|09.20.12||Alamo South Lamar||This Screening is part of event: FantasticFest 2012|
Behold! The 8th Annual Fantastic Fest! And thanks to Micah getting a pass for himself which made him able to offer the extra pass of one Mr. Brian Kelley (one of the many in the local Brian Brotherhood), I get to go! I really thought that last year was it when I didn't get a badge but it looks like I'm good to go for one more year. It even says I'm press! (hah!) Hilarious considering this is probably going out to 3 inactive bloglines accounts.
So I'm working half days again this year. Skipping the midnights doesn't seem to bother me and I'm way less exhausted (and have also noticed higher immune system responses) when I come home and get to bed by midnight rather than 3 or 4 am. So aside from all the crazy late-night stuff I plan to see a pretty full slate of films this year. The level of detail in these notes is entirely dependant upon if I have any actual work to do in the mornings. Speaking of that, I need to get to bed so let's get to it.
This is a feature-length re-telling of Burton's original short except this time it's stop-motion animated instead of live-action and it's padded out by more subplots and characters. It felt a lot like listening to a best-of album to me. Really EVERY familiar Tim Burton-ism is present so it's kind of ticking off the list as you watch. I think Winona Ryder's character looks and sounds and even shares lines with her Beatlejuice character. Burton throws as many homages to the classic Universal monsters in as he can. It works as a clever little movie but I feel like it lacks the soul of a really Classic Album.
You can listen to the Best of Led Zeppelin and get all the hits but I like listening to the full albums more because you hear the hits in the context of the supporting songs and get a much stronger sense of personality and thrust to it. This one kinda felt like Tim Burton was just having fun and staying safe. I'm not a huge fan of his later work so it surprised me that I liked this at all, and I did like it. I don't want to sound too negative. I thought it was cute and effective and a nice little thing to watch. Just really expected and kind of empty.