The age of physical media may be going the way of the dodo bird, but there are still legitimate cases to be made for having an extensive Blu-ray collection. Streaming your films may be wonderful if your internet never gets laggy, but from my perspective having a disc handy, especially with first rate features, is absolutely necessary.
Murder on the Orient Express, ambitiously directed by Kenneth Branagh (who’s also convincing as Hercule Poirot), is an absolute visual stunner. Branagh brings his underrated cinematic scope (for examples, check out his flicks Hamlet and Thor) into Agatha Christie’s immersive world, as Poirot investigates the passengers on a train where someone was recently murdered.
Boasting an all-star cast that includes Daisy Ridley, Penelope Cruz, and Michelle Pfeiffer (delivering the film’s most standout performance!), Murder on the Orient Express is a must-have if you love watching a beautifully mounted production that’s anchored by first rate stortyelling.
Click on the media bar to hear Daisy Ridley talk about what makes Murder on the Orient Express a unique film:
Murder on the Orient Express also boasts an array of special features, but the crown jewel of the extras are its deleted scenes. The 16 minutes worth of extra footage brings a more comedic element to the proceedings, as Poirot’s obsessive grooming is played for laughs. Also included is a surreal montage sequence which Branagh cites as an homage to the Salvador Dali scene in Spellbound. Last but not least, there is an extended section at the Arasta Bazaar which introduces all the major players of the film (the final scene is much more brisk). The extras also include several featurettes (including a spotlight on Agatha Christie and the music behind the film) as well as commentary from Branagh and screenwriter Michael Green.
It’s been well-documented that the first two standalone Thor movies left a lot to be desired. Fans weren’t impressed, and the box office numbers were disappointing. Everyone involved with the movies knew that changes would have to be made if the series was to survive. Well, it worked. Thor: Ragnarok has been getting the best reviews we’ve seen for a Marvel movie in years, and the fans have responded in a positive way, giving the movie an opening weekend nearly $40 million better than the last Thor film. Some of the changes made to the movie happened behind the scenes, but one of the biggest changes was pretty obvious — although it’s still Chris Hemsworth playing the character, he looks a lot different in the new movie, and he told us why they made those changes.
Thor: Ragnarok, which is already closing in on $500 million in worldwide box office totals, is playing now in theaters everywhere.
Marvel has had amazing success with most of its superhero movie franchises, but the Thor standalone movies have been a disappointment for the studio. They haven’t given up on the character, though. They’re bringing it back for another new movie this fall in Thor: Ragnarok, and star Chris Hemsworth told us the new film really feels like it’s a franchise reboot, because they’ve completely changed the way they’re approaching things. (Click on the media bar below to hear Chris Hemsworth)
When it debuted in 2011, Thor was arguably the riskiest step in Marvel Studios’ grand design for building their cinematic universe. Whereas their previous self-produced films, Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, and Iron Man 2, all had some level of star or character recognition among audiences and maintained a relatively grounded tone, Thor was — both conceptually and narratively — a little more “out there.”
But, thanks to the nimble direction of Kenneth Branagh (Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit) and confident performances from its cast — foremost among them Chris Hemsworth in the title role — Thor was a both a financial and critical success. Hemsworth reprised his role for the groundbreaking superhero team-up flick, Marvel’s The Avengers, and is set to return in the former film’s sequel, Thor: The Dark World.
Speaking on the challenge of finding new ways into the character whenever he picks up the hammer, Hemsworth emphasized the importance of team work between writer, actor, and director. (Click the media bar below to hear Chris Hemsworth)
Thor: The Dark World strikes theaters November 8, 2013
After his shenanigans in Thor and The Avengers, Loki (Tom Hiddleston) should be public enemy number one in the Marvel Universe. Thor (Chris Hemsworth) may be the god of thunder, but in the following clip he may also be the king of naivete, as he’s cautiously asking his sibling to help him battle an enemy who may destroy both Earth and Asgard.
Will Loki help Thor in his quest to save both worlds, and if their mission is a success, will he stab his brother in the back once again? We’re betting this zebra won’t change his stripes, and Thor will experience yet another double cross by the end of this narrative.Check out the trailer and tell us what you think!!
Thor: The Dark World, which also stars Natalie Portman, Kat Dennings, Christopher Eccleston, Ray Stevenson, Rene Russo, and Anthony Hopkins, opens nationwide November 8.