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Paul Risker on the cinema of Wes Anderson...
Known for brandishing his pen and camera to create a quirky brand of cinema, with the check-in date upon us for the whimsical delights of his eighth feature film The Grand Budapest Hotel, the imaginative auteur Wes Anderson looks to bring his cinema full circle.
From Royal Tenenbaums to Moonrise Kingdom, Anderson has compiled a collection of whimsical family dramas. Habitually creating films that are of the opinion that cinematic realism is a fabrication; Anderson’s cinema echoes the infamous words of Jean-Luc Godard: “Film is 24 lies a second.” Affording his films trademark honesty the self-conscious and whimsical language defines him as one of American cinemas leading auteurs.
Creating his cinematic worlds with an independent logic to those of his contemporaries, Anderson is not following tradition by asking us to suspend our belief. By openly acknowledging the lie of cinema, his »
- Gary Collinson
Jeff Goldblum is a national treasure, and the actor's recent Reddit Ama session is just further proof of that fact.
In support of his new films "The Grand Budapest Hotel" and "Le Weekend," the frequent "Portlandia" guest star opened the floor to a variety of questions on Thursday (March 20) -- touching on his seminal work in "Jurassic Park," whether he'd return to "The League" and his life's sandwich history.
And yes, every answer was written, uh, exactly as you'd expect Jeff Goldblum to verbalize it. It is, in a word, perfect.
Can you tell us something about yourself that we may find surprising?
Hahaha. Surprising. Hmmmm.
I've never had a cavity or a filling.
See? You're surprised.
What is your favorite dinosaur? I have you pegged for a stegosaurus man.
I'm no expert but since childhood I've had a fondness for the triceratops, because I read a kid's book about »
Jeff Goldblum, who first worked with Wes Anderson on The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, was thrilled to reunite with the director again on his new comedy-drama caper, The Grand Budapest Hotel. Goldblum plays Deputy Vilmos Kovacs, the attorney representing the estate of the late Madame D (Tilda Swinton) whose sudden and mysterious death kicks off the main action of the story and sets in motion a scramble to lay claim to her vast fortune. The charge is led by her son Dmitri (Adrien Brody), the film’s ruthless and darkly comic main villain. The impressive cast also includes Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Bill Murray, Willem Dafoe, Ed Norton, Jude Law, Jason Schwartzman, Owen Wilson and Tony Revolori. At the film’s recent press day, Goldblum spoke about being a part of the Wes Anderson universe, why he considered it a fantastic privilege and found the collaborative experience creatively inspiring, »
- Sheila Roberts
I don't know if Wes Anderson has come to increasingly rely on centering the action in his films, but if this latest video from kogonada is any indication he really ramped it up with Fantastic Mr. Fox and Moonrise Kingdom. I didn't count each scene in the video, but it certainly seems those two dominate while the inclusion of The Royal Tenenbaums and Rushmore is limited, there's more than a few from The Darjeeling Limited, a batch from The Grand Budapest Hotel is covered near the end and I remember at least a couple shots from The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, but I'm not sure I saw any from Bottle Rocket. »
- Brad Brevet
There are few filmmakers with as distinctive a voice as Wes Anderson. His films all share a unique vision of a quirky, pastel-coloured world.
The lead character of his eighth film, the ostentatiously entitled "The Grand Budapest Hotel," talks of being a "man out of time," and this easily could describe Anderson and his works. Like the pastries that play a critical role in the film, his works are confections -- elegantly constructed, beautiful to look at, and simply too sweet for some to stomach.
From "Rushmore" to "The Royal Tenenbaums," from "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou" to 2012's "Moonrise Kingdom," Anderson's impeccable craft has garnered him legions of fans. While those not enchanted by Anderson's film often deride them as "twee" or redundant, fans simply adore travelling to the worlds that Anderson and his collaborators create, a kind of adult fairy tale where there's great music, snappy one-liners, »
- Jason Gorber
Following Wes Anderson's debut feature, Bottle Rocket, the production design on his films kicked into overdrive. From Rushmore to The Royal Tenenbaums to The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou to The Darjeeling Limited to Fantastic Mr. Fox to Moonrise Kingdom, each film has been more and more crammed with costumes, sets, and props of specific colors, patterns, and designs. Upon the release of his latest, The Grand Budapest Hotel, we pulled some of his memorable props out of their natural habitats to see if you can guess in which Wes Anderson film they originally appeared. Take our quiz and prove your fandom. »
- Lindsey Weber,Jed Egan
Sometimes living in L.A. has great perks, and one of the most recent I’ve enjoyed is the fact that of the four theaters in the U.S. that had The Grand Budapest Hotel on limited release this past weekend, one was just a few blocks from my apartment. I know Wes Anderson isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but as someone who’s been a fan of his films for more than a decade, I find myself increasingly annoyed by the most frequent criticism of his work: he’s making the same movie over and over again. The most common things cited to support this complaint are the look and themes of his films, but I don’t find either of these to be valid arguments.
- Jen Krueger
This week we continue our ongoing “Six of the Best” series with a tribute to a wonderful, versatile performer who has appeared in some of the most popular movies of the last 30 years. He’s played heroes, villains, husbands, fathers, grifters, vampires – I think you get the point. Of course, I’m talking about Willem Dafoe.
Indeed, you’d be hard-pressed to find another performer who can match the success that Dafoe has found in Hollywood. He’s built a career out of mastering the role of “supporting actor”, no matter what the character calls for. One look at his resume confirms as much. After all, do you know any other actor who can play the Green Goblin and Jesus Christ?
- Damen Norton
Wes Anderson is now at that point in his career where his idiosyncratic style has inspired a younger generation of filmmakers to make movies that critics call “Anderson-esque.” However, as hard as some of his disciples have worked (Richard Ayoade’s Submarine comes to mind), not one of them has been able to best or even match the director’s flair for candy-colored, giddily propulsive storytelling. Anderson’s style has been so far inimitable, which of course means that, at some point in the future the director will retire, and we won’t have any more madcap adventures to look forward to. That may seem like a somewhat morbid statement, but all it’s intended to convey is this: every film Anderson brings us is a gift and should be appreciated as such. The Grand Budapest Hotel, Anderson’s most exquisite and brilliantly realized work to date, is no exception. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Thursday Update: 300: Rise of an Empire earned $3.3 million from late Thursday showings. That's a step up from G.I. Joe: Retaliation ($2.2 million) and is significantly higher than Wrath of the Titans ($1 million at midnight). This suggests that a $40 million weekend is a pretty safe bet for the 300 sequel.Forecast: Seven years after 300 ruled the box office, a sequel finally arrives in theaters this weekend. While Rise of an Empire isn't going to come anywhere close to that movie's $70 million debut, it should still be mighty enough to take first place ahead of DreamWorks Animation's Mr. Peabody & Sherman.In March 2007, 300 reached theaters with fairly modest expectations: its cast was largely unknown at the time, and director Zack Snyder's only previous movie was the 2004 Dawn of the Dead remake ($59 million). Its mix of unique visuals and high-stakes storytelling proved to be an appealing combination, though, and it wound up setting »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
It’s no secret that Wes Anderson jam packs his films with Easter eggs that make watching his pics akin to embarking on a scavenger hunt. Just like you can discover something new with each viewing, there’s still much to learn about the enigmatic director and his bountiful film universes. With his eighth feature film, “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” opening nationwide on Friday, here are 12 fun facts about Anderson and his movies.
Although he ultimately received a hefty chunk of the profits, Murray was only paid his SAG day rate to star in the 1998 film. In fact, Murray theoretically put up money for the gig. When Disney didn’t want to rent a helicopter to shoot the scene in Jason Schwartzman’s character Max’s Vietnam War-themed play, Murray offered to foot the $25,000-bill. The chopper shot was cut, but »
- Maane Khatchatourian
Feature James Clayton 7 Mar 2014 - 06:08
The Grand Budapest Hotel is directed by Nadia Cavalcanti. Actually it's not. That was a lie and Nadia Cavalcanti is a made-up person. Still, I'll say it again because if you say things enough times they eventually become tangibly real in your own physical world (it's a bit like Beetlejuice). The Grand Budapest Hotel is directed by Nadia Cavalcanti. How does that make you feel?
Of course, you're probably aware that, in truth, The Grand Budapest Hotel is written, co-produced and directed by Wes Anderson (full name, Wesley Wales Anderson). Now, how does that make you feel? Personally, I'm feeling very happy about this because I'm a Wes Anderson fan and I really like all his movies. In all likelihood The Grand Budapest Hotel is going to »
amz asin="B00GRA7KBY" size="small"When I reviewed Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom I wrote it "could be considered the third member in a triptych of cute, contained personal journeys alongside the highly comparable stylings of The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and Fantastic Mr. Fox." On the heels of their recent release of Fantastic Mr. Fox on Blu-ray, the Criterion Collection reached out to filmmaker kogonada and he has made a short, 70-second video comparing shots from Fantastic Mr. Fox to similar shots in other Anderson films. Unsurprisingly, more than 75% of the comparisons in the video are to Zissou and Moonrise. Give it a look below. yt id="Ut_DsYTMOrQ" width="610" »
- Brad Brevet
As proven by all of his previous films, Wes Anderson understands comedy, drama, music, writing, and structure. He’s been lauded as having an original voice for comedy and drama, but one thing he doesn’t get enough credit for? His action chops. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, The Fantastic Mr. Fox, and his newest film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, all have their share of action, and each one of their set pieces are wonderful. They came in small doses usually, but The Grand Budapest Hotel is a full on action thriller, completely done with Anderson’s sensibilities. And an action movie from Wes Anderson is as delightful, and as busy, as it sounds. The film jumps around a few different moments in time, but it’s mainly set in the fictional Republic of Zubrowka during the 1920s. Zubrowka is the home of The Grand Budapest Hotel, a lavish establishment visited by old ladies who come »
- Jack Giroux
The Grand Budapest Hotel is one of the years most hotly anticipated films. Fans of Wes Anderson’s previous work cannot wait to see what the visionary director has to offer. He is known for his off-beat comedy and unconventional choices of colour, set and costume; when you watch an Anderson film your eyes are in for as much of a treat as your brain. His attention to detail is phenomenal (he built an entire split ship set so he could show it in it’s whole entirety for The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou) and you can tell his heart is really devoted to his craft.
