Screen Junkies » wes anderson http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Thu, 11 Sep 2014 17:06:33 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Here’s ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ Made Out Of LEGOs To Kick Off Your Week http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/trailers/heres-the-grand-budapest-hotel-made-out-of-legos-to-kick-off-your-week/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/trailers/heres-the-grand-budapest-hotel-made-out-of-legos-to-kick-off-your-week/#comments Mon, 16 Jun 2014 16:59:49 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=262275 Bill Murray kind of looks like a LEGO man, now that I think about it.

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It’s a shaesme that Wes Anderson‘s films, due to their low-key, indie nature, don’t get the same props for production design by the mainstream that other films do. Love or hate them, they’ve got a distinct style that dovetails very nicely into the genetic of the film.

I must not be the only one that feels that way, because someone went through the trouble of building the entire Grand Budapest Hotel (from the film of the same name) out of LEGOs. And it’s pretty sharp.

 

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Soundtrack Studies – Wes Anderson http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/soundtrack-studies-wes-anderson/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/soundtrack-studies-wes-anderson/#comments Tue, 20 May 2014 16:49:44 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=261737 Music is Anderson's second-biggest calling card. Next to his unabashed love of the Futura font.

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While every Soundtrack Studies to date has focused on a specific album, it seems that focus is somewhat wasted on the works of Wes Anderson. While the true nature of variance among Anderson’s films could be debated (and surely is), it would be difficult to contend that Anderson’s style isn’t homogeneous.

Though I realize just by saying that, I’ve just readied a legion of Anderson fans for rebuttals. Oh well, they’re all probably wispy and weak.

Wes Anderson’s pursuit of a timeless (but certainly not placeless) quality to his films has gone from a quirk early in his career to a his calling card, to perhaps a crutch worth of mockery, as SNL’s The Midnight Coterie of Sinister Intruders so artfully indulged in.

In his avoidance of contemporary technology in his films, he also brings an aesthetic to the costuming that doesn’t belong to any era, but rather seems to belong to Anderson himself. And the same is true for the music in his films.

Curiously, the music in his films is far from anonymous. While a car in a Wes Anderson film is essentially an unbranded, shapeless placeholder for a car, the music belongs to famous artists. The Kinks, Simon and Garfunkel, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones.

These are among the most famous artists in popular music, albeit from an era that seems to vaguely jive with the costuming, technology, and production design. So why use the Stones when you could pick some unknown French chanteuse to sing them in her native language? It ups the quirk by a degree or two, and certainly would help keep the budget down by avoiding licensing the expensive originals.

It merits noting that Wes Anderson isn’t the sole gatekeeper of his soundtracks. I mean, he’s the director, and the de facto brand, so he certainly could exercise veto power, but he works hand-in-hand with Randall Poster, a music aficionado who, through his passion for music and film, landed a career soundtracking films. He’s worked with Anderson since Bottle Rocket, so if you’re looking for another reason for the alarming consistency, that’s one right there.

Another such indicator is that Anderson and Poster have what Anderson describes as the “vault,” which is a list of songs they have pre-selected with no particular movie or scene in mind. So, to that end, it appears that reason the duo picks some songs is simply because they like the song, and not because a particular scene is begging for its inclusion. To say that a song is “shoehorned” in would (probably) be dismissive, if only because the design DNA of the films and the muted emotion are so prevalent that the taste in music runs along the same lines, so perhaps there are handful of songs in the vault that are good contenders for a scene.

Or, what I believe more likely to be true, is that while audiences and critics may mock Wes Anderson, and the choice of music for his films, that doesn’t mean they don’t like it. They’re essentially pointing out a consistency, which is an odd thing to be critical of, in and of itself. The type of people who like, or even watch Wes Anderson films aren’t the type of people who object to a deep cut by The Kinks. So while these people may object to Anderson & Co. returning to the same well over and over, it appears that they say that despite really enjoying the water from that well.

Of the artists to enjoy several track listings in a Wes Anderson film, virtually none are American or English speakers. That shuts the naysayers up pretty quickly; criticize my heavy use of this artist and you’re a xenophobe. The most glaring and recognizable example of this would be the Seu Jorge tracks on The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. They’re all David Bowie covers sung in Portuguese, which is so damn Wes Anderson-y it makes me want to run out into the streets and cast Bill Murray in something.

For all of his fans, and the acclaim his films get, Wes Anderson’s soundtracking with Randall Poster is rarely described as masterful, despite being so heavily stylized and recognizable. The people that like these films understand that they’re buying into the Wes Anderson brand, and that brand is rife with things like Portuguese covers of David Bowie songs, “Hey Jude” played by the Mutato Muzika Orchestra, or just some obscure Rolling Stones song while the characters are running down the street with suitcases.

Few directors have made as powerful and distinct a brand out of their style, and while Wes Anderson’s style has many facets, it’s hard to say that his choice in music doesn’t set the tone more than any other aspect of the film. It’s good-natured, not of this era, slightly odd, but very comfortable. And to that end, he chooses music that perfectly fits the tone of his films.

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Presenting ‘The Grand Sausage Pizza’, A Pornographic Film By Wes Anderson http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/presenting-the-grand-sausage-pizza-a-pornographic-film-by-wes-anderson/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/presenting-the-grand-sausage-pizza-a-pornographic-film-by-wes-anderson/#comments Mon, 05 May 2014 20:16:55 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=261448 Imagine what it would be like if Wes Anderson directed a porno. Now imagine somebody was able to rent a dolly and get enough pink wallpaper to make it a...

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Imagine what it would be like if Wes Anderson directed a porno. Now imagine somebody was able to rent a dolly and get enough pink wallpaper to make it a reality. If you’d like to see the version with the quick zoom in on the money shot, you’ll have to upgrade to ‘Premium’.

 

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The Ultimate Wes Anderson Movie Quiz! http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/the-ultimate-wes-anderson-quiz/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/the-ultimate-wes-anderson-quiz/#comments Sat, 08 Mar 2014 01:37:02 +0000 Lyndsey Saul http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=260045 How well do you know the director and his quirky catalog?

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In honor of the release of Wes Anderson‘s eighth feature film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, today (to rave reviews, by the way), we ask you: how well do you know Wes Anderson and his quirky (and, let’s just say it—adorable) catalog? Test yourself to find out!

 

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Watch Wes Anderson’s New Short Starring Jason Schwartzman http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/watch-wes-andersons-new-short-starring-jason-schwartzman/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/watch-wes-andersons-new-short-starring-jason-schwartzman/#comments Thu, 14 Nov 2013 15:42:59 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=257986 Anderson on overdrive.

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A few weeks ago, the Internet went berserk over SNL’s limp attempt to ape Wes Anderson’s filmmaking style from the early 2000′s for the fake horror movie trailer The Midnight Coterie of Sinister Intruders. If that got your clicks, then you’re going to LOVE THIS. So Wes Anderson-y.

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SNL Offers Us The Trailer For A Wes Anderson Horror Film http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/snl-offers-us-the-trailer-for-a-wes-anderson-horror-film/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/snl-offers-us-the-trailer-for-a-wes-anderson-horror-film/#comments Mon, 28 Oct 2013 21:46:51 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=257743 You'll be murdered with quirkiness and Kinks songs.

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The more films he puts out, the more Wes Anderson finds detractors pointing out that his schtick is wearing a little thin. Timeless (and not in a good way) fashion, songs that almost sound like nursery rhymes, and deadpan characters. I see how it could get a little tiring.

However, maybe a genre shift would allow him a reprieve from these accusations. He could still do all the Wes Anderson-y stuff, but he would just have to have some people get killed. NBD.

It’s worth it just for the title reveal.

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Wes Anderson Is Up To His Old Trick Again With ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ Trailer http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/wes-anderson-is-up-to-his-old-trick-again-with-grand-budapest-hotel-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/wes-anderson-is-up-to-his-old-trick-again-with-grand-budapest-hotel-trailer/#comments Thu, 17 Oct 2013 15:51:46 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=257575 A return to form?

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Wes Anderson got this one in just under the wire so hipsters can fashion their Lobby Boy costume for Halloween. Because how embarrassing would it be to dress like Where The Wild Things Are kid again?

This time around, Ralph Fiennes stars as the selfish man-child whose outsized ego threatens to bring down everyone around him. All in all, The Grand Budapest Hotel looks like a return to form after the languid pace and forgettableness of Moonrise Kingdom. The ensemble comedy also stars Anderson favorites and newbies like Saoirse Ronan, Edward Norton, Willem Dafoe, Jude Law, Owen Wilson, Lea Seydoux, Bill Murray, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, Jeff Goldblum, Jason Schwartzman, F. Murray Abraham, Tom Wilkinson, Harvey Keitel, Tony Revolori and the color pink.

 

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Wes Anderson’s ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ Adds The Luminous Starpower Of Tilda Swinton And Adrien Brody http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/wes-andersons-grand-budapest-hotel-adds-the-luminous-starpower-of-tilda-swinton-and-adrien-brody/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/wes-andersons-grand-budapest-hotel-adds-the-luminous-starpower-of-tilda-swinton-and-adrien-brody/#comments Thu, 27 Dec 2012 19:39:11 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=252618 Christmas came late this year. Or whatever gift-oriented holiday is applicable to you.

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Not to settle with the presence of merely Jude Law, Jeff Goldblum, Ralph Fiennes, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, and Jason Schwartzman, Wes Anderson has decided to not stop casting until he surpasses Altman’s The Player in terms of gratuitous casting. So he’s picked up Tilda Swinton, who can be really funny when she wants to be, even though she rarely wants to be, and Adrien Brody, who is also funny, but only because he resembles an Afghan hound.

The film is set in the 1920′s in a Hungarian hotel, so it‘s guaranteed to shatter box office records on those premises alone.

But if that’s not enough, he’s sweetened the pot with Brody and Swinton. And what a sweet pot it is.

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Wes Anderson’s Next Film, ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ Will Star Johnny Depp And Jude Law http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/wes-andersons-next-film-the-grand-budapest-hotel-will-star-johnny-depp-and-jude-law/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/wes-andersons-next-film-the-grand-budapest-hotel-will-star-johnny-depp-and-jude-law/#comments Mon, 10 Sep 2012 18:31:15 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=250791 This film has the most Wes Anderson-y title of any Wes Anderson film.

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After the modest success of Moonrise Kingdom, Wes Anderson may be finding his way back to “fan favorite” after the past couple films relegated him to “cult favorite” and “indie darling.” How do you celebrate this feat? By getting some big-ass stars for your next project.

Following news that Owen Wilson and Johnny Depp had signed on for Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel, Jude Law has taken the liberty of announcing he too will be in the film. Law told MTV that we could expect the “usual team” of actors, which almost certainly means we can get geared up for the involvement of Bill Murray.

At this point, all we know is that the film will take place in Budapest, and the main character (Depp? Wilson?) will be a psychic.

Hey! This Wes Anderson film is shaping up to be quirky. I’ll be damned!

Fun fact: Jude Law played the baby in Three Men and a Baby.*

 

*Not really, but you had to think about it for a second, didn’t you?

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Johnny Depp To Play Dress Up With Wes Anderson http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/johnny-depp-to-play-dress-up-with-wes-anderson/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/johnny-depp-to-play-dress-up-with-wes-anderson/#comments Tue, 17 Jul 2012 17:43:10 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=249831 In a movie about a thing that happens.

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Tired of spending hours in the makeup chair and having to sit with Helena Bonham Carter at lunch, Johnny Depp has agreed to switch things up and appear in Wes Anderson‘s next film. Newly titled the most Wes Anderson-y name available, The Grand Budapest Hotel has cast Depp while it’s rumored that heartthrobs Jude Law and Angela Lansbury are also being pursued for parts. No word on whether or not Bill Murray will appear in the film, but c’mon. He’s the Wes Anderson version of Tim Burton’s Johnny Depp. (Deadline)

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Wes Anderson’s 10 Awesomest Characters http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/wes-andersons-10-awesomest-characters/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/wes-andersons-10-awesomest-characters/#comments Wed, 23 May 2012 23:31:13 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=248876 With apologies to Jeff Goldblum.

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We know him well for his meticulous attention to detail and composition and the color pink. Wes Anderson‘s Moonrise Kingdom opens this week and it looks to be no exception. Chock full of the visual flair and acerbic writing we’ve come to expect. And, of course, it also features crazy characters. A Wes Anderson film wouldn’t be a Wes Anderson film without wacky casting. Here’s a look at the strangest and best characters who’ve helped weave his films.

Raleigh St. Clair – The Royal Tenenbaums

The famous neurologist Raleigh St. Clair is renowned for his research but isn’t so astute when it comes to observing his own relationship. After suspecting that his wife no longer cares for him, he hires a private investigator to follow her. It’s revealed that she’s having an affair with a childhood friend and also smoking. Raleigh is more dismayed by the smoking.

Rat – The Fantastic Mr. Fox

Voiced by Willem Dafoe, Rat works as a guard to the evil farmer Bean’s cider room. The switchblade-wielding psycho gets a sick thrill out of defeating Mr. Fox whenever the opportunity presents itself. Do you know how hard it is to train a rat to stay in one place let alone use a switchblade? VERY, I’d assume.

That Kid Who Ends Up In Almost All of the Shots – Rushmore

Seriously. Who is this kid? He gets more facetime in this movie than Bill Murray. Hardest working extra in show business.

