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(Boomstick Comics)   'The Grand Budapest Hotel' is Wes Anderson's best film and it's not just because of Bill Murray   (boomstickcomics.com) divider line 74
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2014-03-13 04:28:42 PM
I'm there.
 
2014-03-13 04:29:43 PM
i have read 5th grade book reports that were better written then that review
 
2014-03-13 04:32:31 PM
Hey, another self important "comedy" I'll watch because it's supposedly so good, and ultimately be underwhelmed and bored to tears!

/I do this with every Wes Anderson film
//and I just never seem to learn
 
2014-03-13 04:33:25 PM

tlchwi02: i have read 5th grade book reports that were better written then that review


Irony right thur
 
2014-03-13 04:35:20 PM
I will amend my original post, and say that I did enjoy "Fantastic Mr. Fox."  I don't know why, it's a rambling mess, but it was strangely appealing for some reason.
 
2014-03-13 04:36:28 PM
I love Wes Anderson.  I will see this.

That said, I did not like Bottle Rocket.
 
2014-03-13 04:38:07 PM

AeAe: I love Wes Anderson.  I will see this.

That said, I

did not like Bottle Rocket.


Quizzicaldog.jpg

That's easily the greatest movie in the history of the early 90s!
 
2014-03-13 04:41:16 PM
If the film is as antic, wacky, and zany as the previews it will be terrible.

I hate antic, wacky,  and zany.

/Remember Radioland Murders?
//1941?
///Loved "Moonrise Kingdom"
 
2014-03-13 04:44:32 PM

yakmans_dad: If the film is as antic, wacky, and zany as the previews it will be terrible.

I hate antic, wacky,  and zany.

/Remember Radioland Murders?
//1941?
///Loved "Moonrise Kingdom"


Oh. So whimsical is OK with you, then?
 
2014-03-13 04:48:27 PM

vudukungfu: yakmans_dad: If the film is as antic, wacky, and zany as the previews it will be terrible.

I hate antic, wacky,  and zany.

/Remember Radioland Murders?
//1941?
///Loved "Moonrise Kingdom"

Oh. So whimsical is OK with you, then?


Thanks for reminding me.   I hate whimsy, too.

/You Can't Take It With You, Harvey, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town. Arsenic and Old Lace ...
//Whimsy was The Greatest Generation's Will Farrell ,,, so to speak
 
2014-03-13 04:50:06 PM

vudukungfu: yakmans_dad: If the film is as antic, wacky, and zany as the previews it will be terrible.

I hate antic, wacky,  and zany.

/Remember Radioland Murders?
//1941?
///Loved "Moonrise Kingdom"

Oh. So whimsical is OK with you, then?


Droll.  Dry but without the acidic, sarcastic British wit associated with it.

I watched "Rushmore" and realized that there's nothing Wes Anderson can do that won't make me feel like I'm living through some Asperger's-tinged story-telling adventure.  So I stopped watching any of his films and my problem went away.
 
2014-03-13 04:54:40 PM
The only Wes Anderson movie I've been able to make it through was Rushmore. I loved that, but the rest are pretentious crap.
 
2014-03-13 04:55:14 PM

Combustion: AeAe: I love Wes Anderson.  I will see this.

That said, I did not like Bottle Rocket.


Quizzicaldog.jpg

That's easily the greatest movie in the history of the early 90s!


Oddly, I like all of Wes Anderson's films except Bottle Rocket.  That one just stuck out for me.
 
2014-03-13 04:59:16 PM

AeAe: Combustion: AeAe: I love Wes Anderson.  I will see this.

That said, I did not like Bottle Rocket.


Quizzicaldog.jpg

That's easily the greatest movie in the history of the early 90s!

Oddly, I like all of Wes Anderson's films except Bottle Rocket.  That one just stuck out for me.


How come you're wearing a piece of tape on your nose?
 
2014-03-13 05:00:42 PM

Skarekrough: I watched "Rushmore" and realized that there's nothing Wes Anderson can do that won't make me feel like I'm living through some Asperger's-tinged story-telling adventure.  So I stopped watching any of his films and my problem went away.


I'm still deciding how I feel about his stuff. On an intellectual level, I know I should appreciate their idiosyncrasies and the level of detail he goes into with production design, but on a visceral level, I never really feel like I've actually enjoyed watching one after it's over. They all seem to wander over the line from "dryly humorous" to "dessicated."

On the other hand, the GF, who mostly hates stylized anything, was entranced by Moonrise Kingdom. Mostly, though I think it is because she is a sucker for deadpan smart-but-disaffected girl characters.
 
2014-03-13 05:08:08 PM
It is only playing in four theaters.
 
2014-03-13 05:08:11 PM
 
2014-03-13 05:13:38 PM

I really like his movies. Something about dry humor strikes me on a deeper level than say American Pie.


I'm even a big fan of  Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou


Haven't seen all his films, though.
 
2014-03-13 05:14:39 PM

Rapmaster2000: AeAe: Combustion: AeAe: I love Wes Anderson.  I will see this.

