Wednesday, June 14, 2006

ED WOOD


Movie of the week:
ED WOOD

When Edward D. Wood was alive, he had two passions. One was women's clothing (no comment). The second was making movies. Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately, depending on your point of view), he wasn't very good at it. He is credited for making some of the worst movies ever made, including what is considered the absolute worst movie ever, "Plan 9 From Outer Space". This movie is so bad that it's gone so far past bad that it's actually pretty good. There are fan clubs and conventions held around the world each year to celebrate its badness. I'm not recommending that movie ---- yet.

However, what IS a good movie is this biopic of Ed Wood's and his strange cast of characters and their film career together. Stars Johnny Depp no less. Martin Landau, who won an Oscar for this roll, plays Bela Lugosi (yes, the Dracula guy).

Ed Wood's approach to movie-making was to throw everything you could think of at it. Let's start with, er.......monsters, yes monsters, now let's add aliens, then er...............hey, how about vampires?

So, you ask, why should you see this movie?
  1. Ed wood was a legendary figure
  2. Strange and goofy - all with a straight face
  3. Black and white is the only true film medium
  4. I was just joking about #3.
  5. Oscar winning performances
  6. Johnny Depp in an angora sweater
  7. You just can't believe films were made this way (don't worry, nobody made film's this way except Ed Wood.
  8. For extra effect, try watching "Plan 9 From Outer Space" before watching "ED WOOD"
  9. Movies about movie-making are cool. It's like holding a mirror in front of another mirror, and looking down into infinity.
  10. I was only mildly joking about #3
Enjoy.

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