Movie News After Dark: R-Rated Firsts, McQueen’s Shame, The Rocketeer, The Raid, Posters, Blu-rays and The Most Interesting Cat in the World

What is Movie News After Dark? It’s nothing more than a nightly film news column that keeps fighting the good fight. The one that celebrates movies, good, bad and otherwise interesting, and is generally optimistic. It doesn’t attack other websites that smear its name. Though if /Film’s Page 2 keeps mean-mugging it, that bitch is gonna get smacked. That’s how we settle things in the streets.

As you are about to see, this week’s final News After Dark edition comes on a very slow news night. So it’s all posters, future Blu-rays and articles I found interesting. Including this AV Club Q&A about first R-rated movies. Like AV’s Josh Modell, I’m fairly certain — almost completely certain — that my first R-rated film was The Blues Brothers, a film that has remained part of my beating, movie-loving heart ever since. What was your first R-rated movie? Feel free to let me know in the comment area below and we’ll have some fun discussing. Or not, whatever. I see how it is.

Fox Searchlight went out and bought a movie in Venice this week, snapping up Steve McQueen’s Shame, a highly sexual — like, potentially NC-17 sexual — drama starring Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan. Based on all the praise it’s getting from the Venice Film Festival, the quality of McQueen’s previous film Hunger and the fact that Michael Fassbender is hands-down fucking stellar in everything he does, I’d say this one will go far. Having the Searchlight marketing team behind it won’t hurt, either.

Over at Pajiba — a constant source of entertainment for yours truly — Dustin Rowles reviews this week’s truly bad news bear film in an editorial titled 20 Things I Saw While Watching Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star That I Will Never Be Able to Unsee. Late last month, the film debuted here in Austin with an appearance from star Nick Swardson. And while I do know a lot of movie-loving people in this town, I can’t say that I’ve run into anyone willing to admit that they were in attendance. Now I know why.

Yesterday was the 45th anniversary of Star Trek, a show that many of us have loved in its many incarnations. To celebrate, Wired got Trek historian Scott Tipton to list 6 Weird Places Star Trek Merch has Boldly Gone. Which raises the following question: who wouldn’t want a Worf head lunch box?

Now, for your scheduling pleasure, I would like to highlight three newly announced Blu-ray releases of note. Two of these should excite you to no end, while the other will fail to tickle almost all of you. We must have diversity.

1. The Rocketeer, December 13 – One of my long-standing wish list movies is finally getting a big Blu-ray upgrade the week after my birthday. Says the official release: “Celebrate the 20th anniversary of director Joe Johnston’s (Captain America: The First Avenger) action-filled, witty The Rocketeer. Now with state-of-the-art digital restoration and enhanced high definition sound, experience it as it jets off for the first time on Disney Blu-ray.” Booyah.

2. Transformers: Dark of the Moon, September 30. Sure, I dug Michael Bay’s final act in the realm of giant robots, but the timing of this whole thing is questionable. And according to the press release, it won’t have any special features and will not include the 3D version. Interesting. Says the director: “…stay tuned for an even more incredible release that will include the film on Blu-ray 3D and loads of bonus features.” Sounds like another Avatar situation. Which sucks, because I’m dumb enough to acquire both.

3. Winnie the Pooh, October 25. I felt like I betrayed 8-year old me by not seeing a Winnie the Pooh movie in theaters when I had the chance. That said, this Blu-ray release isn’t far off and it will include loads of extras, including an exclusive bonus short called “Mini-Adventures of Winnie the Pooh: The Balloon” – “In this charming short, Pooh comes up with a daring plan to get a hold of some honey by fooling a group of bees.” Silly bear.

For our audio-visual stimuli portion of tonight’s edition, I would like to present a few awesome posters, all of which appear to be connected to awesome movies.

First up is The Raid, the latest film from Merantau director Gareth Evans and star Iko Uwais. Merantau was absolutely one of the best martial arts flicks I’ve seen in a long, long time and this one sounds like it’s going to be even more violent. I mean, did you see that effing trailer?! The poster is equally impressive:

The first poster for Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol has been released, complete with a hooded Tom Cruise. And some numbers. First person to comb through and decode the numbers, uncovering unintentional viral marketing information wins nothing, because that would be sad:

Perhaps besting M:I4 in the spy genre this year will be Tomas Alfredson’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Speaking of besting, here’s a poster from artist and FSR favorite Dave Williams, who has designed something far more complex and brilliantly conceived than we could ever expect from a studio marketing team. How long until Williams gets his own spot doing posters for Mondo Tees?

And finally, HitFix has debuted the poster for Bobcat Goldthwait’s God Bless America, a film that sounds awfully like Uwe Boll’s Rampage, but far, far better. Why? Because Goldthwait is a killer writer whose game for dark comedy is among the best around. Basically, it’s about a guy who snaps and goes on a killing spree to rid America of its least savory citizens. I can’t wait to catch this one.

We close tonight with something that I bet you’d never thought you’d see — Dreamworks is marketing the upcoming animated film Puss in Boots with a parody of the “Most Interesting Man in the World” commercials. And it almost works:

Neil Miller is the Founder and Publisher of Film School Rejects. For almost a decade, he has been talking movies on television, the radio, and the Internet. As of yet, no one has stopped him.

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