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The trailer for Wes Anderson's new movie, Moonrise Kingdom, is out, and boy is it Wes Anderson-y.
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Paging Armond White!
posted by Artw at 2:46 PM on January 12, 2012 [1 favorite]


direct trailer link
posted by delmoi at 2:46 PM on January 12, 2012 [2 favorites]


Anderson has never made a period picture [...] and has never made a movie focused so squarely on children

I guess both of these are true, but only in the most literal sense.
posted by decagon at 2:47 PM on January 12, 2012 [29 favorites]


Sold. Where do I sign up?
posted by Aznable at 2:48 PM on January 12, 2012


Fantastic Mr. Fox is a counterargument to both of those, isn't it?
posted by Artw at 2:48 PM on January 12, 2012 [2 favorites]


A little of that goes a long way. A lot goes even further.

Bravo.
posted by BobbyVan at 2:50 PM on January 12, 2012


It really is overly mannered, exceptionally twee, and almost unbearable precious.

God, I've missed that.
posted by Bunny Ultramod at 2:52 PM on January 12, 2012 [8 favorites]


Did You Know? Wes Anderson has made five additional movies under the invented name "Todd Solondz" as an outlet for his raging id.
posted by theodolite at 2:55 PM on January 12, 2012 [17 favorites]


Just tell me where and when.
posted by Sticherbeast at 2:56 PM on January 12, 2012 [1 favorite]


That trailer just made my day. How does he do that?
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 2:56 PM on January 12, 2012 [3 favorites]


Also, this post is enjoyably eponysterical.
posted by Sticherbeast at 2:58 PM on January 12, 2012 [2 favorites]


That trailer almost feels like some kind of parody.
posted by curious nu at 3:02 PM on January 12, 2012 [2 favorites]


Frances McDormand? I'm there.
posted by Houyhnhnm at 3:04 PM on January 12, 2012 [2 favorites]


He's discovered a new font, though, so it's not all just the same old stuff again.
posted by dng at 3:06 PM on January 12, 2012 [16 favorites]


I cannot wait for this. I didn't even know it was coming out. Look at all those beautiful images!
posted by AzzaMcKazza at 3:07 PM on January 12, 2012


I would like to be excited, given the awesome cast, but everything since Rushmore (one of my all-time faves) has been a case of diminishing returns for me (although I haven't seen Mr. Fox). YMMV, and that's cool.
posted by The Card Cheat at 3:07 PM on January 12, 2012 [4 favorites]


This movie looks like they shot on the Alexa and forgot to color correct it (skip to where LUT turns off at :9 seconds).
posted by nathancaswell at 3:08 PM on January 12, 2012


Yeah, so, basically I can't wait.
posted by Joey Michaels at 3:10 PM on January 12, 2012


I'm pretty psyched, but I unabashedly love Wes Anderson's movies (some more than others).

theodolite: Solondz's current editor is a MeFite.
posted by defenestration at 3:10 PM on January 12, 2012


Some pretty strong assumptions about the movie based on a two-minute trailer, I'd say.

The trailer makes me want to see the movie, but, then: Wes Anderson, Bill Murray, etc.; I'd want to see it anyway.
posted by kozad at 3:13 PM on January 12, 2012


Ok, so here's the thing. I read "trailer for the new Wes Anderson movie" and I think: "Aw shit. Another nostalgia fest featuring precocious children and infantile adults doing tooth-numbingly earnest things in a daydream-like setting." And the first few seconds are all about that. Then I'm like:

Is that Edward Norton as a scout leader?
Man these kids are awesome.
Bruce Willis!
Hey, it's a shirtless Bill Murray with an axe and a bottle of wine!

And by that point, dear reader, I'm hooked.

This fucking guy, man.
posted by R. Schlock at 3:15 PM on January 12, 2012 [47 favorites]


Yep. His trailers always draws me in and then I wind up disappointed. Fool me once, shame on you...
posted by cazoo at 3:16 PM on January 12, 2012


has been a case of diminishing returns for me (although I haven't seen Mr. Fox).

