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My Favorite Scene: Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) “What’s This?”

Here’s an amusing side road to take if, instead of reading this obviously stellar column, you’d rather let a debate between your friends dissolve into instead madness and chao……and your hands are already all up.  You all disappoint me sometimes.  Ok, is Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas a Christmas movie about Halloween or is it a Halloween movie about Christmas?  All right?  I can see cutlery has already made its way into the home office debate so I’m going to slink out the back and return when the screaming becomes less of a physical presence.
ELAPSED TIME BREAK (9 hours 12 minutes 17 seconds). Christmas-Town-nightmare-before-christmas-226824_720_438 Continue reading My Favorite Scene: Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) “What’s This?”

My Favorite Scene – Big Fish (2002) “The Story of My Life”

What’s more important: the story of our life or the stories we tell that make up our lives?  If you don’t think there’s a difference, you’re probably much like Billy Crudup’s reporter who’s spent a lifetime being exasperated by his father.  Edward Bloom Sr. (played wonderfully by both Ewan McGregor and Albert Finney) lived a life of stories; stories he delighted in telling.  Were they tall tales, were they exaggerations, were they flat-out lies?  To Crudup that’s all that mattered and to Finney he couldn’t see why the question mattered in the slightest.   Continue reading My Favorite Scene – Big Fish (2002) “The Story of My Life”

Trailer Time: Big Eyes (2014) Tim Burton, Amy Adams

Just when you think you’ve given up on Tim Burton and his cookie-cutter weirdness, he goes and does something like this and reminds you why you were so in love with him in the first place.  It’s been 12 years since he made that did that with Big Fish.  I’m hoping Big Eyes is a return to the form so many of us felt he’d lost.  The trailer gives that kind of hope.

Johnny Depp’s Latest 10 Movies vs. Greatest 10 Movies

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Latest vs. Greatest looks at directors, actors, actresses, screenwriters and composers to assess the state of their career as it stands.  We’ll look back at the latest 10 movies the artist has done, rate them and then average them out to see where they stand today.  We’ll also rank their 10 greatest movies and give them the same treatment to compare what they have been doing to their very best work.  (A quick side-note: if an artist is/has been a regular on a TV show we’ll also grade the seasons individually; artists need 10 projects to qualify).

Johnny Depp, 21 Jump StreetIf there’s an actor more maddening and frustrating to movie lovers than Johnny Depp, I can’t come up with a name.  Depp is, undeniably, monumentally talented.  He’s preternaturally gifted at physical comedy, drama and every nuance to be found between the two.  From his first film Friday the 13th, to his breakout stardom on TV in 21 Jump Street, Depp moved from teen idol to eclectic indie film star.  He was rather notorious for never doing blockbuster films.  Then, in 2003, a movie based on a ride at Disneyland of all things catapulted him into mega-stardom and, simultaneously, began a chain of events that have laid low his entire career. Continue reading Johnny Depp’s Latest 10 Movies vs. Greatest 10 Movies

Tim Burton’s Latest 10 Movies vs. Greatest 10 Movies

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Latest vs. Greatest looks at directors, actors, actresses, screenwriters and composers to assess the state of their career as it stands.  We’ll look back at the latest 10 movies the artist has done, rate them and then average them out to see where they stand today.  We’ll also rank their 10 greatest movies and give them the same treatment to compare what they have been doing to their very best work.  (A quick side-note: if an artist is/has been a regular on a TV show we’ll also grade the seasons individually; artists need 10 projects to qualify).

It’s not hard to imagine that TIm Burton got his start as an animator when you consider the characters and design world of his film resume.  It is hard to picture him as an animator working for Disney trying to work in the “Disney-style”.  That didn’t last too long (to everyone’s benefit, I think) and Burton began making films instead of drawing them.  He began his career with a series of shorts (the most famous of which being the live-action Frankenweenie he would one day revisit as an animated feature) before making his feature film debut with Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure in 1985. Continue reading Tim Burton’s Latest 10 Movies vs. Greatest 10 Movies