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Big Eyes Official Trailer

Finally a movie from Tim Burton that doesn’t star Johnny Depp and doesn’t center around something weird… well almost… A drama centered on the awakening of the painter Margaret Keane, her phenomenal success in the 1950s, and the subsequent legal difficulties she had with her husband, who claimed credit for her works in the 1960s. Read MoreRead More

Danny Elfman’s score tied Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure together—and launched a career

Mike D’Angelo revists the score of Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure and how the circus-like theme launched Danny Elfman’s career. The first time I saw Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, during its initial theatrical run in summer 1985, it took less than a minute to grab me. Visually, nothing happens during the film’s first 60 seconds—it’s just a spare opening-credits sequence, white Read MoreRead More

On the 3D Depth of Tim Burton’s “Frankenweenie”

This episode of ‘Close Up’ explores the 3D conversion of Tim Burton’s black and white, stop motion comedy horror ‘Frankenweenie‘. Matt Bristowe and Richard Baker talk about the philosophy of stereoscopy, how to use 3D depth to provoke emotion, and how to keep it beautiful at the same time.Read More

John August Reacts to Frankenweenie’s Fifth Place Rank

Screenwriter John August (who wrote the film) puts Frankenweenie‘s box office numbers in perspective On a personal level, it is disappointing, because as the writer I had hoped a lot of people would see the movie this weekend and enjoy it, perhaps beginning a conversation about black-and-white cinema, stop-motion animation or the perilous state of Read MoreRead More

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