Many fans consider 2012 to be one of the best years for film in a long time. We’ve had great popcorn movies, huge epics, mind-melting indies and new films from some of the best filmmakers around. But every year has some stinkers and as good as 2012 has been, it’s probably been equally as bad too.
The team at NextMovie compiled four minutes of some of the worst movies of the year reviewing themselves. Which movies did they pick and what does each one say for itself? You’ll have to click below to find out. Read More »
This week, Dave, Devindra, and Adam reflect on the online film world’s quest for uniformity and discuss Tim Burton’s latest collaboration with Johnny Depp, Dark Shadows. Special guest Laremy Legel joins us from film.com.
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There was the time when the release of a new Tim Burton movie seemed like a major event. And, after Alice in Wonderland made an insane amount of money thanks in part to being part of the immediate post-Avatar 3D boom, for Hollywood the release of a Burton movie remains a big deal. The director has a lot of fans still, for reasons that include his own particular blend of the weird and comic, an idiosyncratic approach to design, and his long working relationship with Johnny Depp.
Dark Shadows brings all those factors to bear, or attempts to. It is a remake/continuation/alternate look at a daytime soap opera that started in the ’60s and ran until the early ’70s. (The film is set primarily in 1972, just after the show went off the air.) Vampire Barnabas Collins (Depp) is locked away for hundreds of years by the witch Angelique (Eva Green). Freed, he returns to his old family home, where he finds a collection of characters that is almost as eccentric and downtrodden as he is.
Depp and Burton have talked about making this film for quite some time, and now that it has arrived, we want to know what you thought of it. Chime in below, where as always in posts of this sort, full spoilers are fair game. Read More »
Barnabas Collins is a vampire, but like many supernatural creatures he started out as a man. In his mortal days he made a common mistake. Barnabas got it on with a passionate partner to whom he had no intention to commit, while holding a flame for another chaste beauty. This did not end well. The spurned partner took refuge in the classic ‘stay busy’ activity of jilted lovers everywhere: she cursed Collins to vampirism, locked him in a coffin for a couple hundred years, and adopted a scorched-earth policy with respect to his entire family. Which is to say, in Dark Shadows the crazy ex-girlfriend is literally a witch.
Johnny Depp is a lifelong fan of the strange ’60s soap opera Dark Shadows. He’s wanted to revive the property, and put his own spin on Barnabas Collins, for years. Depp’s perpetual enabler Tim Burton finally took him up on the prospect, and the result is their eighth major collaboration. Visually opulent but emotionally arid, Dark Shadows feels occasionally like a campy play on the old show, but far more often like an opportunity for Burton to hash out old relationship issues. Those approaches don’t mesh together any better than did Collins’ two lovers. Read More »
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Now that a bunch of people have seen the summer’s first blockbuster, The Avengers, our eyes wander down the calendar to the summer’s second weekend: May 11. There’s just one wide release that day (likely because studios were still afraid of Marvel’s team up) and it’s Tim Burton‘s Dark Shadows starring Johnny Depp, Helena Bohnam Carter and Michelle Pfeiffer. Since the release of the trailer, fan interest has piqued as the film seems to be a return to the Burton of old, a frightening setting filled with weirdness and humor ala Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, Beetlejuice and Edward Scissorhands.
Do Burton and Depp succeed in that aim? Entertainment Weekly senior writer Anthony Breznican has seen the movie and tweeted some thoughts over the weekend. Check out his tweets after the jump. Read More »
Warner Bros’ Water Tower Music has put composer Danny Elfman‘s entire score online for Tim Burton‘s big screen adaptation of Dark Shadows. Click over to WaterTower-Music.com to listen to the tracks, but be warned that a couple of the song titles are spoilers (ie “Killing ______” and “______ Departs”). The soundtrack is also available for preorder on Amazon, $11.29 for the CD.
If you watched last night’s Mad Men premiere you might have caught a couple of TV spots for upcoming films for which we’ve only just started to see a lot of footage. Tim Burton‘s Dark Shadows has two new spots, both with bits of new footage, and Snow White and the Huntsman had a couple new spots debut over the weekend, as well.
The spot with the best new footage is, sadly, the one we have in the poorest quality. The second Snow White and the Huntsman TV spot opens with some footage of the Queen (Charlize Theron) and a young Snow White in less combative days; I think those clips are new to all of us. And the Dark Shadows spots have some new bits of Johnny Depp being, well, Johnny Depp. Check out all four spots below. Read More »
One of summer’s biggest wildcards is the 3D, hyper-stylized, historical action-horror film Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Based on a novel of the same name by Seth Grahame-Smith (who also wrote the screenplay) the film is directed by Timur Bekmambetov and tells the fictional story, infused with a lot of non-fiction, of how Abraham Lincoln decicated his life to killing vampires after losing a family member. It’s a biopic of our 16th President, played by Benjamin Walker, just with vampires everywhere.
If you saw our WonderCon video blog you heard about the footage that was shown but, before that happened, I got about two minutes with both the director and screenwriter to talk about the film. For Bekmambetov, I talked about how this film was different visually from his others. With Grahame-Smith, I asked what Timur brought to the project that he couldn’t imagine when writing it as well as the public’s reaction to the latest trailer for Dark Shadows, a film he wrote for Tim Burton, who also produced Vampire Hunter. Read my mini-interviews after the jump. Read More »
What to make of Dark Shadows? Is Tim Burton‘s adaptation of / sequel to the ’60s supernatural soap opera itself a sort of giant melodrama, or a supernatural comedy, or something else? Or all of the above? ‘All of the above’ is what Burton would have made twenty years ago, and there are certainly moment sin the first US trailer for the film that suggest that Burton is working in closer to his own classic mode than we’ve seen from him in a while. Other jokes suggest… well, something not quite that enticing.
Now we’ve got a set of character posters promoting the film, and they give many of the characters, played by Johnny Depp, Eva Green, Michelle Pfeiffer and others, a nice coat of vampiric white face paint. The best of the images is the one for Jackie Earle Haley, in which he continues to look like a live-action Groundskeeper Willie.
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Here at last is the trailer for Dark Shadows, the most recent of many pairings between director Tim Burton and Johnny Depp. The actor has wanted to revive the ’60s supernatural soap opera Dark Shadows for years, and he and Burton, after much planning, finally shot the movie last year. One of many questions about the project has been concerned with whether something that has come across like a bit of an obsession for Depp can translate into a movie that people want to see now.
The trailer premiered on Warner Bros.-owned The Ellen Degeneres Show today — appropriate, I suppose, for a film that adapts a soap opera — and we’ve got it below.
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