Director: Tim Burton

Alice in Wonderland (2010)

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I was eagerly looking forward to Tim Burton’s take on Lewis Carroll all through 2009, but by the time it was finally released in Tokyo, in April of 2010, the marketing over-exposure had put me right off it, and I never got around to seeing it in the theater. However, it did inspire me to […]

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)

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I first saw Sweeney Todd on a flight from Tokyo to London. I was a bit surprised that they were showing such a gory film as an in-flight movie, but it was Virgin Airlines after all. At the time I didn’t care much for it. I loved the production design, which is probably the best […]

Corpse Bride (2005)

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When the Blu Ray format was announced, as a movie fan living in Japan, where the technology was developed, I should have been thrilled, but I found it hard to get excited about the new technology. I figured that the films that would most benefit from 5.1 surround sound and increased resolution would be things […]

Big Fish (2003)

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I’ve been going through all of Tim Burton’s films—including the ones I have seen before and the ones I haven’t—and so I have been looking forward to seeing Big Fish again, as it is one of my personal favorites in Burton’s filmography. It is less typically “Burtonesque” than, say, Sleepy Hollow, probably because this was […]

Planet of the Apes (2001)

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Tim Burton’s Planet of the Apes has to be one of the most maligned remakes in the history of cinema. Everyone seems to hate this film. I am against remakes in principle and am not fan of Mark Wahlberg, and so I have studiously avoided this. But since I am going through all of Tim […]

Sleepy Hollow (1999)

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Tim Burton may have developed his trademark style with Beetlejuice and Edward Scissorhands, but I have always thought that Sleepy Hollow is the most masterful expression of his style as well as the common themes of his work. It is almost a perfect fantasy movie, with the one flaw being that Christina Ricci is a […]

Mars Attacks! (1996)

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Mars Attacks! is another Tim Burton film along with Planet of the Apes, that got a pretty mixed reviews from both critics and fans. I watched it once before a few years ago and didn’t care for it all that much. But since I have been going through all of Tim Burton’s films, I decided […]

Ed Wood (1994)

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I first saw Ed Wood shortly after I was released, when I was doing a year of college abroad in Hungary. The university I was studying at showed films in a lecture hall almost every night of the week with admission costing under a dollar. I saw a lot of films there, including taking in […]

Batman (1989)

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I’m continuing to go through all of Tim Burton’s films, and decided I had to finally see his Batman, even though I knew this would be, by far, my least favorite of his films. As someone who was never interested in comic books, and never liked the campy ‘60s TV show even as a kid, […]

Beetlejuice (1988)

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I am continuing to go through all of Tim Burton’s movies. I have always liked Beetlejuice–the premise of it at least.  The idea of the ghosts of a yuppie couple trying to drive out the living, even more yuppie couple from the house they loved in life is a good one. Alex Baldwin (whom I […]

Pee Wee’s Big Adventure (1985)

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I’m continuing to go through all of Tim Burton’s movies—both the few I have never seen and the ones I have seen probably too often. Pee Wee’s Big Adventure definitely falls into the latter category, as it seemed to be a staple on cable television shortly after its release, especially during boring summer vacations. Later, […]

Random Quote

“I'll take steps a block long. Anyone gets in my way, I'll stomp 'em!”
-Chicamaw 'One-Eye' Mobley (Howard Da Silva)
from They Live By Night