in the first place). I can’t say that I have too much nostalgia tied specifically to Blockbuster simply because the town I grew up in was too small to warrant a Blockbuster being within even an hour of it. Like most every kid who grew up in the 80s and 90s, though, I have fond memories of going to my local video store to rent NES, SNES, and later PS1 games; something this generation of gamers will likely never experience. In terms of sheer nostalgia, I recommend checking out Nathan Rabin of The Dissolve’s farewell to the once powerful video store chain.

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