Dudley Heinsbergen – The Royal Tenenbaums

Raleigh St. Clair’s young research subject Dudley suffers from a rare disorder combining symptoms of amnesia, dyslexia, and color-blindness, with a highly acute sense of hearing. The results are both interesting and bizarre.

Mr. Littlejeans – Rushmore

Not only does he keep the grounds of Rushmore prep school well-maintained and sufficiently raked, but he often goes above and beyond by repairing damages caused to the campus by cut brakelines and students getting their hands on dynamite. He’s also a lover of the arts as evidenced by his critique of Max Fisher’s Vietnam saga Heaven and Hell.

Eleanor Zissou – The Life Aquatic

Anjelica Huston does wonderful work in Wes Anderson’s films but it’s her work as Eleanor Zissou — the ex-wife and benefactor to ocean adventurer Steve — that stands out as my favorite. Her brash, strong nature make her by far the toughest character in Wes Anderson’s universe. This is how the woman breaks bad news: “Your cat’s dead… a rattlesnake bit it in the throat.”

She’s even tougher than Future Man.

Dirk Calloway – Rushmore


Though their friendship had some bumps (Max trying to get a handjob from Dirk’s mom), Max Fisher found a true friend in Dirk Calloway. Who else would valiantly confront Herman Blume with the assertion, “Oh yeah and with friends like you who needs friends?” Say a prayer for Surf Boy. Wherever he is.

Dignan – Bottle Rocket

Dignan was the character who started it all. The excitable, heist-hungry man-boy who guided his friends into treacherous waters. He also served as the world’s first introduction to Owen Wilson. So it’s safe to say that without this role, it’s likely the world would never have the pleasure of knowing Dupree, wedding crashing, or that guy who got eaten by Anaconda.

Steve Zissou – The Life Aquatic

The eccentric caricature of Jacques Cousteau has to deal with a lot. Not only is he on a blood mission against the Jaguar Shark that ate his partner, he’s also forced to deal with his own sh*t when he meets a woman who doesn’t return his affections, opting to be with his illegitimate son instead. This and an unpaid intern uprising force Steve to realize that his youth is over and life is fleeting. Perhaps he shouldn’t spend the remainder of his on a vengeance quest.

Royal Tenenbaum – The Royal Tenenbaums

Anderson’s most flawed and arrogant character. And by extension the best. Whether he’s faking stomach cancer to get in good with his estranged family, or giving the grandfatherly advice, “I’m not talking about dance lesson. I’m talking about putting a brick through the other guy’s windshield. I’m talking about taking it out and chopping it up.”

I wish my granddad gave me that kind of advice. I would kill to have material like that.

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See ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ Through The Rummed-Up Eyes Of Bill Murray http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/see-moonrise-kingdom-through-the-rummed-up-eyes-of-bill-murray/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/see-moonrise-kingdom-through-the-rummed-up-eyes-of-bill-murray/#comments Tue, 22 May 2012 19:00:49 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=248843 We learn so much.

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Bill Murray made good use of his downtime on the set of Moonrise Kingdom by agreeing to give the viewer a personal tour of the film as only Bill Murray can. Possibly with the assistance of Sailor Jerry Spice Rum.

Here are a few of the things we learn from the video.

  • Bill Murray plays a man in the film.
  • Wes Anderson wears short pants.
  • Tilda Swinton can do whatever she wants.
  • Bill Murray doesn’t watch films that he’s not in.
  • Edward Norton gets a lot of psycho work.
  • People in short pants get mugged more often than average-panted people.
  • You can make your own pants at home using loud materials.

I hope this is a short pilot pitch for a series called Bill Murray on Film. Get after it, IFC.

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Screw It, Here Are Our 2013 Oscar Predictions http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/screw-it-here-are-our-2013-oscar-predictions/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/screw-it-here-are-our-2013-oscar-predictions/#comments Mon, 27 Feb 2012 15:00:25 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=246080 Are there any movies I'm missing? Yeah. Probably tons.

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We’re over this year’s Oscars, and have been for quite some time. I felt that 2011’s field was uncharacteristically weak, and having harped on it for the past few weeks, I’m ready to move on to 2012’s candidates.

Granted, I haven’t “seen” any of these films. And there are undoubtedly dozens of solid films that are still under my radar. And those films will probably feature strong turns by both actors and directors. But whatever, that won’t keep me from examining some of the strongest, most notable candidates for an award, going on experience and some educated guesses.