Oh, DO see that. Rushmore is the only other one of his films I can even stand (well, Life Aquatic was decent, but Royal Tenenbaums makes me want to punch necks), but Fantastic Mr. Fox is hilarious and eminently rewatchable. Also very twee, but the format makes that seem more tolerably appropriate.
posted by FatherDagon at 3:21 PM on January 12, 2012 [3 favorites]


I FUCKING LOBE THE LIFE AQUATIC! LOVE IT!

/puts on Ping Island music.
posted by Artw at 3:22 PM on January 12, 2012 [11 favorites]


lobe/love
posted by Artw at 3:22 PM on January 12, 2012


We did the love/hate Life Aquatic / Rushmore thing a few months ago (to spare everyone a recap). For the record, I'm on the side of Love both.
posted by Popular Ethics at 3:25 PM on January 12, 2012


When I first heard about this movie, I thought maybe Anderson had been reading Joyce Cary's Charlie Is My Darling also about children running off together during wartime. The trailer has more laughs then Cary, though. Even so, I want to hear someone ask Anderson or Coppola about this.
posted by CCBC at 3:25 PM on January 12, 2012


Does anyone know what the music starting at I:28 is? It's used in the Keira Knightley version of Pride and Prejudice as well. Is it Bach?
posted by costanza at 3:25 PM on January 12, 2012


Huh. I've enjoyed his movies when I've seen them. But there's so much hate piled on the guy I kind of expected to be annoyed by the trailer. But I thought it looked fun.
I FUCKING LOBE THE LIFE AQUATIC! LOVE IT!
It's definitely my favorite of his films.
posted by delmoi at 3:26 PM on January 12, 2012


Rushmore, I see your stand-in father figure and raise you FOUR stand-in father figures.
posted by Pathos Bill at 3:26 PM on January 12, 2012 [1 favorite]


I really love Bottle Rocket, Rushmore and (to a lesser extent) The Royal Tenenbaums, but I found The Life Aquatic... extremely off-putting. It takes a lot to put me off of something that features a ton of stop motion, but that movie succeeded, and I think that's the reason I haven't seen his last two films.

It wasn't a conscious decision, mind you, but I just haven't bothered. I should really give Anderson another shot. This trailer does look like fun.
posted by brundlefly at 3:27 PM on January 12, 2012


To me The Dahjeeling Limited is every bit as awful as people like to claim Life Aquatic is. Worse, in fact - it commits the crime of being DULL.
posted by Artw at 3:29 PM on January 12, 2012 [1 favorite]


He lost me a bit at Bill Murray and Bruce Willis, but Tilda Swinton always brings me back.
posted by sonascope at 3:31 PM on January 12, 2012


I think the reason why I'm not going to be into this movie is that if I loved kids as much as this movie is about them, I would have them. The "darling and adorable" just rubs me as pretentious and privileged in Mr. Anderson's movies after a while and isn't something I want to endure. Childhood is a frightening, scary time in one's life. Mine was not colored in fanciful camera-specific colors.
posted by alex_skazat at 3:31 PM on January 12, 2012 [1 favorite]


Wes Anderson is the Melvin Van Peebles of white people.
posted by Bookhouse at 3:35 PM on January 12, 2012 [32 favorites]


I am Jack's missing camper.
posted by hellojed at 3:35 PM on January 12, 2012 [2 favorites]


Wes Anderson is the Melvin Van Peebles of white people.

