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Published at: Sept. 4, 2011, 8:39 p.m. CST

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

”Let’s shoot this fucker!” How much do I love Tim Burton’s Ed Wood? Very, very much, that’s how much!

I enjoy Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure and Beetlejuice more, but I also wouldn’t be uncomfortable calling Ed Wood his best movie. The film manages to capture the weirdness of its subject, but also the heart as well. The weirdness was never in question, but sometimes with Burton the style can overshadow the substance. Not here. Here the unironic heart is worn on its sleeve, much like Burton’s earlier Edward Scissorhands.

Ed Wood makes me wish that Burton would make a movie like this again. The closest he’s come in recent years was Big Fish, a film I am quite fond of, but that one doesn’t quite manage to trump Ed Wood for me. Maybe because Martin Landau didn’t call Boris Karloff a limey cocksucker in it.

Today’s pic has Burton hanging with Johnny Depp and Sarah Jessica Parker. Enjoy!

 

 

If you have a behind the scenes shot you’d like to submit to this column, you can email me at quint@aintitcool.com.

Two legends go head to head in tomorrow’s behind the scenes pic!

-Eric Vespe
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  • Sept. 4, 2011, 8:43 p.m. CST

    Great movie...hilarious and amazingly accurate

    by Mel

    made me watch Plan 9 From Outer Space right after seeing it. its amazing how accurate they were

  • Sept. 4, 2011, 8:47 p.m. CST

    His masterwork

    by proevad

    Nothing else has even come close.

  • Sept. 4, 2011, 8:48 p.m. CST

    Excellent flick

    by Mr. Lahey

    Me and my buddy would yell "PULL THE STRING" at inopportune moments for years afterword. Bill Murray was great as usual.

  • Sept. 4, 2011, 8:49 p.m. CST

    Since there is no Jerry Lewis/MDA Telethon Talkback.......

    by Drunken Busboy

    I will start one here. The new "host" lied outright and said Jerry "retired". The new sleek 6 hr version is tanking on the air as we speak. It is shameful what the MDA did to a man that raised it over $2.5 Billion Dollars. Somewhere up there Frank Sinatra is very very pissed off!! THANK YOU JERRY FOR FIGHTING THE FIGHT! (We all know he reads these talkbacks!)

  • Sept. 4, 2011, 8:50 p.m. CST

    One of the best movies about making movies ever made

    by SmokingRobot

    Say that three times fast.

  • Sept. 4, 2011, 8:51 p.m. CST

    ED WOOD is Burton's Citizen Kane!

    by Drunken Busboy

    Both movies compliment each other well I think. This movie is Burton's peak in my book!

  • Sept. 4, 2011, 8:55 p.m. CST

    do you renounce Satan?

    by RedEaglez

    ....."sure". One of the most quotable flicks ever!

  • Sept. 4, 2011, 9:12 p.m. CST

    Big Fish was very close to being a masterpiece

    by Mel

    It was a phenomenal story with some amazing moments...and some not so great moments. If it was just a little tigher it could have been one of the best family movies ever made.

  • Sept. 4, 2011, 9:13 p.m. CST

    SIDESHOW COLLECTIBLES RULES!!! I CANT WAIT FOR A FIGURE OF ED WOOD!!!

    by gruemanlives

  • Sept. 4, 2011, 9:18 p.m. CST

    Blu-Ray, please.

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    If I had to rank the three best Burton films, they'd be Ed Wood, Edward Scissorhands and Sweeney Todd (which gets better with each viewing).

  • Sept. 4, 2011, 9:19 p.m. CST

    "Worst movie you ever saw? Well, my NEXT one will be better!"

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    "Hello...? "

  • Sept. 4, 2011, 9:26 p.m. CST

    Definitely his BEST movie.

    by ROBRAM89

    My favorite,maybe not. But objectively the best-made film, as Quint said, and one I will never, ever get sick of watching.

