Movie News After Dark: Rian Johnson Raps, Devin Faraci Punches, Star Wars, The Hobbit, Pixar and More!

Welcome to the first installment of the CriterionCast takeover of Movie News After Dark. While Neil spends the week singing karaoke, or whatever it is that you kids do at Fantastic Fest, I’ll attempt to fill his manly, bearded shoes with my own geeky art-house sensibilities.

Speaking of Fantastic Fest, the folks handling the PR have been releasing a ton of great material for all of us non-attendees, to soothe the pain. Apparently Rian Johnson (Looper, Brick, Brothers Bloom) joined in on the nerd karaoke fun that everyone was talking about this weekend, and they sent out a hefty pack of high resolution images, to help prove what we already know to be true: Rian Johnson is the coolest.

Speaking of Johnson, a new “animated” trailer for Looper hit the web today, and the folks at The Film Stage have an embed for us (you can also watch an HD version over on

If you weren’t following the other Fantastic Fest shenanigans this weekend, you might have missed the Fantastic Feud debate / fight between Devin Faraci and Joe Swanberg. I’m sure you all have an opinion on the matter, and I won’t try to pull FSR into a Cold War by picking a side here. I’m including a clip from the debate and boxing match below, provided by Fantastic Fest.

If you’re looking for more on the writing coming out of Fantastic Fest, David Hudson (Fandor, previously from MUBI), the master of curating excellent film links, has put together a post today.

Earlier Kate posted about the Criterion Collection 50% Flash Sale, which pretty much covered what I wanted to include in this post. However, Criterion has been feverishly tweeting out which of their releases are out of stock, as the Internet attempts to clear their warehouse. It’s almost pointless to make recommendations right now, since they seem to be running out of all of the good stuff with each passing hour. It’s fun to think of them running around a warehouse, fighting over who gets that last copy of The Game (out tomorrow on DVD and Blu-ray), but I’m sure it’s more like them sitting in front of a computer, watching numbers count down on a spreadsheet. But seriously, go buy The Game tomorrow. It’s one of my favorite films from David Fincher, and the Blu-ray is gorgeous (I’m sure Neil will have a review of some kind up this week). I guess if you are looking for a recommendation, I’d point you to the Eclipse Series, which doesn’t get a whole lot of press, but contains tons of hard to find films from your favorite art house directors. Also: there’s little to no chance that they’ll be upgraded to Blu-ray anytime soon (if ever), so you can feel confident in purchasing DVDs.

I’d be remiss in my Criterion-obsessive duties if I didn’t include something related to the Collection in this post, so I’ll direct you over to Michele Rosenthal’s excellent Criterion Affection blog, where she posts illustrations related to the various films that Criterion releases. Today she posted this piece for Jules Dassin’s The Naked City.

Also, if you’re one of the five million people who got an iPhone 5 this weekend (I’m writing this post on one right now), I’ve cropped a few dozen Criterion covers to fill your wallpaper / lock screen / home screen needs. (Yes, shameless self-promotion)

Earlier, Universal sent out the latest poster for Tom Hooper’s adaptation of Les Miserables, which I’m including below. It’s hard to not classify this release as Oscar-bait, but I’m sure it will look gorgeous.

While we’re looking at posters, Super Punch has dug up a couple of real treasures today (Super Punch is one of my favorite blogs, so expect lots of links to them throughout my week here on MNAD). Here is a better look at a poster for a film that never happened: Alejandro Jodorowsky’s adaptation of Dune. (Tumblr / via Super Punch)

Also, Super Punch found some amazing Star Wars prints on Etsy:

If posters are your thing, you’ll probably appreciate these fake travel posters based on films that Slashfilm got the exclusive on.

Speaking of Slashfilm, I wonder who those two guys are, eagerly awaiting the new Scott Cambell gallery opening, in this shot from Campbell’s blog.

A couple of podcasts worth adding to your queue today: the latest episode of Battleship Pretension, in which David and Tyler chat with Kyle Anderson about “bad movies”, and the latest episode of Moisés Chiullan’s new show on 5by5, Screen Time. Moisés talks to Keith Calder about of number of film and technology-related topics, and they get into the touchy subject of piracy and film festival screeners. Good stuff.

If you can’t wait until December to get your Tolkien fix, you’ll want to watch this video of Andy Serkis reading from the Hobbit, as Gollum (via The One Ring)

Pixar Talk has posted the full list of titles which will be included on next DVD / Blu-ray collection in Pixar’s Short Film series.

  • BURN-E – Directed by: Angus MacLane
  • Dug’s Special Mission – Directed by: Ronnie del Carmen
  • George and AJ – Directed by: Josh Cooley
  • Air Mater – Directed by: Rob Gibbs
  • Time Travel Mater – Directed by: Rob Gibbs
  • Your Friend The Rat – Directed by: Jim Capobianco
  • Partly Cloudy – Directed by: Peter Sohn
  • Presto – Directed by: Doug Sweetland
  • Day & Night – Directed by: Teddy Newton
  • Hawaiian Vacation – Directed by: Gary Rydstrom
  • Small Fry – Directed by: Angus MacLane
  • La Luna – Directed by: Enrico Casarosa

If you’re looking to watch the various documentaries that were nominated for an Emmy last night, the POV blog has you covered.

For Neil, I have this heart-warming rendition of the Game of Thrones music (via io9)

I came across this infographic on Dribbble, showcasing some Hoosier films. (Yes, I think infographics are annoyingly overused online too).

The folks at Vulture posted this clip, showcasing the delightful movie cliche: People saying “there are two kinds of people in the world.”

I know FSR has already covered that Wolverine image today, but: never forget how terrible X-Men Origins: Wolverine was. Seriously. That movie is unwatchable. I highly doubt that this one will be any better, now that Aronofsky is off the project. I guess I’ll have to wait for the workprint to leak to know for sure.

It’ll be an interesting experiment, taking on this Movie News After Dark thing for Neil this week. I spend so much time tweeting out links to things during the day, but don’t do much with them in terms of providing more context like this. I subscribe to about 600-700 feeds (yes, I have a problem), and it was fun to try my hand at curating my favorites even more so with this piece. There are a lot of these link collection pieces on all of the film blogs these days, so if you’ve actually made it to the end and are reading this: thanks, and I’ll see you tomorrow.

Ryan Gallagher is the co-founder and editor-in-chief at Ryan is a full time dad, hosts the various podcasts on the Hyperbolic Labs network, and works full time at an independent bookstore in Portland, OR. Ryan subscribes to more RSS feeds than is healthy, but he loves sharing links on Twitter.

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