Tuesday, October 13, 2009

I am the clown with the tear away face...

Josiah has been enjoying The Nightmare Before Christmas. By enjoying, I mean watching at least 2x's a day. Nothing quite like your preschooler singing "I am the one hiding under your stairs/fingers like snakes/and spiders in my hair." Cute, huh? Josiah has discovered the joy of Tim Burton films. He's also discovered the magic of Danny Elfman's music. *Danny Elfman/Danny Elfman/this song sounds like/Danny Elfman*

I am going to profess to being a BIG Tim Burton fan, but I have a disclaimer: I am not a Hot Topic Tim Burton fan. I am not the girl with the Jack Skellington fingerless gloves or the Edward Scissorhands poster in my room. I don't "get" his "isolated" characters that he creates. I am not an emo guy trying to get a date with a girl by professing my love and complete knowledge of all things Tim Burton.

There, with that out of the way I can tell you about my love of Tim Burton films...

If you are close to my age, you probably saw your first Tim Burton movie without even knowing it: Pee Wee's Big Adventure. It's a story about a boy and his bike... so simple, so fun, so silly. Who doesn't say "I know you are, but what am I?" on a daily basis? I know I do.

What better subject for my next Halloween-themed entry on my blog?

Get your crazy-big sunglasses out, tease out your black hair and put on your best gothic look, we're going over some of my favorite Burton films!

1. Ed Wood

I was a pre-teen the first time I saw Plan 9 From Outer Space. The last time I watched it I was in a theater with other people enjoying it to my kitsch heart's content a couple of months ago. I have a love/hate relationship with bad movies.  Ed Wood made the Granddaddy of all bad movies (Unless you count THE ROOM!)... PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE! Tim Burton's slightly euphemistic view of Ed and his crew lets you see the world the way Ed did, without limits and without a need for decent acting in any form. Johnny Depp is fantastic, of course. But did you know he could pull of angora sweaters so well?  Martin Landau's Bela Lugosi won him an Oscar. This movie is EXCELLENT. Don't be scared of the black and white film, it adds to the mood of the movie.


What can I say abut this piece of magnificence? I saw this bad boy in the movie theaters 3 or 4 times with my friend Jill. We bought in on DVD the day it came out. I hate to make a list within a list, but I MUST!

Reasons I love Big Fish:

1. Edward Bloom's incredible line "Sandra Templeton, I love you and I will marry you!". So, so sweet!  If just that line alone doesn't get you, he's standing in a field of daffodils (her favorite flowers) yelling to her in her dorm room.

2. You the viewer get to decide how much of Edward's story is true.

3. It's a story about true love. Meaning of course, love that lasts a lifetime with two people falling in love over and over again.

Big Fish doesn't always look like a Tim Burton movie, but all the signs are there. It's one of the most touching, romantic and sweet adventure stories I've ever seen.

P.S. Ewan McGregor is in it, so that makes it AMAZING.

3.  Vincent

Remember when you were a kid and you got sent to your room? Did you ever become overly dramatic once you were in there? You know, packing your few belongings so you could move in with Grandma because you couldn't live with your parents any longer? I did that a couple of times... I also would also shiftlessly move about my chamber and drape myself across my bed acting as if I was the heroine in a sad tale of unfair parents. Vincent is a short film (made with stop motion animation) that perfectly encapsulates that childhood woe. It's spooky narrator is none other than that master of horror himself, Vincent Price!

4. Edward Scissorhands

You aren't human if you haven't seen this movie. Sorry. It's that simple. Please, please, if you haven't seen it, go out and rent it. Borrow it from me if you must! Edward Scissorhands is perfection. I was in 1st grade or so when I first saw it, and I remember explicitly the feelings that it left me with. It was probably one of the first movies I ever saw that didn't have typical Hollywood ending.  This movie will stand the test of time and become a classic because of it's perfect story telling, incredible visuals and it's pathos-inducing main character, Edward.

5. Sleepy Hollow

Slasher films are not my cup of tea. This isn't your ordinary slasher film, though. It involves a headless horseman and stunningly stylized gore. The whole movie has very muted colors, almost black and white it seems. The blood is BRIGHT red. It practically jumps off the screen. Fun! Terrible, awful fun! Do you want terrifying? I'll give you terrifying!  Christopher Walken with teeth filed to razor-points. If that doesn't give you nightmares, I don't know what will.


Nichole said...

I added Big Fish to my Netflix queue. Be proud.

admin said...

I am proud. I think you'll enjoy it. :)
P.S. If you're sharp, you'll also spot a "pre-The Office" Roy as Sandra's fiance. Poor guy, can't keep a fiance.

Kindra said...

A big Tim Burton fan here as well.....even the first Batman rocked because of him directing it and I am also a Mars Attack fan (I admit)....anyway, glad you posted this and I knew I liked ya for a reason. ;)