Posts Tagged ‘Wes Anderson’

Fantastic Mr. Fox – Minute Movie Review

Mittwoch, Mai 26th, 2010

Review:

Mr. Fox has gone straight since the birth of his son, but he still wants nothing more than one last big heist, taking on the hen houses and cider cellars of his three human neighbours. They, in turn, decide to retaliate, and so the war is on. Based on Roald Dahl’s beloved book, this stop-motion animation by director Wes Anderson is a fun extension of the story, a funny film that is fun to watch. Anderson’s signature style, a combination of a bright palette, a lot of whimsy and something to far removed from words, lends itself perfectly to the animated format. The film doesn’t have the depth that his best works – Rushmore and The Royal Tenenbaums – have, but it’s simple good family entertainment.

Random Observations:

Fantastic Mr. Fox at the IMDb

Saying “cuss” instead of “fuck” or “shit” might have done wonders for the rating, but is damn annoying. (This post has been rated “R” by the MPAA.)

Some great talent is voicing the characters, including George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman.

Who does Eric Anderson, who voices Kristofferson, sound like? He reminded me of another actor, but for the life of me I can’t figure out who.

The film has only 12 frames per second (compared to the usual) 24 to ensure that everybody recognizes the stop motion technique.

Happy Birthday, Wes Anderson

Samstag, Mai 1st, 2010

Dear Wes,

I just wanted to wish you a very happy 41st birthday and many happy returns! May you have a wonderful day. Oh, and just let me remind you that I’m still waiting for a reply to that letter I wrote you.

Love,

Christoph

Oscar Predictions and Preferences – 2010 Edition

Samstag, März 6th, 2010

Award Season is Crazy Season. If you follow these things at all, you have been bombarded by information about the superiority of one film above another for months now. If you blissfully ignore all that stuff, you might even not have heard that a producer on The Hurt Locker is in trouble for trying to convince Academy voters to vote for his film instead of Avatar. His crime: sending an e-mail to his friends. Yes, things are crazy. So it is a good thing that with the Oscar telecast on Sunday, Award Season will be over. Until May or so, when the first discussions for next year’s favourites and winners will begin once more.

But before the Oscars, the most important of all the meaningless awards, are handed out on Sunday, it is time for my annual Oscar predictions. Last year, I picked 19 of the 24 winners. This year, let’s try to improve on that. But unlike last year, this year I actually feel like I am entitled to my own opinion, having seen 20 of the 58 animated films, 18 of the 38 feature films, and actually having seen all nominated films in three categories. So not only will I now predict the Oscar winners as promised, I will also tell you who should win. (Yes, my opinion constitutes objective truth in these matters.) The following list is ordered rather randomly and incomplete, an alphabetical and complete breakdown of all categories and predictions follows at the end.

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Two Years of Movie Reviews

Donnerstag, Oktober 29th, 2009

Two years ago today, I wrote my first ever Minute Movie Review. Fittingly enough, it was about the début feature of one of my favourite directors, Wes Anderson – a little gem called Bottle Rocket. In the two years since, another 318 films got the Minute Movie Review treatment. Today there are 320 of those reviews and to give you an idea of what that number actually means, I admit that I accidentally wrote two reviews for the same film, a few months apart, because I had forgotten that I already reviewed the film.

In addition to those 320 Minute Movie Reviews, there are 97 further posts I wrote for this blog (plus a few that were never published, for various reasons (i.e. they sucked)). I hope that impresses you enough to allow me this little celebratory note. I promise the next post will actually contain something worth reading – again or for the first time, depending on your point of view.

Minute Movie Review – Napoleon Dynamite

Sonntag, April 26th, 2009

Review:

Napoleon Dynamite is a very unusual teenager who does very unusual things and has very unusual skills. During the film, he endures his uncle’s stupidity, helps his best and only friend run for class president, attends a school dance and does some other things. The plot is not really that important, with the film being more of a quirky character study type thing. There are some funny scenes, but mostly the film just tries to hard to be different to be enjoyable.

Random Observations:

Napoleon Dynamite at imdb.com

One of very few movies where subsequent viewings made me change my opinion. I initially liked the film well enough, but it just doesn’t hold up very well to repeat viewings. Of course, I might have been influenced by the critic stating that it is “for people who don’t understand Wes Anderson movies”, who put it much more succinctly than I ever could.

