Well, our days of living large are over as adults with a mortgage. But that doesn't mean the fun has to end. So this week I pay tribute to all things cheap.
While I admire Tim Burton immensely, I often find myself not always completely satisfied with his movies. He is a creative force with a singular vision, but this talent makes it that much harder when a movie falls short of greatness.
Ed Wood, however, is a great movie chronicling one genius (of sorts) by another. Wood was lucky to have his compelling life as “the worst film maker that ever lived” documented by an obvious fan of his Z-movies. While his films, notably Plan Nine From Outer Space, are famously bad, they also hold the spirit of their director, a determined and passionate man brimming with energy and a zeal for movies. The black and white cinematography is lovely and Johnny Depp, Martin Landau, and Bill Murray are radiant in this movie.