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Stories for July 5, 2008

Midnight Movie: Pee Wee's Big Adventure

July 5, 2008
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Written by Reubens, Phil Hartman and Michael Varhol and directed by Burton, the film delivers something quite magical. The filmmakers create a zany and surreal world for Pee-wee yet it all seems perfectly natural and credible. Plus, it's all infused with a subdued yet rampant silliness that's enchanting. The film succeeds because it continually throws comic surprises at you. At one point, Pee-wee encounters a tough escaped convict who's been serving time for cutting off the do-not-remove-tags from pillows, and the con ends up having a soft spot for Pee-Wee. Later Pee-wee wins over a gang of bikers with his coolly nerdy dance to

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

July 5, 2008
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting