The influence of Stanley Kubrick in Wes Anderson’s work

Thursday, 9 June, 2016

US filmmaker Wes Anderson references Stanley Kubrick in his work far more often than I realised. Of course, Anderson’s distinct style has its own way of making his influences that much harder to detect.

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Wes Anderson; A Group Exhibition, in Adelaide, South Australia

Thursday, 26 February, 2015

Wes Anderson; A Group Exhibition

It’d be fair to say I’m a fan of the work of US film director Wes Anderson, so it’s a little unfortunate that I’ll more than likely miss Wes Anderson; A Group Exhibition, unless I can get myself to Adelaide, at a point between the time the art show opens on Thursday, 5 March, through to its close on 1 April.

Lisa King is among artists whose work will be featured at the show, being held at Sugar Nightclub, Level 1, 274 Rundle Street, Adelaide.

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The Grand Budapest Hotel

Thursday, 3 April, 2014

4 stars
The Grand Budapest Hotel scene

While the facade of The Grand Budapest Hotel has an indeterminable aesthetic appeal, it is the stories of the happenings playing out within its walls that are far more alluring and captivating, some of which are related during the course of the film of the same name, trailer, by Wes Anderson (“Rushmore”, “Moonrise Kingdom”).

Zero (Tony Revolori) works as a bell boy at the iconic hotel under the tutelage of offbeat concierge, Gustave (Ralph Fiennes). Following a bizarre turn of events, the pair find themselves running from the law after the family of a wealthy guest, Madame D (Tilda Swinton), who died in mysterious circumstances, accuses them of her murder.

Eight full length features in, and US film director Anderson is yet to show any signs of fumbling the ball. “The Grand Budapest Hotel” bears all the hallmarks of his work, quirky, whimsical, fun, with suitably eccentric performances from an ensemble cast who seem to be enjoying themselves, all framed within the usual palette of vivid colours.

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Centering on the symmetry in Wes Anderson’s films

Wednesday, 26 March, 2014

US film director Wes Anderson certainly has a penchant for symmetry, among other things of course… in case you hadn’t already noticed.

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It’s time for so-called Wes Anderson experts to walk the walk

Wednesday, 12 February, 2014

Wes Anderson’s new feature, The Grand Budapest Hotel, opens in Australia on 14 April. In the meantime you can test your knowledge of things Wes Anderson, by way of this Guardian quiz.

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“Castello Cavalcanti”, a new short film by Wes Anderson

Thursday, 21 November, 2013

While we’re waiting for Wes Anderson’s latest feature The Grand Budapest Hotel to open, sometime around early March next year I think, sit back and enjoy a short film, Castello Cavalcanti, that he made for Italian fashion designers Prada.

It seems as if the story is only getting started before it comes to an end. Maybe there’s a sequel on the way?

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Trailer for “The Grand Budapest Hotel”, the new Wes Anderson film

Thursday, 24 October, 2013

It seems like it was only a couple of months ago that Moonrise Kingdom was showing in cinemas, in-fact it was well over a year ago.

Still with The Grand Budapest Hotel slated for release in early March of next year, there hasn’t exactly been much time for US film director Wes Anderson for sit back and take things easy.

Going by the trailer though, “The Grand Budapest Hotel” looks a little more like, say, The Darjeeling Limited, that Anderson made in 2007, than “Moonrise Kingdom”, in that travel, of some sort, looks to be part of the story.

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For fans of “Moonrise Kingdom”, production notes and more

Tuesday, 5 February, 2013

Moonrise Kingdom cast

A treat for fans of Wes Anderson’s latest film Moonrise Kingdom… the screenplay, production notes, set design plans, and behind the scenes photos, all rolled into together.

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Moonrise Kingdom

Tuesday, 28 August, 2012

4 stars

A world that exists only in the imagination, yet one that is not entirely unreal, a time and place some of us were fortunate enough to inhabit during seemingly endless summers as children, is the setting for Wes Anderson’s (“Rushmore”, “The Darjeeling Limited”) new romantic comedy drama, Moonrise Kingdom (trailer).

Sam (Jared Gilman) is an orphaned, outcast, twelve year old boy scout spending the summer of 1965 at Camp Ivanhoe, on New Penzance, a fictitious island off the coast of New England. The island is also home to a small community that includes Suzy (Kara Hayward), a girl of Sam’s age, who he meet, and fell in love with, the year before.

Sam is tired of being shuttled between foster homes, while the troubled Suzy, by way of her binoculars, imagines life far from her parents, Walt (Bill Murray) and Laura (Frances McDormand). Since meeting, Sam and Suzy have been writing to each other, and secretly planning an escape to a bay on the island they have named Moonrise Kingdom.

Moonrise Kingdom still

Once it is realised the pair are missing though, the island’s sole police officer, Captain Sharp (Bruce Willis), and Randy Ward (Edward Norton), the scout master, soon track them down. Although forbidden to see each other again, members of Sam’s scout troupe, even though they are indifferent to him, hatch a plan to reunite the couple.

“Moonrise Kingdom”, with its warm, saturated, colours, and nostalgic charm, draws viewers into a world far removed from reality. But this story of innocent love is not as simple as it appears, it is also very much a character study of the adults, who, in their fervour to set the seemingly misguided young lovers right, are blind to their own flaws.

With his off-beat methods of story telling, Anderson’s films either hit the nail on the head, or they totally miss the mark. In “Moonrise Kingdom” however he finds a groove, and with the aid of a top-notch ensemble cast – especially Hayward and Gilman, who upstage everyone else – has little difficulty dressing up the absurd to look perfectly plausible.

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There’s one thing worse than talking about “Moonrise Kingdom”…

Thursday, 19 January, 2012

It sure has people talking… a critique of the… trailer for Moonrise Kingdom, Wes Anderson’s most recent feature, he of “The Darjeeling Limited” and “Fantastic Mr. Fox” fame.

Congratulations to Wes Anderson. He has squeezed more preciousity into two minutes of trailer than most films can get into two hours of screen time. Not a single frame or line of dialoge resembles anything ever seen in nature, outside of the zany mind of a hipster art director.

No word, by the way, of an Australian release date as yet.

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