170. Almost Famous: The Bootleg Cut (A+)
171. About Schmidt (A-)
172. Drive (B)
173. Hugo (A)
174. Ed Wood (A+)
Ah, 1994. Johnny Depp being in a Tim Burton movie did not yet feel obligatory, and Burton had not yet completed his descent into self-indulgence. This is Burton's best film, bar none, turning "Hollywood's worst director" into a Don Quixote out to realize his passion for film in spite of a total lack of talent. Depp is in top form, and Martin Landau's performance as Bela Lugosi is excellent (I've always been torn between him and James Whitmore for Best Supporting Actor that year; Lugosi certainly has more screentime). A lone discordant note is the climactic scene involving a fictionalized encounter between Wood and Orson Welles, which is well-written, but I'm always thrown by the fact that Vincent D'Onofrio's voice is blatantly being dubbed by Maurice LaMarche (whose Welles impression I'd recognize anywhere).