I will be stealing this line later
posted by nathancaswell at 3:41 PM on January 12, 2012 [3 favorites]


The trailer is really amusing, and the twee/quirk factor is set firmly to 11, but it almost certainly hides what all Wes Anderson movies have: drama. I understand the fact that a good comedy must have an undercurrent of seriousness--a bit, just here and there--but I would argue that Anderson's movies (most of them, anyway) too often shift away from comedy into really somber territory. Rushmore, The Royal Tennenbaums, and The Darjeeling Express were all marketed as wacky comedies, but there's a lot of heaviness to those movies. I found The Life Aquatic downright depressing much of the time. And that may be to your taste, but I don't tend to like dramedies as much; I much rather enjoyed The Fantastic Mr. Fox, which had a minimum (IHMO) of melodrama, and plenty of wit and quirk.
posted by zardoz at 3:45 PM on January 12, 2012 [2 favorites]


everything since Rushmore (one of my all-time faves) has been a case of diminishing returns for me

My long-running theory is that everyone's favorite Wes Anderson movie is whichever one they saw first.
posted by shakespeherian at 3:46 PM on January 12, 2012 [17 favorites]


I FUCKING LOBE THE LIFE AQUATIC!

Actually, I really like that accidentally coining. Love resides in the brain, not the heart, after all, so 'I lobe you' is perfect.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 3:48 PM on January 12, 2012 [6 favorites]


I find it fascinating when people give up on a filmmaker because of one or two films they really disliked. Especially when the filmmaker in question isn't just some Hollywood hack slapping shots at the cheap seats. Artists deserve room to explore the ideas that are interesting to them without feeling obligated to achieve something paramount (or even tantamount) to something they've already done.

Look at Robert Altman -- you've got to take the good with the bad and just respect that sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't, but even the things that don't work can be rather interesting as a portrait of the filmmaker's current interests and priorities, and are often just a stepping-stone to some other, grander undertaling. Naturally that's a whole lot of credit to extend to someone who's just out there dicking around, but Anderson has put some pretty brave material out there, and in my opinion deserves just as many opportunities to stretch and test himself as any other really interesting filmmaker.

I've loved all of Anderson's films except for "Bottle Rocket" and "Darjeeling Limited." I can't imagine turning up my nose at anything he puts out based on my failure to enjoy those two movies. That's just not how artistic output works.
posted by hermitosis at 3:49 PM on January 12, 2012 [15 favorites]


All you need is lobe.
posted by Artw at 3:49 PM on January 12, 2012 [10 favorites]


Notable for only containing a singular example of Futura Bold in the whole trailer. Wes has shown remarkable restraint.
posted by schmod at 3:54 PM on January 12, 2012 [1 favorite]


I'm going to start camping outside my local art house theatre tomorrow.
posted by SansPoint at 4:14 PM on January 12, 2012


Aw, nuts. Mark Mothersbaugh isn't back on soundtrack duties. Ah, well.
posted by SansPoint at 4:18 PM on January 12, 2012 [2 favorites]


I've very pleased that this film doesn't seem to be primarily about daddy issues.

Still, there could be a subplot in there somewhere.
posted by Winnemac at 4:29 PM on January 12, 2012 [1 favorite]


It occurs to me that The Life Aquatic is the closest thing there is to an art film version of The Venture Brothers.
posted by Artw at 4:34 PM on January 12, 2012 [13 favorites]


Yesterday, I didn't even know this movie existed. Today, I'm already worried it won't live up to my exorbitant expectations after seeing the trailer.

Believe me, I understand if you don't like this. This is as much of whatever this is as a thing could possibly be. But whatever it is, I fucking love it.
posted by Horace Rumpole at 4:38 PM on January 12, 2012 [4 favorites]


Hey Horace, you know what makes it sad? It was shot 30-ish miles from where we live.
posted by pxe2000 at 4:44 PM on January 12, 2012


That's more Wes Anderson-y than anything I've ever seen, and I've seen Wes Anderson.
posted by Saxon Kane at 4:45 PM on January 12, 2012 [3 favorites]


It seems people's biggest criticism of Wes Anderson (and others, e.g. Tarantino) is that he's got a consistent aesthetic style.

Yet, this stylistic consistency is what we expect from and love about, say, graphic novelists; why not filmmakers too?

Inverting the issue — i.e., varying the style and keeping the story — seems like it's not a problem. Everyone's favourite Coen brothers have been making essentially the same movie over and over for almost thirty years: Crime Goes Awry; Criminal Gets Comeuppance. Woody Allen: Neurotic is Neurotic. Totally fine.

