Tim Burton at the MoMA

We’ve said it before, and I’m sure we’ll say it again, but we are super into Tim Burton. Apparently the MoMA is too; they are housing a Tim Burton exhibition from November 22, 2009–April 26, 2010. I don’t really think there is anything to say other than that you should go see it. I know we would, if we were going to be in New York.

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Tim Burton takes on Alice in Wonderland

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Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland is coming to theaters on March 5, 2010. From the few stills I’ve seen, the costume, casting and sets all look awesome. Plus, I am rarely disappointed by either Tim Burton or Johnny Depp (except, of course, Sleepy Hollow). You can read more about the movie here.

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Baby Let’s Play House

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The trailer for Sivan Gur-Arieh’s film short film Baby Let’s Play House is now available on YouTube and on her site. Owen and I worked with Sivan on the titles, credits and DVD art for the film. The trailer is good, but I think the film is fantastic.

Baby Let’s Play House, Sivan’s MFA thesis film, won Best Film at the Sundeis Film Festival, and has continued its festival circulation in Manhattan’s East Village Anthology Film Archives at the New Filmmakers Screening Series, and in Big Sur at the Henry Miller Short Film Screening Series.

If you get a chance to see a screening, don’t miss it!

The Substance of Style

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My favorite movie is The Royal Tenenbaums. In fact I love director Wes Anderson in general; his overarching and meticulous vision and distinct sensibility makes for unique — and to me, near-perfect — films. I was delighted, therefore, to find a five-part, in-depth, thoughtful and well-researched video essay on his influences. I want more things like this in my life, please.

Part 1: Charles Schultz (Peanuts), Orson Welles (The Magnificent Ambersons), François Truffaut (The 400 Blows)

Part 2: Martin Scorsese (GoodFellas), Richard Lester (The Beatles’ Help!), and Mike Nichols (The Graduate)

Part 3: Hal Ashby (Harold and Maude)

Part 4: J.D. Salinger (The Catcher in the Rye)

Part 5: opening of The Royal Tenenbaums — my favorite sequence of my favorite movie — annotated Pop-Up Video style with influences and Anderson’s own innovations.

Both where this is housed, the Museum of the Moving Image, and the author’s (Matt Zoller Seitz) blog The House Next Door are intriguing too, especially for people like me who like thinking ad nauseum about films.

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Handmade Nation

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Last night we went to the SF Film Society’s screening of Handmade Nation by Faythe Levine — a documentary about the rise of the DIY/craft movement. I definitely recommend checking it out if it screens near you.