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Tuesday, March 14, 2006

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"Worst movie you've ever seen? Well, my next one will be better".

"If I had the chance I could make an entire movie using this stock footage".

"Is there a script? Fuck no, but there's a poster".

"I don't make movies with stars. I make crap".
"Yes, but if you made crap with a star in it you'd really have something".


Lines like these come so fast in Tim Burton's Ed Wood, it's impossible to keep up with them. I hadn't seen Ed Wood since it was released in 1994. Recently I watched it again and realized what a little masterpiece of comedy it is. Johnny Depp is brilliant as Ed Wood, the man who made such anti-classic films as Glen or Glenda? and Plan 9 From Outer Space. Depp captures the mannerisms and perfect peppy tenor of 40s actors. Tim Burton uses just the right touch--light and silly--in the story of Ed Wood's years hitting up studios, trying to raise money, and making the films that often make critics' lists of worst movies ever.

There's an amazing cast that includes Bill Murray, Sarah Jessica Parker, even wrestler George "The Animal" Steel. Martin Landau won an Oscar for his role as Bela Lugosi who's at once a caricature, and a person. Hillarious as the movie is, there's something pitiful and sad about a man so desparate to be a great film maker, believed himself to be a great film maker, and was once voted "The Worst Director of All Time". Landau's Lugosi is the character who invokes the sympathy that Burton deflects away from Wood.

The movie is beautifully filmed in black and white. Every frame is like a still photograph. The obsessive visual detail is mesmerizing and recalls aspects of Wells. There's a scene towards the movie's end where Wood spies Wells, his hero, in a bar. He approaches Wells and engages him in a conversation about making movies. Wood asks if it is all worth it. Wells responds that it is when it works. It never really worked for Ed Wood, but Ed Wood surely worked for Tim Burton. This is one funny movie. See it if you haven't. See it again if you have.

1 Comments:

At 11:58 AM, Blogger poet CAConrad said...

I HAVE SEEN IT

I DO LOVE IT

AND YES DAMMIT I WILL SEE IT AGAIN

!!!!
Hehe! Thanks man!
CAConrad
http://TRANSBOXER.blogspot.com

 

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