Movies on DVD
Johnny Depp Films
Johnny Depp Films
what's with the Johnny Depp thing? Heck, I don't know. I mean, he's very
good looking, of course those cheekbones! But then, almost all
male movie stars are good looking. In fact, many (Brad Pitt, anyone?)
are better looking than Johnny.
So, it's not just a looks thing. It's also that he makes
very interesting movie choices. Not always good choices
Depp fan or not, I'm not buying Nick of Time, for example
but certainly interesting. And whatever role he chooses, he always brings
to a certain grace and depth of spirit to it that I find fascinating.
This man can say more with one eyebrow twitch than most
can express with their entire bodies.
So I guess that's it. The Depp DVD list:
and Joon Offbeat romantic comedy. Mary Stuart Masterson,
Aidan Quinn, and Julianna Moore also star.
Blow. Life and times of the man who
brought cocaine to America.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory —
Based on the Raoul Dahl novel, about a poor boy who wins a ticket inside
the mysterious chocolate factory.
set in France. Also stars Juliette Binoche, Judy Denche, and Lena Olin.
Dead Man Hypnotic,
black and white Western directed by Jim Jarmusch. Features Lance Henrickson
and Iggy Pop.
Don Juan DeMarco
Romantic comedy also starring Marlon Brando and Faye Dunaway.
Ed Wood—The story of the "world's worst director",
Ed Wood, particularly focusing on his relationship with Bela Lugosi (Martin
Finding Neverland—The story of
how JM Barrie was inspired to write Peter Pan after meeting a
young widow and her three sons.
From Hell A retelling of the Jack the
Ripper murders. Also starring Heather Graham.
of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl —
Epic, old-fashioned pirate movie featuring a modern interpretation by
Depp. Also starring Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom, and Keira Knightly.
Gothic horror movie also starring Christina Ricci. Directed by Tim Burton.
What's Eating Gilbert
Grape Excellent family drama also starring Leonardo di
Caprio and Juliette Lewis.
On the wish list:
- Sweeny Todd
- More Pirates movies. Maybe.
Lists I had running on the home page previously
Best of Depp
- What's Eating Gilbert
Grape — Wonderful, touching drama about oddball family and
the young man (Depp) who's trapped in it.
- Benny and Joon —
Sweet romantic comedy about an oddball (Depp) insinuating himself into
a complex brother/sister relationship. (That makes it sound kinky. It's
- Pirates of the Caribbean:
Curse of the Black Pearl — 'Nuff said.
- Chocolat — Johnny
Depp, chocolate, and a blow against intolerance. Who could ask for anything
- Don Juan
DeMarco — A psychiatrist finds himself rejuvenated by treated
a young man (Depp) with delusions he's Don Juan DeMarco. Or are they
delusions? Possibly Depp's sexiest performance.
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory — A great blend of the talents
of the Depp and Tim Burton.
- Donnie Brasco — FBI agent (Depp) goes deep
undercover into the mob, but develops an honest friendship with one
of the mobsters (played by Al Pacino)
- Sleepy Hollow —
Fun and fantastic-looking retelling of the Sleepy Hollow legend.
— How do you make a drug dealer sympathetic? Get Depp to play
- Lost in
La Mancha — Documentary about the doomed attempt to make a
film version of Don Quixote.
- From Hell
— Another take on the Jack the Ripper story. Not as violent as
- Dead Man — Odd
but compelling black'n'white western about a man (Depp) whose journey
goes terribly wrong.
- Edward Scissorhands — Touching story about
a boy (Depp) whose dangerous hands make it impossible to adapt to human
- Cry Baby — Very amusing Jon Waters musical
about a bad boy (Depp) and the good girl who can't resist him.
- Before Night Falls — Story of Cuban writer
Reinaldo Arenas. Depp plays two small roles, including a transvestite.
- Ed Wood — Slightly overrated but mostly amusing
story of Ed Wood (Depp), “the world's worst movie director.”
Best part is the relationship between Wood and Bela Lugosi.
- The Astronaut's Wife — Not fantastic, but an
interesting enough suspense thriller about an American astronaut (Depp)
who comes from a mission somehow changed...
and Loathing in Las Vegas — Some people love this movie. I
Upon a Time in Mexico — And, some loved this one. For me,
the action and violence were too much.
- Secret Window — It started
out fine, then majorly jumped the shark.
- Nick of Time — I just didn't
buy the whole premise of the movie.
- The Man Who Cried — Not horrible,
but not great. Kind of rambling and slightly depressing tale set in