Oh and your spins
Posted by Pugeye on March 16, 2018, 9:05 am, in reply to "What's spinning?"
I actually just watched "Beetlejuice" for the first time in awhile because my gf's mom got my a copy on DVD for xmas/bday and I finally got around to watching it. Always loved it as a kid and it holds up well. A few months ago I also rewatched "Edward Scissorhands" and was surprised by how well that held up. Because he's been cranking out total shit for so long, it's easy to forget just how great Burton was in his early days. Rewatching those 2 movies made me sad in a way as I remembered that he was basically my first favorite filmmaker when I was a kid. Another was Terry Gilliam (mainly because of "Baron Munchausen" and "Time Bandits"), another endearingly weird director with an artist's eye who released some of my favorite films in his early career but abruptly started releasing total shit. With a few exceptions (decent films released afterwards), I'd say Burton's shark-jumping moment was "Planet of the Apes" and Gilliam's was apparently "The Brothers Grimm", though I've still never seen it to this day.
I prefer the mellower, more flowing "Solo Monk" to "Alone In SF" but you're right- they compliment each other nicely.
The "all over the place" nature of "Empyrean Isles" is part of why it's my favorite Herbie album. I love Herbie but he often played it pretty safe (at least compared to Miles) but on that album, that all goes out the window. And his playing, Freddie Hubbard's *and* Tony Williams is all phenomenal. There's great material there (most famously "Cantaloupe Island") but for me, the performances and interplay are what make it truly great.