Countdown: 18 Tim Burton Films Ranked

Tim Burton

In honor of his 60th birthday August 25, celebrate Tim Burton’s illustrious filmmaking career. From black-and-white stop-motion animation and gothic surreal imagery to bright multicolor fantasy worlds, director, producer and screenwriter Tim Burton does it all. His directorial career spans 20 feature films and counting, and his exuberant visual style has entertained audiences for more than three decades. Born August 25, 1958, Burton grew up in Burbank, California. As a child he was fascinated by horror stories. In a 1990 interview with film critic David Edelstein, Burton reflected on the roots of his passion for dark stories, which sprouted during his lonely childhood: “Embracing death and the catharsis of, ‘Oh my God, I’m going to die’ and The Fall of the House of Usher and The Raven and Edgar Allan Poe and Vincent Price helped me to live.” Burton’s creative drive for storytelling led him to direct his first film        …read more

10 Steve Carell Moments That Sum Up Why We Love Him

Celebrate Steve Carell’s birthday with these iconic moments from his TV and film career. The year 2005, though not a particularly eventful period in U.S. history, marked one very important development in pop culture. I am, of course, referring to Steve Carell’s rise to fame thanks to stellar performances on both the big screen (who could forget the modern-day classic 40-Year-Old Virgin?) and, of course, the premiere of the U.S. version of The Office. In 2007 Steve Carell reflected on 40-Year-Old Virgin making him a bona fide movie star. “I have a helluva lot more money than I used to! That’s the only perceivable difference,” he told People. “I will definitely be able to send my kids to college now, which was a question before.” In honor of Steve Carell’s birthday on August 16, let’s revisit 10 of his best moments. A few of them were even filmed before he        …read more

Steve Martin Is the Renaissance Person of Our Time

Steve Martin

Steve Martin’s restless spirit keeps him going. Steve Martin is a prime example of how to live a full, rich, creative life. The very definition of a renaissance person, to this day he continues to pursue his artistry in an impressive array of forms. On August 14, 2018, he celebrates his 73rd birthday and shows no signs of slowing down, currently touring with Martin Short to present An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life, an earlier performance of which is currently streaming on Netflix. Steve Martin not only embraces sudden left turns in his career choices; he seems to thrive on them. Stand-Up Comedy Thirty-seven years after Steve Martin unexpectedly quit stand-up comedy, it’s hard to fathom the unprecedented success of his act, which dispensed with the witty wordplay, intellectualism and raw confessional comedy popularized by Lenny Bruce and Richard Pryor and embraced infantilized absurdity, balloon        …read more

How Hiroshima and Nagasaki Created Godzilla

Godzilla

The atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki haunt every Godzilla movie. In the middle of Ishiro Honda’s 1954 film Godzilla, we cut to a woman on a commuter train. She’s talking with a fellow passenger following a recent attack by the legendary monster. “This is awful,” she says. “Atomic tuna, radioactive fallout, and now this Godzilla to top it off! What if it shows up in Tokyo Bay?” The fellow passenger jokes, “It’ll probably go for you first!” “You’re horrible!” she scolds. “I barely escaped the atomic bomb in Nagasaki…and now this!” Godzilla, one of the most famous Japanese movies ever, was produced a short nine years following the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the cataclysmic events that killed upward of 300,000 people that ended World War II and changed the world forever. August 6 and 9 mark the 73rd anniversary of the bombings, and as they fall further into        …read more

Top 5 Films by William Goldman, Screenwriter of 'The Princess Bride'

Princess Bride

Goldman, author and screenwriter of ‘The Princess Bride,’ has long been the dean of American screenwriters. “Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die!” There is no more ultimate tribute to a screenwriter than a single line of dialogue that just about everyone recognizes. This line, of course, is spoken by Mandy Patinkin, over and over and over again, in The Princess Bride (1987), and it was written by William Goldman. William Goldman, born August 12, 1931, has been the dean of American screenwriters for decades, writing primarily adaptations of his own novels and other novels by respected writers. His 1983 memoir, Adventures in the Screen Trade, was a best seller and has long been considered an industry classic. From a career that has spanned five decades, here are some highlights of this remarkable writer’s work. 1. The Princess Bride (Rob Reiner, 1987) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hd4nNjEiOk4 Rob        …read more

