Movie News After Dark: Pushing The Munsters, Bella’s Weakness, Cinematic Pop Art, Pauline Kael and Jedi Squirrels

The Munsters are Coming Back

What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly movie news column that sometimes leads with television news. You know, for the kids.

Wait, so the guy who brought the world Pushing Daisies will be doing a modern reboot of The Munsters for NBC? That’s actually not a bad idea. In fact, it could be a lot of fun. Dear NBC, find the person who made this decision — because I know they weren’t the same asshole who pulled Community from the midseason line-up — and promote them to sole decision maker person at NBC. That is what is required of you if you’re going to stave off the loss of my love. That, and more Parks and Rec, please.

“Bella is passive to the point of immobility.” With Twilight: Breaking Dawn on the verge of hitting theaters, there will be numerous analyses of the characters in the teen vamp fiction turned cult film revolution brought on by the puritanical dirty thoughts of Stephenie Meyer. Few of them, however, will be as adroit as this essay, Our Bella, Ourselves, by The Awl’s Sarah Blackwood. She tosses in a likeness to Charlotte Temple, for good measure. Do read it and know, again, that Twilight is doing nothing but harm to future generations.

Steven Soderbergh’s latest film Haywire has been slapped with an R-rating, then re-slapped after a failed appeal to the MPAA. The actioner starring MMA star Gina Carano was cited for “some violence,” despite simply being violent. Perhaps the MPAA is now against violence to women and violence perpetrated by women. It’s sexism, I tell you.

The internet has plenty of artists who like to give their take on popular films. We love most of them, as it gives us something to talk about. But every once in a while an artist comes along who is not only worth talking about, but worth admiring. Below you will find one piece from a collection of pop art by Mr. Whaite, an artist who uses neon signs to remind us of some hot hot nostalgia. I chose Back to the Future as my example, but don’t fret, there’s also some Star Wars art.

Even though this article isn’t a new one, it does bring up a good point. The Atlantic explores how celebrities took over cartoon voice acting from the professionals who once made a living “doing voices.” Now you just get Mike Myers to do it and you get a box office smash. It’s an understated, but completely sad trend.

In honor of the release of the Titanic 3D trailer, our own Kate Erbland dug up and sent over a link to the original Titanic film website, which still exists in its painful 1997 form. Beware though, it requires Quicktime 1.1. But, as a bonus, you can download a ‘Deep Dive’ screensaver for your Macintosh Power PC. Readers of Ain’t It Cool News probably won’t really see the humor in this.

Chances are that some of you might want to write about film someday. Don’t worry, if you are currently shaking your head saying “no, I’m going to make films,” there’s a good chance I will still be right. So when the time comes and you decide that you’re more fit to take on the ranks of Ebert than the ranks of Scorsese, you should take a moment to read Jim Emerson’s essay about film critic techniques and the ways of Pauline Kael. Because she was, after all, pretty damn good at film reviewin’.

We close tonight with Jedi Squirrels, a video sent to me by FSR reader Bryan Harley. There really isn’t much else to say here. It’s squirrels with lightsabers. What more could you possibly want?

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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