What is Movie News After Dark? Usually it’s a recap of what’s happening in the world of film. But on a slow news day such as today with FSR news teamers like Nathan Adams having already done that, News After Dark becomes something far more interesting: a gathering of links that will take you down the rabbit hole of the intelligent thought, analysis and otherwise fun reading that the movie blogosphere has to offer. Also, there was plenty of Mondo news today, so that’s good.
We begin tonight with a first look at Ryan Gosling in Only God Forgives, Nicolas Winding Refn’s next film that is currently shooting in Thailand. Radius-TWC, an off-shoot of The Weinstein Co., has closed a deal to distribute the film in the United States. Which means you’ll get to see it. And that’s really all that matters, right?
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Read this AV Club essay about Dead Alive. If you like film and happiness, that is. Then go and read Matt Singer’s article about Dead Alive and the debate between practical and CGI effects. It’s a cornucopia of nerdness.
The always lovely Joanna Robinson at Pajiba counts down 13 reasons why you’ll like The Hunger Games film through the release of a bunch of new images from the film. Finally, there will be a movie for those of you who are “fond of bitchfaces.”
Perhaps one of the best movies of 2011, regardless of genre or fiction status, was Senna, the high-speed documentary about one of Formula-1’s most fascinating and tragic icons. Initially the film was set to only be released on DVD (March 6), but fan outcry — including a bit of some from yours truly — has earned the film a Blu-ray release on July 10. That’s the first time I’ve ever seen that happen. Not fans getting what they want, but fans helping prompt a type of home video release with direct feedback. Anyway, here’s the beautiful Blu-ray box art to be (complete with a massive quote from my hero, Jeremy Clarkson):
In the spirit of love and lists, Badass Digest presents 10 episodes that will make you fall in love with Community, too. By my calculations you should be in love with Community because I say so. However, if you need additional reasoning, please explore the suggested curriculum. Seriously, stop holding out on those of us who are already enlightened.
There is a new Titanic miniseries. It will be just like Downton Abbey. Like the previous film about said large ship and the aforementioned show, many of us will struggle to grasp “the big deal” in regards to its popularity. Perhaps I should give Downton Abbey a try.
Our friends at Geeks of Doom present a really great list of creator owned comics that you should be reading. Just as we are constantly in support of great independent films, we also think that independent comics are a worthwhile pursuit. Especially when they come out like John Layman and Rob Guillory’s Chew, which was recently picked up for development by Showtime.
J.J. Abrams and Supernatural creator Eric Kripke are still working on their post-apocalyptic pilot, Revolution. And in order to make us really excited, they’ve roped in Breaking Bad star Giancarlo Esposito. You’ll know him as the bad motherf**ker who played Gus Fring, the king of brotherly chicken and meth.
As always, Movies.com’s Monika Bartyzel writes an excellent edition of Girls on Film. This week’s topic: Redefining Rom-Com – What Hollywood Can Learn from Jennifer Westfeldt. For those wondering, Jennifer Westfeldt is the writer behind such progressive romantic films as Kissing Jessica Stein, Ira & Abby and the soon to be released Friends with Kids. The latter of which I’ve heard is pretty good.
If Benedict Cumberbatch says The Hobbit will be amazing, then I suppose The Hobbit will be amazing. There’s no reason not to believe that guy.
The Alamo Drafthouse’s boutique art arm Mondo made a few big releases today, both of which were caught by poster nerd extraordinaire Germain Lussier at /Film. The first is that Mondo will release a Back to the Future trilogy set of posters by Phantom City Creative. And they are quite gorgeous:
The second item is one that is pretty exciting for me personally, as it’s taking place in my own back yard and will not require me to hack the internet in order to participate (as is the case with buying anything from Mondo these days). Mondo is opening a permanent gallery space in Austin during SXSW. Last week invitations were sent out to press for the event, and now you can have one, too. If you’re coming to SXSW and you’d like to share in the glory (or find out whether or not your invite-centric conspiracy theories were right), here’s your chance:
We close tonight by awarding “Best Title on the Internet of the Day” to Topless Robot for their gem, Wonder Woman Makes a Sandwich in a Kitchen in Major Victory for Sexist Nerds Everywhere. Not only that, but it’s a delicious sandwich with pride in America made by a woman with perhaps the worst accent in the history of pride, in general. Here’s the offending video, for concerned parties: