The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

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Wes Anderson's new movie [New Anderson Movie] has arrived! And while reviews are almost all very positive, they differ dramatically in how they think it compares to the rest of the movies in Anderson's oeuvre.I'll get to my thoughts about [New Anderson Movie] in a while. But first...Moviegoer 1 calls [New Anderson Movie] "a masterpiece — the most 'Andersonian' movie yet! You can see pieces of all of his previous films here, like he was building to this one all along!"Moviegoer 2 di … [Read more...]

The Incredibles (and Other 10-Year-Old Films); Jesus Films; Matt Zoller Seitz; Scott Cairns

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I haven't posted any Hi 5s on ths blog in a while, but it's... um... "hi time" that I got back in the habit of it. Gratitude is good for the soul.What is Hi 5 to the Face? Find out here.Let's get started! This time, I'm sending Hi 5s to the following superstars...Ken Morefield over at 1 More Film Blog, for inviting Steven Greydanus to toast Pixar's The Incredibles, which is now ten years old! … [Read more...]

Look! An April Shower of Distractions – Six Intriguing Links

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Just in case you missed them, here's a list of six distractions from the past few days. It's a parade of bizarre attractions starring...- Quentin Tarantino - Steve Taylor - Donald Miller - Roman Coppola and Wes Anderson - Andrew Sullivan - Steve Martin - Edie Brickell - and a feast served by somebody named... Babette.If you have work to do, avoid the following links at all costs... … [Read more...]

The Amazing Adventures of Anderson and Chabon

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Michael Chabon is writing about the films of Wes Anderson. So I have postponed my plans for the morning until I've read the whole thing.Here's how it begins... … [Read more...]

Look! Wes Anderson Winners, Over the Rhine, James Bond, “Anna Karenina,” “Lincoln,” Twitter, Wim Wenders, Aimee Mann, Scott Derrickson, Sara Zarr, and “The Kid With a Bike”

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Look!These links caught my attention today, for one reason or another.Check back later. I may add more look-worthy links as the day goes on. … [Read more...]

Your Favorite Wes Anderson Movie: Which One… and Why?

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Moonrise Kingdom? The Royal Tenenbaums? The Fantastic Mr. Fox? Rushmore?Which Wes Anderson movie is your favorite? And why?Are you going to take a stand for The Darjeeling Limited? Bottle Rocket? The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou?I want to know. And if you're willing to share, I might share your perspective on an upcoming podcast. Here are the details... … [Read more...]

Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

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Of Gods and Men made Steven Greydanus say that he felt like he had become a critic in order to be prepared to review that movie. I've only felt that way about a few films. Moonrise Kingdom is one of them. Here is my review, which was originally published at Good Letters, the blog hosted by Image. (All of the original comments are posted there.) … [Read more...]

The Trailer for the First of Two Major 2012 Films by Guys Named Anderson….

Part of me is saying, "Oh, brother. Wes Anderson's style is becoming so familiar that I couldn't tell the difference between a parody and the real thing."Another part of me is saying, "This looks like all kinds of fun."http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7N8wkVA4_8s … [Read more...]

Specials: Coppola on Great “Young Directors.” Nick Cave Raises Lazarus. Performances We Won’t See.

Coppola's Favorite Young Directors Francis Ford Coppola on his favorite "young directors": Q: With the caveat that you can't name anyone related to you, are there any young directors out there whose work feels to you like the stuff that you and your chums were making back in the day?A: I know this is gonna sound funny, but the one young director I really admire is Woody Allen, because he writes 'em, and he makes 'em, and he goes on undaunted and just does it, and every film he makes has … [Read more...]

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)

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This review was originally published at Christianity Today in December 2004.-You won't find the word father on the résumé of Steve Zissou.That's because Zissou, an inventive seafaring documentarian, has been too caught up in his own self-perpetuating mythology to settle down and raise a family. But every dream has its price, and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, director Wes Anderson's latest melancho-medy, is the story of a visionary who must reckon with the temporality, and the c … [Read more...]


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