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(Onion AV Club)   Every Wes Anderson movie ranked from most contrived to adoringly twee to the left, all-star casts, bon mots, and wanks about slide shows to the right   (avclub.com) divider line
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2021-10-25 9:26:29 AM  
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This scene emotionally destroys me every g'damn time.

Wes Anderson films are fanciful pop-up books for adults who pretend to be too mature to read them.
 
2021-10-25 9:32:49 AM  
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Edgy opinion, I know, but I have never enjoyed a single film of his. Even with multiple viewings. And that's fine. Some people think Andy Warhol was a genius, others know he was a hack. Art is subjective.
 
2021-10-25 9:33:04 AM  
I've liked exactly one of these movies, the one listed at #2.
 
2021-10-25 9:48:47 AM  

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This scene emotionally destroys me every g'damn time.

Wes Anderson films are fanciful pop-up books for adults who pretend to be too mature to read them.


On that note, I have bought and reread my favorite pop-up to my kid, and it's as much fun as I remember, so cheers to always loving what we love.

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2021-10-25 10:11:30 AM  
RT, Rushmore and Life Aquatic where movies I loved on first viewing.

Bottlerocket, Darjeeling Unlimited, and Moonrise Kingdom took me a couple viewings to like, but DU is the only one out of those three I'd like to watch again.

I haven't watched the new one and I've only seen Grand Budapest once, so maybe I need a couple viewings of those two.

Fantastic Mr Fox was ok and I've tried to get my kids to watch it, but they haven't been interested.

I have no interest in ever seeing Isle of dogs ever again.
 
2021-10-25 10:12:39 AM  
Royal Tenenbaums is easily one of the greatest movies ever made. Definitely in the top 100. It's just perfect in every way. I liked Rushmore, Zissou and Bottle Rocket... the rest were kind of weird and drifted off.
 
2021-10-25 10:30:54 AM  
Bottle Rocket was so goddamn PERFECT for the 1990s. Dignan is one of my favorite characters of all time. But you either love it or you don't get it.
 
2021-10-25 10:31:33 AM  

NewportBarGuy: Royal Tenenbaums is easily one of the greatest movies ever made


Danny Glover falling into that hole....
 
2021-10-25 10:38:32 AM  

NewportBarGuy: Royal Tenenbaums is easily one of the greatest movies ever made.


"I've had a rough year, dad" absolutely destroys me.

I absolutely adore Royal Tenenbaums, but am 'meh' on all the other ones I've seen.
 
2021-10-25 10:57:43 AM  

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Edgy opinion, I know, but I have never enjoyed a single film of his. Even with multiple viewings. And that's fine. Some people think Andy Warhol was a genius, others know he was a hack. Art is subjective.


Capital "A" Art is just marketing.
 
2021-10-25 11:07:47 AM  
If it weren't for Bill Murray, I probably wouldn't have bothered to watch Rushmore or Life Aquatic. Ditto for Hackman  and Tennenbaums. They're all good movies, though.

A friend recommended Bottle Rocket and it was okay.
 
2021-10-25 11:19:39 AM  
No Midnight Coterie of Sinister Intruders?

Wes Anderson Horror Trailer - SNL
Youtube gfDIAZCwHQE
 
2021-10-25 11:21:36 AM  
I loved "Rushmore" from the git-go. It was my first foray in Wes Anderson stuff, it was super-different than anything I'd seen. Life Aquatic is my favorite, the made-up sea creatures are really cool, as are the Portuguese versions of Bowie songs. I also thought Isle of Dogs was excellent, but I've yet to see Fantastic Mr. Fox.

...that's all I got.
 
2021-10-25 11:53:37 AM  
My girlfriend loves his stuff, whereas to me it's just meh. I can see why some people adore his style, it's just not for me. I inevitably get bored watching his movies... though that hasn't stopped me from seeing them multiple times to please her. Which is fine. I make her sit through LotR extended edition every couple years
 
2021-10-25 11:53:45 AM  
The only movie of his I don't particularly like is Darjeeling. I was meh on Life Aquatic at first, but I've grown to love it.

/favorites: Tennenbaums, Life Aquatic, Moonrise Kingdom
 
2021-10-25 12:01:47 PM  

Marcus Aurelius: NewportBarGuy: Royal Tenenbaums is easily one of the greatest movies ever made

Danny Glover falling into that hole....


I cackled at that scene. XD

I've seen... it turns out, most of Wes Anderson's films. Hunh.

Really liked Tenenbaums, Grand Budapest, and Moonrise Kingdom. Only saw bits of Darjeeling, so I can't say. Fantastic Mr Fox was fine, I liked Life Aquatic more. The masters students parts were too real for my friends in sciences! But I still laughed. XD

I like the streak of absurdism, and the particular strangeness of the characters -- I get bored of characters so pared down to the bone in everything. Real people are weird, and it often makes them interesting.
 
2021-10-25 12:07:13 PM  

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Edgy opinion, I know, but I have never enjoyed a single film of his. Even with multiple viewings. And that's fine. Some people think Andy Warhol was a genius, others know he was a hack. Art is subjective.


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2021-10-25 1:57:12 PM  

NuclearPenguins: [media2.giphy.com image 480x270] [View Full Size image _x_]

Edgy opinion, I know, but I have never enjoyed a single film of his. Even with multiple viewings. And that's fine. Some people think Andy Warhol was a genius, others know he was a hack. Art is subjective.


I've seen one or two of them, neither had enough of an impact on me to even remember which ones but I do remember that I hate his style enough to never watch another of his films.
 