  • Sept. 4, 2011, 9:29 p.m. CST

    All this talk of Big Fish makes me

    by The_Credible_Hulk

    want to see it again. I saw it in the theater and have almost no memory of it. I do remember my parents telling me how much they loved it. I do remember Ed Wood. Really funny. Need to see that again too.

  • Sept. 4, 2011, 9:30 p.m. CST

    I miss Ed Wood's Tim Burton,i hate Alice's Tim Burton.

    by KilliK

    what happened to him?

  • Sept. 4, 2011, 9:34 p.m. CST

    Do I really have a face like a horse?

    by Isaac R.

    Yes. Yes you do.

  • Sept. 4, 2011, 9:38 p.m. CST

    Sarah Jess. Parker

    by corplhicks

    Was quite pretty at one time.

  • Sept. 4, 2011, 9:38 p.m. CST

    Big Fish was sentimental schmaltz

    by Bass Ackwards

    Bunch of aimless fantasy sequences barely roped together to try and aim for some deeper or insightful point of view which the film clearly doesn't have. After padding out the film with fantasy sequences it plugs along to its ending, trying to connect on some maudlin note that feels completely cliched and unearned. Ed Wood is a genuinely fantastic from top to bottom, Burton hasn't come anywhere near approaching it with anything since.

  • Sept. 4, 2011, 9:41 p.m. CST

    corplhicks

    by Isaac R.

    Really? When?

  • Sept. 4, 2011, 9:44 p.m. CST

    planetran_fan

    by Isaac R.

    Sorry to be ummm...indelicate? But I'm guessing the reason she continues to work so much probably has more to do with her cocksucking ability than anything else...lol

  • Sept. 4, 2011, 9:45 p.m. CST

    Great movie, but not totally accurate.

    by The Transformed Man

  • Sept. 4, 2011, 9:47 p.m. CST

    Sweeney Todd's up there i think.

    by dahveed1972

    I like Sondheim tho.

  • Sept. 4, 2011, 9:50 p.m. CST

    Why the long face lady?

    by Xiphos_2

  • Sept. 4, 2011, 10 p.m. CST

    Burton's best for many reasons...

    by DickBallsworth

    A veritable gold mine of quotable lines, some of the best and most spot-on character acting ever (looking at you, Lisa Marie) and a perfect balance of quirk and heart. I watch it at least once a year and it's always as good as the first time. Come back, Tim Burton. We miss you.

  • Sept. 4, 2011, 10:29 p.m. CST

    Absolutely Burton's best - likely never to be topped.

    by justmyluck

    Just chiming in, but as good as the angora sweater offering is in ED WOOD, try and see it in the original context of GLEN OR GLENDA. One of the few times I've laughed my ass off for minutes on end at a movie.

  • Sept. 4, 2011, 10:34 p.m. CST

    What're ya drinking, Bela?

    by Prydie

    ...Formaldehyde... Straight up or on the rocks?

  • Sept. 4, 2011, 10:40 p.m. CST

    Don't you ever say Fuck You to me in a headline again

    by Roger Moon

    and you can pound that asterisk right up your ass.

  • Sept. 4, 2011, 10:47 p.m. CST

    Love that scene, love that movie

    by ObiBen

    Burton's best, by far.

  • flick where he was a deputy in a river.She was fuckable then,but now she is just unwatchable.

  • Sept. 4, 2011, 10:51 p.m. CST

    Best early SJP body movie: L.A. Story

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    I actually found her attractive as SaNdeE* back in the day, but I wasn't really paying attention to her face at the time.

  • Sept. 4, 2011, 10:58 p.m. CST

    SJP was a gymast and is very flexible...

    by conspiracy

    Saw a pic of her once with her legs behind her head. Sadly...her incredible body has never been properly used as her life consists of pegging Mathew Broderick nightly and eating lots of apples in Central Park.

  • I'd have to say my favorite Tim Burton flicks are: BEETLEJUICE Was just a totally insane romp through a twisted fun house of a film, and had Michael Keaton going for broke in a completely unhinged manner. BATMAN An awesome dark superhero film a bit ahead of its time. Too bad Batman Returns went off the rails and didn't really feel like it took place in the same cinematic portrayal of Gotham City this first Batman film that erased the silliness of the old Adam West 1960's Batman series. Also, the score was one of the most memorable from the 80's. SLEEPY HOLLOW I know this isn't considered one of Burton's standout efforts, but I just love the foggy old horror movie atmosphere and mood that this one had. Johnny Depp was good in this, and was before he became so over-exposed as an actor not too many years later. Also, that gnarly evil tree and Christopher Walken as a sharp-toothed monster of a warrior. Crazy but good stuff that echoes the old school horror films set in the past. BIG FISH A fun and whimsical but emotionally satisfying tall tale of a film that almost felt like it wasn't a Tim Burton film, as in it didn't have all the same old same old sterile Gothic and cartoony stuff his films now have. Planet of the Apes should have been better. As a huge fan of the original Apes films, I liked a lot of what Burton was doing with the film. The ape makeup was great, as well as Helena Bonham Carter's Dr. Zira analogue. Also, the General Zade character was really well done (Tim something I think was the dude who played him). If Mark Wahlberg hadn't been cast (he just wasn't right for that film), and if they hadn't bungled the "twist" ending, it would have fared much better. Of course, anything Burton did with Planet of the Apes would have never compared to the imaginary Arnold plus James Cameron and Oliver Stone Apes that was supposed to go ahead in the mid 90's. Now that would have been an Apes flick that we all would probably rather have seen in place of Burton's version. Although, I'd really liked to have seen what a Tim Burton and Arnold Schwarzenegger Planet of the Apes remake might have turned out as. That would have been something to see. I just can't get into Tim Burton's films anymore. He definitely needs another Ed Wood, Big Fish, Sleepy Hollow, or hell, a Pee Wee type of film that doesn't take place in the Tim Burtonverse that seems to pervade all of his more recent films. Hell, I'd love to see Tim Burton make one of the most underrated and overlooked films ever, Joe Dante's Matinee. Time Burton could make a great film out of Matinee, or if not a remake something similar that speaks to the same types of themes and nostalgia. Although, Dark Shadows could be the one that puts him back on track to do something different, but still with a fun and dark sensibility reminiscent of his earlier work.

  • Sept. 4, 2011, 11:23 p.m. CST

    SJP was so hot in L.A. Story

    by dukeroberts

    But that was 20 years ago. Her body was great for a long time. It's still not bad, but to quote Peter Griffin "she looks like a foot".

  • Sept. 4, 2011, 11:23 p.m. CST

    ^^ Ughh, Tim Burton, not Time Burton

    by lv_426

    Son of a bitch this is embarrassing.

  • In black and white on the IMAX. How fun would that be? You people know you'd watch that.

  • Sept. 4, 2011, 11:37 p.m. CST

    @conspiracy is this the pic you are talking about?

    by KilliK

    http://media.acewilder.popstop.se/2010/11/sarah_jessica_parker.jpg great body indeed.

  • Sept. 4, 2011, 11:41 p.m. CST

    Great movie despite Tim Burton?

    by hank henshaw

    I mean, the movie is really made of the quotable script, Depp, Landau, Murray and the rest of the zany supporting characters. I guess Tim Burton couldn't mess it all up. Maybe he really found inspiration in Ed Wood's life story and made his finest work. Aside from Ed Wood, Beetlejuice and Edward Scissorhands, I can't stand Burton's oeuvre: Alice, Mars Attacks, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Planet of the Apes, Batman Returns, all horrible.

  • Worst thing that ever happened to Tim Burton was giving him access to CGI. Hasn't been the same since.

  • Sept. 5, 2011, 12:01 a.m. CST

    Love Ed Wood!

    by Uncle_Al

    Ed, look around. I make crap. Yes, well if you take that crap and put a star in it, then you'll really have something! Yeah, crap with a star in it.

  • Sept. 5, 2011, 12:04 a.m. CST

    everybody fucks up with CGI

    by chien_sale

    that's why every genre movies are lame these days. except Dark Knight.

