Ever since the release of Sweeney Todd five years ago, I’ve been worried about the future of Tim Burton. Sweeney Todd was yet another bid of hopeful Oscar consideration on his part that sadly went unnoticed, and with his last film Alice in Wonderland, I decided to just avoid it. It never interested me all that much, and at the time I had never done that ever to Burton. With his newest film Dark Shadows, I was actually looking forward to it, thinking it could be a return to form for Burton (I got a vibe of Beetlejuice almost immediately), and the biggest surprise for me: It’s actually a really entertaining black comedy. Read the rest of this entry »
I want to say right off that Britt Ekland‘s dance scene from The Wicker Man (the original!) is my favorite of all time. Even though, from what I’ve read, a Scottish woman acted as a body double for all the shots of her lower half (no point in letting facts ruin one’s fantasies, though). I think the Flickchart blog caps off at PG-13, so I can’t actually show you a clip from the film. You should watch the whole movie if you haven’t seen it, anyway, since it’s one of those classics that all upstanding movie aficionados should have under their belt. Read the rest of this entry »
I hate to be the one to say this, but here it goes.
Movies don’t just happen; they’re made. Real people actually write lines of dialog; no matter how natural something might sound to you when spoken by your favorite actor there’s little chance that it was ad-libbed. No one gets to just run through traffic in a wedding dress; the city schedules a day and time to close the road to the public to allow for filming. For that matter, there’s an awful lot of thought that goes into just what kind of T-shirt Seth Rogen will wear in a given scene. The dude doesn’t just show up as is and say, “Let’s do this!”