Friday, October 26, 2007

my favorite movie maker

This post is a bit of a cop-out. Currently I'm battling procrastination, and I promised to do just one post before I get back to the work.

I'm not a big fan of embedding youtube videos, but I am a big fan of Wes Anderson.

For those who don't know about him, he is the director of The Royal Tenenbaums, Bottle Rockets, Rushmore, The Life Aquatic and The Darjeeling Limited. All are brilliant films, and I recommend them. Each of them come close to perfect movies (if only in my mind).

Some people just don't seem to understand them though, and a quick google search will reap a large number of critiques of The Life Aquatic with jealous folk claiming Anderson is all washed up and that the movie doesn't work.

The movie certainly does work. They just don' t get it.

Perhaps it is because a major theme through all of his films is failure after initial success and the fear that comes along with that. It is essentially the fear of getting old, an uncomfortable aspect of life that we rarely talk about.

He obviously has an impressive creative team behind him, and I'd somehow like to attach myself to it. Perhaps, maybe, he has procrastination issues too.

Here he is in a commercial.

I'm gonna get back to 'mixing it all together' now.

(the new banner is special for halloween)


french panic said...

1. you are right that it is better with the headphones (also that there isn't someone telling me to watch it right now because it's sooooo funny because any time ANYONE tells me that, I have an automatic reaction that there is NO WAY I am going to like this)

2. you spelled cop-out wrong. hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

3. pointing out that it is a non-gay man crush only makes me assume that you are gay and trying to hide it. How about "non-sexual crush" or even just "crush" - if someone wants to think you want to get into Wes Anderson's pants, I think there are worse pants you could end up in, both male-type pants and female-type pants. Like capri pants. You should never end up in capri pants. THOSE are gay. Besides, a crush is a crush. Boy, girl, whatever. You have a crush on Wes Anderson. I have a crush on Dorothy Parker, and she's dead. What does that make me?

Andrew said...

Steve Z is a great character. I think the not getting it stems from the unfamiliar. Parts of it were exquisite. But then it is like holy muck I think Anderson was deep into something here and I just got a glimpse of a world not known. It is like at college He and Wilson were sitting there spoofing and Steve Z was created and evolved and then he is on the screen and we all missed the spoofing from the beginning and the inside joke we will never know.
Cool blog. Stay in touch.

Miss L. said...

I'm just quickly scanning your blog for the time being. I plan on coming back and reading more extensively . . .

But something caught my eye. You have love for A Life Aquatic! I'm always so dismayed when someone shit talks this film.

Like the line in the very biggening says "Well, I just don't think they got it."

Look forward to reading more from you.

Miss L.

Pamplemousse said...

I hoped another fan would pick up on the 'i just don't think they got it' line.

That line alone is what makes the movie for me.

I should confess that it did make me feel a little special for 'getting it'.