  • Sept. 5, 2011, 12:05 a.m. CST

    Big Fish was so bland. it was like a parody of Burton

    by chien_sale

  • Sept. 5, 2011, 12:08 a.m. CST

    ACTUALLY BATMAN RETURNS IS HIS DARKEST WORK

    by doom master

    He really went through more hell doing that film than any of the others he's done...and really, the movie is pretty damn dark, considering what happens. I think it was one of the first major blackbuster summer movies to have a downer ending in those days...Much like The Dark Knight in 08. or Empire Strikes Back in 81... People love downer ending movies...

  • Sept. 5, 2011, 12:09 a.m. CST

    Hey at least he had Lisa Marie

    by doom master

    Try getting a chick with them big ass titties like she got, and this guy was a total nerd, to boot...

  • Sept. 5, 2011, 12:30 a.m. CST

    Burton's best movie and no Helena Bonham Carter

    by disfigurehead

    I't also one of my favorite Johnny Depp movies along with Fear and Loathing.

  • Sept. 5, 2011, 12:31 a.m. CST

    = except Dark Knight.=

    by KilliK

    and Avatar.FACT.

  • Sept. 5, 2011, 12:33 a.m. CST

    =Try getting a chick=

    by KilliK

    if i was a big name director,i wouldnt even have had to try.

  • This was part two of the great Johnny Depp/tim burton trilogy imo, Edward Scissorhands being the first and Sleepy Hollow to end it. I remember sjp saying she was jealous of how good Johnny looked in drag and seeing her recently I can understand why. I also enjoy Juliet Landau's part in this movie as well.

  • Sept. 5, 2011, 12:52 a.m. CST

    Best cast for a Tim Burton movie ever

    by mister death

    Johnny Depp was just quirky perfect Ed Wood. Martin Landau deserved the Oscar as an ailing Bela Lugosi. Lisa Marie's Vampira was trashy great, Bill Murray's Bunny Breckinridge was sly and hilarious at the same time. Finally, George "The Animal" Steele WAS Tor Johnson ! As were the rest of the cast, perfect! I don't think Tim Burton could have fucked it up with a casting like that ...firing on all cylinders. Thanks to everyone involved for the love letter of a movie to hopeless director. Burton should look at Ed Wood as a template of what works with his directing style and Planet Of The Apes (2001 version) as what turned into hollywood dreck.

  • Sept. 5, 2011, 2 a.m. CST

    One of my favorite films.

    by A_Banned_Apart

    And certainly Burton's best in my book.

  • Sept. 5, 2011, 2:24 a.m. CST

    ed wood..

    by paul burnett

    .. is the only tim burton movie i've enjoyed. everything else that cunt does is shite.

  • THat is all.

  • Sept. 5, 2011, 2:32 a.m. CST

    *your

    by Red

    Grammar Nazi bastards.

  • Sept. 5, 2011, 2:35 a.m. CST

    icanthavethat

    by mossad77

    Only a tasteless cunt would dislike Beetlejuice. (No, I don't like the way that sounds either)

  • Sept. 5, 2011, 3:13 a.m. CST

    Tomorrow's BTS

    by recantha

    Oh, please be from Crimson Tide... The teaser could mean that... Of course, it could mean bloody anything...

  • Sept. 5, 2011, 3:15 a.m. CST

    I like this picture, except...

    by SchwarzenGollum

    ...why did Burton choose to shoot Depp with a horse, and why is it wearing a dress?

  • Sept. 5, 2011, 3:45 a.m. CST

    Burton's last great film

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Although Sweeney Todd was pretty cool. But Wood is Burton's masterpiece, the film he was destined to make.

  • The score by Howard Shore is fantastic and i consider it the most emotional of all Burton's films. I wish he continued on this trajectory, Big Fish didn't really do it for me.