From the look of the trailer it seems that The Grand Budapest Hotel could be the director’s most ambitious project yet and it is rammed full of stars – you only have to look at the poster to see what we mean.
- Kat Smith
Exclusive: Filmmaker Wes Anderson has directed eight feature films so far and his latest, the upcoming caper comedy cum melancholic 1930s period film set in a fictionalized Eastern Europe, “The Grand Budapest Hotel," hits theaters in limited release (NY/La) this weekend. The movie is one of his most delightful and “Wes-Anderson”-y: it’s intricate, stylized, exquisitely crafted and detailed. And yet, apart from being funny (and hilariously vulgar at times), the dolorous bent the movie possesses as an age of fascism overtakes a refined era of elegance is deeply moving, thought-provoking and strangely feels very personal (read our review here). There was a bit of a gap after Anderson's troubled production on "The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou" (shooting at sea is never easy), but now Anderson seems to be moving at a quicker clip, releasing a movie every two years and writing a script as soon as »
- Edward Davis
Director: Wes Anderson.
Starring: Tony Revolori, Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, F. Murray Abraham, Jude Law, Jeff Goldblum, Adrien Brody, Saoirse Ronan, Edward Norton, Owen Wilson, Bill Murray, Jason Schwarztman, Harvey Keitel, Willem Dafoe.
Running Time: 99 minutes.
Synopsis: Set during the 1930s, we join new lobby boy Zero Moustafa (Tony Revolori) as he joins The Grand Budapest Hotel. He is soon taken under the wing of leader Gustave (Ralph Fiennes), a man who likes to give his guests whatever they desire. After the demise of one of the wealthiest guests, the pair find themselves on the run from both disgruntled relatives of the deceased, and the law.
One of the quirkier directors around today, although not a name familiar to everyone, Wes Anderson has amassed himself an army of loyal fans throughout his career. Choosing to veer towards comedy, his films are always filled with interesting and unique characters, and »
- Kat Smith
Wes Anderson and many of his regular stars reunited at Manhattan's Lincoln Center on Wednesday night for the New York premiere of Anderson's latest, The Grand Budapest Hotel. Among those on hand were returning Anderson castmembers Bill Murray, Harvey Keitel, Willem Dafoe, Bob Balaban and Jeff Goldblum, who was celebrating his second Wes Anderson film, after having a small role in The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou. When asked why he wanted to work with Anderson again, something that seems to be true of many A-list actors, Goldblum said that Anderson's artistic, actor-friendly approach was what made him
- Hilary Lewis
In just over a week, we'll see Wes Anderson's latest film, The Grand Budapest Hotel. The director behind The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and more has been making the publicity rounds (we'll have our own interview posted very soon), and he recently sat down with The New York Times for a 90-minute discussion on his career and more. One interesting fact includes Anderson's idea for a James Bond movie called Mission: Deferred where Bond doesn't get called into action because the Cold War is over, so he's just a guy, with a cool coffee machine. And that's just one small amusing part. Watch! Here's the full 90-minute interview with director Wes Anderson, originally from The New York Times: The Grand Budapest Hotel is written and directed by Wes Anderson (The Royal Tenenbaums, Moonrise Kingdom, Rushmore) and tells of a legendary concierge at a famous European »
- Ethan Anderton
• Play Wes Anderson bingo with the Grand Budapest Hotel trailer
Pastel pink and perfectly symmetrical, the Grand Budapest Hotel rises up from its painted alpine setting like something off a kitsch vintage biscuit tin. In the distance, among all the peaks, a funicular (actually a model) can be seen wobbling up a mountain. Meanwhile, staff wearing neat, brightly coloured uniforms scuttle about in carefully choreographed sequences: woe betide anyone who doesn't walk straight down the middle of a staircase. Yes, The Grand Budapest Hotel is a Wes Anderson film all right. From 1998's Rushmore to 2012's Moonrise Kingdom, the American indie director has made certain visual details his calling card, all of them meticulously arranged. One can only imagine how long he spends on his sock drawer. »
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