I had forgotten that Tina Majorino was in this film. One of the more pleasant surprises while rewatching it.

After the movie was such a huge commerical success, the cast and crew went back to shoot an epilogue that is included after the credits on home video releases. It’s the wedding of Kip and Lafawnduh, with Napoleon arriving late on a horse.

My Favourite Contemporary Actors

Freitag, März 27th, 2009

As I said before, everybody loves Top Ten Lists. Especially me. So I thought I’d start a new, sort of regular, feature here, where I make Top Ten Lists of things I like. Now, the usual way to go about that would be to make lists like “The Ten Best Actors Working Today”, but even I don’t consider my opinion so important as to call it objective. So I will make lists like “My Favourite Ten Actors Working Today”, even if that title is a little longer. And so, without further ado, here are the ten actors whose body of work I enjoy so much, that just their participation in a film means that I want to see it, in reverse order. If you know all ten of them, congratulate yourself on having good taste. (weiterlesen …)

You found what you were looking for!

Mittwoch, Januar 14th, 2009

Over the last several months, it has happened occassionally that people used a search engine and were brought to my site. Most of these searches were pretty straightforward and I’m fairly certain that the people looking for “die welle review” or “christoph hartwig” found what they were looking for. There were some other quests, however, that were fatally unfulfilled. Since at Fabricated Truth we do everything for our readers, even one time readers who are unlikely to ever return, here are some of the search terms along with a guess what the person was looking for – so that the next time they will find an answer. (weiterlesen …)

The Ten Best Movies of 2008

Mittwoch, Januar 7th, 2009

Everybody loves Top Ten Lists, right? You can never get enough of them, correct? If you read one to the end, you want nothing more than start looking at the next one, or am I wrong? In any case, I like Top Ten (or basically any other number) Lists. I know they are silly and arbitrary and highly subjective, but they are still fun – even if one just reads them to poke fun at the author(s). So to start my own habitual list-making off, I hereby offer you the TEN BEST MOVIES OF 2008!

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The Greatest Movie Never Made

Freitag, Mai 2nd, 2008

Three months ago, when the writers’ strike was still in full effect, I wrote a letter to Wes Anderson. Yes, an actual hand-written letter (of 800 words, no less). In it, I proposed to write a screenplay for him that could be turned into a truly terrific film. Sadly, Mr. Anderson hasn’t replied to my letter to this day. Since I’m sick and tired of waiting for him to realize how great this story is, I’m going to post it here. Many other directors, producers and film-makers frequent this site and I’m sure many of them will be interested in picking up this exciting project. Please excuse the fact that the story is still contained inside the letter format, but since I’m not yet getting paid for this, I couldn’t be bothered to remove the parts addressed to Mr. Anderson. I’m sure you understand. (weiterlesen …)

Minute Movie Review – The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

Sonntag, Februar 17th, 2008

Review:

The Life Aquatic not only has a ridiculously long title, but is also probably my least favourite Wes Anderson film. It’s still great though: Steve Zissou is a marine researcher that has somehow lost his touch. People aren’t interested in his documentaries anymore and when his best friend is eaten by a shark, nobody takes his hunt for it seriously or is willing to finance it. Only Ned, who may or may not be his son, can help him restore the interest and so the crew set out for one last adventure. The movie balances once more between comedy and drama, but some of the ideas are just a bit too absurd. Nevertheless, the story of an aging man and his ragtag crew is often funny and in the end refreshingly different from most current cinema.

Random Observations:

The Life Aquatic… at imdb.com

Another ensemble cast with a collection of great actors (and many returning Anderson favourites): Bill Murray, Anjelica Huston, Owen Wilson, Cate Blanchett, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum and Michael Gambon. Plus a bunch of other good actors that aren’t nearly as well known as they deserve.

The soundtrack with Portuguese renditions of David Bowie songs (which are often played on screen by Seu Jorge, the musician responsible for them) is great.

I want one of those rainbow seahorses! While I thought the other sea creatures were a bit too strange, I absolutely love that one.

This is the conclusion of “Wes Anderson Sunday”. For more of his work, see my review of Bottle Rocket and my thoughts on The Darjeeling Limited. You can also look forward to soon reading a letter I sent to him…