Dark Shadows comes out today and while I am not that keen on vampires, I am one of those Tim Burton fanatics that will see anything that he does and just hope and pray that it is good. I must admit I am worried. The trailers have done little to make me excited and I am mostly just confused as to what it "is." I can't really even tell if it is a comedy or not? I am hoping I am wrong and it is just the marketing that is terrible (which I have heard could be the case) and the movie is much better than it looks. This also has made me reflect on the career of one of my favorite directors. I know that he has made some mis-steps (Sweeney Todd) and isn't loved by everyone but several of his movies are in my top 10 favorites of all time. In a film landscape crowded with sequels and super-heros I don't think anybody can deny that Burton's films are original. You can usually spot one the moment you see a single frame and whether you love them or hate them his movies have a distinct style. I thought I knew which would top my list, but then when actually looking at and thinking about it, it became much harder to decide than I expected it to be. I rank my list of Top 10 Favorite Tim Burton films here:
|1. The Nightmare Before Christmas|
I know this one might not technically count because Henry Selick directed it and Burton only wrote, but I go to Disneyland every year just so I can visit Halloweentown and can sing all of the songs by heart. It is in my Top 5 favs of all time and I had to give it its due.
|2. Big Fish|
The way that he was able to inter-weave a depressing story of a dying man and transport you in to a new fantastical world with each story is still astounding to me. It has so much heart and emotion (and beauty) that it just gets me every time.
|3. Edward Scissorhands|
It was the beginning of the on-screen love affair between Johnny Depp and Tim Burton and every time I watch this I am once again reminded of why. He's a monster with a heart of gold and the scene where he makes it snow with his scissor hands is one of the most beautiful I have seen in a film to this day.
|4. Corpse Bride|
I am just still so fascinated by stop-motion animation and how hard it is to make a film like this so incredible that anytime it is done well I am sold.
|5. Ed Wood|
As a film buff I can't help but love this hilarious look at the worst director of all time. Makes you respect how hard it is to make a movie…or not.
I'm sure this will be higher on other people's list, but once The Dark Knight came along it blew every other version of Batman that I had seen out of the water.
|7. Sleepy Hollow|
I'm not one for scary movies or gory films, but there is something about Sleepy Hollow that is just the perfect amount of both for me.
It's Beetlejuice, how can you not love him?!
|9. Pee-wee's Big Adventure|
I watched Pee-Wee's Playhouse every week and I believe this was one of the first movies that I ever watched and it still holds a special place in my heart.
|10. Mars Attacks!|
It was years later that I actually realized this was a Tim Burton movie and I'm not sure what that means, but I still think it is one of the best "alien disaster" movies out there.