What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly movie news column that is often written drunk, especially on national holidays.
We spent all day celebrating America in all her imperfect, boldly designed glory. No matter where you fall on the current state of American politics and culture, the beauty of it is that you’re free to think and say whatever you want. Around here, we like to say all kinds of things about moving pictures. Some call them movies. They are the backbone of this very nightly column, one that takes you around the movie blogosphere, already in the midst of its celebration of America. If you’re still sober enough to read these words, then you’re ready to do the news.
1. Why can’t the War of 1812 have its own blockbuster? – Pajiba posits a situation in which one of the country’s most important unsung wars gets a movie starring Lena Dunham as Dolly Madison, or something along those lines.
2. The Unpopular Opinion: Independence Day – The folks at JoBlo poke the bear that is Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum saving the goddamn world from aliens on July 4. And they published it on July 4! How dare they!
3. The Expendables on Tumblr – Track ‘em, find ‘em, kill ‘em. Very American ideals, if you ask me.
4. God Bless America UK DVD cover – Artist Jock has created the DVD and Blu-ray art for the UK release of God Bless America. They may not have maintained dominion over the colonies in America, but those Brits do get some of the good things in life.
5. The Best Cinematic Fireworks – Movies.com explores the best fireworks displays in cinematic history, including a little bit of Tom and Jerry.
6. 5 Patriotic Clips to Put on Your Facebook Wall – Instead of Bill Pullman’s speech from Independence Day, which I’ve included below for good measure.
7. 6 Movies that are Revolutionary – Movieline explores a six-pack of films that will make you think about patriotism, America and universal health care.
8. Everything you need to recover from your Independence Day bash – Because there’s not enough federal funding for waste management, you’re going to have to clean up your own damn mess. Gizmodo is here to help.
9. Albert Brooks presents a new National Anthem – And some killer threads from the early 70s.
10. UR A G Old Flag – Nothing makes me proud to be an American quite like the existence of Clone High. It was a show too smart for its time, far ahead of anything else. It also included a clone of Ghandi rapping over a clone of John F. Kennedy singing “You’re a Grand Old Flag.” This is everything that America was intended to be, my friends: