What is Movie News After Dark? After inadvertantly taking the night off last night due to a surprise viewing of the extended cut of Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (all 4 hours and 10 minutes, baby), it’s a nightly movie news and notes column and is just here to send you off to your weekend with a few fun reads. That’s exactly how many we’ve got tonight. A few.
We begin the evening with a shot of a bald, robotically enhanced Matt Damon in a new shot from Neill Blomkamp’s Elysium. For a movie being made with such a low profile, that sure is a big image. A Chem-rail gun (I don’t know what that is, but it sounds fun) and some exoskeletal goodness. Plus, Damon is looking quite militant. Here’s hoping we get more of this one at Comic-Con next week.
1. The Interrogation of John – Amongst my favorite web projects is Matt Hermann’s Original Movie Ideas, a series of ideas that attempt to create a long-form synopsis for a completely new idea. It’s a tall task, and Hermann’s effort should be applauded. His latest is about a hotshot FBI agent and a suspected terrorist who claims to be Jesus. That’s definitely something. Here’s the poster he’s created:
2. What is IMAX? – The Substream delivers a fairly deft explanation of exactly why IMAX is such an impressive format and why Christopher Nolan shooting over 100-minutes of The Dark Knight Rises in the super-sized format is so significant.
3. The strange marketing of The Amazing Spider-Man – Movieline explores everything odd about Sony’s partnership campaigns, including that one where Spidey finds the organic Twizzler shooters.
4. The Imposter and a Sense of Balance – Every person I know who’s seen Bart Layton’s The Imposter has said that it’s excellent. Over-the-moon good. Best of the year material if such a thing is possible with half a year to go. Tom Roston’s essay about it at the NY Times only reinforces what I’m hearing.
5. The Amazing Spider-Man fan poster – Because it’s Spider-Man week and I really dig the work of designer Dave Williams, I’m going to show off his latest creation. This does not excuse the fact that he sold them out before I could get one. It does not excuse it, Dave!
6. Was the untold story cut from The Amazing Spider-Man? – In one of his best articles in a long time, Devin Faraci at Badass Digest digs deep to explore the entire subplot that may have been cut out of Mark Webb’s Spider-Man flick, revealing a nerdy director’s cut that will probably never ever happen.
7. In Defense of the Horror Remake – Horror advocacy council chairman Scott Weinberg takes to Movies.com to defend the notion of horror remakes. Because like comic books, those stories are ripe for the rebuild. And hell, he’s got a point. Are there worse things out there than a kid seeing Zack Snyder’s Dawn of the Dead and being inspired to explore the original? That’s actually a really great, heart-warming, brain-eating notion.
8. 85 Documentaries About Movies Currently on Netflix Instant – Two things. One, the folks at Refocused Media have way too much time on their hands. Two, this is an amazing list of films that could easily substitute for several semesters of film studies courses. Now, which of our writers can we get to watch all of these For Science…
9. Theater employee spoils Prometheus for political reasons – What a dick.
10. There Will Be a Ranch – AV Club continues its excellent series Pop Pilgrims with an exploration of McGuire Ranch in Marfa, Texas, where Paul Thomas Anderson shot almost all of There Will Be Blood. This series, like the movies and locations it explores, is drinking the milkshake of pop reporters everywhere.