8 items from 2015
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
Chicago – Director Noah Baumbach is a master in creating cinematic atmosphere. Whether it’s the adolescent mood of “The Squid and the Whale,” the weird loneliness of “Frances Ha” or his screenplays with director Wes Anderson, Baumbach generates a worthy emotional imprint. His latest film is “While We’re Young.”
“While We’re Young” is a meditation on dichotomy, as Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts portray a childless fortysomething couple that are losing commonality with their baby producing friends. When a younger couple – portrayed by Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried – come into their lives, there is a sense that the older couple is taking one more stab at the youth that chronologically has slipped away. Filled with the comedy of awkwardness and keen observations on the human condition, “While We’re Young’ is another expansive achievement from the mind of Noah Baumbach.
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
It's official: Jeff Goldblum has signed on for Roland Emmerich's sequel to Independence Day. We're incredibly relived, to be honest, as Independence Day 2 would be nothing without Goldblum's MIT grad David Levinson.
Goldblum joins Hunger Games hunk Liam Hemsworth and unknown actor Jessie Usher, who will portray the son of Will Smith's Captain Steven Hiller. Jury's out on which character will be taking over as the franchise's new lead in the Focus star's absence.
Excited to Officially announce @LiamHemsworth and #JeffGoldblum as the next two pieces of the#IndependenceDay sequel pic.twitter.com/GNuvffKWI3
— Roland Emmerich (@rolandemmerich) March 4, 2015
Jeff Goldblum is universally loved for his quirky performances and infectious laugh, but have you ever sat down and picked the exact moments that confirm his undeniable superiority to most of Hollywood? Though we couldn’t include all of our favourite Goldblum moments, we browsed through his career (and »
- Sasha James
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 »
With the 2015 Oscars coming up this weekend, we go back ten years to see if the 2005 awards still hold up today...
It was during an interview with Mark Kermode that I asked him how long someone really needs to gestate on a film, and come up with a proper review. "About ten years", he said. I get his point. Each awards season, it's about, at best, what feels like the best film right then. Not the one that settles over a period of time, or shows you new things each time you watch it. But the one that you watched once, and affected you once. It's the only way, anyway, I can think of why A Beautiful Mind won a Best Picture Oscar.
This weekend, then, is the Academy Awards once more. And I thought it'd be worth rewinding ten years, to see whether the Academy's choices on February 27th »
Chicago – Playing “Dying Light” in co-op mode began a tale of two different gamers with two different lives and two different tastes. My co-op partner, Matt, is an Internet networking guru with a brand new Xbox One and not much to play on it beyond “#Idarb” (which is fantastic and free). He sunk his teeth into it like like an Asgardian at an all-you-can-eat buffet. He loved the open world, the graphics and the gruesomeness.
Video Game Rating: 3.5/5.0
The odds are most people reading this are more Matt than me. I’m… tepid. “Dying Light” hasn’t grabbed me, and a dozen or so hours in, forcing myself to play more of Techland’s zombie adventure would have only negative consequences on my feelings toward it.
“Dying Light is now Available on Xbox One, PS4, and PC.”
Image credit: Techland
Dying Light’s a value play like seemingly every major »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Wes Anderson’s films have long been touted for the distinctly handmade worlds in which they take place. The filmmaker’s latest, “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” set in the fictional country of Zubrowka, takes Anderson’s fastidious attention to mise en scene to a new level.
“I can’t say I ever think of the setting as a character,” Anderson says of the titular hotel, and its conspicuous presence in his comedic yet rueful story about memory, lost love and vanishing innocence.
Production designer Adam Stockhausen, who with set director Anna Pinnock is nominated for an Oscar, agrees. “If the setting becomes interesting and becomes less setting than character, I think that’s great. But that’s not the point,” he says. “It’s not trying to be a character itself, and it’s certainly not trying to upstage anybody.”
In fitting with Anderson’s roster of quirky worlds (e. »
- Marianne Zumberge
8 items from 2015