Movie News After Dark: Struzan Art, Nostalgia, Talking Horses, Charlie Kaufman and Everyone Gets Slapped

What is Movie News After Dark? Usually it’s a nightly column that does the news. But tonight it’s about art, writing that will make you think, talking horses and Kirsten Dunst. If you can’t handle that, well then you get slapped.

We begin this evening with the art of Drew Struzan in the form of this Rambo drawing featured on AICN by Eric Vespe. It’s part of a preview of the new Struzan art book that I will be buying as soon as possible, as it released today.

If you read any one pop culture related article today, read Chuck Klosterman’s Nostalgia on Repeat over at Grantland. He explores how infinite choice in entertainment is affecting the way we look back upon days gone by. It’s brilliant.

Over at Criterion, director Edgar Wright does not apologize for loving Brian De Palma as he lists his top ten films from the Criterion Collection. I’ll be damned if This Is Spinal Tap isn’t on there. I knew there was a reason I liked that floppy-haired Brit.

Digging deep into the bowels of pop culture’s forgotten tales and long gone characters, Fox is looking to bring Mr. Ed — yes, the talking horse — to the big screen. But Wilburrr…

As promised, tonight brings another favorite of mine from the Fake Criterion Tumblr, one of the most brilliant things I’ve found on Tumblr since I discovered the long list of sexy GIF images. Equally naughty is violence auteur Nicholas Winding Refn and his movie Drive, which would feel right at home in the Criterion Collection:

Even though the term was coined by AV Club’s Nathan Rabin about her character in Elizabethtown, Kirsten Dunst doesn’t seem to care for the term “Manic Pixie Dream Girl.” That said, I’m still not sure she understands what it means.

Over at The Guardian, screenwriter, filmmaker and all around strange person Charlie Kaufman explains why he wrote Being John Malkovich, mixing in anecdotes about his big breakthrough and giving tips to wannabe writers. Hint: you should be as naturally talented and deranged as Charlie Kaufman. That’s step one.

Linda Holmes at NPR’s Monkey See, one of my favorite offbeat industry blogs, talks about the critical importance of movies you know nothing about. In short, she suggests (rightfully so) that we get more out of experiences untainted by trailers, hype and expectations. Any member of the FSR staff who just got done with Fantastic Fest can attest to this — not knowing anything about a film can so often lead to a far more rich experience.

Just for fun, here’s a video called “Glove Actually.” It’s an ode cinema’s great slaps. I’d considered holding this until Slapsgiving, but that’s simply too far away. We need it now:

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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