The Chow Down Episode 3
By Matt Patton, The Chow Down Host
In this edition of The Chow Down, hosts Matt Patton, Steve Wuchina and Dylan Abbott discuss the focal entertainment news stories of the week. Additionally, the crew reviews two new releases: “Don Jon,” which was written by, directed by and starred Joseph Gordon Levitt, and “Gravity,” which starred Sandra Bullock and George Clooney.
In superhero movie news, casting news has arisen for “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the sequel to the record-breaking 2012 film. Samuel L. Jackson (of all people) seems to have confirmed the casting of one of the film’s new superheroes, Scarlet Witch. She apparently will be played by up-and-coming star Elizabeth Olsen. If that last name sounds familiar, that’s because Elizabeth Olsen, who has made a name for herself in independent films of late, is the younger sister of Full House stars Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen. Quicksilver, the on-screen brother of Scarlet Witch, has also been cast. Aaron Taylor-Johnson, the star of the recent pseudo-superhero flick, “Kick-Ass 2,” has officially signed on for the role, according to the Hollywood trades.
The hosts delve into the meat of this casting news and wonder what to expect with the cast that Joss Whedon is building for his next feature.
Matt, Dylan and Steve also look into the prospect of a new David Fincher project that’s been gestating for a while. Brad Pitt’s production company, Plan B, has acquired the rights to “Black Hole,” a groundbreaking graphic novel by Charles Burns. The hosts describe the possible film as something that could effectively combine different elements of the genre to work in Fincher’s favor, especially if he decides to hew closer to the source material.
As well as combing through news tidbits, the hosts also examine some newly released trailers. Notable among these are the premiere trailer for “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit,” starring Chris Pine, and the new full-length trailer for “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” directed by and starring Ben Stiller.
This week, Dylan took precious time out of his weekend to see the new film “Don Jon,” the directorial debut of Joseph Gordon-Levitt. He enjoyed the film immensely, praising it for its excellence in acting as well as its social commentary on love and conceptions that come with love concerning both males and females. Though he remarked that he film wasn’t for everyone, he gave it special attention for the deeper meaning he felt the film actually held.
As Dylan was reviewing “Don Jon,” Matt had the opportunity to see an early screening of “Gravity,” the new film by Mexican director Alfonso Cuaron. Matt hailed “Gravity” as a landmark film visually, and one he thinks will stand the test of time like “Star Wars,” “The Matrix” or “Avatar.” He found himself wondering how certain shots in the film were even accomplished, and when seen on the biggest screen possible (in 3D), “Gravity” looks absolutely immaculate. That said, he remarked that the film had some plot difficulties that might become more evident when not seen as such a spectacle. Ultimately, however, this never weighed the film down a great deal, and the film flourishes overall.
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