Tim Burton. You either love him or you hate him. I think he´s a genius. Sure he has a few flops, but who doesn´t? Even Stephen Spielberg can’t escape that. And that old jab that he hits upon the same themes over and over, and that his style doesn’t seem to change much is simply absurb. This is true for most artists (and in the film world Wes Anderson is another that particularly comes to mind).
Recently he’s gone through a bout of nostalgia, helping to resurrect the gothic soap opera Dark Shadows alongside Seth Grahame-Smith, and more recently bringing his own live-action short, Frankenweenie, to life again in a new animated feature (ironically resurrection is a central part of both these films). I can’t say these are his best films, but they are fun, and they have much merit.