Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (****)

Burton's instincts are tempered here. He's allowed the weirdness we normally get from him, but without any of the routine "no one understands how weird I want to be" normally pushed to the forefront. Having Green in the role normally reserved for Helena Bonham Carter infests certainly helps. Ultimately we get all of the benefits of the imagination of the creators with very few of the indulgences of a director who hasn't heard "no" when it comes to a budget since Superman Lives.

Big Eyes (***) – It’s just a bunch of one big lie

Big Eyes - 2014 Director Tim Burton Starring Amy Adams, Christoph Waltz, Danny Huston, Jon Polito, Krysten Ritter, Jason Schwartzman, Terence Stamp, Delaney Raye, Madeleine Arthur Screenplay Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski  The more you lie, the smaller you seem. Slogging through Tim Burton films has felt like work ever since the first time I watched Edward Scissorhands. Riding the wave of the success of … Continue reading Big Eyes (***) – It’s just a bunch of one big lie

Frankenweenie: Where everyone looks dead, and the dog is.

Frankenweenie - 2012 Directed by Tim Burton Starring Charlie Tahan, Frank Welker, Winona Rider, Catherine O'Hara, Martin Landau, Martin Short, Robert Capron, Atticus Shaffer Screenplay by John August Tim Burton has occupied this strange place in Americana as "macabre for the family."  His mixture of preciousness, precociousness and comedy has been imitated, but not as often as his … Continue reading Frankenweenie: Where everyone looks dead, and the dog is.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter: An Acceptable Farce

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter - 2012 Director Timur Bekmambetov Cast Benjamin Walker, Dominic Cooper, Anthony Mackie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Rufus Sewell, Martin Csokas, Alan Tudyk Screenplay Seth Grahame-Smith There is something good to be said for just going for it.  In the case of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, we have a concept that is ridiculous beyond measure.  The 16th … Continue reading Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter: An Acceptable Farce

Dark Shadows: Tim Burton is strange, but still knows how to cash in

Dark Shadows - 2012 Director Tim Burton Starring Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Eva Green, Helena Bonham Carter, Jackie Earle Haley, Johnny Lee Miller, Chloë Grace Moretz, Bella Heathcote, Gulliver McGrath, Alice Cooper, Christopher Lee Screenplay Seth Grahame-Smith based on the TV show by Dan Curtis Anyone who's seen Beetlejuice will instantly recognize a family dynamic demonstrated in the early part … Continue reading Dark Shadows: Tim Burton is strange, but still knows how to cash in