Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
The electrifying dog is back from beyond the grave
Young Victor conducts a science experiment to bring his beloved dog Sparky back to life, only to face unintended, sometimes monstrous, consequences.
For well over a decade now Tim Burton has seemingly been happy to coast along rehashing his kooky style and blandly re-imagining other people’s stories. However, I find it impossible to get excited by a director who simply appears to be going through the motions. Which is why his latest film, Frankenweenie, sounded potentially appealing. Based on a near-career ending short film and with autobiographical elements (Victor acting as an on-screen surrogate for Burton) this new stop-frame animated feature is his most personal and heartfelt work in years.
Essentially a simple story about a boy and his dog reimagined as a classic Universal monsters movie, Frankenweenie, lovingly homages the films that have influenced Burton throughout his long career. When Victor’s…
Definitive proof that Burton should never, ever work with Depp again, let alone other real people.
I know this is an easy criticism, but I really feel Burton has surrounded him with people that fit nicely in his comfort zone and as a result his last couple of films have been drab and not that good. It seems as if he just didn't challenge himself anymore, relying on routine.
I wonder if Burton felt the same as he now reanimates (.......I know, sorry about that) his first short film and turns it into a fun and very creative film.
The black and white cinematography, the production design and the insanely gorgeous stop motion…
Your dog is aliiive!
-Edgar "E" Gore
Two stop-motion animated films that pay homage to horror films in the same year. We have entered a new golden age of cinema. While ParaNorman was clearly influenced by the horror films of the 70s and 80s, Frankenweenie is a full fledged love letter to the Universal Monsters era of horror. You won't even have to pay that much attention to recognize the nods to Universal's big names and even a huge nod to a sub-genre of horror of the same time period. It even manages to sneak in a cameo appearance from a legend of the genre. Having an unbiased opinion of the film is going to be…
The perfect movie to watch with your dog on a stormy night, except if your dog is a little fucking bitch who won't cuddle with you and just wants you to throw his stupid little squeaky bone.
Everyone has it all wrong. Halloween should not be about horror movies. The bloody murder murder spirit is not that of Halloween. Instead, I like to spend a lot of my holiday with films that capture the whimsical magic with a slight dose of spooky that to me is the Halloween of our youth. Frankenweenie is the perfect representation of the combination of imagination, innocence and fear, that the day of spooks and creeps should bring out of all of us.
"Frankenweenie" starts out as a leisurely paced film about a boy, Victor, who loves science and monster movies. Tragedy strikes when the boy loses his best friend, a dog named Sparky. Victor then calls upon the cinematic and literary legacy provided him by his last name to shock Sparky to existence.
That synopsis offers no surprises to anyone familiar with Tim Burton's original short film of the same name. Now, Burton expands his short to a feature-length film and the results are more than pleasing.
"Frankenweenie" is beautifully rendered. The melancholy, black and white, stop-motion animation is equally handome, grotesque, and humorous. The animated environs evoke horror films of the past and Burton's own oeuvre. The vocal performances are solid,…
As Burton as it gets! Love the casting of the kids, each one feels unique and fully formed by their voices alone. There are some funny moment, but the film's true highlight is the emotion it stirs in any viewer who has lost a pet.
can't believe i rated this nearly 5 stars when i first saw it, must have got swept up into the cinema experience. it's good, its got some great references in it but the pacing is all over the place and the story is pretty boring. just the last 20 mins or so when it actually picks up.
A film about a socially non-existent protagonist? I've seen that before.
Burton returns to his signature exaggerated stop-motion style, and it looks even more creepy than usual. Interestingly, the least exaggerated character is the gym teacher. The monochrome adds to the film’s eerieness. Not as eerie as The Human Centipede 2 [Full Sequence], although both films feature faeces. By not using colour, Burton keeps the remake close to the original, and stylistic deviations would have spoiled it. The film seperates itself from our society with its absence of colour, whereas the presence of colour in Edward Scissorhands seperated itself from our society. I’m assuming the film was shot in 3D - depth is added well, and the only time the…
The way these kids so very badly want to win a TROPHY at the SCIENCE FAIR is really fucking delightful.
The disingenuous ending however, completely betrays the thematic resonance of the film. Felt like a production note that Burton unwillingly obliged to. Unfortunate.
When discussing Tim Burton...
HOLD ON!!!!!!! GOD!!!!!
Ahem, like I was saying, when discussing... the guy who made “Edward Scissorhands”, a lot of people react with anger, pity, and disgust. In the last decade, we have seen some truly awful films. The worst films of all time came out of the last decade, and Tim Burton didn’t help the cause. He gave us a remake of “Planet Of The Apes”, he gave us “Charlie And The Chocolate Factory”, “Sweeney Todd”, “Alice In Wonderland” and “Dark Shadows”.
All five of those turkeys came from him in just over ten years. In that time, he only released two passable movies. “Big Fish” from 2003 which I find to be very…
Burton is kind of like the Hugh Jackman character from The Prestige - he has, like, one trick up his sleeve, but he sure knows how to dress it.
The film has glimmers of brilliance in my opinion; the opening section, fearing what we don't understand and the references to monster films classic and contemporary. But the film didn't hit these peaks often enough, and the ending which nearly impressed me as an example of letting go of a passed loved one (especially in a kids film) quickly fell back on the cliche Disney ending.
A typical Tim Burton film, Frankenweenie is an animated movie with a very well achieved relationship between a boy and his back-to-life-dog, as well as beautiful visuals and a great atmosphere, but its problem is the thin story with flat secondary characters and villians.
Sad at first
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