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'The Grand Budapest Hotel' Gorgeously Conveys Our Need for Poise and Elegance

The sense of artifice in Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel helped him create an alluring reverie of both color and meaning.

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'The Grand Budapest Hotel' Deserves to Win Almost All the Oscars 'Boyhood' Doesn't

Ralph Fiennes holds civilization together with little more than his impeccable manners and mustache in Wes Anderson's absurdist dollhouse of a tragicomedy, The Grand Budapest Hotel.

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'I'm Not the Fox I Used to Be': Wes Anderson's Changing Seasons

Far from style over substance, Wes Anderson's Fantastic Mr. Fox fixates over objects to show its protagonist's inability to handle the oncoming winter.

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'The Grand Budapest Hotel': It's Time for Wes Anderson to Make Another Kind of Wes Anderson Movie

The story in The Grand Budapest Hotel repeatedly takes a backseat to the style. Wes Anderson is meticulous with his details and creates a candy-colored world within which to situate his whimsy.

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'Fantastic Mr. Fox' Is One Cussin' Fantastic Film

Like Roald Dahl, Wes Anderson seems to have a twisted desire to expose the fallacies of adulthood through the innocent yet knowing eyes of children.

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The Impeccably Cute Delightfulness of Stuff: 'Moonrise Kingdom'

I propose a souvenir shoppe, also called "Moonrise Kingdom", a kind of "pottery barn" filled with purchasable goods reproduced from the movie's sets, props and costumes.

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It's a Different Kind of Blue in 'The Royal Tenenbaums'

The portraits of failed genius in Wes Anderson’s melancholic comedy inhabit a frozen kind of entrapping nostalgia, which somehow the film’s anarchic comedy bursts free from.

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To Be Young Again: Maturity and Adolescence in Wes Anderson's 'Moonrise Kingdom'

Was love purer for us when we were 13? Probably not, but it sure is nice to remember it that way.

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'Moonrise Kingdom' and the Film as Novel

Moonrise Kingdom may be the first film in Wes Anderson's career that suffers from being a bit too subdued.

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'The Darjeeling Limited': Wes Anderson's Affections Are Windows to the Soul

The confined spaces here are perfect for Wes Anderson's precise framing, cannily exploiting any claustrophobia some viewers may feel in his just-so compositions and careful camera rotations.

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Bottle Rocket

The actual payoff in Bottle Rocket is all about the journey, and the somewhat refreshing resolution of lessons not necessarily learned.

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Cinema Qua Non - Indispensable DVDs: Part 3

Day Three - The final ten, a cross-culture collection teeming with big ideas, larger than life visions, and perhaps the greatest documentary on rugby you've probably never heard of.

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The Darjeeling Limited

At last, as in the final scene taken by a camera fixed to the exterior of a train as it clickety-clacks forward, the countryside speeding by, the rails extending into the distance, we can see that Wes Anderson is back on track.

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The Darjeeling Limited

Patricia (Anjelica Huston) serves multiple purposes in The Darjeeling Limited, not least being the grail her children seek.

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The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou: Criterion Collection (2004)

'That's what the movie's sort of about,' observes Wes Anderson, 'self-invention, and making their own art, and all those things.'"

Cynthia Fuchs
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The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)

Wes Anderson's film and Steve's filmed life creak a little, exposing seams and efforts to make sense of experience.

Cynthia Fuchs

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