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Embarking upon a Wes Anderson "marathon"...
« on: June 24, 2015, 12:58:54 pm »
over the next week or so, I plan to watch/re-watch all Wes Anderson filmography...

Bottle Rocket - 8/10
Rushmore - 7.5/10
The Royal Tenenbaums - 8.5/10
The Life Aquatic - 4.5/10
The Darjeeling Limited - 7/10
Fantastic Mr. Fox
Moonrise Kingdom
The Grand Budapest Hotel

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Re: Embarking upon a Wes Anderson "marathon"...
« Reply #1 on: June 24, 2015, 03:57:20 pm »
Bottle Rocket - 8/10.  Very good film that is his first.  Quintessential Wes Anderson with quick cuts, tight shots, and multiple angles.  Good acting by both Wilson's.  Tight story with very different personalities within the characters - reminded me of the characters in Rounders a little.  Good bits of humor throughout in Anderson's style.  The movie starts strong and ends strong, but lags some in the middle and has trouble sustaining momentum throughout.  James Caan makes a brief appearance and is great in his small role - love the twist with his character near the end.  In all, not as polished as Grand Budapest or Moonrise Kingdom (my 2 favorites of his from what I've seen), but a very good first effort that was a lot of fun.

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Re: Embarking upon a Wes Anderson "marathon"...
« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2015, 12:13:18 am »
I've seen all his films. The only one I didn't like was Darjeeling Limited. My favorite is Life Aquatic.

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Re: Embarking upon a Wes Anderson "marathon"...
« Reply #3 on: June 25, 2015, 12:16:08 am »
I've seen all his films. The only one I didn't like was Darjeeling Limited. My favorite is Life Aquatic.

I have recently seen GBH and Moonrise and loved them both.  I have previously seen Rushmore and Life Aquatic like 10+ years ago, and I didn't like either.  I'm curious how much my tastes have changed over that time...

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Re: Embarking upon a Wes Anderson "marathon"...
« Reply #4 on: June 25, 2015, 02:02:09 am »
I have recently seen GBH and Moonrise and loved them both.  I have previously seen Rushmore and Life Aquatic like 10+ years ago, and I didn't like either.  I'm curious how much my tastes have changed over that time...

My ranking:

The Life Aquatic
Fantastic Mr. Fox
Grand Budapest Hotel
Moonrise Kingdom
The Royal Tenenbaums
Rushmore
Bottle Rocket


Darjeeling Limited

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Re: Embarking upon a Wes Anderson "marathon"...
« Reply #5 on: June 25, 2015, 01:15:44 pm »
Rushmore - 7.5/10.  This is a BIG jump from the first time I watched this movie when it was first released 15+ years ago - which validates my theory that my tastes in film has definitely changed.  I still don't like it as much as the other Wes Anderson works I have seen, but it was an interesting film with a very strong ending.  The acting was good and, while the cinematography is always good in Anderson films I feel like the camerawork wasn't quite as strong or unique to his style in this movie.  Also, the "stakes" weren't all that high for the most part - the only one who really had something to lose was Bill Murray's character.  Nevertheless, it was well-written with a good mix of humor and strife.  Love the scale of the high school production at the end.   Lots of good stuff here, including a superb soundtrack; though it didn't feel as true to Wes Anderson's unique style as the other films of his I have seen and the dark moments that do pop up are quickly squelched where they possibly could have been investigated further.

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Re: Embarking upon a Wes Anderson "marathon"...
« Reply #6 on: June 25, 2015, 01:25:15 pm »
I have recently seen GBH and Moonrise and loved them both.  I have previously seen Rushmore and Life Aquatic like 10+ years ago, and I didn't like either.  I'm curious how much my tastes have changed over that time...

