September 29, 2012


For the first time, I’m writing from the comfort of my newly remodeled “mancave” or, as my wife likes to lovingly refer to it, the “nerdcave”. For a space that used to be an attached garage/dungeon, I have to say that the end result is pretty cozy. I guess there really are no living quarters that a substantial amount of time, money, and framed movie prints can’t fix. Now, if only I could find a way to fit and/or afford a mini-fridge, classic stand-up arcade games (i.e. The Simpsons, and X-Men), theater-style seating, and a projection screen that comes down from the ceiling via hand-clap command, I may finally be able to fulfill my dream of never leaving home again.

All praises of my new space aside, this week’s incarnation of the Top 5 brings a look back at our Fantastic Fest 2012 coverage, Looper interviews with writer/director Rian Johnson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Emily Blunt, The Avengers Blu-ray interviews with members of the pic’s visual effects team, The Perks of Being a Wallflower interviews with Emma Watson, writer/director Stephen Chbosky and more, and Hotel Transylvania interviews with Andy Samberg and Selena Gomez just to name a few. As you might expect, a brief recap and link to each is holding down the fort after the jump.

1. Fantastic Fest 2012 Coverage


Fantastic Fest 2012 concluded this past Thursday in Austin, TX and while the pessimist in me wants to feel sorry for having missed yet another year, the optimist reminds me that at least I had Matt and Scott in attendance to live vicariously through. Click here for all of the coverage we kicked out over the past week and a half or so, here for a list of the festival’s winners, and here for Matt’s look back at each of his festival experiences this year: Sundance, SXSW, TIFF, and FF.

2. LOOPER Interviews with Rian Johnson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and More


Debuting in theaters this weekend is writer/director Rian Johnson’s sci-fi/thriller Looper. Sad that he has yet another wedding to attend tonight and thus will not be able to check out Looper is this guy. Oh well, at least I have Steve’s video interviews with Johnson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Emily Blunt, Matt’s review from TIFF, and this moody, animated, dialogue-free trailer to hold me over until I can partake in the film.

3. THE AVENGERS Blu-ray Release Brings Interviews with the Visual Effects Team


The Avengers hit retail stores everywhere on DVD/Blu-ray and, to the surprise of no one, people were excited for the movie all over again (if they ever stopped being excited in the first place, that is). In celebration of the release, Steve was invited to chat with some of the film’s visual effects team at ILM in San Francisco: visual effects supervisor Jeff White, animation director Marc Chu, and associate visual effects supervisor Jason Smith. In case you missed it, you can also check out Andre’s review of the four-disc 3D Blu-ray set by clicking here.



In spite of being nearly ten years removed from high school, the undying teenager in me still looks forward to coming-of-age tales set within the confines of public education. To this end, its premise and setting were all that I needed to be sold on writer/director Stephen Chbosky’s adaptation of his own novel, The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Whether you’re hook, line, and sinker on the film like myself or still in need of more persuasion, you’ll do well to check out Steve’s video interviews with Emma Watson and Chbosky, Ezra Miller, Johnny Simmons, and Mae Whitman, and Nina Dobrev, and Matt’s TIFF review.

5. HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA Interviews with Andy Samberg and More


While I probably won’t be racing to see Hotel Transylvania in theaters, I have to say that any movie premise that starts something like “Dracula operates a luxurious resort that other classic monsters frequent for rest and relaxation” has to be worth at the very least a rent later on down the road. Until that day comes, I’m content with checking out our video interviews with Andy Samberg and Selena Gomez (who discuss the pic’s Oscar chances when stacked up against The Master), and Molly Shannon and Fran Drescher.