Robin Williams' Best Stand-Up through the Years

Robin Williams

On his birthday July 21, the world remembers the extraordinary impact of Robin Williams (1951-2014) on comedy and the larger entertainment world. While he’s as known for his dramatic roles in movies, such as Dead Poets Society and Good Will Hunting, as for his comic turns in movies like Good Morning Vietnam, it’s as a stand-up comic that Robin Williams first came to prominence in the 1970s with his free-wheeling, manic, improvisational style. After graduating from high school, Williams decided to attend Claremont Men’s College in California to study political science. He eventually dropped out to pursue acting, studying at the College of Marin and then attaining a full scholarship to the Juilliard School in 1973, one of two students that year accepted by the legendary John Housman for the advanced program. There he met lifelong best friend Christopher Reeve. However, in 1976 Williams left when Housman said there was        …read more

Top 6 Shark Movies of All Time

top shark movies

It wouldn’t be summer without ice cream, baseball and becoming irrationally scared of swimming in open water. In anticipation of ‘The Meg,’ it’s time to rewatch these top shark movies. The lazy hazy days often welcome a new shark film to scare and entertain moviegoers, and this year is no exception: The Meg, in theaters August 10, stars Jason Statham, Rainn Wilson and Ruby Rose battling the largest shark ever to save colleagues stranded in a sunken submarine. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EhJhgi3S0go The jury is out on where The Meg will place in the top shark movies of all time, but to get you in the mood for August, here are our picks for the most entertaining and memorable shark movies to ever grace the silver screen (so far). 6. Sharknado https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M-pXDoe5a0E It’s become a punchline for B-movie fandom: Sharknado had no intention to take itself seriously, thanks to its cliché dialogue, terrible        …read more

The Genius of Actor and Comedian Will Ferrell

comedian Will Ferrell

To celebrate his birthday on July 18, revisit the great roles of comedian Will Ferrell. He’s more than just a slapstick comic with a rubbery face. He’s an actor with 104 acting credits in 23 years, and his star isn’t waning. The critics might not be throwing around those four-star reviews any longer, but the legacy of the comedian Will Ferrell doesn’t rely on critical acclaim. If it makes him laugh, he’ll do it. A list of his memorable roles might trigger nostalgic glee: Ron Burgundy in the Anchorman films, Buddy in Elf, Frank in Old School, Brennan in Step Brothers, Mugatu in Zoolander, and the countless comedic turns during his stint at Saturday Night Live. Then there’s a roll call of all the memorably weird scenes where Ferrell has put himself out there more than most actors: He fought a baby in The Campaign, wrestled with a bear in        …read more

Long Live McQueen

McQueen

The new documentary ‘McQueen’ focuses on the brilliant and destructive mind of fashion designer Alexander McQueen. With the recent passing of Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade and the important surrounding conversations about mental health and suicide prevention, there’s no time more relevant for a documentary about fashion designer Alexander McQueen. While most fashion documentaries understandably cater to fashion insiders, McQueen appeals to anyone who wants to see the emotional elements and hard work put into creating an empire. Directed by Ian Bonhôte and codirected/written by Peter Ettedgui, the film is told through a five-chapter structure and contains ample footage of the designer’s life, his creative process, and his provocative runway shows as seen through interviews and his personal collection of home videos. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bO0Gx3E3KJA Lee Alexander McQueen was born in 1969 into a working-class family in East London’s Lewisham district. After leaving school at age 16, he began his career as        …read more

Where Are the Tom Hanks Haters?

Tom Hanks

Calm down, most of the world. We know Tom Hanks is aggressively charming. We live in a fractured culture, where establishing any sort of mass consensus is nearly impossible. Debating who’s the greatest basketball player of all time can get people from Chicago and Cleveland throwing chairs at each other. Bring up poké and you can see otherwise mild-mannered people turn into warring Scottish clans. And politics? Let’s not even start with politics or we’ll be here all day, and half of the people reading this will hate the other half. Instead, let’s discuss something everybody can agree upon: Tom Hanks! He seems like a really nice guy, right? It’s rare to meet a Tom Hanks hater. Born July 9, 1956, the man has built each phase of his career around being likable — goofy comedian of the Big / Turner & Hooch / A League of Their Own days;        …read more