But vary the story and keep the style, suddenly you're a hack.

What's up with that?
posted by Sys Rq at 4:47 PM on January 12, 2012 [10 favorites]


It was shot 30-ish miles from where we live.

Oh, no kidding! Someone tell Tim League we need an Alamo Rolling Roadshow of this movie in Rhode Island and Wet Hot American Summer at the camp where it was filmed.
posted by Horace Rumpole at 4:47 PM on January 12, 2012 [3 favorites]


I guess I'm in the minority here but I haven't really enjoyed any of his films since Magnolia.
posted by Flashman at 4:50 PM on January 12, 2012 [1 favorite]


it's rainin' trolls
posted by defenestration at 4:51 PM on January 12, 2012


Can we talk about the trailer? It is almost too much with the ironic hipster stunt-casting. First Edward Norton -- gangly enough to be indie, smart enough to be cool -- saying "Jiminy Cricket, he flew the coop." in a real Howdy Doody style. Then Frances McDormand -- bringing the original new skool Coen Bros. cred; the expected but very hoary Bill Murray deadpanning his line in classic fashion; then, what? Bruce Willis? The asshole who everyone has to love, in clear send-up of his tough guy persona by dressing in Scout gear. It's just a volcano.

The totally unexpected but awesome inclusion of Tilda Swinton is almost too late an afterthought, but still great.
posted by Saxon Kane at 4:52 PM on January 12, 2012


I guess I'm in the minority here but I haven't really enjoyed any of his films since Magnolia.

Um...
posted by Sys Rq at 4:53 PM on January 12, 2012


Putting the cart before the horse, of course, if the film has any potential for any awards like the Oscar, say, isn't this an odd time for release, or is it actually strategic?
posted by snsranch at 4:53 PM on January 12, 2012


Why in God's everlasting name do I think George Romero when I hear Wes Anderson?
posted by Xoebe at 4:55 PM on January 12, 2012 [1 favorite]


It looks...deliberately precious, bordering on self-satire. I dunno about this one...
posted by stenseng at 5:00 PM on January 12, 2012


My favorite is The Royal Tenenbaums, every scene hits for me and the overall story is really solid for me, really well structured. I haven't seen Fantastic Mr. Fox but I rate the movies he wrote with Owen Wilson higher than the ones he didn't. Life Aquatic had its moments, but it felt too baggy and muddled for me, not to mention that the climactic scene that uses a Sigur Rós song is ridiculous if you know Icelandic. I saw it opening night in Reykjavík and the 1000 person theater was full of Wes Anderson fans and when Jónsi started singing the audience roared with laughter. It's a funny juxtaposition. Anyway... besides that culturally specific thing, I've never connected with Life Aquatic. Darjeeling Limited was an overwrought mess. You don't need to know Icelandic to find the scene where the brothers get rid of their father's baggage absurd. But yes, The Royal Tenenbaums is one of my all-time favorite films. And I'm excited about Moonrise Kingdom, I'll certainly see it in the theaters.
posted by Kattullus at 5:09 PM on January 12, 2012


Oh come on, you gotta spill on what the lyrics mean now.
posted by Artw at 5:10 PM on January 12, 2012 [3 favorites]


I'm just letting the Internet know that I intend to see this film when it comes out.
posted by Spatch at 5:11 PM on January 12, 2012 [2 favorites]


Wes Anderson is the Melvin Van Peebles of white people.

You probably don't even know how true this is.
posted by maggiemaggie at 5:28 PM on January 12, 2012


"This is as much of whatever this is as a thing could possibly be." Brilliant.

Also, when I saw Melvin Van Peebles I read Mario Van Peebles. Didn't make sense.
posted by danl at 5:30 PM on January 12, 2012


SYMMETRY!

posted by The Deej at 5:42 PM on January 12, 2012 [3 favorites]


My long-running theory is that everyone's favorite Wes Anderson movie is whichever one they saw first.

