Tim Burton

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

As its title suggests, the key element in the whimsical fantasy-adventure is a secret orphanage – hidden within a time loop on a remote island in Wales – housing a number of children with extraordinary abilities (think: a kinder, gentler version of Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters) and presided over by the titular governess/guardian (Eva …

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Big Eyes

The Keane “Big Eyes” paintings that dominated the late Fifties and early Sixties (and inspired endless knock-offs) have been called everything from kitschy to haunting. What caused this artist to paint such huge eyes? Walter Keane cited the starving children in Auschwitz as his inspiration, but the truth is far stranger. Walter Keane didn’t paint …

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Frankenweenie

In the film, young Victor Frankenstein is preparing for his school’s science fair when his pet pooch, Sparky, is accidentally hit by a car and killed. Despondent, and inspired by a lesson on electricity delivered by one of his teachers (voiced by Martin Landau), Victor decides to test out the power of lightning by attempting …

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