That said, I did not like Bottle Rocket.


Quizzicaldog.jpg

That's easily the greatest movie in the history of the early 90s!

Oddly, I like all of Wes Anderson's films except Bottle Rocket.  That one just stuck out for me.

How come you're wearing a piece of tape on your nose?


Exactly!
 
2014-03-13 05:18:04 PM

AeAe: I love Wes Anderson.  I will see this.

That said, I did not like Bottle Rocket.


Me neither. I fast forwarded through most of the middle of it.
Didn't care for Rushmore, either. Seen it twice, about 8 years between viewings. Didn't improve much.

Royal, Zissou, and Moonrise? Yay!
 
2014-03-13 05:18:38 PM
Rich white people are so quirky!!!!
 
2014-03-13 05:19:27 PM

kanesays: Rapmaster2000: AeAe: Combustion: AeAe: I love Wes Anderson.  I will see this.

That said, I did not like Bottle Rocket.


Quizzicaldog.jpg

That's easily the greatest movie in the history of the early 90s!

Oddly, I like all of Wes Anderson's films except Bottle Rocket.  That one just stuck out for me.

How come you're wearing a piece of tape on your nose?

Exactly!


You're in the ARMY, yes?
 
2014-03-13 05:19:39 PM
Didn't care for Darjeeling Limited. I forgot that was one of his movies.
 
2014-03-13 05:22:05 PM
Jaguar shark!
 
2014-03-13 05:26:53 PM
I really liked Rushmore and Moonrise Kingdom, pretty meh on Royal Tenenbaums, remember liking Life Aquatic, but only saw it once years ago. That being said, I think this movie looks more like a Wes Anderson parody along what GBmanNC posted than a real movie that I would want to go see.
 
2014-03-13 05:30:57 PM

Uzzah: I'm still deciding how I feel about his stuff. On an intellectual level, I know I should appreciate their idiosyncrasies and the level of detail he goes into with production design, but on a visceral level, I never really feel like I've actually enjoyed watching one after it's over. They all seem to wander over the line from "dryly humorous" to "dessicated."


I originally thought his films were a brilliant satirical commentary on how cold and emotionally crippled America's bourgeois white upper middle class had become in modern society, as they exchanged pop culture touchstones and the artificial conceit of "cool" in lieu of anything remotely resembling   honest human warmth, soul or emotion.

Then as more of his films came out, I realized he wasn't doing it intentionally.
 
2014-03-13 05:39:54 PM

AeAe: I love Wes Anderson.  I will see this.

That said, I did not like Bottle Rocket.


His first movie, no surprise that he got better.
 
2014-03-13 05:46:58 PM

Lee's_Austin: You're in the ARMY, yes?


Dignan: No, I just have short hair.
 
2014-03-13 05:47:01 PM

Witty_Retort: Didn't care for Darjeeling Limited. I forgot that was one of his movies.


Yeah, that's probably my least favorite -- none of the brothers were particularly sympathetic or endearing characters, I just wanted to slap one of them and it didn't matter which one. Wasn't crazy about Bottle Rocket but I probably had unreasonable expectations going in, such was its rep. Life Aquatic had its moments but seemed a bit of a mess. All the rest, though, are big favorites -- really loved Moonrise Kingdom (great soundtrack!). Haven't seen Fantastic Mr. Fox. This new one looks very promising, hope it lives up to that.
 
2014-03-13 05:52:14 PM
Saw GBH at a special screening last night. I liked it quite a bit.  It's a decent story, expectedly stunning visuals aside. Ralph Fiennes steals the entire movie.  I'd rate it as just slightly below Moonrise Kingdom (my favorite Anderson flick) overall.
 
2014-03-13 05:59:08 PM

InmanRoshi: Uzzah: I'm still deciding how I feel about his stuff. On an intellectual level, I know I should appreciate their idiosyncrasies and the level of detail he goes into with production design, but on a visceral level, I never really feel like I've actually enjoyed watching one after it's over. They all seem to wander over the line from "dryly humorous" to "dessicated."

I originally thought his films were a brilliant satirical commentary on how cold and emotionally crippled America's bourgeois white upper middle class had become in modern society, as they exchanged pop culture touchstones and the artificial conceit of "cool" in lieu of anything remotely resembling   honest human warmth, soul or emotion.

Then as more of his films came out, I realized he wasn't doing it intentionally.


Intentional fallacy. Why even bring authorial intent into the equation? You're not privvy to it and it's not on the screen anyway.

Anderson, in a fairly short time, has created a coherent world. More like Salinger than Faulkner, but you play the hand you're dealt.
 
2014-03-13 05:59:30 PM
If it's the same as all his other movies then yes, it's his best movie.
 
2014-03-13 06:00:57 PM

AeAe: I love Wes Anderson.  I will see this.

That said, I did not like Bottle Rocket.


That's weird.  I don't like Wes Anderson, but I actually liked Bottle Rocket.  You're weird.
 
