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(Response Paper) Understanding Andrew Sarris’ Premises of the Auteur Theory

In response to: The Andrew Sarris essay “Notes on the Auteur Theory in 1962” from the book “Film Theory and Criticism: Introductory Readings” by Leo Braudy and Marshall Cohen A response paper for my Advanced Film Theory and Criticism class American film critic Andrew Sarris’ “Notes on the Auteur Theory in 1962” expressed the concerns about the auteur theory, particularly outside the insights coming from the French thinkers and the film magazine Cahiers du Cinema. Unlike Francois Truffaut in his essay “A Certain Tendency

Disney’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’ releases a 3-Disc Blu-ray, DisneyFile, and DVD package

While it is not on the level of the finest Burton films, this audio-visual splendor can work as a fine addition to a fan's home video collection. Disney released the "Alice in Wonderland" 3-Disc Blu-ray with DisneyFile and DVD on June 1, 2010. The DisneyFile is a standard definition (SD) digital version of the movie arriving on a separate disc for easy transfer of the digital movie file to the computer or any compatible portable media player. This 3-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack

Blu-ray Review: ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’

"Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" comes out on a single-disc Blu-ray package featuring Tim Burton's rendition of the Roald Dahl novel about the eccentric chocolatier Willy Wonka and the children visiting his renowned chocolate factory. This astonishing and enduring visionary piece is filled with jaw-dropping sights and visually appealing oddities. It showcases a star-studded cast including Johnny Depp, Freddie Highmore, Helena Bonham Carter, Deep Roy, Danny Elfman, and David Kelly. This 2005 motion picture adaptation tells the story of Charlie and

‘Corpse Bride’ Film Review: A charming grave fairy tale

This Tim Burton offering presents a morbid and romantic trip between the cold dwelling of the living and the colorful underground world of the dead. Behind its eerie theme, Tim Burton's "Corpse Bride" presents a morbid and romantic trip between the cold dwelling place of the living and the colorful underground realm of the dead. Fun, genial, expressive, and charming, this semi-musical stop-motion piece is set at death's door, saluting the liberating power of true love and sacrifice. The story revolves around

‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ Film Review: A chocolific, expressionistic confectionery

Director Tim Burton breathes new life to Roald Dahl's 1964 sweet tale and turns it into a new celluloid confectionery. "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" is a gothic yet colorful fantasy filled with the eccentricity only Burton gets to achieve in the Hollywood mainstream. Burton is undeniably a patron of German Expressionism with the film's pale make-up, weird props, sets and costumes, exaggerated moves, and out-of-this world characterizations. He creates a dream world inspired by some dark and cartoony elements. The

Tim Burton Filmography: His early works as a filmmaker (1971 to 1990)

Filmmaker Tim Burton is widely known for his dark, quirky, and expressionist films. Early on, Tim Burton's exposure to classic horror movies reflected the kind of works he would eventually do as a Hollywood filmmaker. His early career was filled with luck and opportunities, but not necessarily inspiring and fulfilling ones for the young, promising artist. He hailed from Burbank, California, an area where many television and movie studios are located. He received a Disney scholarship to attend the California Institute of

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