So this may not be the most subversive or even “accurate” Oscar prediction, and you’re not going to find any under-the-radar films and actors here. But you will find more than a few safe bets from known projects. Judging by the slate for 2012, we could see a lot more “Hollywood” films fill the ballots in the 2013 ceremonies, which always proves to be more satisfying, provided the popular films are the good ones.

Best Picture

The Dark Knight Rises
Lincoln
Life of Pi
Django Unchained
The Great Gatsby

The one thing these films have in common is each one is helmed by a great director, with Nolan, Spielberg, Lee, Tarantino, and Luhrmann all showing up in widely anticipated and rather big-budget movies. My early call is that Lincoln, with the reputations of Steven Spielberg and Daniel Day-Lewis behind it, will take the cake, with Life of Pi given a courtesy nod in this category. Nolan’s Dark Knight Rises could make a lot of noise if people lavish praise on the film for the scope of the production, but in the end, the heavier biopic will prevail.

Best Director

Wes AndersonMoonrise Kingdom
Christopher Nolan – The Dark Knight Rises
Marc WebbThe Amazing Spider-Man
Steven Spielberg – Lincoln
Ang LeeLife of Pi

It seems a little odd to have two comic book films represented here, but going off of the early sizzle reel I’ve seen from Spider-Man, Marc Webb is masterful at bouncing from bombastic action sequences to touching moments between Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone. Wes Anderson is back in our lives and hearts after the lukewarm reception of The Fantastic Mr. Fox, and I think he could get a lot of legacy goodwill in this category. Spielberg’s Lincoln is no-brainer given the man and the subject matter, and I think he’ll be the one to walk away with the bald gold guy.

Best Actor

Bill MurrayHyde Park on Hudson
Daniel Day-Lewis – Lincoln
Leonardo DiCaprioGreat Gatsby
Sean PennGangster Squad
Robert De Niro – Being Flynn

Everyone on this list but Murray and DiCaprio already have won their Oscars, and in the interest of appearing progressive (and not simply handing the award over to Daniel Day-Lewis, even though he’ll probably deserve it), they’ll bestow it upon Bill Murray, who’s distinguished career will come to a head with the most Oscar bait-y role he’s played so far. I think voters will be looking for an excuse to give it to him, but in this field, it’s a very tough call.

I’m hoping De Niro’s turn as a distant, homeless father in Being Flynn gets him out of the doghouse that he’s built for himself over the past decade. Sean Penn because, hey, Sean Penn, Leo because he’s just so damn handsome.

Best Actress

Blake LivelySavages
Jennifer LawrenceThe Silver Linings Playbook
Sally Field – Lincoln
Toni Collette – Jesus Henry Christ
Maggie GyllenhaalHysteria

Again, it’s hard to get too adventurous with these pics before the films have even been finished, so based on resume alone, I think we have a pretty strong group here. I think Field will be able to chew some serious scenery as Mary Todd Lincoln, and if she doesn’t get too terribly outclassed by her hubby, Mr. Day-Lewis, I think she’s the smart money here.

I think Hollywood wants to REALLY love Jennifer Lawrence, but seeing as how The Hunger Games is a little too mainstream for the snobs, she’ll get it in the David O. Russell film instead.

I’m also looking forward to Blake Lively in Oliver Stone’s The Savages, if only because she mastered a seedy role in The Town, and I’m eager to see her do it again as a beachy stoner. Toni Colette and Maggie Gyllenhaal because it wouldn’t be the Academy Awards without them, so why not both?

As you can tell, this has been a very scientific process, so let’s hear your thoughts in the comments if you’re feeling like yelling at us.

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‘Moonrise Kingdom’ Trailer: Count The Wes Andersisms http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/moonrise-kingdom-trailer-count-the-wes-anderson-isms/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/moonrise-kingdom-trailer-count-the-wes-anderson-isms/#comments Fri, 13 Jan 2012 23:30:17 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=242433 I've run out of fingers.

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The trailer for Wes Anderson’s newest film, Moonrise Kingdom has debuted and wow. This thing is really loaded up with Wes Andersisms. It’s pretty much boiling over with all of the elements that you would expect from Anderson’s films. Not to say that’s a bad thing. He’s cultivated a certain style over the years that has been imitated by many, but here he proves once again that he is able to out-Wes Anderson all imitators. Just imagine Anderson standing over a crumpled opponent while at the center of a perfectly symmetrical frame with non-actor extras cheering behind him in slow-motion. Play Nico’s “Chelsea Girls” over that image for added emphasis.

I’ve gone through the trailer below and picked out the elements that are classic Anderson. Have a look and let me know if I’ve missed any.

