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Dead Man by Thomas
September 21, 2014, 10:14 am
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Jim Jarmusch filmed this rambling, upside-down Western.  Johnny Depp plays a fancily dressed dude from back East, civilized if a bit dim, who goes on an ill-fated journey West. He’s a character type from the classic Western, a person whose manners prove useless on the wild frontier.  Except this time we follow his strange, almost psychedelic transformation into a gun-toting outlaw. I like the black & white photography, random twangy tones of music by Neil Young — and really it wouldn’t have worked without many amazing performances.  Look for Crispin Glover who is especially scary! Worth watching.


Dead Man

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street by Thomas
September 21, 2012, 2:34 pm
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Tim Burton reworks this bloodbath of a musical in his trademark grotesque style, casting his muse Johnny Depp as the infamous barber who murders his patrons.  As always, Burton’s nightmare world is vivid and beautiful — though it’s easy to get distracted by it…and the ridiculous amount of CG used to create it.  Also, while there’s nothing wrong with Sondheim’s abstract, operatic music, there’s no question of singing along either.  Following what seems to be the convention for musicals, the plot takes its sweet time setting up, then careens into a thrilling third act.  Worth checking out.

Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) by tincolor
August 16, 2012, 2:21 am
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Johnny Depp invites five kids into his magical candy factory where he guides each of them to horrible sugary fates. I guess this is a fable about not being a brat and loving your family. It says so explicitly at the end, but nothing leading up to that convinced me that this is either a lesson anyone hasn’t already heard nor that this movie is effectively teaching that lesson. The only thing that kept me watching was Johnny Depp who is weird and creepy and doesn’t seem comfortable in his own skin. An averagely paced crowd-pleaser. Barely watchable.

Public Enemies by tincolor
June 19, 2012, 2:42 am
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Johnny Depp and Christian Bale star in a pretty boring film about cops and robbers. Michael Mann doesn’t do anything particularly new or interesting in this fairly bland and by-the-numbers film about bank robber John Dillinger. Watchable.


Donnie Brasco by William
Good one. Johnny Depp is a cop who has to infiltrate the mob and then, well, you can probably guess how that develops. Similar to, but not as good as, The Departed. A lot of it is driven by Johnny Depp and Al Pacino just being very compelling personalities, but there’s nothing wrong with that. Worth checking out.

 Donnie Brasco (film) – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Ed Wood by Thomas
November 26, 2011, 5:22 pm
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Tim Burton’s deliciously goofy biopic of a terrible film director.  Johnny Depp shines in the title role, with a kind of impossible energy.  Populated with an irrepressible supporting cast of freaks, this is a tribute to Hollywood weirdos in the golden age of camp.  Filming the movie in black and white allowed Burton to evoke classic horror as well as stylish film noir lighting in various out of control ways.  I really can’t believe how amazing this movie is!  Required viewing.

Ed Wood

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