Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Wes Anderson

One of my favorite filmmakers of all time has to be Wes Anderson. I was first introduced to his films in 1998 when I saw Rushmore at the theatre. I was 16 and learned at that point that I was definitely not the only little quirky weirdo out there.

Anderson creates new worlds where his oddball characters can co-exist. At times you can't quite pinpoint when the films take place as the costumes are often throwbacks to previous decades and the settings are not telling either. The soundtracks to his films also contributes to the questionable decade feel. Most of his films are scored by Mark Mothersbaugh who incorporates his distincitve instrumentals with a healthy does of bands from the 60's and 70's including The Who, The Clash and The Rolling Stones. In "The Life Aquatic" one character plays and sings slow acoutic versions of David Bowie songs. While in "The Darjeeling Limited" (not scored by Mothersbaugh) Indian music is used prominently to better illustrate the feel of their travels through India.

Here are my favorites:

Rushmore (1998)

"Rushmore" chronicles a year in the life of Max Fischer, a student at Rushmore Academy, one of the finest schools in the country. Max loves his... "Rushmore" chronicles a year in the life of Max Fischer, a student at Rushmore Academy, one of the finest schools in the country. Max loves his prestigious school. He is the editor of the newspaper and yearbook; founder of the debate team, the dodgeball society, and the Max Fischer Players; and president of the French club, German club, chess club, and practically everything else. Max is applying for early admission to Oxford. Harvard is his safety. However, he is also one of the worst students in the school. Threatened with expulsion, Max begins a new pursuit: falling for a first-grade teacher. But when Max's tycoon mentor starts an affair with the teacher, it triggers a war between Max and his friend.

The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

Royal Tenenbaum and his wife Etheline had three children--Chas, Richie, and Margot--they were a family of geniuses and then they separated. Chas started buying real estate in his early teens and seemed to have had a preternatural understanding of international finance. Margot was a playwright and received a Braverman grant of fifty thousand dollars in the ninth grade. Richie was a junior champion tennis player and won the U.S. Nationals three years in a row. Virtually all memory of the brilliance of the young Tenenbaums was subsequently erased by two decades of betrayal, failure and disaster. Most of this was generally considered to be their father's fault. The tale follows the family's sudden and unexpected reunion one recent winter.

The Darjeeling Limited/ Hotel Chavelier (2007)

THE DARJEELING LIMITED, starring Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody and Jason Schwartzman, is an emotional comedy about three brothers re-forging family bonds. The eldest, played by Wilson, hopes to reconnect with his two younger siblings by taking them on a train trip across the vibrant and sensual landscape of India.

The Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)

It is the story of one Mr. Fox and his wild-ways of hen heckling, turkey taking and cider sipping, nocturnal, instinctive adventures. He has to put his wild days behind him and do what fathers do best: be responsible. He is too rebellious. He is too wild. He is going to try "just one more raid" on the three nastiest, meanest farmers that are Boggis, Bunce and Bean. It is a tale of crossing the line of family responsibilities and midnight adventure and the friendships and awakenings of this country life that is inhabited by Fantastic Mr. Fox and his

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