15 items from 2015
Right from the get-go, Wes Anderson’s bookish sensibility has been a huge part of his appeal. His first two films, “Bottle Rocket” and “Rushmore,” are imbued with the kind of dense, rich characterization that you typically find only in good fiction. But it wasn’t until his third and arguably best film, 2001’s family epic “The Royal Tenenbaums,” that Anderson’s literary leanings blossomed into a fully realized stylistic obsession. His inclinations as such have been in place ever since, from the short stories that pop up in “The Darjeeling Limited” (“the characters are all fictional”, as one character is fond of saying), the meticulously illustrated children’s books favored by Suzy Bishop in “Moonrise Kingdom” and the arch, omnipotent narration and storybook structure of his most recent concoction “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” Save for his delightful stop-motion yarn “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” Anderson has never made an outright adaptation »
- Nicholas Laskin
Wound tight by a killer premise, polished direction, and a tone as though Anton Chigurh sauntered into “Bottle Rocket,” Aaron and Adam Nee’s “Band of Robbers” wrings the anxieties of aging and a dampened imagination from a grown-up Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. Structuring their modern tale around the Mark Twain narratives, the sibling directors find laughs, pathos, and some surprising storytelling twists, plus have a game cast to deliver it–Kyle Gallner, Stephen Lang, Hannibal Buress, Melissa Benoist, Eric Christian Olsen. The cast is refreshing for the lack of previously known kinship among them; unlike the Apatow and Feig collectives who deliver and tweak their lineups, there’s something to be said for a new group of comedic and dramatic actors establishing a dynamic. In this case it’s led by Gallner, who plays the straight man Huck Finn to Adam Nee’s deadpan eccentric Tom Sawyer, two »
- Charlie Schmidlin
A few nights ago, Warner Bros. hosted a very canny event that our own Louis Virtel attended at the Playboy Mansion, a screening of "Entourage" that may have felt like virtual reality for those who attended. While I doubt being surrounded by scantily clad bunnies influenced Louis one way or another on the film, it's likely you'll see a number of reviews that are perhaps more enthusiastic than they would otherwise be, and it'd be hard to blame anyone who fell for it. One of the reasons the setting seemed so right for that particular film is because much of the charge of "Entourage" is watching the core ensemble swagger their way through Hollywood, doing whatever they want and rarely if ever facing any consequences as a result. It's always presented with a wink and a smile, just a case of boys being boys. We live in a world right »
- Drew McWeeny
You may not have known this, but it turns out that Owen Wilson likes to say "Wow" a lot. It's his go-to word to express excitement (either real or fake) in any situation, and he gets an opportunity to use it quite a lot. Don't believe me? Well, you should probably check out the supercut below: That first shot in the timeline is from Wes Anderson's Bottle Rocket - Owen Wilson's first feature film - and that stray comment about his brothers stick figure flip book launched a career of saying "Wow" in a whole lot of movies under a whole lot of different circumstances. And this video doesn't even include his work as a voice actor! By the end of the video, Wilson says "Wow" over 50 times, which means that he actually says it more than once per film. Sadly, there doesn't appear to be a full »
Filmmaker Wes Anderson has, over the years, infused his features with a very distinct style, one that not only sets him apart from other directors in the medium, but also makes his works instantly recognisable. Anderson’s distinctiveness also extends to the way he goes about shooting action scenes, which often pop up in his features, be they fights between siblings, as in The Darjeeling Limited, or full-scale shootouts between multiple people, such as in The Grand Budapest Hotel.
Now Vimeo user Dávid Velenczei has made a supercut examining the myriad ways in which Anderson portrays different violent encounters, from the preparation to the actual action to the aftermath. The video, titled “Wes Anderson’s Violence”, can be seen below, with the following message attached.
- Deepayan Sengupta
When Wes Anderson released his 1998 sophomore feature “Rushmore” to almost universal acclaim, it was clear that the seeds of his now-trademark style had not yet fully blossomed. Yet they had certainly been planted: the perfectly symmetrical frames, meticulous color schemes and abundant doses of melancholia and deadpan humor all began to take root in Anderson’s quietly mesmerizing film, a funny and evocative look at young manhood and the perils of idealism. This was a decided point of contrast from his more naturalistic debut film “Bottle Rocket,” a picture every bit the equal of “Rushmore” in its own humble way. Anderson’s particular style of filmmaking would extend to polarizing extremes in his next few features, most notably his “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou,” which has grown in stature and emotional resonance since its 2004 release to become perhaps the director’s most overlooked film. But one could argue “Rushmore »
- Nicholas Laskin
Rivaling Martin Scorsese at his height and his peer Quentin Tarantino, Wes Anderson’s visual aesthetic has been inseparable from the musical landscapes that he and music supervisor Randall Poster has assembled for his films. For Anderson obsessives and casual fans alike, Open Culture has found an exhaustive Spotify playlist that proves the Texas-born filmmaker’s musical taste is just as enjoyable separated from his films. This playlist encompasses 172 tracks, runs for seven hours and covers everything from the music used in the black-and-white “Bottle Rocket” short and its feature-length adaptation to last year’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” The playlist showcases the wide range of music used in Anderson’s films and traverses far beyond tweeness and the British Invasion music which mark his films. Sure, there’s still music from The Kinks, The Rolling Stones and the like, but there’s also jazz music beyond »
- Cain Rodriguez
Fresno is writer Karey Dornetto and director Jamie Babbit's first film collaboration and hopefully not the last. It is a crime comedy that tells the dysfunctional story of two sisters Shannon (played by Judy Greer) a registered sex offender fresh out of rehab and her bright and shiny yet unintentionally enabling sister Martha (played by Natasha Lyonne). When an accidental death occurs the sisters are stuck trying to figure out how to get rid of it or suffer the consequences. Cinelinx sat down with both Babbit and Dornetto to discuss the film.
