Monday, August 25, 2008

5 Off The Top Of My Head - Tim Burton Is 50


Today marks the half-centennial of the director Tim Burton. Oh Tim, where has the time gone? You've spent the past decade making movies I've found terrifically frustrating. But you've still got some credit left from past glories. And maybe your Alice in Wonderland will reignite my fancy. But for now, here are my five past faves:

Ed Wood (1994)
"Cut! That was perfect!"

Edward Scissorhands (1990)
"We're looking for the man with the hands."

Pee-Wee's Big Adventure (1985)
"Be sure and tell 'em Large Marge sent ya!"

Beetlejuice (1988)
"This is my art, and it is dangerous!
Do you think I want to die like this?"

Batman Returns (1992)
"I don't know about you, Miss Kitty,
but I feel so much yummier."

I feel positively queasy, leaving Sleepy Hollow and Mars Attacks! off... but I don't think any of those five can budge. Don't get me wrong - I adore Sleepy Hollow and Mars Attacks!, far more than the general consensus seems to be towards those two films. Just... the above five right this second a wee bit more.

1 comment:

Joe Reid said...

"Charles, I will not stop living and breathing art just because you need to relax. I will live with you in this hellhole, but I must express myself. If you do not let me gut out this house, and make it my own, I will go insane, and I will take you with me!"

God, that whole movie is just the best.