2021-10-25 2:19:28 PM  
Once upon a long ago, I had very limited access to media in general, and didn't really pay much attention to movies at that point.  However, I had heard the name "Moonrise Kingdom" and thought "Oh neat, a new wuxia film.  I might check it out.  I do enjoy skillfully choreographed Kung Fu sequences and wire work, might be fun."  I then managed to get on my Facebutts, a rarity in those times even more so than now, and saw a friend of mine talking about Moonrise Kingdom, and how it was not at all her favorite Wes Anderson movie.  I thanked her profusely for helping me dodge that bullet, because if there's anything I hate worse than disappointing wuxia movies*, it's Wes Anderson movies, especially when they have a title that sounds like a wuxia movie.

*There are actually a lot of things I hate more than disappointing wuxia movies.  Even the bad ones can be fun.
 
2021-10-25 2:31:05 PM  
Twee? Are we just making up words as we go along here?
 
2021-10-25 4:00:14 PM  

Frothy Panties: Twee? Are we just making up words as we go along here?


all words are made up. "twee" was made up more than a century ago.
 
2021-10-25 4:01:01 PM  
CSB: The barber shop from "Rushmore" is where I get my hair cut.

https://www.dougsbarbershop.com
 
2021-10-25 4:01:14 PM  
Grand Budapest is probably my favorite.  It's quite funny
 
2021-10-25 4:26:42 PM  
Life Aquatic is up there as one of my favorite movies of all time. I loved Rushmore and watched it multiple times, but haven't seen it in years. Didn't care for Royal Tennenbaum much at for a but love it now. I like the others but need to rewatch some to see if they've improved with time.

Have not seen Isle of Dogs. I can't handle sad animal movies. How bad is it?
 
2021-10-25 5:51:12 PM  

NuclearPenguins: Edgy opinion, I know, but I have never enjoyed a single film of his. Even with multiple viewings. And that's fine. Some people think Andy Warhol was a genius, others know he was a hack. Art is subjective.


IRL I've known exactly two people who loved LOVED everything Wes Anderson did, they were both spoiled rich-girl types. The sort for whom their car breaking down on the side of the road in a metro area would be a major life event. The kind where if someone challenged one if their ideas in a meeting they be mixing heavy doses of Merlot and anxiety meds for a week.

That said, I get the feeling that Wes is intentionally making movies for those people, so I suppose in that sense he is a good film maker.
 
2021-10-25 5:56:52 PM  
From Joseph Cornell to Peter Carl Faberge, all manner of artists have worked in miniatures.

Here's a big "Jane, You Ignorant Slut" to people who whinge about Wes Anderson.
 
2021-10-25 7:07:43 PM  
I feel the same about Wes Anderson as I do about the Coen Brothers. I don't love everything they do, but I love that they're doing it. In both cases, no one makes movies like they do. Love them or hate them, they're doing something different, and that's fantastic.
 
2021-10-25 8:01:23 PM  
Sugarpuss O'Shea:

Life Aquatic is up there as one of my favorite movies of all time.

Same here, which is funny in retrospect, because on first viewing I absolutely HATED it.
 
2021-10-25 8:54:42 PM  
I am amazed at his ability to make a light hearted movie and build to a gut punch of an emotional hit at the end.

As others have pointed out, "I've had a rough year, Dad" always destroys me.   As does "Are you going to do it again?" , "I don't think so.", And then she tears up laying next to him, also devistates me.

"Do you think he remembers me?" Also so very strong.

Not all of his movies get me, but many have at least a memorable or absurdly fantastic moment at least.

Bottle Rocket when the young woman is showing off her neckless given to her by her mother and he says something like "wow. This is great. Can I have it?". Out of no where, loved it.

I still can't figure out how to feel about the young kids dancing in their underwear on a beach.  It felt so awkward, uncomfortable, and voyeuristic to be watching it.  But I suppose that was exactly the emotion he was looking to elicit.

Anyway, I guess I have more opinions about this Wes Anderson than I would have thought.
 
2021-10-25 10:57:39 PM  

little red bot: NuclearPenguins: Edgy opinion, I know, but I have never enjoyed a single film of his. Even with multiple viewings. And that's fine. Some people think Andy Warhol was a genius, others know he was a hack. Art is subjective.

IRL I've known exactly two people who loved LOVED everything Wes Anderson did, they were both spoiled rich-girl types.


Wes Anderson movies appeal to those who wrap their identity about "liking" anything that's not mainstream. The best description I've heard of a WA movie was it was "very much up its own ass".
 
2021-10-26 1:58:15 AM  
Funny--I'm not at all a fan of Wes Anderson, and the only film of his I reasonably enjoyed was Darjeeling, so go figure that it's one of the ones that Anderson fans like the least.  I like his visual style quite a bit, but I have little interest in nearly all of his characters.
 
2021-10-26 11:24:54 AM  

little red bot: NuclearPenguins: Edgy opinion, I know, but I have never enjoyed a single film of his. Even with multiple viewings. And that's fine. Some people think Andy Warhol was a genius, others know he was a hack. Art is subjective.

IRL I've known exactly two people who loved LOVED everything Wes Anderson did, they were both spoiled rich-girl types. ...


TIL I'm a spoiled rich girl.
 
2021-10-26 2:14:47 PM  
Seeing "RT," the Wes Anderson movie most movie critics use as masturbation material, at the top of the list was no surprise but "Bottle Rocket" at the bottom...?  That was a shocker.
 
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