October 25, 2013
Parental Guidance: Halloween Edition
Greetings, parents seeking guidance. Since Halloween is coming, I thought I'd devote this week's column to some films and TV shows you could watch with your kids that are spooky/silly/suspenseful/all of the above. Cuddle up under a blanket in front of the TV and let's go
January 10, 2013
Parental Guidance: Horrid Henry: The Movie and Frankenweenie
This week, the three big releases -- Gangster Squad, Zero Dark Thirty, and A Haunted House -- are all rated R, but there's a kiddie flick called Horrid Harry: The Movie in limited release. Plus, Tim Burton's stop-motion spook-tacular Frankenweenie is out on DVD. Read on to find out what's appropriate for the whole family.
October 4, 2012
Critics Consensus: Taken 2 Is Less Than Captivating
This week at the movies, we've got a kidnapping plot (Taken 2, starring Liam Neeson and Famke Janssen), a reanimated pooch (Frankenweenie, with voice work from Charlie Tahan and Winona Ryder), and a cappella all-stars (Pitch Perfect, starring Anna Kendrick and Brittany Snow). What do the critics have to say? Why would anyone mess with Liam Neeson's family again, given the brutal swath he cut in the first Taken? That's a great question, say critics, who find Taken 2 to be largely bereft of the kinetic thrills -- and surprises -- that made the original a hit. Tim Burton has always had a taste for the macabre, and a love for outsiders. Critics say those fixations dovetail nicely in Frankenweenie.
October 4, 2012
Frankenweenie Electrifies Hollywood
At the El Capitan theater in Hollywood, the stars of Frankenweenie came out to reanimate Tim Burton's classic tale of a boy and his dog (and stitches and lightning). Grae chats with Winona Ryder, Martin Short, Tim Burton, and the rest of the stars about their pets and science teachers. Don't miss the heavy makeout session with Martin Landau. No, we're not kidding.
October 4, 2012
Total Recall: Tim Burton's Best Movies
For 25 years and counting, Tim Burton has been one of the most successful directors in Hollywood -- and he's done it his way, presenting filmgoers with an ever-growing list of films that celebrate the strange and macabre, from comedies (Beetlejuice) to dramas (Big Fish) to thrillers (Sleepy Hollow), with a few stops for big-budget blockbuster fare along the way (Batman, Planet of the Apes). Heck, Burton's even proven his mettle as a director of animated fare (Corpse Bride) and served as a producer on at least one movie he didn't direct, but you probably thought he did (The Nightmare Before Christmas). This week, Burton brings his unique style to bear -- in 3-D, no less! -- on a feature-length, stop-motion animated expansion of his early short film Frankenweenie, and to celebrate, we decided to take a look back at his 10 best-reviewed films. Let's Total Recall, shall we?
July 13, 2012
Comic-Con 2012: The Art of Frankenweenie
Frankenweenie producers Don Hahn and Allison Abbate stood in the center of Disney's "The Art of Frankenweenie" exhibit Wednesday at Comic-Con International as journalists and Preview Night attendees walked around, peering at puppets and set pieces from director Tim Burton's upcoming film.
September 21, 2010
Burton Finds Four for Frankenweenie
Tim Burton is rounding up the voice cast for "Frankenweenie," signing Winona Ryder, Martin Landau, Catherine O'Hara, and Martin Short for the full-length adaptation of his 1984 short film.