Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Top 10 Films Directed by Tim Burton!

It's no secret: we love Tim Burton. From his dark, twisted pictures to his bubbling, whimsical, brightly colored films, we have always been huge fans of this unique director. Before "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children," which comes out September 30th, 2016, we decided to watch ALL of Burton's works and make a list of the top 10 best films directed by the man himself! Here are our 10 favorites!
10. "Sleepy Hollow" (1999): One of Tim Burton's bloodiest flicks, "Sleepy Hollow" is a twisted, engaging, thematically dark ghost-centric horror that can feel a bit slow at times, but is worth it in the end. Great performances add to the creep factor, and Burton's excellent visuals display some pretty horrific acts of violence perpetrated by an undead, headless former war mercenary in this gothic horror fantasy. 7.5/10
9. "Pee-wee's Big Adventure" (1985): Riotous, goofy, and bizarre, "Pee-wee's Big Adventure" is a movie with a lot of nostalgia factor for us. Aided by Danny Elfman's wonderfully weird and beautiful score and Paul Reubens' portrayal of the titular character, this is definitely a film you should check out! 8/10
8. "Corpse Bride" (2005): Hauntingly beautiful and tremendously animated, this feature length stop-motion  animated flick is one of Burton's best. Some may think a movie all about an undead bride is too dark or melancholy, but it's really just a creepy, fun Gothic romance with a ton of fantastic music. 8/10
7. "Batman" (1989): With a dingy, retro-yet-modern Gotham and a kick-ass Batman in Michael Keaton, "Batman" has the more intimate feeling of a crime-noir blended with comic book elements. We like the darker side of the characters and the setting this movie offers from Burton's wild imagination despite a few now-dated aspects. 8/10
6. "Beetlejuice" (1988): "Beetlejuice" offers up a ton of laughs as well as a fun, compelling story that is still enjoyable almost 30 years later. This film has truly stood the test of time and we still very much appreciate the work put into this picture to make the awkward and mildly horrifying, but hilarious and extremely memorable paranormal comedy we know and love come to life. Michael Keaton owns the part and is perfect for it. 8.5/10
5. "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" (2007): A movie adaptation of the musical with the same name, "Sweeney Todd" is a Burton favorite of ours, overlooked in favor of his other mainstream hits. Everything is washed in a dismal, drab color palette except for the blood, which is bright, bright red, and boy, is there a lot of it. All of the aspects of Burton's twisted vision come to life in this sickening movie, but it's really so sick that it's good. Be sure to watch with the lights off. 8.5/10
4. "Big Eyes" (2014): The true life story of Margaret and Walter Keane is such a spectacle, we're surprised we had never heard of it, but now, we're glad we got the chance to hear their tale come to life by Tim Burton. "Big Eyes" is full of charm, excellent performances by Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz, and gorgeous yet haunting paintings. 9/10
3. "Edward Scissorhands" (1990): Juxtaposing bright, vibrant colors and dark, foreboding ones, "Edward Scissorhands" is one of Burton's best. The score by Danny Elfman, the makeup work, the undeniably brilliant performance by Johnny Depp, and the imaginative story all combine to make one weird but beautiful film. 9/10
2. "Ed Wood" (1994): A fantastic movie about the worst director ever. This film is touching, hilarious, and completely engaging. It is brilliantly acted by Martin Landau, with equally excellent performances by Johnny Depp and Sarah Jessica Parker, and many other fabulous actors. Burton's decision to make the entire movie black and white only makes it feel that much more realistic. A must-see for cinephiles! 10/10
1. "Big Fish" (2006): Our favorite Tim Burton film also happens to be his most underrated one. "Big Fish" combines classic Burton-esque bright colors with peculiarities, and its message, themes, characters, and essence resonate so strongly with us, we had no choice but to make it our pick for the best film directed by Tim Burton. We absolutely adore every aspect of this movie, no matter how sad it may make us when all is said and done. The acting is perfect, the vast cast is vibrant, and the story boasts a big, fanciful plot full of lessons in life, love, lies, imagination, and loss. Please do yourself a favor and watch this gem of a film. 10/10

Do you agree or disagree with our list? Let us know in the comments, or tweet your top 10 to us @lololovesfilms!

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