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post Oct 17 2014, 11:06 PM
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As we edge ever closer to fright night, we look now at one of the most proficient directors of the macabre, Tim Burton.

For decades he's explored the dark, weird and wonderful world of things that creep us out and he's managed to create a style that is instantly recognisable whilst maintaining humour as an essential part of the horrific. Whether he's tackling huge movie/art features and giving them his own spin, or allowing us into wacky trips of his mind through his cinema, he's managed to create a loyal fanbase as well as becoming one of the most recognisable cinema personalities.

Selected Filmography
  • 2014 Big Eyes
  • 2012 Frankenweenie
  • 2012 Dark Shadows
  • 2010 Alice in Wonderland
  • 2007 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
  • 2005 Tim Burton's Corpse Bride
  • 2005 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  • 2003 Big Fish
  • 2001 Planet of the Apes
  • 1999 Sleepy Hollow
  • 1996 Mars Attacks!
  • 1994 Ed Wood
  • 1993 Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • 1992 Batman Returns
  • 1990 Edward Scissorhands
  • 1989 Batman
  • 1988 Beetlejuice
  • 1985 Pee-wee's Big Adventure

His late 80s/early 90s stuff was by far his best era for me. His take on Batman was wonderful, particularly 'Returns' which is my favourite superhero film, and the fantastical 'Scissorhands' and 'Nightmare..." are other favourites. What have you seen, do you enjoy his style, are you a FAN?

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#7 Tim Burton
#6 David Fincher
#5 Roman Polanski
#4 Stanley Kubrick
#3 Lars Von Trier
#2 Alfred Hitchcock
#1 Quentin Tarantino
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post Oct 18 2014, 03:02 AM
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I find Tim's films very hit and miss. A lot of the time he is all style over substance, but when he's good, there's very few who can touch him! My favourites of his are: 'Beetlejuice'; 'Edward Scissorhands' & 'Sweeney Todd'. I find 'Nightmare Before Christmas' to be his most overrated. It's so... bleh. Just doesn't do anything for me.

His renditions of 'Planet Of the Apes', 'Alice In Wonderland' (which is one of my fave Disney films) & 'Charlie & The Chocolate Factory' are absolute no go's. All 3 are disappointing and really should have been better, particularly Alice for me. He could do so much with it, but decided not to do enough with it.

I want to see 'Frankenweenie' and his 'Batman' films which I will make my way through one day. The trailer to 'Big Eyes' looks gorgeous though. Could this year be Amy Adams year, finally?
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post Oct 18 2014, 08:58 AM
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'Charlie & the Chocolate Factory' is near perfect in my eyes ohmy.gif I absolutely love it, it's quite a spectacle, enjoyable songs and Johnny Depp made such a great Willy Wonka.

I remember seeing 'Corpse Bride' later that same year and being quite "meh" on that one iirc.
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post Oct 18 2014, 11:05 AM
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His Batman films are both superb, easily two of the best in the series.

Totally butchered Charlie & The Chocolate Factory though, everything about that film was awful.

Big Eyes looks amazing though. Amy Adams is LIFE and hopefully she will FINALLY get that Oscar, which she should have won for Junebug, Doubt and American Hustle tbh.
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post Oct 18 2014, 11:42 AM
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I don't mind Charlie & The Chocolate Factory tbf, but it's not a film I'd really watch again in a hurry and it really falls flat compared to the original imo. It's about a 6/10 whilst the original is near perfect.
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post Oct 18 2014, 12:47 PM
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He can be fantastic when he wants to be - The Nightmare Before Christmas is an obvious classic and Frankenweenie & Corpse Bride are really good too, I love that beautiful style of his, other than that, he can be a bit 'style over substance' I agree, Charlie & The Chocolate Factory was great, but not quite as grandiose as it wanted to be.
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post Oct 18 2014, 01:46 PM
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I'm sorry but Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is waaay better than the original. It's so much more loyal to the book and the visuals are amazing, as you expect from Tim Burton. The Oompa Loompas were the only weaker aspect.
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post Oct 18 2014, 07:46 PM
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I love Tim Burton wub.gif I always think he's direction is amazing
I have seen bits of Edward Scissorhands, Beetlejuice & Sweeney Todd and have enjoyed what I have saw of them. I am seeing some Edward Scissorhands ballet in December
Nightmare Before Christmas is amazing and I loved Dark Shadows when I saw it a couple of months ago- I loved the acting and it was really fun
I can't wait to see Big Eyes and I hope Amy Adams finally wins her long deserved Oscar
Alice in wonderland is another amazing Burton film for me wub.gif and I still need to watch Frankenweenie which I have on DVD.
I hate corpse bride- something about it that is awful

Charlie and the chocolate factory is one of my favourite books and films ever wub.gif The acting is amazing, especially Johnny Depp, the film is beautiful and just a masterpiece
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