(From Fox Searchlight | Illustration by Zimbio)Wes Anderson's greatest power as a filmmaker may be his ability to fully realize the worlds he creates. When his movies are finished, they feel like they've emerged fully formed from his mind. His irresistably twee fantasy lands blur the lines of realism, and The Grand Budapest Hotel might be the blurriest yet.
What creates this world? Well we can't capture its magic, but at least we can document some of the pieces that make the whole. With that...Read Full Story
(L-R) Steve Carell and Channing Tatum in Foxcatcher. (Sony Pictures Classics)Save for a few, nobody has seen anything. It's patently ludicrous to predict awards for performances we haven't seen. But we're going to do it anyways. Movies are one of those things people love to speculate about. "Oh, that looks good!" There's a science to it. Not an exact science, but a scientific method at any rate. Director + writer + actor = X. It's that unknown quantity we're trying to get at. Roll with us as...Read Full Story
(Columbia)Fifteen years ago, Cruel Intentions hit theaters like a godsend to just about every kid going through puberty in 1999. Rarely did a movie so directed at the youth market trade in such explicit adult themes. You didn't really expect a movie with Buffy and a baby-faced Reese Witherspoon to dive headfirst into the art of seduction, girl-on-girl make-outs, sexual blackmail, coke-filled rosaries, and light incest. While Cruel Intentions may never be considered a "great" movie, it was...Read Full Story
(Fox Searchlight)As the reigning king of all things twee, Wes Anderson is fond of using mind-numbingly detailed models in his movies that stand in for his larger set pieces. For The Grand Budapest Hotel, that meant a scale replica of the hotel with a working funicular (a little trolley for short, steep journeys).
"I’ve always loved miniatures in general,” Anderson told the New York Times about his latest model. “I just like the charm of them.”As with all things Wes Anderson, the pictures are...Read Full Story
Judging by the trailer for The Grand Budapest Hotel, it looks like Wes Anderson has created yet another fictional place we'd love to visit in real life. I guess we'll have to wait until it comes out this Friday to know for sure, but it got us thinking: What if some of the most memorable movie hotels were held to the same scrutiny as real hotels? It'd probably look something like this.The Overlook HotelHotel RwandaHotel for DogsHotel ChevalierHotel TransylvaniaBates MotelBikini HotelRead Full Story