When Tim Burton and Johnny Depp decided, "Oh, wouldn't it be fun to make a movie out of the campy '60s TV show Dark Shadows," the correct response should have been the following three words: Wild Wild West.
So if a car's experience is so fundamentally different than riding transit, what parallel experience can we plumb for joyous attributes? I would propose we look for a model to long-distance trains and their sense of possibility and romance, not the raw sex of cars.
The Johnny Depp/Tim Burton big-screen retooling of TV's legendary "Dark Shadows" isn't in release yet, though the trailers look fabulous. (This new version appears to be intentionally funny, as opposed to the unintended yucks sometimes generated by the series, which was taped live.)
Their big picture concept? A visual spectacle such as has never been seen before in any other attraction in the UK. So what might Alice Liddell have said about these creative upgrades to her favorite story in her summer vacation town?
Before he left, he invited the audience to a surprise screening of The Dictator at 11 that evening in a local movie theater and, as he left, he stopped to kiss Katzenberg's head.
"Magic, beauty, color, amusement, character, intrigue, questions, excitement, puzzlement, amazement, fear, suspense, fun and a happy ending" are the reasons why Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is still a classic today.
I'm sure there are those who will be shocked that I not only enjoyed a lot of The Lucky One, but that I think Zac Efron's performance is a break-out moment -- the announcement that a teen dream has made the transition to adult dramatic actor.
A cursory glance at his campaign thus far -- particularly the past week -- suggests an appropriate silver screen dreamboat for the role of Newt Gingrich: Johnny Depp. As Ed Wood.
Johnny Depp has a lot to answer for. The "mockney" drawl, the swagger and the healthy disdain for maritime authorities he perfected as Captain Jack Sparrow lent a cachet to piracy that had eluded the profession for centuries.
While Hill, writer Michael Bacall and directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller want to spoof cop procedurals, they also want to make an actual cop-action film. That blend of comedy and action is a tough one, almost as tough as romantic comedy.
For movie dialogue to be memorialized it needs, first and foremost, to be short -- short enough to be easily recalled and repeated (which is unfortunate because that's going to leave some very clever material at the starting gate).
There is a copious amount of controversy surrounding a video that actor Johnny Depp has helped put out recently. But what's the big deal?
China will not easily capture hearts and minds. They will be an economic superpower only. The Chinese are ethnocentric and in large ways and small, an instinct to narrowly defend interests can be off putting.
The Rum Diary is veteran English writer-director Bruce Robinson's wild and wonderful first new feature in twenty years (!), as well as his explosive adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson's very early, long-unpublished novel.
Dreamworks seems to have paid a price for their risky release date, as Puss in Boots debuted with a comparatively soft $34 million over the weekend. We'll find out for sure on Monday if it broke the Halloween opening weekend record.
For me, the best part of this meandering cartoon movie is a sight gag with Depp's Paul Kemp riding atop his sidekick photographer Bob Sala (Michael Rispoli) in an open vehicle, up and down, up and down over cracked cobblestones on bumpy streets.