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05.03.2014 | 110 days ago | Posted at 11:17 AM
By David Luhrssen
 Although it had no stars and a low budget, Napoleon Dynamite found an audience outside the usual indie film circles. Marking the anniversary of its release, “Napoleon Dynamite: 10 Sweet Years” is a Blu-ray/DVD set with the expected deleted scenes, making-of shorts and comments by writer-director Jared Hess and star Jon Heder. The movie itself is the main attraction and the comedy has age...
03.30.2014 | | Posted at 05:28 PM
By Tyler Friedman
"There was theatre (Griffith), poetry (Murnau), painting (Rossellini), dance (Eisenstein), music (Renoir). Henceforward there is cinema. And the cinema is Nicholas Ray." Had he waited a few decades to deliver this pronunciamento, Jean-Luc Godard could have added another category: Wes Anderson is contemporary cinema's virtuoso of fairy tales. The designation is carefully chosen. I don't say '...
03.20.2014 | | Posted at 11:52 AM

Danubia Maps Out the Hapsburg Empire

By David Luhrssen
  Wes Anderson’s latest, The Grand Budapest Hotel, was inspired by the writings of Viennese essayist Stefan Zweig. But the director might want to point fans of his film to Simon Winder instead. Winder’s latest book, Danubia: A Personal History of Habsburg Europe (Farrar, Straus, Giroux) is a Baedeker to the cultural landscape suffusing Anderson’s film—and is much mo...
01.29.2014 | | Posted at 09:05 AM

A Close Look at the Films of Paul Thomas Anderson

By David Luhrssen
  Jason Sperb is not a fan of Paul Thomas Anderson. He’s something much better—an intelligent critic trying to discern what’s valuable and what’s not in Anderson’s body of cinematic work. In his close reading of the director, Blossoms & Blood: Postmodern Media Culture and the Films of Paul Thomas Anderson (University of Texas Press), Sperb finds much to admi...
Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Wes Anderson's eccentric summer camp

Since releasing Rushmore in 1998, director Wes Anderson has refined...
03.27.2010 | | Posted at 09:08 AM

Wes Anderson Gets Animated

By David Luhrssen
In a Wes Anderson movie, families never run smoothly but at least they run. In the animated comedy Fantastic Mr.Fox (out on DVD and Blu-ray), they are running for their lives�a family of foxes menaced by a trio of evil human farmers. Of course, the rascally behavior of their furry father figure, this film�s counterpart to Royal Tennenbaum, Mr. Fox (voiced by George Clooney), triggers their tro...
Thursday, Nov. 26, 2009

Wes Anderson’s Animated Comedy

In a Wes Anderson movie, families never run smoothly but at least they run. In the animated comedy Fantastic Mr. Fox, they are running for their lives—a family of foxes menaced by a trio of evil human farmers. Of course, the rascally behavior of their furry father figure, this film’s counterpart to Royal Tennenbaum, Mr. Fox (voiced by George Clooney), triggers...

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