May 3, 2014


I’ll say this much for The Amazing Spider-Man 2: it’s unique. I can’t recall a film off the top of my head that delivers one cringeworthy moment after another, eye roll upon eye roll, only to stick the landing and actually make me semi-look forward to the next installment. As many have stated already, Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone are actually quite good in the film as its emotional anchors. As much as I enjoy Sam Raimi‘s Spider-Man (and love his Spider-Man 2), I’ll take Garfield over Tobey Maguire as my wall-crawler of choice any day of the week. Still yet, that doesn’t change the fact that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is a tonal mess for about 90% of its runtime. To make matters worse, Jamie Foxx‘s Electro is so poorly written, and so ridiculously portrayed, that he’d be right at home in a Joel Schumacher Batman movie. And yet, that ending still resonates with me and I’m kind of interested to see what’s next. Like I said, it’s unique.

We’ll talk more about The Amazing Spider-Man 2 after the jump with Matt’s review and Steve’s video interviews. In addition, this week’s Top 5 also highlights the Star Wars: Episode VII cast announcement, the new international Godzilla trailer, Zack Snyder officially landing the Justice League directorial gig, and the first trailer for the excellent looking doc The Internet’s Own Boy. Keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

1. STAR WARS: EPISODE VII Cast Announced


I just wrote last week about how I’d rather be talking about official cast announcements than odds-and-ends from Star Wars: Episode VII. I’d like to think those words were instrumental in the world finally receiving this cast announcement a few days ago but I suppose we’ll have to attribute the timing of the announcement to the table read because, of the two, that’s the one explanation that actually has merit. While you’re in the mood to learn more about the cast, do yourself a favor and also check out our intro to the actors confirmed to be leading the pic.

2. THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 Interviews and Review


Clearly from this week’s intro, there was quite a bit about The Amazing Spider-Man 2 that bothered me. To be fair, though, most of those things are script related (except for Electro, pretty much everything bothered me about him). That in mind, I’d like to reiterate how good I think Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone are in the film and also add that I enjoyed Dane DeHaan’s performance in spite of the fact that he was given very little to work with. The work from those three make the movie worth watching even if it’s not something you should rush to the theater to catch. My thoughts aside, I recommend checking out Matt’s review, discussing your impressions in our “What Did You Think?” post, and watching Steve’s video interviews with Andrew Garfield & Marc Webb, Emma Stone, and Jamie Foxx & Dane DeHaan.

3. New International GODZILLA Trailer


I know I’ve said it before, but I think it warrants saying again: director Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla looks downright terrifying and I can’t wait to see it. The new international trailer for the film gives us more of that sweet, sweet Bryan Cranston monologue that has been peppered throughout previous trailers while also suggesting how we might go about stopping the monster. At this point, I don’t want to see or hear anything else about the movie. I just need to experience it for myself.

4. Zack Snyder Confirmed to Direct JUSTICE LEAGUE


In an announcement that likely surprised no one, we learned this week that Zack Snyder will direct Justice League for Warner Bros. We also learned that the pic will shoot back-to-back with Batman vs. Superman, making a 2017 release feasible. As far as any other details? Not so much. I like Snyder so I’m pleased enough with this news. To be honest, though, I need to see more details about the film before I start forming any opinions.

5. First Trailer for Aaron Swartz Documentary THE INTERNET’S OWN BOY


Rounding out this week’s recap is the first trailer for what looks to be a truly fascinating doc: director Brian Knappenberger’s The Internet’s Own Boy. The doc focuses on reddit co-founder Aaron Swartz, who committed suicide in 2013 at the age of 26 during a time in which he found himself facing substantial prison time for hacking MIT’s network and giving access to millions of academic articles from JSTOR. Not only can I not wait to check this one out, the trailer features a pull-quote from Adam’s ecstatic Sundance review of the film which is always nice.