Awesome Wallpaper

Once Wes Anderson started getting larger budgets for his films, he immediately invested a good portion of that in awesome wallpaper. Even his films that take place on submarines and trains have really interesting walls. This design aesthetic was introduced for the most part in Rushmore but really hammered home with The Royal Tenenbaums. It looks like we can expect to marvel at the walls in Moonrise Kingdom as well. Sweet tent.

Overconfident Nerds

Another standard of Wes Anderson films are overconfident nerds. Moonrise Kingdom’s Sam seems cut from the Max Fischer cloth with his stern determination and absolute lack of fear. Reminds me of a young Bill Murray.

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When Bad Movies Happen To Good Directors http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/when-bad-movies-happen-to-good-directors/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/when-bad-movies-happen-to-good-directors/#comments Mon, 12 Dec 2011 16:01:06 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=238922 We're not going to yell at you. We just want you to know that we're very, very disappointed.

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Creating a list such as this is difficult, because perceptions are so clouded by expectations. These films are all big disappointments, but considering their sources, they are still better than many, many films out there. So none of these films are as bad as Beverly Hills Chihuahua, but they’re all far more disappointing because we hoped for more from the directors. Or, if the film was never salvageable, we wish the directors had utilized a little foresight and picked another project that had more potential.

Of course, this a very subjective list, so feel free to leave your vitriol and death threats in the comments.

War of the Worlds – Steven Spielberg

A great example of what I discussed in the introduction. This film isn’t awful, but it’s very unmemorable. It bears very little of Spielberg’s flourishes, other than it’s a huge production that’s competently directed. Of course, the same thing could be said about a film like Roland Emmerich’s The Day After Tomorrow, or even 2012. There’s not much of a story to be told here, and instead of getting a moving relationship between Tom Cruise’s character and his children, we get sap and explosions.

Jack – Francis Ford Coppola

And here’s one that doesn’t need the context of expectations to disappoint. This is just a bad movie. Directing Robin Williams, especially in a film like this, can’t be fun. The man swallows all the attention around him, except in the most reserved roles. Watching a 40 year-old Williams play a 10 year-old boy who copes with his problems by getting drunk doesn’t play to sentimentality, and isn’t all that interesting of a story. The whole thing plays to the fact that Jack is going to die young, and that looming fate makes it hard to view the movie as anything but sad.

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The 9 Directors Who Should Replace Brett Ratner At The Oscars http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/the-9-directors-who-should-replace-brett-ratner-at-the-oscars/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/the-9-directors-who-should-replace-brett-ratner-at-the-oscars/#comments Wed, 09 Nov 2011 21:48:40 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=235760 "The most disturbing Oscars ever" is still better than a boring Oscar ceremony, right?

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Well, since Brett Ratner’s out as producer of the Oscars, it’s time to find a suitable replacement. Perhaps it was Ratner’s lack of style that made him such an appealing choice. While the show must be a spectacle, it mustn’t bear the hallmarks of the men behind it, rather, letting the nominees, presenters, and awards themselves take the spotlight.

Well, if that’s true, then the following nine directors would just be awful, awful choices to helm the production.

Let me clarify: They would be awful for the tightasses at the academy. I would love it.

David Cronenberg

While Cronenberg doesn’t have any out-and-out hallmarks (just a general darkness and violence in his films), it would still be a blast to see what he would do with the Academy Awards ceremony. Perhaps he’d have one of the presenters betray another, causing a fistfight to break out, and forcing Hugh Jackman to repeatedly smash Halle Berry’s head on the steps until her body stops twitching. Perhaps during dance numbers, a shirtless Viggo Mortensen could idly walk through the production, staring daggers at Adrian Brody.

Tim Burton

Everyone would get super-excited about this year’s telecast being really dark and edgy, but would soon be disappointed to find that Johnny Depp and HBC are phoning it in, all the while realizing that Tim Burton’s not edgy anymore, he’s just kind of bad.

Perhaps the introduction could feature Christopher Walken stepping out in a top hat and spats, welcoming the audience to a “truly macabre finale to awards season.”

Also, everyone that was not a nominee would be dressed like a scarecrow.

David Fincher

Fincher could certainly bring a gritty sensibility to the polished-to-a-fault ceremony. He would find a way to make it rain during the entire telecast onstage, soundtracking even the most jovial moments with a low-fi Dus Brothers score.

Perhaps the telecast would end by focusing on the losers of the Best Picture Oscar, rather than the traditional approach of dwelling on the winner. All lights would be green and blue, and no one would ever laugh, ever.

