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Wes Anderson's Next Has A Title And A Big-Name Star!

Published at: July 17, 2012, 12:02 p.m. CST

Nordling here.

If it's not playing near you, it's understandable that you haven't seen Wes Anderson's MOONRISE KINGDOM yet.  If it is, and you haven't, you probably shouldn't wait - it's one of the best movies of the year and one of the best in Anderson's roster (I'm still a RUSHMORE man).  One of the best movies I've ever seen about that awkward time between chidhood and adulthood, and it's got terrific performances from everyone involved.  There, that's my public service announcement.

Anderson stated that his next movie would be set in Europe, and it looks like he's settling on a cast, as well as a title - THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL, which would seem to confirm the European thing.  He's also thrown the net out for a wide range of actors to be involved - not only his regular staple of actors like Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, and others, but he's also caught himself a big fish - Johnny Depp, according to Deadline.

Depp in an Anderson movie sounds like a chocolate/peanut butter matchup to me.  Anderson, who said this will be a more adult film than he's made before, has never worked with Depp before, but I'll bet that with the cast that he brings together, this is going to be a hell of a well-acted movie, at least.

And, yeah.  Go see MOONRISE KINGDOM.  Bring a map, because you're going on an adventure.

Nordling, out.  Follow me on Twitter!

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  • July 17, 2012, 12:03 p.m. CST

    He has the Same Range as a Filmmaker

    by Aquatarkusman

    As a clearly hobbled, morbidly obese William Conrad would have as a major league shortstop.

  • July 17, 2012, 12:04 p.m. CST

    Will it be hip??

    by thelordofhell

  • July 17, 2012, 12:06 p.m. CST

    Can spot a Wes A. film a mile away

    by BackwardGalaxy

    And that is not a compliment.

  • July 17, 2012, 12:06 p.m. CST

    Will Depp be a wacky outsider character?

    by R.S

    One with ker-aaazy make-up and/or hair?

  • July 17, 2012, 12:07 p.m. CST

    I think Wes Anderson is really overrated...

    by _Venkman

    ...almost as overrated as Bill Murray's drama abilities. "Look at camera and appear miserable" "now look at camera and appear sad but don't cry" "now talk drily to the camera". Just give him the damn Oscar so he'll do Ghostbusters 3 and rape all our childhoods.

  • July 17, 2012, 12:08 p.m. CST

    Saw Moonrise Kingdom last week...

    by skelly

    Loved it. I think as more people see this and time passes it will be looked upon the same as Stand By Me. Life Aquatic is still ny favourite Anderson film but this definitely had the sharpest dialogue of all his films.

  • July 17, 2012, 12:16 p.m. CST

    sounds like a chocolate/peanut butter matchup to me.

    by where_are_quints_hobbit_set_reports

    sounds fucking dreadful to me. twee twaddle.

  • July 17, 2012, 12:21 p.m. CST

    Sounds like a shard of glass/tuna sandwich matchup to me.

    by Read and Shut Up

  • July 17, 2012, 12:24 p.m. CST

    If you don't like him...

    by bowiebot3000

    How about moving on to something you do like? Always crying and complaining. Your miserable lives are your own fault if you can't enjoy a single fucking thing.

  • July 17, 2012, 12:26 p.m. CST

    Wes is great.

    by jimincognito

    Trolls on this board suck. Wes has made a career doing what damn near every filmmaker wishes they could do. Props to him, even if you don't like his films.

  • July 17, 2012, 12:28 p.m. CST

    Moonrise Kingdom is the best film so far of 2012

    by Samuel Fulmer

    If you like Wes Anderson films. If you don't, I don't think he'll ever make a film you'll like, much like the same can be said for most directors that have distinct qualities to their film making.

  • July 17, 2012, 12:29 p.m. CST

    Ugh Depp

    by Secretagentnumber6

    I am growing tired of Mr. Depp. He is getting severely overexposed for the last 9 years. If anyone can change that it is Anderson, but Anderson does not need Depp.

  • July 17, 2012, 12:29 p.m. CST

    And the fact that Anderson is directing Depp

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Might mean that Depp might actually play it a little drier than in recent years.

  • July 17, 2012, 12:29 p.m. CST

    venkman

    by ray a

    Ordinarily I dont care about someone's opinión but yours is so off based that u deserve to take some shortly over it. Murray and especially Anderson may not be your cup of tea but to say they are overated is merely an attempt to stoke your ego because you lack the intellectual attention span to sit through his movies. Stick the Michael Bays of the world so that u dont strain yourself.

  • July 17, 2012, 12:30 p.m. CST

    Look, I'm an Austinite and Love about 2.5 Anderson Films

    by Aquatarkusman

    It doesn't mean I want any more of them until he decides to broaden his horizons.

  • July 17, 2012, 12:31 p.m. CST

    I realise this won't be popular but...

    by Darius Doherty

    Snoooooooooooooooooooozzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzeeeeeeeeee... More navel gazing bullshit. And again Murray will choose to work on this instead of GB3, wrongly believing it to be of greater artistic merit. We all remember Garfield my friend. Wes Anderson makes 'Films for contrarians' as a poster in the POTD-FG thread so elequently put it and unfortunatly Depp ceased to be an interesting actor about a decade ago.

  • July 17, 2012, 12:32 p.m. CST

    broaden his horizons-What does that mean

    by Samuel Fulmer

    You want him to direct Magic Mike 2?

  • July 17, 2012, 12:34 p.m. CST

    More crying about Ghostbusters 3

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Well if they can't get a good script, why make it, so ghostbusters fanboys can finally change their Slimer Underoos they've been wearing since 1989 in anticipation for a part 3. I think some here have been hitting the eco-cooler a little too heavily and need to take a break from playing Ghostbuster for Sega Genesis (though a cool game, it does like Winston), and maybe get out of their homes for a few minutes and enjoy life.

  • July 17, 2012, 12:35 p.m. CST

    It takes a vast amount of skill to make pictures at that level

    by syscotron

    So give him some credit

  • July 17, 2012, 12:35 p.m. CST

    A little nervous

    by SenatorJeffersonSmith

    I'm a big Wes fan, but the last time he did a movie set on another continent we got The Darjeeling Limited, and I thought that was a very bad Wes Anderson movie. Hoping for the best, though.

  • July 17, 2012, 12:36 p.m. CST

    I'd rather see a Larger Than Life 2

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Then a shitty GB3......

  • July 17, 2012, 12:36 p.m. CST

    Sounds like a This American Life / organic kombucha matchup to me

    by where_are_quints_hobbit_set_reports

    twee

  • July 17, 2012, 12:36 p.m. CST

    I loved Moonrise Kingdom

    by Anthony Torchia

    any quirkier and it would have been too much, he slid right under the wire with an innocent look at adult themes through a child's eyes, or something I will see his new Hotel unless the notices are crap

  • July 17, 2012, 12:38 p.m. CST

    I love you, but you don't know what you're talking about.

    by animatronicmojo

    Moonrise Kingdom is the best film I've seen all year, with Beasts of the Southern Wild a close second. <P> Yeah, we get it, he's got a distinctive style, which some of y'all don't like it, so it makes you feel better to piss all over it each and every time he's brought up here. That's fine, too, really. Breaking beer bottles on an old cinder-block wall way out in the middle of the desert can also relieve tension. So can running up 20 flights of stairs and is great for the heart. <P> Me, I have seen all of his films, from Bottle Rocket on, and loved each and every one of them. I couldn't even choose a favorite, because they all go together like different volumes in a series of brightly colored books that look super-sharp on the shelf. <P> Depp in and Anderson film sounds great- along with maybe Owen Wilson, Bill Murray, Edward Norton and Jude Law- even better- the more the merrier.

  • July 17, 2012, 12:38 p.m. CST

    sounds like a mandolin/mumblecore matchup to me

    by where_are_quints_hobbit_set_reports

    i'm just listing things I hate at this point

  • July 17, 2012, 12:43 p.m. CST

    Can spot a Wes A. film a mile away

    by slone13

    And this is a total compliment.

  • July 17, 2012, 12:44 p.m. CST

    Awesome news!!

    by Ruben

    This sounds great! Johnny Depp will be an interesting addition to an Anderson movie. Couldn't believe how great Edward Norton and Bruce Willis were in Moonrise Kingdom. Anderson haters be damned!!!