  • Sept. 5, 2011, 4:45 a.m. CST

    bass ackwards your take on Big Fish is utter bullshit

    by Mel

    Big Fish is the story of a man who told great stories. At the end of the movie, when you see the people he knew and how they really were (simply over-exaggerated to make them more interesting) it's an amazing moment in film. AN AMAZING MOMENT. It's absolutely brilliant. Not all of the movie was brilliant. In fact, I feel like Burton himself screwed up the great story, but the idea is incredible.

  • Sept. 5, 2011, 4:47 a.m. CST

    why do you guys love Ed Wood so much?

    by WINONA_RYDERS_PUSSY_JUICE

    The humor was mostly lost on me.

  • Wandering down memory lane is quaint once in a while but not EVERY FUCKING DAY! Start reporting on some actual movie news for a change.

  • I'm sure when Larry and Scott got this script to Burton (by way of a friend), Burton couldn't help but see a kinship with Wood and his friendship with Bela was much the same as the friendship he and Vincent Price shared early in his career. Only difference is Burton got breaks that Wood didn't get because he went to the wrong church. The same reason Sarah Jessica still gets work.

  • Sept. 5, 2011, 6:05 a.m. CST

    melgibson

    by Bass Ackwards

    We'll just have to disagree I suppose, far from amazing or brilliant, I didn't even find it a clever touch. Just a predictable choice to try and give weight to sequences that had been and remained weightless.

  • Sept. 5, 2011, 6:16 a.m. CST

    melgibson

    by Bass Ackwards

    We'll probably just have to disagree on that. Far from amazing or brilliant, I didn't even find it clever or thoughtful. Just a predictable choice attempting to try and give some weight to a bunch of sequences that were ultimately weightless.

  • I lurve it!

  • Sept. 5, 2011, 7:37 a.m. CST

    Nice Shoes Johnny

    by Autodidact

    Did you steal them from your mom's closet? JK they're kinda cool. And I would nail Sarah Jessica Parker really hard, to this day. I don't know why people say she looks like a horse. It's called unconventional beauty, morons.

  • Sept. 5, 2011, 7:40 a.m. CST

    Come to think of it one of my ex-gf is a SJP type

    by Autodidact

    She had eyes so pretty they seemed ugly sometimes. "Imperfect" nose, great smile, perfect posture and an ass and legs just like SJP from ballet training in her youth. She was also a horny little minx. I'm struggling to remember why I broke up with her. Oh yeah, that's right she was competely loony.

  • Sept. 5, 2011, 7:44 a.m. CST

    Big Fish very good but no classic

    by Autodidact

    I saw it once in theatres with my buddy who is a Tim Burton fan like I am. We both enjoyed it, but found little to talk about and many years later I don't remember much aside from the bit mentioned upthread, at the end when we see all the characters from the guy's life. It's funny I remember there being a great moment at the end having to do with a crowd shot, and I remember a tree being important to the movie, but that's it. Maybe I should watch it again.. lol.

  • Sept. 5, 2011, 7:44 a.m. CST

    Burton's Best, next to Beetlejuice and Batman and if I remember it made NO money.

    by welcometothepartypal

    I'm glad It took on such a great Home Video life. Great Film!!

  • Sept. 5, 2011, 7:50 a.m. CST

    In MARS ATTACKS Burton cuts of SJP's head! It's sorely underrated

    by Autodidact

    I wouldn't consider MARS ATTACKS a classic per se, but it was a ballsy movie with a lot of shit never seen before or since. It gets a bit overly stupid in the climax, and most of the actors are hamming so bad it makes you cringe... but I'm sure that's part of the point, and it works for me. It's full of unique and gorgeous imagery for one thing. And some of the CG still holds up, mainly the aliens themselves. I thought for sure it would make a load of money and they'd go on to do DINOSAURS ATTACK! one day... which I still wish they would.

  • Sept. 5, 2011, 8:26 a.m. CST

    so tomorrow's is JIMMY FALLON and QUEEN LATIFAH?

    by Tigger Tales

  • that was the movie's purpose since it was making fun of the 50s pulp fiction movies which were not usually that intelligent.

