Five Favorite Wes Anderson Movie Moments
With just a few days between us and the newest Wes Andersen movie, Moonrise Kingdom , we're itching for a fresh dose of the director's signature dry humor and cinematography.
Moonrise Kingdom is set to hit theaters (in limited release because if everyone was able to see it, it wouldn't be nearly as cool) on May 25. It will be the indie director's first non-animated feature since Darjeeling Limited in 2007, and has already made quite an impression at the 75th annual Cannes Film Festival and promises a hearty serving of Anderson cast regulars and quirky directing style.
But if (for some sad reason) you've never seen any of Anderson's previous films, we're going to help you out by offering our Five Favorite Wes Anderson Moments ...
5. From The Royal Tenenbaums: Margot Tenenbaum
Set to Judy Is a Punk by The Ramones, this scene from Anderson's 2001 The Royal Tenenbaums showcases the development of one of Anderson's most memorable characters: Margot Tenenbaum.
Infamously secretive and a closet smoker, Margot spends indefinite amounts of time lethargically moping in her bathtub and watching the TV set she has tied to her radiator. She habitually cheats on her husband, played by Bill Murray, and is in love with her brother (related through adoption).
4. From Rushmore: Max Fischer
Meet Rushmore Academy's worst student. He's confident to the point of cockiness. He's the king of extracurricular activities. He's Max Fischer, played by Jason Schwartzman in this 1998 film. Fischer lives for life at Rushmore, but when he falls in love with his teacher, Miss Cross, and ends up in a battle for her affections with Herman Blume, a wealthy if disillusioned industrialist played by Bill Murray, his world begins to turn upside down.
But really, meet Max.
3. From The Life Aquatic: Let Me Tell You About My Boat
Everything about this scene has Anderson's name written all over it - in a good way. Taken from the 2004 film, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, this tour of Zissou's ship, The Bellafonte, demonstrates many qualities of Anderson's signature style, a style that has many naming him one of our generations only true "auteurs." Take note of the horizontal camera movement, use of narration and titling and of course, the humor so dry it will have you cracking...up, that is.
2. Bottle Rocket: The Little Banana
You haven't seen Owen Wilson act until you've seen his performance in 1996 movie, which he co-wrote with Anderson, Bottle Rocket. Wilson plays the role of Dignan, a heartbreakingly good guy...who wants to be a crook. Its absurd, but so is most of the movie. Wilson makes the characters so relatable, so pitiful, and so loveable that you can't help but be on their side. Even if that means sporting a hideous yellow jumpsuit.
And the cherry on top? This scene includes all three Wilson brothers.
1. From Fantastic Mr. Fox: Are You Cussing With Me?
Beside the fact that this scene from The Fantastic Mr. Fox has George Clooney and Bill Murray arguing in animal form, the clip is just crazy cussing funny. Based on the novel by Roald Dahl, the movie tells the story of Mr. Fox, a notoriously talented thief who struggles to protect his family and neighbors from the repercussions of his schemes. The stop-motion animated film is probably the best kids movie ever and the kind you won't mind sitting through it again and again and again. Check it the cuss out.
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