I saw Rushmore many years before Royal Tenenbaums and that a couple years before Life Aquatic, and I love the latter and don't like either of the former. THEORY = EXPLODED.
posted by adamdschneider at 5:51 PM on January 12, 2012


You're living backwards is all.
posted by shakespeherian at 5:56 PM on January 12, 2012


Why in God's everlasting name do I think George Romero when I hear Wes Anderson?
posted by Xoebe at 7:55 PM on January 12 [+] [!]

Wes Anderson -> Wes Craven -> George Romero?
posted by ennui.bz at 6:01 PM on January 12, 2012 [1 favorite]


Anxiously awaiting this.
posted by ColdChef at 6:12 PM on January 12, 2012 [1 favorite]


He's discovered a new font, though, so it's not all just the same old stuff again.

The titles are by the amazing Jessica Hische.
posted by bestfreesurgery at 6:23 PM on January 12, 2012 [2 favorites]


I guess I'm in the minority here but I haven't really enjoyed any of his films since Magnolia.

Critics accuse him of having no tonal range in his movies but I disagree: anyone who can direct three films as diverse as Boogie Nights, The Royal Tenenbaums and Alien Versus Predator is clearly a filmmaker of many talents.
posted by ricochet biscuit at 6:34 PM on January 12, 2012 [31 favorites]


Somehow Wes Anderson has the ability to bring tears to my eyes within approximately 10 seconds of footage of, frankly, anything. Kid rolls a board game die, I sob. Bing. How the fuck does he do that?

not to mention that the climactic scene that uses a Sigur Rós song is ridiculous if you know Icelandic.

Can you clue us non-Icelandic-speakers in to the joke?
posted by ook at 6:38 PM on January 12, 2012


Does anyone know what the music starting at I:28 is? It's used in the Keira Knightley version of Pride and Prejudice as well. Is it Bach?
posted by costanza at 3:25 PM on January 12 [+] [!]



Britten - Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra. Another exampe of Anderson's continued excellent use of music as both integral to plot and theme and simultaneously chosen just for mood and kicks.
posted by Plutocratte at 6:44 PM on January 12, 2012 [3 favorites]


Hipsters will have a fresh new set of halloween costume plans after this hits the theaters.
posted by hellslinger at 6:45 PM on January 12, 2012


anyone who can direct three films as diverse as Boogie Nights, The Royal Tenenbaums and Alien Versus Predator is clearly a filmmaker of many talents

Sure, but you have to admit that the Bill Murray scene in Alien Versus Predator was over the top. Then through the midsection and eventually out the backside, but still: over the top.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 6:49 PM on January 12, 2012 [2 favorites]


Can we just blame all the irritating, tone-deaf, deraily stuff in Life Aquatic on Noah Baumbach? Dude's entire MO is "Look! I'm disgusting* and borderline-racist/homophobic in a throwaway kind of way, but I went to Pomfret, so it's totes okay!"

* = granted, he saves his dumb mild grossouts for his non-Wes joints, but still.
posted by pxe2000 at 6:59 PM on January 12, 2012



posted by Tom-B at 7:04 PM on January 12, 2012


pxe2000: I'm not totally familiar with Baumbach's entire filmography, but might that be confusing unfairly the messenger with his message?
posted by Saxon Kane at 7:04 PM on January 12, 2012


Yeah, I'm going to go see this.
posted by Fister Roboto at 7:13 PM on January 12, 2012


the snide, side eye trotting out of complaints that this is exactly within his style is so boring and tedious.

"oh, monet, another flower garden?!?!"

if you don't like it, why waste your energy on it? maybe people just like to hate things.
posted by nadawi at 7:16 PM on January 12, 2012 [3 favorites]


Metafilter: Maybe people just like to hate things.
posted by mediated self at 7:17 PM on January 12, 2012


On the other hand, I just found out that Baumbach and his ex Jennifer Jason Leigh named their son "Rohmer Emmanuel." Tell me that isn't some bizarre spin-off of Rahm Emanuel?
posted by Saxon Kane at 7:18 PM on January 12, 2012


