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Director Spotlight: Favorite Tim Burton Film

Discussion in 'Entertainment Forum' started by Henry, Mar 29, 2021.

  1. Henry

    LISTEN TO CHAI Moderator


    Pick your fave! Tell us why!

    Feel free to list ideas for other threads here
  2. Henry

    LISTEN TO CHAI Moderator

    I love Big Fish so damn much.
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  3. blast0rama Mar 29, 2021
    (Last edited: Mar 29, 2021)

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    While Batman was a movie which absolutely shaped me as a human (I was 4 going on 5 when it came out, and I loved comic books, so you can imagine how it warped me), Big Fish is an absolute masterwork, truly an all-timer.

    EDIT: Mars Attacks! is my dark horse fav. Such a surreal joy of a movie.
  4. SpyKi

    I've been in love with her for ages Supporter

    Yeah that one has to be my favourite, just love the aesthetic and storytelling. I also love Edward Scissorhands and like Sweeny Todd more than most seem to.

    Alice in Wonderland and Dark Shadows are two of the most unlikable films I've ever seen though, the guy has a huge gap between his best and worst.
  5. iCarly Rae Jepsen

    we're on each other's team Platinum

    I love Beetlejuice Michael Keaton is iconic as Beetlejuice Beetlejuice is his masterpiece
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  6. DarkHotline

    Run On, Girl, Run On Prestigious

    Ed Wood is a truly under appreciated movie
  7. Morrissey


    This is the easiest one. Ed Wood is such a great work about the contradiction between the American idea that anyone can be whatever they want and the crushing reality that people are always going to have natural limitations. There are lots of fun earlier Burton films, but Ed Wood is one where he showed an ability for comedy that recontextualizes the way people think about Ed Wood and Bela Lugosi.
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  8. jkauf

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  9. DarkHotline

    Run On, Girl, Run On Prestigious

    Martin Landau’s performance of Lugosi was truly exceptional, he captured just how heartbreaking Lugosi’s final years were in his acting and it absolutely elevated that movie.
  10. Anthony_

    A (Cancelled) Dork Prestigious

    There are extremely few directors who have had such a strong run to start their career. And then such an extremely hard fall ever since lol

    It's a tough call but I think my favorite Burton film is probably Batman Returns.
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  11. Morrissey


    It works so well because Burton clearly has a fondness for Wood, Lugosi, and that entire era. It is very different from The Disaster Artist, where it felt much more like mocking.
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  12. CarpetElf

    point gawd Prestigious

    Only two getting praise in the thread are the only two I haven't seen lol
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  13. Batman/Batman Returns
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  14. Serh

    @TiredOfSeth Prestigious

    top 3: ed wood, big fish, batman returns

    big fan of two-word title tim
  15. soggytime


    Ed Wood and it's not even close. One of my all time favorites
  16. riotspray

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    Seriously. The run up until like Mars Attacks is super solid, and then... (to be fair, maybe even through Big Fish, but I haven't seen Sleepy Hollow or POTA since they were released)

    Pee Wee's Big Adventure has to get my vote though. I was a HUGE Pee Wee fan as a toddler.
  17. SpyKi

    I've been in love with her for ages Supporter

    I watched Pee Wee for the first time last year and couldn't stand it, haha. I get that it's the point but he is so annoying.
  18. Nathan

    Always do the right thing. Supporter

    yeah Ed Wood is the easy pick though I loved Pee Wee and Batman as a kid/teen.
  19. Anthony_

    A (Cancelled) Dork Prestigious

    Peewee's Big Adventure still rules, great movie
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  20. Matt Chylak

    I can always be better, so I'll always try. Supporter

    this is so good. I believe it's my favorite superhero movie
  21. xapplexpiex

    the past is a grotesque animal Supporter

    Big Fish
  22. OhTheWater

    Let it run Supporter

    I need to see Ed Wood, so Batman Returns. Beetlejuice and Mars Attacks also rule. Pee Wee was fun but I haven't seen it enough.
  23. Jason Tolpin


    IIRC, when I ran a movie theater - mars attacks lasted 1 week, before they shipped it out due to bad numbers.

    Ed Wood started in the smallest auditorium and maybe lasted 2 weeks. Was it up for an Academy? That didnt help.

    My faves? Tough to say....

    If Beetlejuice is on, and Im skimming, I will stop.
    If Edward Scissor.... Ill stop and watch.
    If Im watching TV by myself, and Mars Attacks comes on..... yup,. love that one. Jacks a crackpot in it.
    Batman with Michael Keaton? Yeah. That was dark. Ill watch that one too.
  24. TomG

    Regular Supporter

    Came in here to say Big Fish all prepared to be the odd one out...and am pleasantly surprised by the love for it
  25. ChrisCantWrite

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    Beetlejuice and Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, for sure. Also, though not a feature film, the OG Frankenweenie may be my favorite work but him.