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I’ve gone on record in saying that one of if not my favorite Bill Murray characters in the history of film is Herman Blume in the movie Rushmore. It’s almost hard to describe the guy but I’ll do the best I can. He’s a lonely, miserable millionaire who can’t stand his sons, hates his wife, and feels he has zero purpose in life whatsoever. But he’s likable. Not only that he’s extremely bright but its as if he just doesn’t care, probably because he doesn’t. The lines that Blume spits out in this movie are legendary but if you want
Proof That Rushmore’s Herman Blume is One of the Best Characters Ever »
- Nat Berman
Since today is Wes Anderson’s birthday, many people have been paying various homages to him online. Of all the wonderful films he’s made, I still rank Rushmore as my number one. Many might argue that The Royan Tenenbaum’s is the superior picture but to me, no character will ever trump Bill Murray as Herman Blume. And when you talk about coming out of nowhere, Jason Schwartzman absolutely killed it as Max Fischer. Not only did the film explore adolescence in a hilarious way, it also explored friendships, love, work, pressure, you name it so that all of us could look
- Nat Berman
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Wes Anderson has one of the most original voices of any filmmaker working today, but his movies are full of clues as to which directors have influenced him the most. From Orson Welles to François Truffaut to Federico Fellini, some of the most iconic filmmakers in the history of cinema have had a hand in inspiring Anderson’s distinctive style. Here are 10 films that had a lasting impact on the indie auteur.
“The Magnificent Ambersons” (1942)
Orson Welles’ period drama about a wealthy family that loses its entire fortune at the turn of the 20th century »
- Graham Winfrey
…Let’s hope the dogs don’t die.
On Tuesday, the first poster for Wes Anderson’s newest feature film since 2014’s The Grand Budapest Hotel was released. Whilst not much is known about the story of Isle of Dogs, its poster reveals small details about what to expect, and, more importantly, the influence of Akira Kurosawa on the stop-motion animation.
Set in Japan, the poster’s large, red font places the Japanese title at the center, with its English translation held within the script. Wes Anderson’s posters usually have either one clear defining image at the forefront or a depiction of the ensemble cast, so Isle of Dogs is a slight departure from what Anderson’s audience are used to.
The poster for The Royal Tenenbaums places family at the center while Anderson’s classic Futura font title stayed beneath the family as something that was not meant to draw attention. Moonrise Kingdom »
- Sinéad McCausland
In search of male desire in a twee world.
Here’s a thesis: with the singular exception of his animated adventure story, Fantastic Mr. Fox, the movies of Wes Anderson are fundamentally about nice, fiery desire. But while a number of his movies explore this through the conventional terrain of the heterosexual relationship and its discontents — The Royal Tenenbaums and Moonrise Kingdom come to mind — others explore more curious expressions of desire, leaving Anderson’s plain and plaintive ladies behind. Shared aesthetic characteristics, from the constantly reprised Cornell boxes to the carefully referenced dead Eastern European novelists, are subject of much ruthless discussion among Anderson acolytes. And, considering Anderson’s diligent cooperation with turning a collection of essays and interviews into a $35 coffee table book, that seems to be the dissection that Anderson embraces. But what are those other, male-centric movies actually about? Most critics, when forced to give something like a serious and meaningful answer, will »
- Andrew Karpan
This is no festive prank, these movies are hilarious.
Let’s face it, the world is a wreck. Every day things look bleaker than they did the day before. It’s gotten to the point where, if you can’t learn to laugh at our misery, you’re finished. If you need some help figuring out how to find humor in even the worst bits of the human experience, dark comedies work, Netflix has them, and we’ve made a list of the good ones. Click on the films’ titles to be taken to their Netflix pages.
Pick of the Month: This Must Be the Place (2011)
I can’t think of another movie in recent times that’s been so good and gotten so little love and attention in return. Maybe that’s because the concept of a former 80s glam rocker who still wears his makeup (Sean Penn) tracking down the Nazi concentration camp guard who »
- Nathan Adams
Wes Anderson is deep into production on his next feature, the new stop-motion Isle of Dogs, and while this extended animation process means we won’t see the results for at least another year-plus, it has also freed him up to other opportunities. Following a Christmas advert, he’s now participated in an extensive, one-hour masterclass while at Arte Cinema. With it being conducted by a pair of French speakers, the translation process means it might not be as smooth as other conversations he has taken part in, but it is certainly one of the most informative about his influences and his process.
“The reason to hide your inspirations is because you are trying to steal them. If you can sneak it in, then you’ve gained something without having to lose something,” he says, mentioning his time at University of Texas when he would go back and forth consuming »
- Jordan Raup
You can’t really predict one’s process. Or from what they draw upon. These are words spoken by Wes Anderson, a filmmaker who needs no introduction around these parts. That said, the influence of ‘60s European cinema on his work are undeniable. And he’s not shy about that either. In a new talk captured by ArteTV, he took a break from “Isle of Dogs,” his latest, to discuss those influences, as well as “Rushmore,” his love of Christmas specials, his relationship with Owen Wilson, “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and more.
Continue reading Wes Anderson Discusses His Influences, Films, Love of Christmas Specials & More In New 1-Hour Masterclass at The Playlist. »
- Will Ashton
The Sundance Film Festival has already begun, which means that Alex Ross Perry’s latest film “Golden Exits” will soon make its world premiere. The film follows two families in Brooklyn and the unraveling of their lives when a young girl from Australia spending time abroad upsets the delicate balance of their relationships. It stars Emily Browning (“God Help the Girl”), Adam Horovitz (“While We’re Young”), Mary-Louise Parker (“Weeds”), Lily Rabe (“American Horror Story”), Jason Schwartzman (“Rushmore”) and Chloë Sevigny (“The Brown Bunny”). Listen to an exclusive track from Keegan DeWitt’s score from the film below.
DeWitt has composed the scores for many films, including Perry’s two previous features “Queen of Earth” and “Listen Up Philip,” as well as Chad Hartigan’s “Morris From America,” Robert Greene’s “Kate Plays Christine »
- Vikram Murthi
The artist Joseph Cornell took glass-fronted boxes and placed things such as birds, springs, ice cubes, and balls inside them, turning these everyday and otherwise benign objects into microcosms for something bigger than any of us can ever be. These boxes were referred to as “shadow boxes”, “memory boxes” and “poetic theaters,” and with each box the viewer is given an invitation to enter a new world. This world is not unknown to the individual viewer, but instead a collective and shared world in which memories exist. As the artist’s website states: “using things we can see, Cornell made boxes about things we cannot see: ideas, memories, fantasies, and dreams.” The boxes, both tragic and beautiful, present an artist trying as hard as they can to turn something intangible, something »
- Sinéad McCausland
10 items from 2017
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