If you’ve been around the site for a while then you may remember my love for Boy Meets World which I professed in this DVD review nearly four years ago. That devotion in mind, I’m choosing to write about last night’s premiere of Girl Meets World in this week’s opening paragraph in spite of the fact that I’m a 27-year-old man. While the pilot may have been a little too on the nose about GMW being young Riley Matthews’ chance to discover the world like her parents did before her, I still enjoyed the heck out of it. Played well by Rowan Blanchard, the character of Riley looks to be a great blend of Cory and Topanga as she is hopelessly awkward around the new boy at school and stresses out about the possibility of missing a homework assignment in a way that young Cory Matthews would have never dreamed. Another highpoint of the episode is Corey Fogelmanis‘ turn as Farkle Minkus and a fresh take on BMW‘s Stuart Minkus character (I’m going to assume that Farkle is Stuart’s son though I don’t believe that was revealed in the pilot). Regardless of how GMW pans out, I’ll always have its predecessor to hold near and dear. Along those lines, I’d love to see GMW be successful not for me but so adolescents today can have something other than Dog with a Blog to call their own.
All Disney Channel sitcom reactions aside, this week’s Top 5 features our Transformers: Age of Extinction interviews and review, the first trailer for Brad Pitt‘s WWII pic Fury, Shane Black being tapped to helm a Predator sequel, our Snowpiercer interviews and review, and the first trailer for Life After Beth starring Aubrey Plaza and Dane DeHaan. As is typically the case, a brief recap and link to each of the above can be found after the jump.
1. TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION Interviews and Review
I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before, but I’ve been done with the Transformers franchise since the colossal shit show that was 2009′s Revenge of the Fallen. After watching and enjoying Pain & Gain a ton last year, it actually made me despise the mammoth franchise even more for all but monopolizing Michael Bay’s time. Even without my box office dollars and with Matt’s dismal review, the fact remains that Transformers: Age of Extinction will likely enjoy the year’s biggest opening weekend to date. This is the part of the recap where I put my own bias aside and welcome those who enjoy the franchise to check out Steve’s plethora of video interviews with Michael Bay, Mark Wahlberg, Li Bingbing, Nicola Peltz & Jack Reynor, IMAX President Greg Foster, and Paramount Vice Chairman Rob Moore, text interview with screenwriter Ehren Kruger, and Dave’s set visit recap and text interviews with producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura, stunt coordinator Mike Gunther, producer Ian Bryce, and VFX supervisor Scott Farrar.
2. First Trailer for FURY Starring Brad Pitt
The first trailer for writer/director David Ayer’s WWII pic Fury debuted this week and I think it looks pretty solid. I loved Ayer’s End of Watch and despite the fact that the film features Shia LaBeouf with a damn mustache and Brad Pitt with a badass haircut that I’m not sure anyone fighting in WWII would have actually had, I’m looking forward to checking it out this November.
3. Shane Black Attached to Direct PREDATOR Sequel
My interest was picqued earlier in the week when it was announced that 20th Century Fox had tapped Shane Black to helm a Predator reboot and pen the treatment before handing scribe duties over to The Monster Squad‘s Fred Dekker. That in mind, my excitement went off the scale when we exclusively learned from Black himself that the film isn’t actually a reboot, it’s a sequel. It’s one thing to bring in Black to hit reset on the franchise for a new generation of audiences. It’s another thing completely for the veteran to mine the existing Predator world and give fans of the franchise a new story all together.
4. SNOWPIERCER Interviews and Review
I’ve not been bashful about my excitement for director Bong Joon-ho’s dystopian thriller Snowpiercer, including the film in at least 19 Top 5 installments (my math may be off, but you get the point). In celebration of the film opening to a whopping eight U.S. theaters this week and more to come next week, it’s with great pleasure that I share with you Matt’s positive review and Christina’s text interviews with Bong Joon-ho, Ed Harris, Tilda Swinton, and screenwriter Kelly Masterson.
5. First Trailer for LIFE AFTER BETH
I’m as played out on the whole zombie sub-genre as the next guy/girl but writer/director Jeff Baena’s Life After Beth looks just different enough that I think I need to see it. For starters, the cast looks excellent with the likes of Aubrey Plaza, Dane DeHaan, John C. Reilly, Anna Kendrick, Molly Shannon, Cheryl Hines, and more. Secondly, the first trailer that debuted this week paints the story as one that is a clever and humorous spin on the tale of lost love which is definitely something I could use in the wake of The Fault in Our Stars.