This past week brought us a story that is near and dear to me. While I briefly give my own thoughts regarding DC Comics’ Watchmen prequel comic series after the jump, I want to use the “Top 5’s” opening paragraph space to invite readers to voice/type their own opinions on the announcement in the comments section. As a fervent fan of the series, I’m always interested to hear fellow fans’ take on Watchmen adaptations, prequels, and the like. So, with that said, what do you think? Does the creative talent involved interest you? Is it the best idea ever? The worst? Somewhere in between? Sound off in the comments.
In addition to DC’s Before Watchmen announcement, this installment of the “Top 5” includes interviews with the cast and director of superhero/found-footage pic Chronicle, a “What If?” look at a 16-Bit Breaking Bad RPG, ten things to know about Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, and Sundance 2012 video interviews with Bradley Cooper, Paul Dano and more. A brief recap and link to each follows after the jump.
1. DC Comics Announces WATCHMEN Prequel Comics, BEFORE WATCHMEN
I love Watchmen. I love Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ seminal 12-issue run. Flame away, but I really like *cough* love Zack Snyder’s 2009 adaptation. All of this said, I can’t help but feel like DC Comics’ Before Watchmen series may eventually serve as proof that you really can have too much of a good thing. Now, that doesn’t mean that I won’t most likely be purchasing the first few issues as a trial run. It just means that, in the future, I may have to adjust my opening statement to read, “I love Watchmen…well, minus that whole Before Watchmen thing”.
2. CHRONICLE Interviews with Alex Russell, Michael B. Jordan, Josh Trank and More
If you’re like me, then you’re a little skeptical of Chronicle. As fond as I am of superheroes, I can’t help but feel like they’re a little over-saturated right now. Along those same lines is the found-footage film. So, what if we put the two together? Will we get something innovative and fresh or something that doubles down on the superhero/found-footage fatigue I’m already experiencing? Well, according to Matt’s review and a majority of other critical assessments, it’s closer to the former. With these endorsements in mind, if you’re interested in learning more about Chronicle straight from the horses’ respective mouths, make sure to check out our video interviews with stars Alex Russell, Michael B. Jordan, Dane DeHaan, and director Josh Trank.
3. What if BREAKING BAD Were a 16-Bit RPG?
Even if you’ve never watched a single episode of AMC’s Breaking Bad or basked in the greatness that was 16-bit gaming, I’m confident that you can still appreciate any parody video that gives you the following choice: “What do you want to do? Ask for help? Accept fate? Cook meth?” That’s exactly the type of decision you’ll be faced with in College Humor’s excellent parody that presents Breaking Bad as a 16-bit RPG. Also, just for the record, “Cook meth” is always the right choice. Always.
4. 10 Things to Know about DR. SEUSS’ THE LORAX from Our Edit Bay Visit
With Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax set to hit theaters on March 2nd, this week our own Christina Radish was finally able to reveal some details regarding her October visit to the film’s edit bay in beautiful Santa Monica. For a breakdown of ten highlights from the film and for her interview with producer Chris Meledandri, click here.
5. Sundance 2012 Video Interviews with Bradley Cooper, Paul Dano, Aubrey Plaza and More
If you’ve visited these parts the past few weeks then you’ve probably heard that both Steve and Matt did their utmost to cover as much of the festival as can be reasonably expected of two sets of eyes. In the past two “Top 5” installments I’ve given you a single link that takes you to all of our Sundance 2012 coverage. While that link is still in play, I thought it prudent to also individually point out some of the highlights from Steve’s festival video interviews. If interested, I highly recommend checking out his sit-downs with Bradley Cooper, Paul Dano, Aubrey Plaza, Frank Langella, The Raid composers Joe Trapanese and Mike Shinoda (of Linkin Park), The Raid director Gareth Evans, Teresa Palmer, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead just to name a few.