I was watching Gone Girl for the fourth time and admiring how David Fincher (and his cinematographer Jeff Cronenweth) majestically shot Ben Affleck‘s character Nick Dunne’s cat and I began to wonder about the cat’s true role in the story. The cat is featured too prominently to be just a background prop. What did the cat mean?
As I thought about this I began to realize that there had been a lot of big screen kitties this year. The New York Times notes in their review that “cats are the new dogs,” and judging from the list of animals in this article, they might be right. But as I started to think about it more, it wasn’t just cats but dogs and some actually amazing performances by other animals in this past year of film. So the list of best animal performances of 2014 grew and grew. After the jump you will find my examination of why 2014 was the year of animal movie performances and what it all means. Read More »
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Last year, we published a fantastic video by Fourgrounds Media Inc. called The Auteurs of Christmas which reimagined the magic of Christmas morning through the eyes of 10 famous filmmakers. They have returned with a sequel for 2014: The Auteurs of Christmas 2, which features Christmas morning as directed by 10 more filmmakers: Charlie Chaplin, Quentin Tarantino, Terrance Malick, Alfred Hitchcock, Christopher Nolan, Jean-Luc Godard, Morgan Spurlock, David Lynch, M Night Shyamalan, Michael Bay. Watch both videos embedded after the jump.
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Wes Anderson‘s film Fantastic Mr. Fox demonstrated that his directorial sensibilities are perfectly suited to stop-motion animation. And now the director says he’s planning a return to animation with an espiodic film comprised of several small stories. Read More »
Hard to believe it’s been five years since Spoke Art kicked off their Wes Anderson inspired art show Bad Dads. In that time, Anderson has made two new films, Moonrise Kingdom in 2012 and The Grand Budapest Hotel earlier this year. That means that more than 80 artists tasked with making art based on any Wes Anderson film had a new option to draw from this year.
So yes, you’ll see a good amount of Grand Budapest Hotel art at the exhibit, which is now on display in San Francisco as well as online. But you’ll get all of Anderson’s other movies too. As always, it’s an eclectic and awesome collection of art that Anderson himself will surely approve of. In fact, he already has.
Below, see just a small sampling of the work in the fifth annual Bad Dads Wes Anderson art show. Read More »
When discussing the films of Wes Anderson, many people seem to choose 2009’s Fantastic Mr. Fox as their least favorite of his movies. I find that fact to be crazy because, in 2009, Fantastic Mr. Fox was my favorite film of the year.
Sure it looked different from rest of Anderson’s films, but at its heart, it really wasn’t. Anderson’s musical choices, parental themes, locked-off camera angles and long takes were all there, just seen through the eyes of stop-motion animation. Watch it again and it’s as timeless, if not more so, than most of the directors other films.
And now, it’s the first Anderson film to get its own toy line. Funko will release four beautiful Fantastic Mr Fox toys from the animated film in November. Check them out below. Read More »
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A cryptic tease hit the movie press corp on Thursday: an image featuring a single pink Lego brick, and the name of Wes Anderson’s latest masterpiece, The Grand Budapest Hotel. Many – myself included – began wildly speculating about a collaboration between the indie filmmaker and massive toymaker on a consumer set. Alas, that’s not the case.
Instead, to help promote the June 17 Blu-ray release of the film, Fox Searchlight hired Lego builder Ryan Ziegelbauer and his team to create a huge version of the hotel to put on display. The result took 575 hours, is made of more than 50,000 bricks, weights 150 pounds, stands 7 feet tall and stretches 6.5 feet wide. It’ll be on display at The Grove in Los Angeles June 14 and 15 and we’ll have some more details photos over the weekend.
For now, check out a video of the impressive build of The Grand Budapest Hotel Lego. Read More »
Look Effects has released a five minute VFX breakdown of the visual effects they created for Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel. Some of the effects are seamless and near invisible, changing the color of a wall or text on an envelope. Some of the other effects involve more involved miniatures which are combined with real world location shots and actors on green screens. Watch The Grand Budapest Hotel visual effect video embedded after the jump.
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If there’s one thing the Internet loves, it’s a good Wes Anderson parody. The filmmaker’s unique and distinctive visual style has been parodied in many ways, and adapted in diverse forms making fun of all kinds of movies, filmmakers and so much more. Even Saturday Night Live got in on the fun. The latest, however, is one of the best.
Filmmaker Louis Paquet has made the opening title sequence for Best Picture winner Forrest Gump, if it was directed by Wes Anderson. The only bad thing about this is the rest of the movie isn’t here. Check out the Wes Anderson Forrest Gump parody below. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 by Angie Han
The characters of The Grand Budapest Hotel fall on some hard times, but the movie itself is rolling in the dough. It’s just become director Wes Anderson‘s highest-grossing release ever, and the only one to cross the $100 million mark.
It’s great news, but not particularly surprising news considering the run The Grand Budapest Hotel has had so far. During its opening weekend in March, it beat out Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master to become the highest-grossing limited live-action debut of all time. Hit the jump for more on how Grand Budapest hit those numbers.
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