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 Apple.com)
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.
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.
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)
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.
Links provided by Zergnet, which sounds like a villain but is really quite helpful.
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