Nate and Ryan re-watch Tim Burton’s 1994 homage to the world’s worst director, Ed Wood, to celebrate the 6th annual Holiday Spooktacular! Tim Burton and Johnny Depp teamed up to bring the life and work of Ed Wood to new audiences, and in the process, offered a celebration of underdogs and outsiders and earned Martin Landau an Oscar for best-supporting actor. 1994 saw Burton and Depp still establishing their identities in Hollywood. In the 25 years since its release, Burton has found a wheelhouse in family movies that offer a “dark-lite” version of his early edginess, while Johnny Depp seems to be happy being Johnny Depp in recent roles.
What are your thoughts on Ed Wood? When were Johnny Depp and/or Tim Burton at their best? Do you believe that movies can be so bad they’re good? Let us know!
In honor of the 20th anniversary of the release of Pulp Fiction, Nate and Ryan invite their good friend Tim Yoder in to point guns at one another while screaming about the polarizing figure that is writer/director Quentin Tarantino. Pulp Fiction is a brilliant film that marked a change in American film, especially American independent film. Spawning several imitators and even more debates, Pulp Fiction solidified Quentin Tarantino as an important filmmaker. It also left many questioning whether he was a genius or just a provocateur.
Nate, Ryan, and Tim discuss Tarantino’s full catalogue as a way of better understanding who he is and how we might receive his work. If you haven’t seen all his movies, or haven’t seen them in a while, we suggest watching and re-watching them. It’s an interesting exercise and you’ll probably find that the films aren’t quite what you remember, for good and bad. However, we’d suggest spacing your viewings out a bit. Too much Quentin Tarantino can be quite Tarantiring.
In the episode, Tim mentions a video by Tony Zhou that analyzes the visual comedy of Edgar Wright, but also mentions Tarantino and is a fantastic, interesting video nonetheless. Zhou does an amazing job explaining quickly and simply why Edgar Wright is on another level when it comes to comedy film-making. A must see for fans of Edgar Wright. And if you aren’t a fan of Edgar Wright, what is wrong with you?