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A grownup storybook of a movie spun out of candy-colored nonsense that challenges you to embrace its falseness and deny its romance. I’m “biast” (pro): love Wes Anderson
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Thank god for Wes Anderson. Our entertainment ecosystem may be one of bland tediousness in which creatively bankrupt movie machines spit out the same stories over and over again, but once in a while Anderson will commute from the other plane of existence he lives on — I imagine the colors are brighter there, and the air always faintly redolent of baking cookies — to bestow upon us a cinematic bonbon such as The Grand Budapest Hotel. Anderson’s boons are a torment as much as a treat, of course, reminders of just how unoriginal almost everyone else making movies is. Somehow, I endure them anyway.
- MaryAnn Johanson
The past thirty years has seen an increased in use of slow-motion, whether it’s more professional sports leagues getting with the times and implementing new technologies, or in movie theaters by directors to mark an important moment. Invenire Films has made a supercut of the 20 greatest slow-mo scenes, so cue the music and start walking slow. Running just under three minutes, the supercut is heavy on recent genre movies like “Zombieland” and “Judge Dredd.” Before you ask, yes, Zack Snyder is represented with both “Watchmen” and “300.” Fellow slow-mo aficionado, Wes Anderson gets a couple of shots in with both “Rushmore” and “The Darjeeling Limited.” Watch the supercut of the 20 greatest slow-mo scenes below, and let us know some of your favorites that we've left out. A great recent one, to start some conversation, is the hit of Ray Liotta in “Killing Them Softly.” [Live For Films] »
- Cain Rodriguez
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 »
Amazon has renewed their Mozart in the Jungle TV show for a second season. Additional details will be announced at a later date.
Here's the press release:
Amazon Greenlights Second Season of the Hit Dramatic Comedy "Mozart in the Jungle"
Hear the hair! Conductor Rodrigo DeSousa will take the stage once again in the hit Amazon Original Series Mozart in the Jungle.
The second season will premiere early next year exclusively on Prime Instant Video. Based on the critically acclaimed memoir Mozart in the Jungle: Sex, Drugs & Classical Music by Blair Tindall, Mozart in the Jungle draws back the curtain at the New York Symphony, where artistic dedication and creativity collide with mind games, politicking and survival instincts.
Returning to the series are stars Gael Garcia Bernal (Rosewater), Saffron Burrows (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Lola Kirke (Gone Girl), and Malcolm McDowell (The Mentalist). The second season of Mozart in the Jungle will be Executive Produced by Roman Coppola (Moonrise Kingdom), Jason Schwartzman (The Darjeeling Limited), and Paul Weitz (About a Boy).
“The first season of Mozart in the Jungle was a big hit with our customers and I’m thrilled »
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
Entertainment in Video (Eiv), the UK-based distrubution company, have this week announced that Tim Burton’s latest film, Big Eyes, is set for release here on DVD and Blu-ray on April 20th (the same month as the Grand National – top notch event in horse racing).
Big Eyes stars Golden Globe winner Amy Adams (American Hustle) and Oscar winner Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained), with support from Krysten Ritter (soon to be Marvel’s A.K.A. Jessica Jones), Jason Schwartzman (The Darjeeling Limited), Danny Huston (The Congress) and Terence Stamp (Superman II).
No news yet on any technical specs or special features, but as ever we shall update you as soon as the information is revealed.
Directed and produced by Tim Burton, Big Eyes is based on the true story of Walter Keane (Christoph Waltz), who was one of the most successful painters 1950s and early 1960s. The artist earned staggering notoriety by »
- Scott J. Davis
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