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Pics From Wes Anderson’s ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ Show Edward Norton As A Boy Scout http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/pics-from-wes-andersons-moonrise-kingdom-show-edward-norton-as-a-boy-scout/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/pics-from-wes-andersons-moonrise-kingdom-show-edward-norton-as-a-boy-scout/#comments Tue, 07 Jun 2011 19:01:13 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Gallery&p=215122 After 'The Fantastic Mr. Fox', Wes Anderson is back to doing what he does best: making Wes Anderson movies.

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Some set pics have been released from Wes Anderson‘s newest film, Moonrise Kingdom, and they seem to contain your RDA of Wes Anderson hallmarks. We’ve got people wearing uniforms, a timeless set, washed-out colors, and of course, William Murray.

We’ve also got our first look at Edward Norton looking a lot like a scout master (as opposed to real life, when he only sorta looks like a scout master). All in all, it looks like trademark Wes Anderson, who has managed to stick to a style with enough varying stories that audiences haven’t quite tired of his conventions the way that they have other auteurs that peddle in quirk.

While the plot of Moonrise Kingdom has been the subject of much speculation, a few details have emerged. Playlist conveys that this will be his first period film, set in 1960′s New England, in which a boy and girl fall in love and run away, turning their hometown upside down in the process. Sounds ripe for Anderson’s quirky characters and his obscure Kinks songs.

Welcome back, old friend.

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Focus Features Buys Wes Anderson’s ‘Moonlight Kingdom’ With Indie Dollars http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/focus-features-buys-wes-andersons-moonlight-kingdom-with-indie-dollars/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/focus-features-buys-wes-andersons-moonlight-kingdom-with-indie-dollars/#comments Tue, 03 May 2011 02:40:09 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=210134 'Moonlight Kingdom' stars Bruce Willis, Frances McDormand and Anderson's super turbo BFF Bill Murray.

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In case you’re wondering, indie dollars are like regular dollars, but they can only be used to buy stuff that’s indie or whatever. Like vinyl LPs, mustache wax and the worldwide rights to a Wes Anderson movie.

Focus Features has acquired the rights to put Anderson’s latest film, Moonlight Kingdom, into US and foreign theaters. Anderson co-wrote the screenplay with Roman Coppola and will direct. Moonlight Kingdom stars Bruce Willis, Frances McDormand and Anderson’s super turbo BFF Bill Murray. The film’s about a young, small town couple who everyone thinks has disappeared, but really they just ran away together.

I hear rumors that the film will feature a preciously cool soundtrack and purposefully off-center framing, though I seriously doubt either rumor is true. (Hollywood Reporter)

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Jason Schwartzman Joins New Wes Anderson Film In Casting Shocker http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/jason-schwartzman-joins-new-wes-anderson-film-in-casting-shocker/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/jason-schwartzman-joins-new-wes-anderson-film-in-casting-shocker/#comments Thu, 24 Mar 2011 05:10:37 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=203374 The new movie, with the totally not hipster-y title 'Moonrise Kingdom', stars Bruce Willis, Frances McDormand and of course, Schwartzman.

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Actor Jason Schwartzman has been getting his Frequent Wes Anderson Cast Member Card punched for years. It’s hard to find an actor who’s very good at standing off-center in a shot. Bill Murray also has that talent. Maybe that’s why both actors are coming back for director Anderson‘s latest film.

The new movie, with the totally not hipster-y title Moonrise Kingdom, stars Bruce Willis, Frances McDormand, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, and we’ve now learned, Schwartzman. Moonrise Kingdom takes place in the 60s, where two young people decide to run away together. This causes everyone in their town to panic and form a rescue party to find them. Hopefully there will be more than one scene in which Willis and Murray team-up to do awesome stuff.

Moonrise Kingdom begins shooting this Spring in Rhode Island. (Examiner)

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Everyone Wants In Wes Anderson’s ‘Moon Rise Kingdom’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/everyone-wants-in-wes-andersons-moon-rise-kingdom/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/everyone-wants-in-wes-andersons-moon-rise-kingdom/#comments Wed, 10 Nov 2010 21:02:54 +0000 Col. Longshanks http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=7620 A whole slew of actors want to play in Wes Anderson's quirky sand box. Edward Norton, Bruce Willis, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, and Tilda Swinton are all in talks to star in Moon Rise Kingdom, Anderson's next directorial project that he wrote with Roman Coppola.

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A whole slew of actors want to play in Wes Anderson‘s quirky sand box. Edward Norton, Bruce Willis, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, and Tilda Swinton are all in talks to star in Moon Rise Kingdom, Anderson’s next directorial project that he wrote with Roman Coppola. A start date is set for next spring.

Moon Rise Kingdom is set in the 60s. Two young adults fall in love and run away. Leaders in their New England town are sticking the idea that they’ve disappeared and go in search of them. Norton will play a scout leader who brings his charges on a search. Willis is in talks to pla the town sheriff who’s also looking, and who is having an affair with the missing girl’s mother, the role McDormand is in talks to play. Murray, a regular in Anderson films, will play the girl’s father, who has his own issues.

Next spring leaves plenty of time for Murray to answer the messages that Anderson must be leaving on his 1-800 number. It’s the only way the eccentric funnyman will talk to anyone these days. I wonder how Anderson always seems to land him. Maybe they share the same taste in ironic t-shirts and music. It’s probably a really obscure band that you wouldn’t understand. (Deadline)

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Wes Anderson Needs 12-Year-Olds For Next Film http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/wes-anderson-needs-12-year-olds-for-next-film/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/wes-anderson-needs-12-year-olds-for-next-film/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Bask in all the irony. Hipsters everywhere will soon have a reason to not be indignant with the movies. Wes Anderson, their poster boy director, is in the midst of making a new film. There aren't many details yet, but The Playlist discovered that Anderson is looking for a 12-year-old boy and girl to fill the lead roles. I'm sure he's camera testing them in wide-angled, meticulously art-directed shots.  I'm a much bigger fan of Anderson's animated directing effort Fantastic Mr. Fox than I am of his live action films. Perhaps him shooting his next film with young leads means he's staying in touch with his inner child. Of course he'll have to cram Jason Schwartzman in there somehow, but he's compact and doesn't take up too much of the frame.

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Bask in all the irony.

Hipsters everywhere will soon have a reason to not be indignant with the movies. Wes Anderson, their poster boy director, is in the midst of making a new film. There aren’t many details yet, but The Playlist discovered that Anderson is looking for a 12-year-old boy and girl to fill the lead roles. I’m sure he’s camera testing them in wide-angled, meticulously art-directed shots. 

I’m a much bigger fan of Anderson’s animated directing effort Fantastic Mr. Fox that I am of his live action films. Perhaps him shooting his next film with young leads means he’s staying in touch with his inner child. Of course he’ll have to cram Jason Schwartzman in there somehow, but he’s compact and doesn’t take up too much of the frame.

 

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Fantastic Mr. Fox http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/fantastic-mr-fox/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/fantastic-mr-fox/#comments Thu, 12 Nov 2009 17:55:53 +0000 Reza F. Director: Wes AndersonCast: George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Owen Wilson, Bill MurraySynopsis: Angry farmers, tired of sharing their chickens with a sly fox, look to get rid of their opponent and his family.

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Director: Wes Anderson

Cast: George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Owen Wilson, Bill Murray

Synopsis: Angry farmers, tired of sharing their chickens with a sly fox, look to get rid of their opponent and his family.

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‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’ Music Video http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/fantastic-mr-fox-music-video/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/fantastic-mr-fox-music-video/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 In Fantastic Mr. Fox, cinema auteur Wes Anderson has decided to take his uniquely composed wide shots and apply them to the world of stop motion animal puppets. He still couldn't part with at least one brother Wilson and Jason Schwartzman, but this time they merely provide the voices for their underground dwelling characters. It's sure to be one heck of a good twitchy, off-putting, imaginative caper with enough George Clooney charm to spare. 

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In Fantastic Mr. Fox, cinema auteur Wes Anderson has decided to take his uniquely composed wide shots and apply them to the world of stop motion animal puppets. He still couldn’t part with at least one brother Wilson and Jason Schwartzman, but this time they merely provide the voices for their underground dwelling characters. It’s sure to be one heck of a good twitchy, off-putting, imaginative caper with enough George Clooney charm to spare

Below is a short music video from the soundtrack called Let Her Dance by The Bobby Fuller Four. It’ll give you a taste of the stop motion magic that comprises the entire film, and I gotta say I’m kinda diggin’ it. It reminds me of the old Rankin/Bass Christmas cartoons from the 70s, which is what I’m sure Anderson was going for. Maybe Heat Miser will even make a cameo appearance…

The Fox gang can berate him until he crawls back to his volcano home, the grumpy old bastard.

Dance along with the Fantastic Mr. Fox music video below. 


Fantastic Mr. Fox Music Video – Watch more Funny Videos

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