Post-rehab, sister Shannon shacks up with Martha and they both work as maids at a nearby hotel. Shannon, not completely over her sex addiction, ends up having sex with a perv in the hotel and accidentally kills him. With a dead body on their hands, the two sisters decide to bring it to the local crematory to get rid of it. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Kelly McInerney)
The Austin Film Society, organizers of the Texas Film Awards, have more than a few milestones to celebrate this year. Not only the 30th anniversary of the Society and the 15th anniversary of the Awards themselves, it’s also the capper on a banner year for Texans in film, with Lone Star natives Wes Anderson and Society cofounder Richard Linklater both nominated for director at last month’s Oscars.
As part of the Texas Film Hall of Fame induction ceremony, hosted by Mike Judge, Variety executive editor Steven Gaydos will present a creative achievement award to Linklater’s “Boyhood,” along with posthumous honors to Christopher Evan Welch and L.M. Kit Carson.
Variety Creative Impact in Cinema Award
- Andrew Barker
We're on the verge of the SXSW Film Festival, so several area theaters will be turning into official venues by this time next week. Specialty screenings are still going on in the week ahead, but it definitely is about to slow down until after the festival has us all wiped out.
Austin Film Society has a Free Member Friday tonight at the Marchesa with Wes Anderson's Bottle Rocket. The group will be screening the movie along with the original short film that inspired it and it's free to all Afs members. Members can also go the Afs website to claim two free tickets to a special advance screening on Tuesday night at the Paramount of Alex Gibney's new documentary Going Clear, which examines the Church of Scientology. The film will debut on HBO later this month, but this special advance screening will feature Gibney and Texas author Lawrence Wright »
- Matt Shiverdecker
Diehard Wes Anderson fans and "X-Men" acolytes might not have much in common at first glance, but this parody video reveals the twee side of our beloved superheroes. Patrick (H) Willems made "When Wes Anderson Meets 'X-Men," and it's smarter and more well-made than your typical online video satire. Besides, aren't most Wes Anderson heroes sort of mutants anyway?
The video primarily riffs on "The Royal Tenenbaums," but there's a touch of "Moonrise Kingdom," "Rushmore," and even "Bottle Rocket" in there. Plus, there are loads of "X-Men" references, like "Hope you survive the experience." Let's face it; giving Margot Tenenbaum the mutant powers of Jean Grey is both inspired and scary.
Willems has a ton of other videos available, including some rather inspired director/genre mash-ups like Ingmar Bergman and "The Flash," and Tommy Wiseau and "Batman." Check 'em out. [Via The Hollywood Reporter] »
- Jenni Miller
Here.s something you almost certainly never noticed: Wes Anderson has a slight obsession with the colors red and yellow. You probably don.t believe that.s true. Joking aside, there.s a handy video now available that showcases just how often he uses these colors, and it.s pretty damn wonderful. Watch it below! See, what did I tell you? Kudos to Rishi Kaneria for creating Red & Yellow: A Wes Anderson Supercut, which divinely brings together and amalgamates footage from the likes of Bottle Rocket, Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou, The Darjeeling Limited, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Moonrise Kingdom, and The Grand Budapest Hotel, along with the short films Hotel Chevalier and Castello Cavalcanti. Just in case you didn.t know, that.s all of Anderson.s movies - which suggests that he might have a problem. Could be a medical reason for Wes Anderson »
Today we're reviewing The Boy Next Door and Mortdecai, but not before we discuss the American Sniper fake baby story a little more, chat about the NFL's #Deflategate and answer a lot of American Sniper and Selma related questions. And once that's done we play a few games and even give a listener a call. Hope you enjoy! If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, leave us a voice mail and we'll add those to the show and respond directly. An alternative to that option is a new way »
- Brad Brevet
If you're a fan of Wes Anderson, you likely already have Matt Zoller Seitz's wonderful 2013 book on the filmmaker, titled The Wes Anderson Collection. And even if you don't love all of Anderson's movies, it's still an essential part of any cinephile's collection because of all its focus on the various crafts that went into producing everything from Bottle Rocket (the original short) through Moonrise Kingdom. Also, it's just a darn good read, very in-depth and also very splashy in its design. There's so much to learn about and look at and appreciate. Since its publication, Anderson has made The Grand Budapest Hotel. And now Zoller Seitz has an addendum in the form of a whole other book, titled The Wes Anderson Collection: The Grand Budapest Hotel...
- Christopher Campbell
There are few directors with a visual style as distinctive as Wes Anderson's, and to find out just what goes into his carefully composed shots, you'll want to talk to Robert Yeoman. The 63-year-old cinematographer has shot every one of Anderson's films (save for the stop-motion Fantastic Mr. Fox); though, astoundingly, he's never been nominated for an Academy Award. Still, with The Grand Budapest Hotel in the hunt for multiple Oscar nods next week, what better time to talk to Yeoman about his storied career, using nine of Anderson's most famous scenes and shots as prompts?Bottle Rocket Anderson's first film is more visually straightforward than most of his later works, but this gun-firing montage shows distinct glimmers of moments to come. "That particular scene was storyboarded, but I remember it had kind of a loose feel when we were shooting it," says Yeoman. "As time has gone on, »
- Kyle Buchanan
15 items from 2015
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