Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie is this week’s Film Club pick! We wonder where it’ll end up on our list of ‘Best Ever Burtons’?
BEETLEJUICE In loads of ways, Beetlejuice is THE Tim Burton movie. It’s got icky suburbia, dysfunctional families, a main character that’s so far off the wall he’s not seen it for years and a visual style that’s nothing short of insane.
Only Burton’s second film, Beetlejuice has been parodied enough now for it to have gotten way past it’s sell by date; however, we just can’t see that scene where they’re all forced to dance to Harry Belafonte ever not being funny. And we’re still jealous of Winona Ryder for that ‘Jump in the Line’ moment. She can keep her hairdos though.
ED WOOD Numero deux on our list is also the second collab between Burton and his bestest Johnny Depp. Based on the life story of the man generally accepted to be the Worst. Director. Ever. It didn’t exactly set the box office alight, and isn’t exactly accurate, but it sure is a good watch. And if you’ve ever wanted to see Johnny Depp in a dress, wig and makeup, this is the movie for you. The ‘tache he wears for the whole movie is pretty awesome, too.
Anyone ever seen an Ed Wood movie? We saw Plan 9 From Outer Space once. It was like being lobotomised with a kaleidoscope. But way less fun.
THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS Although Tim Burton didn’t actually direct this one (and therefore we probably shouldn’t include it, naughty us) it’s clear that his stamp is all over it. The sheer number of people who think he did direct it – he wrote and produced – is testament to that.
The reason Nightmare is so great is it seamlessly blends Burton’s sometimes-scary, always-weird aesthetic with the most slap-bang fun event of the year and makes it work. That and it has really good songs and will keep teenage girls in Halloween costumes forever more.
EDWARD SCISSORHANDS Originally intended to be a musical (imagine that?) this was the movie that started it all, as Tim Burton rescued then teen-heartthrob and 21 Jump Street star Johnny Depp from cutesy TV hell and cast him as misfit Edward. The studio wanted Tom Cruise…Nope, we just can’t see it either.
We heart Edward for a trillion reasons. He looks good in leather, he’s a total sweetheart, and he made Freddy Krueger way, way less scary. And his topiary skills are AMAZING. If we had a hedge, we’d want a Scissorhands creation for sure. We just wish him and Winona had gotten their happy ending…Sob!
Frankenweenie is out now. Here’s the trailer:
But just what is this Film Club malarkey all about? It’s simples, really. Each week we send a pair of cinema tix (ODEON or Cineworld, whichever is best) to 10 of our most active Facebook/Twitter followers. We put the film we’re going to see to the vote, and the winning film is the one we all go to see. Then we all sit around on Facebook on the Sunday night (6.30) and chat about it. Magic. Sound like something you want to get involved with? Drop us a line at twitter.com/f_t_r_c or on Facebook at on.fb.me/d4dMv8
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