wesandersonInstantly recognizable characteristics of Wes Anderson movies: dollhouse compositions, 90-degree camera angles, intricate camerawork and editing. The spectacle of detailed graphic design, and the awareness of the spectacle. To take a line from Vertigo, the gentleman seems to know what he wants – and judging from the enduring popularity of his work (some films more than others), plenty of us seem to want what he has to offer. Under and around the stylistic flourishes resides a keen observer of the human comedy, and for all the accusations of perfectionist, toy-store distance, Anderson is never less than frank and direct about a wide spectrum of adult issues and emotions. Like another American filmmaker who shares his surname, who also emerged during the mid-1990s, Wes Anderson has survived the crushing weight of his extraordinary, early promise, and evolved into something even more fascinating.

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Also Essential:

  • Hotel Chevalier (2007) [Blu-ray]
  • The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004) [DVD]
  • Bottle Rocket (1994) [Blu-ray]