  • Someone said they could spot his stuff a mile away. That's a great thing, if you become your own part of cinema then that's awesome. Personally I'm not a huge huge fan of his stuff, but I definitely enjoy it and whether you like him or hate him you atleast have to say that he has established his own voice so when you watch his movies you know who's either telling some bit of social commentary or just a fun story.

  • July 17, 2012, 12:49 p.m. CST

    Depp and Anderson are a great matchup

    by Logan_1973

    Johnny really needed to get away from Burton. Very excited for this already! And yes, MOONRISE KINGDOM is the best of 2012 so far.

  • July 17, 2012, 12:50 p.m. CST

    The Grand Budapest Hotel, located adjacent to The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

    by Doctor_Strangepork

  • July 17, 2012, 12:51 p.m. CST

    let's keep Beasts of the Southern Wild out of this conversation

    by where_are_quints_hobbit_set_reports

    That was a profound and beautiful film with a lot to say. Anderson's oeuvre is just treacly pap for people whose idea of wit or creativity is wearing a funny hat.

  • July 17, 2012, 12:51 p.m. CST

    depp can now only act in white face

    by walt

    anderson will end up firing that hack on day one

  • July 17, 2012, 12:52 p.m. CST

    Eyyy look at my wacky purple bowler hat!!! How bold and fun! Now I'm playing the piccolo !

    by where_are_quints_hobbit_set_reports

    Your mom always told you you were a special little guy

  • July 17, 2012, 12:54 p.m. CST

    Will continue to give WA the benefit

    by thefoggiest

    Every one of his films seemed to be going somewhere without ever really getting there up until Mr. Fox, which is a nice change. Still though, the trip taken through the majority of the stories is incredible and enjoyable, which is why I can't help but put Darjeeling at the top. And while a seemingly unpopular sentiment, it never ceases to bring positive memories to mind in hindsight. More so even than the "holy duo" of Rushmore & Tenenbaums. Then again, maybe I'm due for a retrospective.

  • If Moonrise Kingdom was any good it would have been released everywhere.

  • July 17, 2012, 12:56 p.m. CST

    Anderson is how NPR listeners convince themselvs they're still smarter than everyone else

    by where_are_quints_hobbit_set_reports

    Even though all the people they went to high-school with are all happier and more successful

  • July 17, 2012, 1:01 p.m. CST

    we'll he's not failed me yet

    by IWasInJuniorHighDickhead

    Darjeeling is the weakest but I love it. Just thought i'd add my thoughts to the hatefest

  • July 17, 2012, 1:05 p.m. CST

    Let's get some more NPR mentions people

    by Samuel Fulmer

    I mean they make zero sense, but please keep them coming.

  • July 17, 2012, 1:06 p.m. CST

    fulmer, it's because the venn diagram of those two demographics

    by where_are_quints_hobbit_set_reports

    looks like an eclipse

  • July 17, 2012, 1:09 p.m. CST

    daddylonghead-I like Anderson films

    by Samuel Fulmer

    And can't stand NPR.

  • July 17, 2012, 1:09 p.m. CST

    Soo Overrated

    by Darius Doherty

    This is the typical response i would expect from the WA fan club round here. Because we all lack the "intellectual attention span" (still not sure that means anything) we don't understand what this genius has achieved. Rushmore was ok but lets face it nothing to write home about. First I find it best when beratting someone for their lack of intelligence to omit text speak, grammatical errors and spelling mistakes as these usually fail to impress. I love the fact that we are then reprimanded and told to watch Transformers because thats more our level. Ow, sharp comeback. Thanks for your psuedo-intellectual ramblings but just because we can't see the emperors new clothes doesn't make us morons. I do however commend your ability to sit through some of the most boring, ponderous films to have been produced in recent years. Also the phrase is to 'stroke ones ego'

  • July 17, 2012, 1:14 p.m. CST

    fulmer, you are a statistical aberration

    by where_are_quints_hobbit_set_reports

    so don a whimsical hat and get in front of Anderson's camera, you endearingly offbeat oddball!!

  • July 17, 2012, 1:18 p.m. CST

    daddylonghead-I think you miss the point

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Maybe you need to watch Anderson's films again. I always enjoyed the truths that he's able to get to, while still being able to maintain his level of formalism and artifice. To me those are the most enjoyable films. Anybody can shoot something that looks "real" and plays like surveillance camera footage. If I want that, I'll watch a documentary.

