In LA Weekly's new cover story on the Tim Burton exhibit at LACMA, Liz Ohanesian takes a sociological approach to the director's work, showing how his aesthetic dovetails with various subcultures, from goth to Victorian to Lolita. She writes:
it's what Burton doesn't do that makes him both a beloved icon of the underground and a Hollywood hit maker. He doesn't pander to any particular subculture. His films are free from grossly inaccurate club scenes, overt preachiness and dialogue and costumes that try way too hard to be relevant. In other words, he lacks many of the elements of Hollywood films that would make your average cynical person with less-than-mainstream interests guffaw.
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Read the full story here: "Tim Burton at LACMA: How a Hollywood director became a counterculture hero"