In the history of Hollywood, few directors have thrived on as strikingly non-mainstream work as Tim Burton. From his earliest films (including Vincent, a poetically told stop-motion tribute to Vincent Price, and Frankenweenie, the heartfelt tale of canine reanimation) Burton's gothic vision and macabre wit have represented a stark contrast to formulaic studio filmmaking. Though it's arguable that Burton's offbeat sensibilities haven't always been an ideal match for the material (2001's remake of Planet of the Apes is usually cited as a particularly egregious misstep), there's no denying that the director has injected fascinatingly twisted flourishes throughout his work. At his most inspired/demented, Burton has conjured some of the most fantastically bizarre figures and mesmerizingly moving tales in contemporary cinema. Celebrating Burton's inimitable style, Take-Up Productions' latest film retrospective, Tim Burton: Hopes and Screams, will feature five of the director's most memorable works, including the joyfully adolescent absurdities of Pee-wee's Big Adventure (September 2-4), the madcap afterlife antics of Beetlejuice (September 9-11), the skewed reimagining of Batman (September 16-18), the tragic fairytale of Edward Scissorhands (September 23-25), and the unrestrained sci-fi hysteria of Mar Attacks! (September 30-October 2).
Fridays-Sundays. Starts: Sept. 2. Continues through Oct. 2, 2011