My ranking:

The Life Aquatic
Fantastic Mr. Fox
Grand Budapest Hotel
Moonrise Kingdom
The Royal Tenenbaums
Rushmore
Bottle Rocket


Darjeeling Limited

Fantastic Mr. Fox
The Royal Tenenbaums
Bottle Rocket
Moonrise Kingdom
Darjeerling Limited





Life Aquatic
Grand Budapest Hotel

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Re: Embarking upon a Wes Anderson "marathon"...
« Reply #7 on: June 26, 2015, 01:19:16 pm »
The Royal Tenenbaums - 8.5/10.  The best of his first 3 films.  The movie is shot in much more Anderson style than Rushmore is with his quick cuts, great attention to detail in every tight frame, and multiple angles and depth.  The cast consists of some of my favorite actors (Gene Hackman, Bill Murray, Gwyneth Paltrow), and the performances are fantastic.  A lot of information is divulged early and takes a little while to disseminate, but once you grasp each characters idiosyncrasies and motives, the film really gets into a flow.  Gene Hackman pulls off the sleezy manipulator very convincingly, and the rest of the characters are very well constructed and portrayed.  The narration, scene descriptions, and chapter breaks are all nice touches that add to the quirkiness, and the movie stays pretty even-keel throughout - even after Luke Wilson's big move - until the last 1/4.  This film is certainly not as light-hearted as Moonrise Kingdom or even Bottle Rocket, but this film has deeper undertones and deals with more palatable personal issues (and personal discovery) than some of his other films.  Very good film.

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Re: Embarking upon a Wes Anderson "marathon"...
« Reply #8 on: June 27, 2015, 02:14:04 pm »
The Life Aquatic - 4.5/10.  The worst of his first 4 films in my opinion.  Of course, it is beautifully shot with great set designs and bits of quirky humor peppered throughout.  The cast is very strong, though I feel the acting itself was not up to the level of the talent.  Owen Wilson's accent was not only bad, but it kept fading in and out annoyingly - like it was so forced that he couldn't keep up the charade the whole time.  The characters were a little too stiff in their reactions to certain events (cat dying, getting slapped, stolen equipment, Ned, etc.) - to where there was a bit of an emotional disconnect with this film for me.  The dialogue, while still good in most parts, is a bit awkward and clunky at times when compared to his other works.  And, there were some strange concepts seemingly just for the sake of being strange (what was with the chick on his crew that didn't wear a shirt in the beginning?  Was she like the female version of Randy from Trailer Park Boys?).  And the whole Bill Murray = Rambo scene and subsequent rescue mission were much more absurd than funny to me.  While there was great attention to detail with regards to some of the creatures (crayon seahorse, pufferfish, rhinestone bluefin), the story, conversely, was all too often boring, slow paced, and without much energy.  Disappointing film overall.

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Re: Embarking upon a Wes Anderson "marathon"...
« Reply #9 on: June 27, 2015, 02:18:40 pm »
The Life Aquatic - 4.5/10.  The worst of his first 4 films in my opinion.  Of course, it is beautifully shot with great set designs and bits of quirky humor peppered throughout.  The cast is very strong, though I feel the acting itself was not up to the level of the talent.  Owen Wilson's accent was not only bad, but it kept fading in and out annoyingly - like it was so forced that he couldn't keep up the charade the whole time.  The characters were a little too stiff in their reactions to certain events (cat dying, getting slapped, stolen equipment, Ned, etc.) - to where there was a bit of an emotional disconnect with this film for me.  The dialogue, while still good in most parts, is a bit awkward and clunky at times when compared to his other works.  And, there were some strange concepts seemingly just for the sake of being strange (what was with the chick on his crew that didn't wear a shirt in the beginning?  Was she like the female version of Randy from Trailer Park Boys?).  And the whole Bill Murray = Rambo scene and subsequent rescue mission were much more absurd than funny to me.  While there was great attention to detail with regards to some of the creatures (crayon seahorse, pufferfish, rhinestone bluefin), the story, conversely, was all too often boring, slow paced, and without much energy.  Disappointing film overall.

Oh.

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Re: Embarking upon a Wes Anderson "marathon"...
« Reply #10 on: June 28, 2015, 07:36:24 pm »
Rushmore - 7.5/10.  This is a BIG jump from the first time I watched this movie when it was first released 15+ years ago - which validates my theory that my tastes in film has definitely changed.  I still don't like it as much as the other Wes Anderson works I have seen, but it was an interesting film with a very strong ending.  The acting was good and, while the cinematography is always good in Anderson films I feel like the camerawork wasn't quite as strong or unique to his style in this movie.  Also, the "stakes" weren't all that high for the most part - the only one who really had something to lose was Bill Murray's character.  Nevertheless, it was well-written with a good mix of humor and strife.  Love the scale of the high school production at the end.   Lots of good stuff here, including a superb soundtrack; though it didn't feel as true to Wes Anderson's unique style as the other films of his I have seen and the dark moments that do pop up are quickly squelched where they possibly could have been investigated further.
Honestly, part of the reason I quite liked this film was that it kinda eschewed Anderson's typical style and that it was small scale. So many films have the protagonist taking on huge problems nowadays, it was kinda nice to have something that showcased more "normal" problems.

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Re: Embarking upon a Wes Anderson "marathon"...
« Reply #11 on: June 28, 2015, 08:02:23 pm »
Rushmore - 7.5/10.  This is a BIG jump from the first time I watched this movie when it was first released 15+ years ago - which validates my theory that my tastes in film has definitely changed.  I still don't like it as much as the other Wes Anderson works I have seen, but it was an interesting film with a very strong ending.  The acting was good and, while the cinematography is always good in Anderson films I feel like the camerawork wasn't quite as strong or unique to his style in this movie.  Also, the "stakes" weren't all that high for the most part - the only one who really had something to lose was Bill Murray's character.  Nevertheless, it was well-written with a good mix of humor and strife.  Love the scale of the high school production at the end.   Lots of good stuff here, including a superb soundtrack; though it didn't feel as true to Wes Anderson's unique style as the other films of his I have seen and the dark moments that do pop up are quickly squelched where they possibly could have been investigated further.
Honestly, part of the reason I quite liked this film was that it kinda eschewed Anderson's typical style and that it was small scale. So many films have the protagonist taking on huge problems nowadays, it was kinda nice to have something that showcased more "normal" problems.

I love Wes Anderson's films mostly because of his unique style - so that's why this one isn't gonna be up there with his others for me (except Life Aquatic)...

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Re: Embarking upon a Wes Anderson "marathon"...
« Reply #12 on: June 28, 2015, 08:05:48 pm »
Fantastic Mr. Fox is god.  Grand Budapest Hotel is satan
  Everything else is humans on Earth (Steve Zissou is Sadaam)

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Re: Embarking upon a Wes Anderson "marathon"...
« Reply #13 on: June 28, 2015, 08:15:52 pm »
Fantastic Mr. Fox is god.  Grand Budapest Hotel is satan
  Everything else is humans on Earth (Steve Zissou is Sadaam)

Owen Wilson's accent in Life Aquatic was abysmal...

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Re: Embarking upon a Wes Anderson "marathon"...
« Reply #14 on: June 28, 2015, 08:35:56 pm »
Rushmore - 7.5/10.  This is a BIG jump from the first time I watched this movie when it was first released 15+ years ago - which validates my theory that my tastes in film has definitely changed.  I still don't like it as much as the other Wes Anderson works I have seen, but it was an interesting film with a very strong ending.  The acting was good and, while the cinematography is always good in Anderson films I feel like the camerawork wasn't quite as strong or unique to his style in this movie.  Also, the "stakes" weren't all that high for the most part - the only one who really had something to lose was Bill Murray's character.  Nevertheless, it was well-written with a good mix of humor and strife.  Love the scale of the high school production at the end.   Lots of good stuff here, including a superb soundtrack; though it didn't feel as true to Wes Anderson's unique style as the other films of his I have seen and the dark moments that do pop up are quickly squelched where they possibly could have been investigated further.
Honestly, part of the reason I quite liked this film was that it kinda eschewed Anderson's typical style and that it was small scale. So many films have the protagonist taking on huge problems nowadays, it was kinda nice to have something that showcased more "normal" problems.

I love Wes Anderson's films mostly because of his unique style - so that's why this one isn't gonna be up there with his others for me (except Life Aquatic)...
It's definitely unique, I just don't care for it much, personally.

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Re: Embarking upon a Wes Anderson "marathon"...
« Reply #15 on: June 28, 2015, 08:39:40 pm »
Rushmore - 7.5/10.  This is a BIG jump from the first time I watched this movie when it was first released 15+ years ago - which validates my theory that my tastes in film has definitely changed.  I still don't like it as much as the other Wes Anderson works I have seen, but it was an interesting film with a very strong ending.  The acting was good and, while the cinematography is always good in Anderson films I feel like the camerawork wasn't quite as strong or unique to his style in this movie.  Also, the "stakes" weren't all that high for the most part - the only one who really had something to lose was Bill Murray's character.  Nevertheless, it was well-written with a good mix of humor and strife.  Love the scale of the high school production at the end.   Lots of good stuff here, including a superb soundtrack; though it didn't feel as true to Wes Anderson's unique style as the other films of his I have seen and the dark moments that do pop up are quickly squelched where they possibly could have been investigated further.
Honestly, part of the reason I quite liked this film was that it kinda eschewed Anderson's typical style and that it was small scale. So many films have the protagonist taking on huge problems nowadays, it was kinda nice to have something that showcased more "normal" problems.

I love Wes Anderson's films mostly because of his unique style - so that's why this one isn't gonna be up there with his others for me (except Life Aquatic)...
It's definitely unique, I just don't care for it much, personally.

makes sense since I like it a lot...

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Re: Embarking upon a Wes Anderson "marathon"...
« Reply #16 on: June 29, 2015, 12:56:26 pm »
The Darjeeling Limited - 7/10.  Nice rebound from the disappointment that was The Life Aquatic.  The dynamic of the three brothers is well-defined and sets the foundation for the film early on, and drives the entire movie throughout.  The camerawork is different from his previous works as he pans MUCH more with the camera in this film, but it is warranted as it moves from brother to brother.  Beautiful shots of India - both in the countryside and crowded cities.  Some good little bits of humor - the shoeshine gone awry in particular cracked me up as did the line "I love you too but I'm gonna mace you in the face".  It's much more of an introspective "real life" story than the "bizarre for the sake of being bizarre" last effort in Life Aquatic, and it is a definite improvement.  Owen Wilson is so much better in this film than he was in Life Aquatic, that he carries the movie for the most part as the older brother/parent who is lovingly overbearing (in the absence of his mother).  For much of the film, the brothers are so disjointed that they can't even get burying the feathers right, and they rarely see eye-to-eye on anything (much like a dysfunctional family would).  However, through the tragedy at the river, they stumble upon the "spiritual journey" they were trying to manufacture the entire time, and the brothers grow much closer and arc a bit from there (while still staying true to themselves).  It's not as consistently dark as The Royal Tenenbaums, though it is sadly funny that, throughout the film, Peter cannot seem to get away from children, which continually stokes his inner-fears of being a bad/unworthy father.  In all, this was a fun little film that doesn't have high stakes but is enjoyable as an examination of a fractured sibling dynamic trying to mend.

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Re: Embarking upon a Wes Anderson "marathon"...
« Reply #17 on: March 19, 2018, 03:43:58 pm »
I'm gonna get back on this.  I'll have to rewatch the rest in the next few days because it's been a while.

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Re: Embarking upon a Wes Anderson "marathon"...
« Reply #18 on: March 19, 2018, 06:17:09 pm »
I'm gonna get back on this.  I'll have to rewatch the rest in the next few days because it's been a while.
Yeah, I probably should at least rewatch Fantastic Mr. Fox, especially since it'll take two weeks for Isle of Dogs to get to my area. I believe Moonrise Kingdom is still on Netflix.

 

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