BCN's Movie Database: Wes Anderson | Eastern North Carolina Now

    Publisher's note: To kick-off a fresh, new service, Movie Database, here in BCN, we are offering actor / director profiles - short in duration, but offering valuable links to informative posts and essential content - to better know the 'poor players' in the art of transferring story to celluloid.

    Our reviewer of films, good and bad, Wyatt Sanderman Day, will be in charge of managing the actor / director profiles; however, if you have any interest in contributing a profile similar to the Wyatt Sanderman Day template, please join BCN as a member, send Stan Deatherage a private message, and we will consider your submission.

    Wyatt Sanderman Day's note: Stan has asked me to work on this task to provide a discussion on the actors and to provide insight and avenue to BCN's newest database, this time movies /films, and I am happy to help, but we do it my way: that I take some of my favorite actors, and link to the reviews that I, and others may, have written of what they have directed; then we link to their database profile, and, or any other links that I see fit. That's about it, and to that end, I continue with one of my favorites - Wes Anderson.

Wes Anderson in a recent photo: Above. i
    Regardless of whether one appreciates the nuanced work of the eclectic Austin, Texas Writer /Director, one must admit that Wes Anderson's films are at least unique in their construction, their quality. In fact, some Wes Anderson fans would offer that he has never made a bad film.

    His first film was the low budget "Bottle Rocket", in 1996, which he co-wrote with college chum Owen Wilson. Director Anderson's second film was "Rushmore", in 1998, a higher budget film, featuring comedy heavyweight Bill Murray. While "Bottle Rocket" got Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson noticed, "Rushmore" brought universal acclaim, and Anderson's third film, "The Royal Tenenbaums", in 2001, which is not only a gold plated classic, but put Anderson on the artists' artist map where the more established actors would find a way to work with the young Director.

    Gene Hackman was the irascible Royal Tenenbaum, Angelica Houston, as Etheline Tenenbaum, his long estranged wife, Gwyneth Paltrow as eccentric adopted sister Margot Tenenbaum, who's familial brother, Richie Tenenbaum, played by Luke Wilson, was madly in love with. Then, as if this was not enough, throw in Owen Wilson as drug influenced writer friend Eli Cash, with Alec Baldwin as the drone of the constant narration, and you have the makings of an esoteric classic that one can never watch just once.

    Such is the case of all of Wes Anderson's films: They are multi textured films, visual oddities, where every scene in compulsively framed as a simple portrait, with little nuggets of eccentric story and humor gleefully arranged as if the films' tales are told in images, with clues to narrative laid about as uncollected Easter eggs. His last film, "The Grand Budapest Hotel", 2014, is the latest of these visual gems, which won many Oscars for all of the film's visual artistry.

    If you have never seen a Wes Anderson film, rent "The Royal Tenebaums", then watch "Rushmore", then "The Grand Budapest Hotel", and then all the other films in between. If you can't appreciate Wes Anderson's cinematic expression, you will know rather quickly. If you do, you'll want to finish all of his films, and will welcome any new one to the mix.


    Come join us at our new Movie Database. We welcome you our latest feature to sort through film data to discover information on actors, directors, film images, or just what is playing, when it will pay, or when it did play. It is a work in progress, so we would appreciate your input.
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