2014-03-13 06:04:17 PM

yakmans_dad: Intentional fallacy. Why even bring authorial intent into the equation?



When he's unable to break free from formulaic status quo  and grow or expand over his entire career, it's ceases to be a concern of authorial intent so much as authorial limitations.
 
2014-03-13 06:07:13 PM
I don't really understand how people can dislike Wes Anderson films. Every single one of the films is hilarious and beautiful. I mean, yeah, you don't have to like everything I do...but I always considered his films objectively humorous and entertaining.
 
2014-03-13 06:13:00 PM

InmanRoshi: yakmans_dad: Intentional fallacy. Why even bring authorial intent into the equation?

When he's unable to break free from formulaic status quo  and grow or expand over his entire career, it's ceases to be a concern of authorial intent so much as authorial limitations.


I have no idea what you mean by "formulaic:" Nobody else makes movies like his, and all of his movies are different from each other.
 
2014-03-13 06:18:25 PM

InmanRoshi: I originally thought his films were a brilliant satirical commentary on how cold and emotionally crippled America's bourgeois white upper middle class had become in modern society, as they exchanged pop culture touchstones and the artificial conceit of "cool" in lieu of anything remotely resembling   honest human warmth, soul or emotion.


How did you.. I mean... you summed it all up, right there.

That's beautiful, man.

/Or woman.  It's an expression, y'know.
//I liked most of his films fine, although only Moonrise Kingdom really touched me.  Maybe Royal Tenenbaums
 
2014-03-13 06:20:30 PM
yakmans_dad: movies are different from each other.

His films have become a caricature of themselves, which is why SNL was able to satirize him easily.    His movies are "different" from each other in the same way that Adam Sandler's movies are "different" from each other,  they're just hipster approved.   His films are the white bourgeois upper middle class FUBU.
 
2014-03-13 06:24:10 PM
Gene Hackman killed as Royal
 
2014-03-13 06:24:50 PM
All I can remember is Gwyneth Paltrow in a bathtub.
 
2014-03-13 06:27:39 PM
"Best Wes Anderson film" is not much of an endorsement. Kinda like saying someone is the "least stabby Manson Family member".
 
2014-03-13 06:47:23 PM
I'm a huge fan of Wes Anderson. All of his films are great. My least favorite would be Bottle Rocket and that's just because I only saw it once while drunk about a decade ago. I should rewatch it because I remember liking it.
 
2014-03-13 07:08:17 PM
Dislike: Darjeeling Limited, Like: Rushmore, Bottle Rocket, Really Like: Royal Tenenbaums, Moonrise Kingdom, Love: The Life Aquatic, Fantastic Mr Fox.
 
2014-03-13 07:08:51 PM
Wes Anderson makes movies like Beck makes albums.  You can talk about how great they are and parse the various aspects of their brilliance but you go to watch/listen and you realize that they're more interesting to talk about than experience...
 
2014-03-13 07:14:24 PM
Wes Anderson movies are absolutely terrible.
 
2014-03-13 07:17:04 PM
Americans are too dumb for Wes Anderson's style of comedy. In our idiocracy we prefer Adam Sandler making fart jokes.
 
2014-03-13 07:26:02 PM

PhiloeBedoe: Wes Anderson makes movies like Beck makes albums.  You can talk about how great they are and parse the various aspects of their brilliance but you go to watch/listen and you realize that they're more interesting to talk about than experience...


That's odd. I wonder, then, how much more still I would have enjoyed them (the ones I liked, that is) if I spent any notable amount time discussing them with anyone. Huh.
 
2014-03-13 07:27:45 PM

DrBenway: Witty_Retort: Didn't care for Darjeeling Limited. I forgot that was one of his movies.

Yeah, that's probably my least favorite -- none of the brothers were particularly sympathetic or endearing characters, I just wanted to slap one of them and it didn't matter which one.


I thought that was the point of the film: though they were on a spiritual journey, they were entirely too shallow actually experience any enlightenment or even catharsis.  It's what made Anjelica Huston's reaction to their showing up at the monetary so priceless: she was no better or different than them.

Given that it was co-written by Roman Coppola, I'm tempted to say that the younger Coppolas are obviously really interested in ambivalent or unlikable characters.
 
2014-03-13 07:35:45 PM

Johnsnownw: I don't really understand how people can dislike Wes Anderson films. Every single one of the films is hilarious and beautiful. I mean, yeah, you don't have to like everything I do...but I always considered his films objectively humorous and entertaining.


Until I realized this wording is ambiguous, I thought we had found Wes Anderson's fark handle for a minute....
 
2014-03-13 07:43:27 PM

DrBenway: PhiloeBedoe: Wes Anderson makes movies like Beck makes albums.  You can talk about how great they are and parse the various aspects of their brilliance but you go to watch/listen and you realize that they're more interesting to talk about than experience...

That's odd. I wonder, then, how much more still I would have enjoyed them (the ones I liked, that is) if I spent any notable amount time discussing them with anyone. Huh.


Obviously I didn't mean you...other than the discussing you are doing here...
 
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