  • Sept. 5, 2011, 8:49 a.m. CST

    I could watch this movie on an endless reel.

    by phifty2

    Masterpiece.

  • Sept. 5, 2011, 8:57 a.m. CST

    dammit, if no one else is gonna say it...

    by mick vance

    where the hell is a btsp for batman and robin?don't tell me you don't want to see arnold and clooney goofing off on the set in full costume. something like clooney shooting basketball while wearing the cape and cowl and arnold smoking a cigar while getting blue makeup put on. it'd be a hell of a lot better than more empire pics...

  • Sept. 5, 2011, 9 a.m. CST

    doom master

    by phifty2

    What's the downer ending to Batman Returns? Catwoman dies? But she doesn't. Now that I think about I guess Bruce thinking she died does kind of suck for him. BTW all original cast (and one TNG) Star Trek movie marathon on Cinemax today. 1-6. Then they even skip over Generations and play First Contact as the last film.

  • Sept. 5, 2011, 9:18 a.m. CST

    Burtons one good film

    by grendel69

    IMHO he got lucky with this one.

  • Sept. 5, 2011, 10:07 a.m. CST

    I humbly request a Brazil pic.

    by flax

  • Sept. 5, 2011, 11:39 a.m. CST

    Ed Wood really is a masterpiece.

    by Randy

    If you go look up Gene Siskel's original review for it, everything he says is spot on for why this is such a great film. It's funny, moving and Burton's style only compliments the fantastic screenplay and performances.

  • Sept. 5, 2011, 12:32 p.m. CST

    killik...thats it. Wasted on Broderick...I bet that flimsy fuck...

    by conspiracy

    needs to look at a picture of his mom or a boys asshole to even get semi erect. Lord knows he isn't shoveling the coals to SJP's tight vacant anus. SJP is one of those girls that really has to TRY HARD to be hot. Her body is a work of art...but the face...fuuuuck, that's gotta take the better part of a day to make presentable. Apple anyone? http://tinyurl.com/3thp94s

  • Sept. 5, 2011, 1:34 p.m. CST

    Batman Returns

    by ObiBen

    Is still the best Batman movie so far.

  • He has no grasp of emotional depth, character, logical editing, forward momentum, pace.... but his visual ideas are BRILLIANT! Scissorhands is his legacy.

  • Sept. 5, 2011, 2:44 p.m. CST

    Only Tim Burton movie

    by HamburgerEarmuffs

    with genuine emotion. Probly cause his weirdness was limited. Also, the non-Elfman score was top notch.

  • Sept. 5, 2011, 4:18 p.m. CST

    ED WOOD IS BURTON'S BEST MOVIE. FACT.

    by Yelsaeb

    Burton's never come close to matching the greatness of Ed Wood. I really wish he'd do another one like this.

  • Sept. 5, 2011, 4:24 p.m. CST

    Parker

    by malpaso

    Hollywood's Gen X butterface poster girl.

  • Sept. 5, 2011, 6:12 p.m. CST

    90's SJP + a paper bag = perfection

    by frenetik1

    Fact!

  • Sept. 5, 2011, 8:29 p.m. CST

    Batman Returns is great. Flawed, but still a great watch.

    by Ray_Tango

    The scene where Christopher Walken pretends to push Michelle Pfeiffer out the window, and then smiles and she is relieved, and then he pushes her out anyway ... great stuff. Some real "family entertainment" there Tim hahaha. I recall some quote from Tim Burton when he handed over the franchise to Joel Schmacherfucker "Yeah, I think I might not have quite the right sensibilities to make these family block busters". And now we have the new Batman series which are even more serious ... yet not as dark and Gothic as Burton's ... which is why I will always prefer Burton's vision of Batman. Also I can follow the action scenes, which is a nice touch. No shaky cam back then, thank god.

  • Sept. 5, 2011, 10:31 p.m. CST

    Arguably Burton's best

    by catlettuce4

    Which reminds me it's been a while since I watched it...

