FRANKENWEENIE
2012, Walt Disney Pictures, 87 min, USA, Dir: Tim Burton

This stop-motion animated salute to the 1931 classic FRANKENSTEIN is based on a live-action short that director Tim Burton made while working at Disney in the 1980s. When his dog Sparky is hit by a car, young Victor Frankenstein (Charlie Tahan) puts his science lessons to work, reanimating the deceased pet - the first of many creatures unleashed when the boy’s classmates copy his work. With Catherine O’Hara, Martin Short, Martin Landau and Winona Ryder. An Oscar nominee for Best Animated Feature.


ED WOOD
1994, Disney, 127 min, USA, Dir: Tim Burton

Director Tim Burton’s unabashed love for his subject makes this 1994 biopic of the director of "the worst movie ever made" (that would be PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE) a perversely uplifting experience, although in reality its title character’s life was anything but happy. Johnny Depp portrays legendary schlock director Ed Wood as an enthusiastic hero of the cinema, a man whose love for moviemaking is so intense that it almost makes the quality of his work irrelevant. With an Oscar-winning performance by Martin Landau as Bela Lugosi, and an alternately hilarious and poignant screenplay by Larry Karaszewski and Scott Alexander.


CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS
1989, MGM Repertory, 104 min, USA, Dir: Woody Allen

Comedy is tragedy plus time.” Successful ophthalmologist and wolf-in-sheep’s-clothing Judah Rosenthal (Martin Landau) is in a bind when longtime mistress Dolores (Anjelica Huston), fed up with years of noncommitment and empty promises, threatens to go to his wife with the truth. While Judah considers a wickedly devastating solution to his problem, documentary filmmaker Clifford Stern (Woody Allen) must put aside his passion project about a philosophy professor and instead profile his successful weasel of a brother-in-law Lester (Alan Alda). All of Allen’s hilariously hyperbolic obsessions are in fine form here - religion, guilt, sex, death, disgust with the mainstream - but darkly tainted with a bleakness rarely seen in his career of filmmaking.


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