It's more that people are motivated to loudly express why they hate something. To me, the trailer looks good, I'd like to see the movie ... doesn't make for the most exciting comment.
posted by mannequito at 7:22 PM on January 12, 2012


Saxon: First of all, Baumbach is the kind of guy who'll have a scene in one of his movies (Kicking and Screaming, for those of you keeping score at home) where there's an important bit of dialogue going on in the foreground...so, naturally, the two guys telling a joke about a turkeyfucker get mic'd or sound-mixed at the same audio level. (The joke is more stupid than gross, but the technique is annoying.) There's also the subplot in The Squid and the Whale in which the protagonist's kid brother masturbates and wipes his semen in schoolbooks. Even though this is a thing a twelve-year-old boy would do, it just seemed inappropriate to put it in a movie.

As far as Baumbach's contributions to the Zissou script -- it's not even that I found the casual homophobia towards Alastair offensive, per se, but it did take me out of the movie. (Alastair's "I'm part gay, ha ha ha" line, and Oseary's similar throwaway line.) It seemed out of line with Wes's work -- not necessarily on an ideological level, but he seems like he'd be a bit less obvious about it?
posted by pxe2000 at 7:43 PM on January 12, 2012


Rohmer.
posted by Bunny Ultramod at 7:43 PM on January 12, 2012


I meant the racist/homophobic thing.
posted by Saxon Kane at 8:00 PM on January 12, 2012


If I could have purchased a ticket when I saw Bill Murray sticking his head out the window I would have.
posted by Ber at 8:05 PM on January 12, 2012 [3 favorites]


You shut up with your badmouthing of The Squid and the Whale.
posted by shakespeherian at 8:24 PM on January 12, 2012 [4 favorites]


Character actors have difficulty finding work these days. Their films don't play as well in the global market. So Anderson can overload his cast with quirky and talented actors, who are otherwise sunning by the pool waiting for the phone not to ring.
posted by doncoyote at 8:43 PM on January 12, 2012


Or in Bill Murray's case forgetting he has a phone until three months after it does.
posted by adamdschneider at 8:45 PM on January 12, 2012


SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 8:54 PM on January 12, 2012 [1 favorite]


Why in God's everlasting name do I think George Romero when I hear Wes Anderson?

I don't know, but now I am trying to imagine Wes Anderson's Night of the Living Dead.
posted by fings at 9:12 PM on January 12, 2012


Why in God's everlasting name do I think George Romero when I hear Wes Anderson?
--
I don't know, but now I am trying to imagine Wes Anderson's Night of the Living Dead.


Done and done.
posted by FatherDagon at 9:33 PM on January 12, 2012 [3 favorites]


I like Wes Anderson because he pretty much captures the essential feeling of Salinger's stories, but in movies. I mean, in a warts and all kind of way. They're deeply problematic, seemingly unaware of their own privilege, twee. But also consistently kind of beautiful. Only one I don't love is Bottle Rocket. But the rest are just so pretty and right, even when they're also kinda wrong.
posted by PhoBWanKenobi at 10:16 PM on January 12, 2012 [4 favorites]


I will love this, my wife will grimace at the thought. Huzzah!
posted by jimmythefish at 11:44 PM on January 12, 2012


So excited to see this. I live in RI, and my friend worked on this movie and I have a couple other friends who were in it (boyscouts at the local camp Yawgoog where they filmed a lot of the movie). So there's a bit of "yay RI" in it for me as well.
posted by CitrusFreak12 at 11:46 PM on January 12, 2012 [1 favorite]


Zzzzz... ooh, center framing, and staring into the camera??
posted by ReeMonster at 12:04 AM on January 13, 2012


WHEN is this coming out? I'm so excited I've already brought tickets.
posted by Ms. Moonlight at 12:26 AM on January 13, 2012


Shit. That cast, alone, guarantees my seeing it.
posted by Thorzdad at 4:38 AM on January 13, 2012


"oh, monet, another flower garden?!?!"

