Tag Archives: Tim Burton

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

STAY PECULIAR.  16-year-old Jake Portman (Asa Butterfield) goes to Wales together with his father to look for a mysterious orphanage that his granddad (Terence Stamp) told fanciful stories about from World War II… Tim Burton is the right person to make a movie out of Ransom Riggs’s imaginative novel, a fairy tale about a place … Continue reading Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Martin Landau 1928-2017

In the clip above, film historian Neal Gabler talks to Martin Landau in 2008. The actor does a great impression of Woody Allen and talks about the ambiguous sexuality of his character in North by Northwest (1959). Which obviously gives Landau a reason to imitate Alfred Hitchcock as well. We lost Martin Landau two days ago … Continue reading Martin Landau 1928-2017

San Francisco in Films and on TV

Every time I vacation in a major city I feel a need to buy a book that tries to capture either its soul or history. If I’m fortunate, the book does both. When I was in San Francisco last fall, I bought “A Crack in the Edge of the World” by Simon Winchester. I expected this … Continue reading San Francisco in Films and on TV

Big Eyes

SHE CREATED IT. HE SOLD IT. AND THEY BOUGHT IT.  In 1950s San Francisco, aspiring artist Margaret Ulbrich (Amy Adams) meets another painter, Walter Keane (Christoph Waltz), and marries him; he soon becomes wildly famous for his paintings of children with big eyes… but Margaret is actually behind them. A longtime collector of Keane’s work, … Continue reading Big Eyes

Dark Shadows

EVERY FAMILY HAS ITS DEMONS. In 1972, a vampire (Johnny Depp) is accidentally freed from his buried coffin and returns to his Maine family mansion; a lot has changed in 200 years, but the witch who turned him into a bloodsucker is still around. A very Tim Burton-esque adaptation of the classic 1966-1971 horror soap, … Continue reading Dark Shadows

Frankenweenie

When young Victor Frankenstein loses his best friend, Sparky the dog, in an accident, he successfully brings the animal back to life in a thunderstorm. Tim Burton’s remake of the 1984 short that got him fired from Disney is a fast-paced stop-motion adventure in 3D that has the balls to also be in black-and-white. An … Continue reading Frankenweenie

Alice in Wonderland

YOU’RE INVITED TO A VERY IMPORTANT DATE 3/5/10. 19-year-old Alice Kingsleigh (Mia Wasikowska) is being set up to marry a dull English nobleman, but is rescued by falling into a hole in the ground that takes her to a bizarre place called Underland. Lewis Carroll’s books are fused into one story in Tim Burton’s hands and … Continue reading Alice in Wonderland

Edward Scissorhands: Cutting Up Suburbia

His story will touch you, even though he can’t.   Tim Burton says this is the best movie he’s made. Danny Elfman says his score for this film is the best he’s written. Clearly, they have strong feelings for Edward Scissorhands. Burton came up with the idea for the film as a lonely teenager, but when … Continue reading Edward Scissorhands: Cutting Up Suburbia

Beetle Juice

THE NAME IN LAUGHTER FROM THE HEREAFTER.   The recently deceased Maitlands (Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis) find it difficult to scare off an unpleasant family that’s moved into their house; maybe a ghost that exorcises people is the answer? Director Tim Burton’s second film became his breakthrough and his knack for mixing up comedy with darker … Continue reading Beetle Juice

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

NEVER FORGET. NEVER FORGIVE. Sweeney Todd (Johnny Depp) returns to London after being exiled for years and opens a barbershop, preparing to exact revenge on the judge (Alan Rickman) who stole his wife and daughter. What musical is better suited to director Tim Burton’s taste than this Broadway show? He had wanted to do it … Continue reading Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Big Fish

AN ADVENTURE AS BIG AS LIFE ITSELF?   Tall tales are a natural part of the South and the leading character in director Tim Burton’s fantastical film has made his whole life a tall tale. While his son (Billy Crudup) bitterly tries to make the dying father (Albert Finney) tell something believable about his life, … Continue reading Big Fish

Sleepy Hollow

HEADS WILL ROLL. In 1799, New York constable Ichabod Crane (Johnny Depp) is sent to a hamlet called Sleepy Hollow to investigate a series of murders where the victims’ heads have been lopped off; the locals blame a ghost, the Headless Horseman. Published in 1820, Washington Irving’s short story is one of the earliest great … Continue reading Sleepy Hollow

Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride

LOVING YOU IS LIKE LOVING THE DEAD. Victor and Victoria (Johnny Depp, Emily Watson) are betrothed, but as he’s wandering into a forest practicing his vows he accidentally raises a corpse bride from the dead. Not quite a sequel to The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), but a stop-motion animated saga out of the same mold. … Continue reading Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride