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Phoenix

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Staten Island Summer

They don’t make movies that seem to purposefully waste the talents of current “SNL” stars much any more. Well, except for this one.

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Ballad of Narayama

"The Ballad of Narayama" is a Japanese film of great beauty and elegant artifice, telling a story of startling cruelty. What a space it opens…

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Monsieur Hire

Patrice Leconte's "Monsieur Hire" is a tragedy about loneliness and erotomania, told about two solitary people who have nothing else in common. It involves a…

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"The Wes Anderson Collection," Chapters 1-7, and "The Substance of Style", Chapters 1-5

This post collects all seven chapters of "The Wes Anderson Collection," a series based on my book about the director, plus all five chapters of "Wes Anderson: The Substance of Style," the 2009 series that inspired the book in the first place. 

Worm swallowing its own tail? Maybe, maybe not: either way this page includes about three hours' worth of viewing material.  

BOOK TRAILER FOR THE WES ANDERSON COLLECTION 

 

MATT ZOLLER SEITZ, LISA ROSMAN OF NY1 AND RICHARD BRODY OF THE NEW YORKER DISCUSS WES ANDERSON'S FILMS AT THE STRAND BOOKSTORE



THE WES ANDERSON COLLECTION, CHAPTER 1: "BOTTLE ROCKET"

Oct. 14, 2013. For more, click here



THE WES ANDERSON COLLECTION, CHAPTER 2: "RUSHMORE"

Oct. 16, 2013. For more about "Rushmore," click here



THE WES ANDERSON COLLECTION CHAPTER 3: THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS

Oct. 18. 2013. For more about "The Royal Tenenbaums," click here

 

THE WES ANDERSON COLLECTION CHAPTER 4: THE LIFE AQUATIC WITH STEVE ZISSOU 

Oct. 21, 2013. For more about "The Life Aquatic," click here


THE WES ANDERSON COLLECTION CHAPTER 5: THE DARJEELING LIMITED 

Published Oct. 23, 2013. For more about "The Darjeeling Limited," click here

THE WES ANDERSON COLLECTION CHAPTERS 6 & 7: THE FANTASTIC MR. FOX AND MOONRISE KINGDOM

Published Oct. 25, 2013. For more about "The Fantastic Mr. Fox," click here. For more about "Moonrise Kingdom," click here

WES ANDERSON: THE SUBSTANCE OF STYLE, PARTS 1-5

Published March, 2009 at Moving Image Source, the online magazine of the Museum of the Moving Image.  Warning: as these videos were encoded and published four years ago, they may not play on may mobile devices. 

The Substance of Style, Pt 1

Orson Welles, Francois Truffaut, Bill Melendez. For a transcript, click here


The Substance of Style, Pt 2 

Wes Anderson and his pantheon of heroes (Scorsese, Lester, Nichols). For a transcript, click here


The Substance of Style, Pt 3

The Hal Ashby connection. For a transcript, click here.

     

The Substance of Style, Pt 4

The J.D. Salinger connection. For a transcript, click here


 

The Substance of Style, Pt 5

"The Royal Tenenbaums" prologue, annotated. For a transcript, click here


A Little Love: The Art of Bill Melendez (includes Wes Anderson comparison at end)

Originally published Oct. 6, 2008. 

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