I think it's fine to anticipate Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom

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It occurs to me that I haven't really liked a Wes Anderson film in a decade, but I have high hopes for this to the extent that I think it deserves its own thread.

http://insidemovies.ew.com/2012/04/10/moonrise-kingdom-wes-anderson/

Alba, Tuesday, 10 April 2012 23:28 (six years ago) Permalink

I liked the Fantastic Mr. Fox. This sounds promising, at least.

Respectfully, Tyrese Gibson (Nicole), Tuesday, 10 April 2012 23:34 (six years ago) Permalink

I was initially unsure about Darjeeling and Life Aquatic, but i've come around pretty hardcore on the former and I quite like the latter. Fantastic Mr Fox is great.

Still, with each new release, I anticipate a massive failure.

stay in school if you want to kiw (Gukbe), Tuesday, 10 April 2012 23:39 (six years ago) Permalink

"The movie is partly about how children at that age have this overpowering need for fantasy."

"at that age", huh

their private gesture for bison (difficult listening hour), Tuesday, 10 April 2012 23:55 (six years ago) Permalink

so did everybody else notice when the trailer came out that every shot is just bang-on symmetrical with the subject at the center of the frame?

raw feel vegan (silby), Wednesday, 11 April 2012 00:14 (six years ago) Permalink

also bill murray is in it?

their private gesture for bison (difficult listening hour), Wednesday, 11 April 2012 00:20 (six years ago) Permalink

Haven't LOVED a WA film in a decade but have never disliked one either, so, sure, I'll anticipate this one.

Look at how funky he is! (jer.fairall), Wednesday, 11 April 2012 00:33 (six years ago) Permalink

i really really want this to be good

Lamp, Wednesday, 11 April 2012 01:38 (six years ago) Permalink

i kind of hope there isnt an dialogue are action or anything but music and elaborate tableaux

Lamp, Wednesday, 11 April 2012 01:39 (six years ago) Permalink

http://26.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m2opbhfNnp1qz6f9yo1_500.jpg

Yeah, this looks like a Wes Anderson film all right.

DavidM, Wednesday, 18 April 2012 18:47 (six years ago) Permalink

lol difficult listening hour

some former lust object you've shamefully forgotten (some dude), Wednesday, 18 April 2012 18:49 (six years ago) Permalink

so did everybody else notice when the trailer came out that every shot is just bang-on symmetrical with the subject at the center of the frame?

― raw feel vegan (silby), Tuesday, April 10, 2012 7:14 PM (1 week ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

have you ever seen a wes anderson movies?

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Wednesday, 18 April 2012 18:56 (six years ago) Permalink

I just... I dunno

A Little Princess btw (s1ocki), Wednesday, 18 April 2012 18:56 (six years ago) Permalink

:D

Lamp, Wednesday, 18 April 2012 18:57 (six years ago) Permalink

Should I watch The Life Aquatic? I have been avoiding it because I heard it was Anderson's worst. I didn't care for Darjeeling but liked the rest of them.

polyphonic, Wednesday, 18 April 2012 18:58 (six years ago) Permalink

nah, don't do it

Number None, Wednesday, 18 April 2012 19:03 (six years ago) Permalink

i'd say you have to be interested in everything he does (which i am) in order not to be irritated and occasionally quite bored w/ life aquatic.

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Wednesday, 18 April 2012 19:17 (six years ago) Permalink

it's better than the life aquatic, but big step below everything else

yuppie bullshit chocolate blogbait (contenderizer), Wednesday, 18 April 2012 19:23 (six years ago) Permalink

lol, better than the darjeeling limited i mean

yuppie bullshit chocolate blogbait (contenderizer), Wednesday, 18 April 2012 19:23 (six years ago) Permalink

i actually found life aquatic the most tolerable of his movies thanks to the seu jorge ost

humba (NZA), Wednesday, 18 April 2012 19:24 (six years ago) Permalink

I really like Darjeeling, despite some clunking moments.

Life Aquatic is an unfocussed mess, but there's good stuff in there.

stay in school if you want to kiw (Gukbe), Wednesday, 18 April 2012 19:25 (six years ago) Permalink

anticipating this for sure, partly for because i kinda love the preciousness of anderson's set designs & set decoration, partly for the tilda, partly for the rhode island locations. it'll be pretty at least.

zubaz fupa (elmo argonaut), Wednesday, 18 April 2012 19:32 (six years ago) Permalink

i think bruce willis is the only casting decision i'm semi-excited about

some former lust object you've shamefully forgotten (some dude), Wednesday, 18 April 2012 19:33 (six years ago) Permalink

can't give Life Aquatic a fair shot after I saw it in a packed theater and the fanboys fell out over every single shot even if it wasn't meant to be funny

Kiarostami bag (milo z), Wednesday, 18 April 2012 19:34 (six years ago) Permalink

will not top Addams Family Values summer camp IMO

Kiarostami bag (milo z), Wednesday, 18 April 2012 19:35 (six years ago) Permalink

i just assume i will like this one and at worst there may be some stuff in it that i don't like. unless he has some kind of sudden decline which i doubt.

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Thursday, 19 April 2012 16:09 (six years ago) Permalink

milo z otm

lathe darkman (some dude), Thursday, 19 April 2012 16:15 (six years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

reviews rolling in. didn't realise how close the US release date was for this.

Fas Ro Duh (Gukbe), Wednesday, 16 May 2012 14:47 (six years ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbztK0gjTnQ

buzza, Saturday, 19 May 2012 20:26 (six years ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JzGn5DdCYIk

buzza, Saturday, 19 May 2012 20:29 (six years ago) Permalink

psyched for this.

i find it weird that this dude is so polarizing. i don't actually know many people IRL who hate wes anderson's films, but reading the interwebs (especially some critics i respect) you'd think he were brett ratner or something.

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Saturday, 19 May 2012 23:35 (six years ago) Permalink

to me it seems partly to do with how much you value the idea of the decorative and the obsessively patterned as values in art, ones that need not be combined with heady themes. i was going to say that critics prefer more obviously "humanist" films but that isn't true, since some of the same folks who dislike anderson's films will go gaga over haneke or dumont.

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Saturday, 19 May 2012 23:36 (six years ago) Permalink

i mean his films have given me extraordinary pleasure for values that seem essentially decorative (in the gombrich sense, though the fact that the word "decorative" has a negative connotation sort of makes my point), albeit transcendently deocrative. todd mccarthy's review gets this right i think.

of course the film giving me pleasure doesn't really amount to a very mature or convincing defense, since i don't know that i'd entirely buy that argument for some other films (part of me would, but not all of me).

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Saturday, 19 May 2012 23:38 (six years ago) Permalink

I don't hate him or anything but Rushmore to me was the clear apex of his style for me; every subsequence film has felt like diminishing returns, even the beloved Mr Fox.

Simon H., Sunday, 20 May 2012 00:13 (six years ago) Permalink

Argh too many "me"'s.

Simon H., Sunday, 20 May 2012 00:14 (six years ago) Permalink

rushmore remains my fave but FMF is close, an i don't think there's been a steady downward curve. i liked darjeeling better than the two films that preceded it. so there's no way i'd write him off via law of diminishing returns. IMO

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Sunday, 20 May 2012 00:30 (six years ago) Permalink

astonishing to me how little love there is these days for Tenenbaums (basically my fave film of the last 12 years or so) compared to the rest of his stuff.
it's like the 'Sgt Pepper's..' of his movies or something.

piscesx, Sunday, 20 May 2012 01:34 (six years ago) Permalink

Oh wow, I said Rushmore when I totally meant Tenenbaums. Rushmore also leaves me cold save for "Oh, are you?"

Simon H., Sunday, 20 May 2012 01:39 (six years ago) Permalink

i think rushmore won when be polled w.a. films, so there.

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Sunday, 20 May 2012 01:44 (six years ago) Permalink

his weakest feature is... Bottle Rocket. really, with all the shit filmmakers Millennials like....

anticipating.

World Congress of Itch (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 20 May 2012 01:52 (six years ago) Permalink

Clear case of texture over content but still, but I'll still go see it in the theater.

calstars, Sunday, 20 May 2012 01:53 (six years ago) Permalink

content, wtf

World Congress of Itch (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 20 May 2012 02:04 (six years ago) Permalink

Clear case of texture over content but still, but I'll still go see it in the theater.

― calstars, Saturday, May 19, 2012 8:53 PM (12 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

can you explain this a bit more?

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Sunday, 20 May 2012 02:08 (six years ago) Permalink

all style no substance?

Fas Ro Duh (Gukbe), Sunday, 20 May 2012 02:13 (six years ago) Permalink

ppl upthread are crazy, life aquatic is his best film

Mordy, Sunday, 20 May 2012 02:17 (six years ago) Permalink

it's his best movie with the word aquatic in the title but if you then go on to include all of the movies he has made that do not have that word in the title then it suffers badly by comparison

pet tommy & the barkhaters (darraghmac), Sunday, 20 May 2012 02:24 (six years ago) Permalink

life aquatic is a fine mess

Fas Ro Duh (Gukbe), Sunday, 20 May 2012 02:25 (six years ago) Permalink

For all of its surface affectations, Life Aquatic has some of the least affected performances in a Wes Anderson film. It's my favorite latter-day Bill Murray role, and Owen Wilson and Anjelica Huston are good, too. Plus Jeff Goldblum is funny.

something of an astrological coup (tipsy mothra), Sunday, 20 May 2012 02:45 (six years ago) Permalink

all style no substance?

― Fas Ro Duh (Gukbe), Saturday, May 19, 2012 9:13 PM (47 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

but what is "substance"? i'm sure we've had this debate a million times, i just never know what people mean when they say that.

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Sunday, 20 May 2012 03:02 (six years ago) Permalink

which is still wes boy's finest film. :-}

乒乓, Friday, 18 January 2013 12:46 (five years ago) Permalink

ha i had no idea rushmore was set in texas, too! was totally referring to bottle rocket in my post.

da croupier, Friday, 18 January 2013 13:16 (five years ago) Permalink

i like that it doesnt like SAY its set in houston, it just... is

zero dark (s1ocki), Friday, 18 January 2013 14:55 (five years ago) Permalink

wife's reaction to the reveal that it's set in houston: "but it's snowing in the movie!"

da croupier, Friday, 18 January 2013 15:06 (five years ago) Permalink

would be awesome if they actually called out the rarity of that

da croupier, Friday, 18 January 2013 15:08 (five years ago) Permalink

I was in Houston once, all I remember of it was that it was an elevated highway surrounded by ugly buildings. And sideways traffic lights.

(panda) (gun) (wrapped gift) (silby), Friday, 18 January 2013 21:43 (five years ago) Permalink

i think it is

a) "set in houston" for those in the know

b) set nowhere in particular for everybody else

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Saturday, 19 January 2013 00:41 (five years ago) Permalink

i mean v few of the actors (aside from wes's school buddies) code as texan anyway

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Saturday, 19 January 2013 00:42 (five years ago) Permalink

Watched Rushmore when it first came out, in Austin, with people from Houston and it was like watching Brewster McCloud with people from Houston. Had to watch the film over...alone. I am a Texan acquainted with Houston and Dallas but only know Austin and anything south and west of Austin. It didn't seem like it was set in Houston for me. I was not, in the know.

*tera, Saturday, 19 January 2013 01:07 (five years ago) Permalink

great Moonrise Kingdom thread

saltwater incursion (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 19 January 2013 07:37 (five years ago) Permalink

you can start a new "what is Houston like, and how would you tell what movies are set there" thread if you want

(panda) (gun) (wrapped gift) (silby), Saturday, 19 January 2013 08:03 (five years ago) Permalink

Are there any Houstony things in moonrise kingdom? That movie is really going to mess with my geographical conceptions of Texas if so.

Philip Nunez, Saturday, 19 January 2013 17:35 (five years ago) Permalink

^^I think HPD used to have Plymouth police wagons like Willis' back in the day.

Big Sambola & The Tailspinners (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 19 January 2013 17:44 (five years ago) Permalink

has WA spoken about researching New England?

saltwater incursion (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 19 January 2013 18:02 (five years ago) Permalink

Google Earth was used for initial location scouting, according to director Anderson,
We had to figure out where we were shooting this movie—in Canada or Michigan or New England ... ? We started out with "Where is this girl [Suzy’s] house, and where is the naked wildlife we want?" So [after Googling], we traveled around a bit, to Cumberland Island in Georgia, to the Thousand Islands on the New York/Ontario border ... we checked out all these locations.

Number None, Saturday, 19 January 2013 18:07 (five years ago) Permalink

wife's reaction to the reveal that it's set in houston: "but it's snowing in the movie!"

Did it snow in Rushmore?

Magic Miike (R Baez), Saturday, 19 January 2013 18:14 (five years ago) Permalink

iirc, there's some frost, but no snow.

Big Sambola & The Tailspinners (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 19 January 2013 18:29 (five years ago) Permalink

folks, threads drift around a bit, it's one of the nice things about ILX. don't be chumps about it.

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Saturday, 19 January 2013 22:56 (five years ago) Permalink

Sure, but "The Twits" has this tit for tat rhythm going on. "Fox" is just weirdly incomplete. "Matilda," on the other hand, has too much, an example of a great story almost totally unhinged by his erratic narrative. It's a great book about a smart lonely girl sent to a strict school with only a single kind teacher as parent figure, and then ... out of nowhere he gives her "Carrie"-like telekinetic powers! Much of "The Witches" is just a long description of what witches are, followed by a showdown. "BFG" may be his most solid, followed by "Charlie." Even "James and the Giant Peach" was more slight than I remembered it. "Danny and the Magic Finger" truly reads like it was spontaneously dictated in one sit.

Still love Dahl, though. It's a testament to his gifts that his stories and characters transcend the books that contain then!

― Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 17 January 2013 23:33 (2 days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

...

attempt to look intentionally nerdy, awkward or (thomp), Saturday, 19 January 2013 23:03 (five years ago) Permalink

Chabon: http://www.nybooks.com/blogs/nyrblog/2013/jan/31/wes-anderson-worlds/

Gukbe, Friday, 1 February 2013 19:21 (five years ago) Permalink

can not imagine a less appealing writer-on-filmmaker combination

zero dark (s1ocki), Friday, 1 February 2013 19:44 (five years ago) Permalink

what about bell hooks on Spike Lee

Women, Fire, and Dangerous Zings (silby), Friday, 1 February 2013 19:58 (five years ago) Permalink

more appealing

zero dark (s1ocki), Friday, 1 February 2013 21:08 (five years ago) Permalink

Jane Austen on Samuel Fuller.

the little prince of inane false binary hype (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 1 February 2013 21:09 (five years ago) Permalink

i'd hit it

zero dark (s1ocki), Friday, 1 February 2013 21:09 (five years ago) Permalink

Edith Wharton on Robert Aldrich too.

the little prince of inane false binary hype (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 1 February 2013 21:11 (five years ago) Permalink

tao lin on lena dunham

Mordy, Friday, 1 February 2013 22:46 (five years ago) Permalink

haha I'd read that

❏❐❑❒ (gr8080), Friday, 1 February 2013 22:48 (five years ago) Permalink

be reasonable

Mordy, Friday, 1 February 2013 22:53 (five years ago) Permalink

Rewatched -- so very fine, witty, generous. "I love you, but you don't know what you're talking about." As you were.

I WILL FIGHT NO MORE FOREVER

saltwater incursion (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 2 February 2013 13:51 (five years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

David Bordwell w/ a close reading, and engages Richard Brody's assertion “An auteur is not a brand”:

Some people find an inward-turned world like this to be fey, coy, twee, infantile, precious, or self-indulgent. It seems to me, though, that Anderson’s work from The Life Aquatic onward links up with a literary tradition we associate with J. M. Barrie and G. K. Chesterton. These writers employed childhood fantasy in an effort to imagine a richer, livelier realm behind prosaic reality. Another kindred spirit would be Winsor McCay, like Anderson an obsessively meticulous stylist who gives heft and lilt to dream worlds. In cinema we might recall Greenaway’s The Falls (1980), as obsessive and precious a project as can be imagined.

Indeed, why not mention the most famous figure of all? There is a trace of Lewis Carroll in Moonrise Kingdom’s looking-glass world—its strangely safe tree house, its deadpan absurdity, the habit of lawyers talking as if always in court. Like Carroll, Anderson doesn’t shrink from cruelty; the death of Snoopy is as perfunctory as that of the oysters on which the Walrus and the Carpenter tearfully dine.

http://www.davidbordwell.net/blog/2014/07/20/moonrise-kingdom-wes-in-wonderland/

son of a lewd monk (Dr Morbius), Monday, 21 July 2014 19:23 (four years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

Rescreened finite by introducing it to three friends who'd missed it at the time. I think now it's second best after Rushmore. Just beautiful.

Don A Henley And Get Over It (C. Grisso/McCain), Sunday, 16 November 2014 09:01 (three years ago) Permalink

eight months pass...

I'd never seen this photo until someone posted it on Facebook a few minutes ago.

http://amsterdam-ftv-blog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/gosta-peterson-06.nocrop.w1800.h1330.2x-856x580.jpg

Gösta Peterson, 1965 (same year as the film).

clemenza, Monday, 27 July 2015 01:21 (three years ago) Permalink

How did Belle & Sebastian miss that for a single/album cover?

Love, Wilco (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 27 July 2015 01:24 (three years ago) Permalink

Didn't know anything about this guy--photographed Twiggy a lot at the time.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/09/10/gosta-peterson-s-bohemian-rhapsody-unpacking-a-photographer-s-60s-secrets.html

clemenza, Monday, 27 July 2015 01:27 (three years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Saw this yesterday. Reminded me of Ozu with the head-on camera and very little movement. Even when the camera does rotate it does it in 90 degree increments.

I am probably the last person in the world to realise this. But then the only other WA film I think I've seen is FMF.

koogs, Saturday, 3 September 2016 04:37 (two years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

I forgot they kill a dog in this movie wtf

El Tomboto, Sunday, 20 November 2016 01:17 (one year ago) Permalink

how else would you know that wes anderson is the bad guy

qualx, Sunday, 20 November 2016 01:21 (one year ago) Permalink

one year passes...

wes anderson's best movie?

reggie (qualmsley), Tuesday, 2 January 2018 22:30 (nine months ago) Permalink

imo

Roberto Spiralli, Tuesday, 2 January 2018 22:43 (nine months ago) Permalink

Tied with a few others imo but in first

remember the lmao (darraghmac), Tuesday, 2 January 2018 22:52 (nine months ago) Permalink

better than royal tenenabums but ive heard life aquatic is really good and i really want to see it

so so far i have to say this just might be my favourite of his so far

infinity (∞), Tuesday, 2 January 2018 23:41 (nine months ago) Permalink

when does the dog movie come out?

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 2 January 2018 23:43 (nine months ago) Permalink

this one and the last were the best.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 2 January 2018 23:43 (nine months ago) Permalink

life aquatic is my second favorite (though there is lots of griping about it upthread)

march 23rd

reggie (qualmsley), Tuesday, 2 January 2018 23:44 (nine months ago) Permalink

life aquatic is the only one I have only seen once.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 2 January 2018 23:48 (nine months ago) Permalink

the staring contests between bill murray and owen wilson (with that awful mustache) are some of my favorite moments in film

reggie (qualmsley), Tuesday, 2 January 2018 23:53 (nine months ago) Permalink

I love WA’s work in general but « Life Aquatic » might be the only one I found so boring it took me a few times to watch it (although there are some great moments).

AlXTC from Paris, Tuesday, 2 January 2018 23:58 (nine months ago) Permalink

if you'll like life aquatic you'll like moonrise kingdom

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Wednesday, 3 January 2018 00:14 (nine months ago) Permalink


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