Late last summer, we featured a video that took a look at some of the visual influences and references of filmmaker Wes Anderson. The director of The Royal Tenenbaums, Moonrise Kingdom, Grand Budapest Hotel, Fantastic Mr. Fox and more has a unique visual style that is unmistakable. But just like most great filmmakers, he steals from the greats that came before him.
In the same way that Quentin Tarantino remixes and reuses pieces from classic movies in his own modern movies, Wes Anderson takes inspiration and cues from the movies he grew up loving. A new video compares footage from Wes Anderson’s movies over the years and shows us various works that inspired them, not just films by Jacques Tati, Alfred Hitchcock and Stanley Kubrick, but also paintings and illustrations as well.
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Posted on Wednesday, December 21st, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Aside from that pretty wonderful holiday short film/commercial released last month, things have been pretty quiet for director Wes Anderson in the wake of 2014’s The Grand Budapest Hotel, which was a critical darling, a box office hit, a genuine Oscar contender, and very much the best movie released that year. A little over a year ago, we learned that Anderson was making another stop-motion animated movie, that it’s about dogs, and that it will follow in the footsteps of his previous film and feature an impressive ensemble of actors.
Today, we finally know more. The film is called Isle of Dogs and Anderson revealed the full cast and a tiny snippet of footage.
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The Witch was one of the most unnerving and masterful horror films of the year. Some complained that they didn’t find it scary, but the terror at the center of this movie felt more horrifying than any of the jump scares that countless other horror movies brought to the table this year. But what if the movie was directed by Wes Anderson?
Funnily enough, the visuals of Robert Eggers film which brings terror into the lives of a 1630s New England family work perfectly in a trailer edited in the style of one of Wes Anderson‘s comedies. Combine that with some cooky music and clever editing, and The Witch becomes a different movie entirely.
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Posted on Monday, November 28th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
It’s been a few years since we last heard from director Wes Anderson, who vanished into thin air following the well-deserved critical and financial success of 2014’s The Grand Budapest Hotel (which is a masterpiece and very possibly his best movie). Updates on his new stop-motion film, his first since 2009’s Fantastic Mr. Fox (another masterpiece and very possibly his second best movie) have been sporadic. And while we’ll have to keep on waiting to learn more about his next feature movie, Anderson has gone and made a Christmas-themed short film starring Adrien Brody that you can watch right now.
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Wes Anderson is one of those filmmakers with a style that you know immediately. Symmetrical cinematography, period settings and colorful production design are just some of the common traits you’ll find in a Wes Anderson movie, and we haven’t even gotten to the recurring cast members. However, if you’re not well-versed in some classic films such as The Graduate, Harold and Maude, Citizen Kane or The 400 Blows, then you might not have noticed. Or maybe you’ve seen those movies and you just never realized Wes Anderson was paying referencing them with his visuals.
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If you didn’t get your fill of Bill Murray this past weekend with the A Very Murray Christmas special debuting on Netflix on Friday, you’ll have another opportunity to see the actor reunite with one of his reliable collaborators, though you might have to wait awhile.
As has become custom with every Wes Anderson movie since Rushmore, Bill Murray will have a part in the director’s return to stop-motion animation in a project that so far we know very little about. Find out more on the next Wes Anderson Bill Murray team-up below! Read More »
We all know what a Wes Anderson movie is. The co-writer/director behind Moonrise Kingdom, The Grand Budapest Hotel, and The Royal Tenenbaums has a distinct voice and style. Anderson is sometimes criticized for never leaving his wheelhouse, but, according to the director, he might venture far outside of his comfort zone with a horror movie.
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Posted on Tuesday, October 13th, 2015 by Angie Han
There’s been speculation that Wes Anderson hates dogs, based on the various horrible fates that have befallen Man’s Best Friend in his movies. But would a guy who hates dogs plan to make an entire stop-motion animated movie about them? Presumably not.
And he certainly wouldn’t cast the likes of Jeff Goldblum, Bob Balaban, Edward Norton, and Bryan Cranston to voice them, as has just been reported. Find out about the Wes Anderson stop-motion film casting after the jump. Read More »
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Wes Anderson‘s lovely adaptation of Road Dahl‘s Fantastic Mr. Fox wasn’t a box-office smash. Anderson himself has admitted if a studio adapted the story as a CG-animated movie, it probably would’ve been more financially successful. Creatively speaking, Fantastic Mr. Fox is a home run, a movie that won back a lot of fans for Anderson after the mixed responses to The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and The Darjeeling Limited. Those fans of Fantastic Mr. Fox should be ecstatic to learn a new Wes Anderson stop-motion movie is next for the acclaimed filmmaker.
Read more about the director’s newest project after the jump.
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At first, you might think that directors Wes Anderson and Stanley Kubrick don’t have much in common. Their films couldn’t be on more opposite ends of the spectrum. However, Steve Ramsden used the similarity in the way Anderson and Kubrick frame shots as a reference point to create The Grand Overlook Hotel, a truly incredible mash-up of The Shining and The Grand Budapest Hotel.
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