  • July 17, 2012, 1:21 p.m. CST

    I don't hate artifice

    by where_are_quints_hobbit_set_reports

    I just hate Wes Anderson's cloying, self-congratulatory and morbidly sealed-off style of artifice

  • July 17, 2012, 1:22 p.m. CST

    Everyone fails at some point

    by Kyle DeMattio

    Whether or not Anderson's next film will live up to or beyond Moonrise Kingdom is beyond me. And the fact that Johnny Depp is in it, I'm not so sure. Don't get me wrong he's talented, but he's so overrated.

  • July 17, 2012, 1:25 p.m. CST

    Murray really can't do GB3 at this point

    by SergeantStedenko

    If he does and it sucks, and let's be honest, there's no way it can't suck, then he will never hear the end of it. Bill, just let Aykroyd, Ramis, Moranis and the Black Guy make it without you. They need to eat. You don't.

  • July 17, 2012, 1:26 p.m. CST

    But daddylonghead you seem to find it that way

    by Samuel Fulmer

    And that's fair enough, but I don't find any of it cloying, I think it's all who he is as a film maker. Now when you have a film maker who has obsessions that start becoming other people's obessions, or those obsessions are a turn off for some, that's on the viewers, not the film maker. I mean if he directed an musical in the vein of Rock of Ages, or an action film like Battleship, that is something I would find calculated.

  • July 17, 2012, 1:27 p.m. CST

    Sam Fulmer, so, what's wrong with NPR?

    by SergeantStedenko

    Other than their incessant pimping of Wes Anderson and Moonrise Kingdom.

  • July 17, 2012, 1:27 p.m. CST

    How pretentious of a stylist to have a style!

    by fearless_freep

    Hope you’re listening, Scorsese, Coen brothers, Gilliam, Fincher, and the ghosts of Hitchcock, Kubrick and Altman.

  • July 17, 2012, 1:36 p.m. CST

    Moonrise Kingdom was awesome

    by DZ

    It's very funny. One of few movies I have seen knowing nothing going in.

  • July 17, 2012, 1:45 p.m. CST

    Some of Andersons work = Great. Some = Whimsy overkill

    by tomdolan04

    To fans, I'd recommend a film called Submarine I caught recently directed Richard Ayoade. <p> Whimsy-ish without bashing you over the head.

  • Anderson is an overrated hack, who yes, pretty much makes the same movie over and over, with the same boring dialouge and characters, "wry humour", that is nowhere being what wry humour is, nor a good example of it. I mean, seriously, with the dialouge, who the hell in real life talks like that? I read one anti-Anderson rant where someone described the dialouge and his characters being reminiscent of someone who has aspergers, pretty accurate statement if you ask me. Seriously. All the shit people get excited over for his releases, which I will never understand, more on that in a moment, is really like, not good. Oh, and don't say I don't get it, oh I get it, I just think it's a horrible example. First one to say "Oh, you just don't get his quirky humour", will be made by law to where a shirt that has total fucking asshole on it for the rest of there lives. I mean, he's in a weird position as a director, he's not exactly "mainstream", and sometimes that seems to be the only reason why people like him, and he's in that under the radar mode, but yet his drooling legions of fans REALLY have him overrated. And yes, is work is very pretentious, dramatically downplaying the drama aspects, and for what reason?, empty and hollow, and this slowed down sense of reality. Is that cause his fans are "slow"? And please, let me spare you the effort of whatever cliched insult you come back with such as, Oh yeah, stick to your Michael Bay Transformers, and explosions, and lack of depth, camerawork, etc. If you knew me, you wouldn't say that, plus uh, def a strong case of the pot calling the kettle black. I mean, it's just TOO easy to turn it back on you. And yeah, the people saying he sucks and his work sucks, are definitley coming up with better reasons, comebacks, etc, as to those who are defending it, who like his work, and all that. For example..... How about moving on to something you do like? Always crying and complaining. Your miserable lives are your own fault if you can't enjoy a single fucking thing. See what I mean, or...... Ordinarily I dont care about someone's opinión but yours is so off based that u deserve to take some shortly over it. Murray and especially Anderson may not be your cup of tea but to say they are overated is merely an attempt to stoke your ego because you lack the intellectual attention span to sit through his movies. