Tag Archives: Wes Anderson

They Will Win Oscars This Sunday

Red carpets are being rolled out, female stars are deciding which fashion giants to promote, and big Oscar statues outside the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles are getting their last golden polish. The 87th Academy Awards will take place this Sunday and I feel confident that host Neil Patrick Harris will do an excellent job. After … Continue reading They Will Win Oscars This Sunday

Trespassing Bergman

Edited together (with partly new material) from a documentary series, this film examines (in chronological order) the career and films of Ingmar Bergman through the eyes of numerous prominent filmmakers and actors who have been more or less touched by the Master’s work. Some of them also visit the stark island in Sweden where Bergman … Continue reading Trespassing Bergman

Grand Budapest Hotel: Fighting a European Sickness

  In February 1942, the Jewish writer Stefan Zweig and his wife were found dead in Brazil after committing suicide. In his native Austria, World War I had turned Zweig into a pacifist; when Hitler rose to power in Germany, the author fled to America and stayed in New York City for a while before … Continue reading Grand Budapest Hotel: Fighting a European Sickness

The Greatest Hits of 2014

It’s time for that annual list of this year’s highly anticipated Hollywood films. Here’s 2014 for ya. JANUARY: * Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit – This reboot of Tom Clancy’s CIA analyst cum action hero has Chris Pine, Kevin Costner and Kenneth Branagh (who’s also directing), but the trailer disturbingly shows another variation on the Jason Bourne … Continue reading The Greatest Hits of 2014

When Owen Wilson Made Me Cry

Owen Wilson turns 45 years old today. In the clip above, we see him and Vince Vaughn goofing off in a CNN interview, showing just how friendly they are. They previously made Wedding Crashers (2005); unfortunately, the one they’re promoting in this clip is the disappointing The Internship. Wilson does have a far more colorful past … Continue reading When Owen Wilson Made Me Cry

Moonrise Kingdom

In 1965, an orphaned boy scout and his new-found girlfriend (Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward) run away from home, which prompts a search. This will no doubt satisfy die-hard fans of Wes Anderson who has made another dollhouse of a movie, one that offers meticulously designed scenes that mirror Anderson’s sepia-toned artistic vision and fondness for … Continue reading Moonrise Kingdom

5 Summer Movies That Had Better Be Great

Entertainment Weekly recently presented a list of 30 summer movies they “can’t wait to see”. Yeah, right, I thought. As we all know, maybe five of them will be really good. One of them will NOT be Battleship (opening May 18). But how about these five:   The Avengers – My attitude to the previous films have … Continue reading 5 Summer Movies That Had Better Be Great

The Darjeeling Limited

  Peter and Jack (Adrian Brody, Jason Schwartzman) reunite with their brother Francis (Owen Wilson) on a train in India; they haven’t talked in a while, but Francis wants them to bond on this spiritual journey. Fans of director Wes Anderson will recognize his themes, approach and style, but I found myself more interested in the … Continue reading The Darjeeling Limited

Royal Tenenbaums: Family Business

FAMILY ISN’T A WORD… IT’S A SENTENCE.   At the time of its release, famed film critic Leonard Maltin was one of several to point out the fact that Wes Anderson’s new film has no story. He’s right about that, it’s very difficult to tell someone what this movie is about. What it does have … Continue reading Royal Tenenbaums: Family Business

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

Fans of Jacques Cousteau are either going to be very amused or very insulted by Wes Anderson’s colorful but inconsequential film about a deep-sea explorer (Bill Murray) who mounts an expedition to find the mysterious jaguar shark that killed his best friend. Along for the ride is the explorer’s son (Owen Wilson); the absent father … Continue reading The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou