Mon, 1 December 2014
Long before he began churning out Hollywood fare featuring Johnny Depp, Tim Burton had been known for directing two movies, Pee Wee's Big Adventure and Beetlejuice, before he took the helm to direct Batman. Those that were familiar with the kitschy 1960's television show likely didn't expect Burton to add such a dark twist to the material, and it became an instant hit, securing Burton on the map as filmmaker.
Despite its three sequels (some of which cause intense eye-rolling among film buffs) and an even darker reboot, Burton's Batman remains a classic spectacle, with wonderful performs and gothic set pieces. It went on to win an Academy Award for Best Art Direction.
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Fri, 21 November 2014
Known as a "Hong Kong Second Wave" director, Wong Kar-wai's Chungking Express paints the city and its denizens in lyrical strokes, belying the dirt and grit lurking just underneath what we can see.
Part action, part romance, the film is an excellent introduction to the director's work, with a unique narrative style; it's no surprise that it caught the attention of Quentin Tarrantino, who made it a mission to market the film to Western audiences.
Chungking Express was released on Blu Ray and DVD by the Criterion Collection, but unfortunately it is out of print at the time of this writing. Tenacious film buffs in the U.S. can spend upwards of $100 for a copy or alternately purchase an imported edition if they have a region-free player.
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Tue, 11 November 2014
After the successful Back to the Future (1985), director Robert Zemeckis turned his sights to something even more ambitious, a full-length feature combining live actors and animated ones.
We start our journey through 1,001 movies with lighter - albeit technically groundbreaking and comedic - fare, with the story of an alcoholic private eye on the quest of saving an animated bunny rabbit. The movie was a box office smash and won Oscars for Best Film Editing, Sound Effects Editing, Visual Effects, and a Special Achievement Award for its technical advancements.
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