Spring Movie Guide: May 2012 – Week Two

Dark Shadows

Based on the Television Series by Dan Curtis

Screenplay by Seth Grahame-Smith

Directed by Tim Burton

Starring Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeifer, & Jackie Earl Haley

“An imprisoned vampire, Barnabas Collins, is set free and returns to his ancestral home, where his dysfunctional descendants are in need of his protection.”

Take a cult TV show from the 70’s, Johnny Depp, and Tim Burton and what do you get?  Apparently, a comedic, but creepy take on everything you ever loved before 1980.  It’s the formula they’ve been using a while now, and at this point, it’s unfortunately getting very stale.  Edward Scissorhands is, to me, the best example of Burton ‘s style, and one of the breakout roles for Johnny Depp as a movie star.

However, they’ve really pounded this collaboration into the ground with the reworking of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and even more recently, Alice in Wonderland.  While both movies had excellent visuals, the scripts and acting made them each into a silly mess.  However, audiences love the team, and I guess Burton loved Dark Shadows enough to make it his next project.  The original show is a bit corny, but it has its fans.  However, I think the majority of these fans will be insulted by the angle taken by Burton with this film, as it turns the whole series into a goofy comedy rather than taking the tongue-in-cheek approach that made the show a cult favorite.  Still, it’s counter-programming to The Avengers, so I’m curious to see how well it plays.

Courtney saw the movie, you can read her review right here.

God Bless America

Written & Directed by Bobcat Goldthwait

Starring Joel Murray & Tara Lynne Barr

“On a mission to rid society of its most repellent citizens, terminally ill Frank makes an unlikely accomplice in 16-year-old Roxy.”

Bobcat Goldthwait has quickly cemented himself as one of the edgier filmmmakers working today. Yes, he’s been acting since the 80’s, and his directorial debut was 1991’s Shakes the Clown, but the man has come a long way since those days.  He broke out with World’s Greatest Dad a few years ago and old people checking out the film for Robin Williams were horrified at the subject matter and horribly dark laughs.

Now, he’s back with his magnum opus of culture attack, going after the vapid world of reality TV and the stupidity it promotes and celebrates.  When Frank (Joel Murray) finds out he will soon die from a brain tumor, he is pushed over the edge, finally snapping and taking out all his anger and frustration with the vapid people in the world with his .45 pistol.  When he is seen by Roxy, a teenage girl, he tries to ignore her, but she soon finds her way into his adventure, and the two go across the country, cleaning up its broken people one bullet at a time.

I saw the movie via VOD a while back and absolutely loved it, but like World’s Greatest Dad, I’m sure it will split a ton of audiences.  This one will only be in a few (12) theaters this weekend, but if it makes enough over the weekend per theater, it should expand to at least a few more.  If not, the good news is this is a Magnet Releasing film so you know we’ll see the DVD and Blu Ray very shortly.

You can read my review of the film right here.

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