  • Sept. 6, 2011, 9:02 a.m. CST

    Sarah J Parker before she turned into a New York clothes whore

    by Knobules

    And a beef jerky faced horseshoe head.

  • Sept. 6, 2011, 1:15 p.m. CST

    lv_426 and TerryNation: I disagree about a Burton THEM! remake

    by Big Dumb Ape

    THEM! is my all-time favorite monster movie. I swear I've watched that movie so many times, I can close my eyes and play it in my head line for line, shot for shot, as if watching it on TV. Normally, I hate the idea of remakes. Basically because, speaking as a writer myself, there's NO shortage of scripts and ideas and writers and pitches in Hollywood. Which means there's NO reason for Hollywood not to be pursuing new creative ideas or material. In short, instead of giving me a second (or even third) version of something, I'd simply prefer to see the first incarnation of something. Not to mention, remakes have a long, proud history of sucking total ass. So, with that in mind, first of all, I wouldn't want to see a remake of THEM! if they're just going to shit the thing up. And my core problems with Burton is that he's always been a visual director, but he's also (in my mind) been weak on directing action. So in the end you'll get moody shots of people talking or you'd get good looking SFX ants....but when it comes to building actual suspense in the movie, or staging out-right exciting soldiers versus ants fight scenes, my suspicion is the movie would fall flat. It's funny -- but again in my opinion -- what made ED WOOD so fantastic is exactly why Burton WOULDN'T make a good director for a THEM! remake. What made ED WOOD so great is that it was done so earnest and honest. It took the life of Ed Wood seriously, but with an affectionate wink of the eye towards JUST how silly most of the things Wood did to get a movie made. But that's where ED WOOD (the movie) excels because it perfectly conveys the sheer love of movie-making that Ed Wood had deep in his heart, even though he was a total failure at his chose trade. So, in the end, you can't help but admire and love the guy, even though he was viewed as such a failure. And that's why I wouldn't want Burton directing a THEM! remake. What makes the original film so fantastic is that the original cast and crew on that movie did the exact same thing. Sure, they set out to make a monster movie -- but they did it taking everything 100% serious. And ultimately, it's because the film has a serious, non-mocking tone that THEM! works so well (and it's why the film holds up to this day). So, my fear is that instead of replicating that tone and feel, Burton would fuck things up. He'd say "Hey, giant ants is such a doofy idea that there's no point in doing this serious", at which point he'd turn THEM into a camp-fest akin to MARS ATTACKS. I said before that I don't like remakes, but I actually wouldn't mind seeing one of THEM. That's because the geek in me would like to see an updated version, where today's SFX technology could go wild with the ants. And if I was running a studio, I'd order up a remake simply because I think it could make for a great balls-out summer popcorn action flick. IF someone were to attempt a remake, you need someone like a James Cameron running the show -- whether as director or producer. But you need someone like THAT calling the shots to end up with a good movie. Basically, you need someone who has an affectionate love for movie monsters, but who also can take the feel and tone of the final product seriously. Best example: ALIENS, where Cameron took the horror movie feel of ALIEN and ramped up the action and turned in a fantastic soldiers vs bugs movie, which is JUST what a remake of THEM needs to be. Speaking of which, I recall reading a while back that Warner Bros WAS contemplating a THEM remake and Joe Johnston was tentatively scheduled to direct. I figured the box office failure of WOLFMAN might have squashed that deal, but given the recent success of CAPTAIN AMERICA I wonder if things might still happen...

  • Sept. 6, 2011, 1:29 p.m. CST

    BWULL-SHIT!!! I'm ready now! Roll the camera!!!

    by Squinty CGI Flynn

  • Sept. 6, 2011, 1:52 p.m. CST

    Why put an * in Fuck?

    by cookylamoo

    When it's used all over AICN in Reviews and talkbacks?

  • Sept. 6, 2011, 4:45 p.m. CST

    THIS PIC DOES NOT DESERVE TO SMELL MY SHIT!!

    by The Real McClane

  • SJP encourages it.