Seriously? Monet? Please.
posted by The Bellman at 6:59 AM on January 13, 2012


I keep not liking Wes Anderson movies. Then a friend will try to get me to watch his newest movie, and I say, no thanks, I don't like Wes Anderson. And they say, you'll like this one. And I'll trust them and think, hey, maybe I will like this one. And I never do.
posted by resiny at 7:04 AM on January 13, 2012 [1 favorite]


Love the Shawshank reference.
posted by kirkaracha at 7:14 AM on January 13, 2012


Ms Moonlight: Where did you bring them?
posted by Saxon Kane at 7:43 AM on January 13, 2012


I'm in; he damn near lost me forever after Darjeeling Limited came out, though. What a crap movie that was. If we're keeping score, my faves are:

1. Rushmore
2. Royal T's
3. Fantastic Mr. Fox

Everything else is a major miss, with a possible pass on Bottle Rocket, because - hey you gotta start somewhere.
posted by Lipstick Thespian at 1:53 PM on January 13, 2012


Artw: Oh come on, you gotta spill on what the lyrics mean now.

Oh, it's not a funny that carries terribly well. The lyrics are just not all that relevant which kills the mood. The bit that had the audience laughing is where Zissou is sitting smoking a cigarette and Jónsi sings the word "starálfur." It's a somewhat ridiculous word, a portmanteau of "stara" (to stare) and "álfur" (elf). Also, at that time, using Sigur Rós music for dramatic effect had become a cliché in Iceland. As a friend of mine put it at the time: "Sigur Rós songs are like Icelandic landscape shots, there have to be at least two in every Icelandic film."
posted by Kattullus at 3:00 PM on January 13, 2012 [1 favorite]


I keep not hating Wes Anderson movies. Then a friend will try to stop me from watching his newest movie, and I say, sure, but I like Wes Anderson. And they say, you'll hate this one. And I'll trust them and think, hey, maybe I will hate this one. And I never do.
posted by Edison Carter at 9:23 AM on January 16, 2012 [5 favorites]


1. Bottle Rocket: Good, rewatchable, not one of my favorites.
2. Rushmore: One of my five favorite movies. If I had that movie around when I was a child, I would have built a religion around it.
3. The Royal Tennenbaums: Love it. terrific tone, wonderful performacnes, and heartbreaking.
4. The Life Aquatic: "Goddamn, how does he keep doing this to me?" -- Me, after watching the film, wiping away tears. Brilliant.
5. The Darjeeling Limited: Pretty good, but definitely the misstep amongst this lot. Better on subsequent viewing for me.
6. The Fantastic Mr Fox: I was seriously preparing to dislike this film, to be disappointed. Charming, funny, fun as cuss, and once again made me appreciate Wes Anderson as a talented filmmaker.
7. Moonrise Kingdom: Oh dear god, you know I'm going to see this.
posted by Edison Carter at 9:28 AM on January 16, 2012


That man sure does love his rectangle.

A few months ago my boyfriend, (The Rt Hon.) MP, and I were in the St. Mark's Bookshop. I was waiting for the MP while he checked out. There was a man standing in line behind him, and I was looking at the man's back, admiring his clothes. A corduroy suit, I thought. How often do you see one of those? And it's color was well chosen: it was camel, and offset his blond but slightly reddish, wavy hair, which he wore nearly to his shoulders, and his slightly more brown oxford shoes. Everything was clearly coordinated, but everything he was wearing looked comfortable—this wasn't an outfit, it was just the man's everyday clothes. As the MP stepped away from the till, the corduroy man turned toward it, and I could see his face. It was, of course, Wes Anderson.

My takeaway is that I am really, really bad at recognizing famous people just from their clothes.
posted by ocherdraco at 9:22 PM on January 17, 2012


Kattullus - TBH not far off the English listening experience...
posted by Artw at 9:26 PM on January 17, 2012


Well, I suppose I could translate that bit of lyrics into English "he stares himself/staring elf." In the lyrics it is very much a bad pun. Jónsi, the singer, is a pretty goofy guy.
posted by Kattullus at 9:49 AM on January 18, 2012


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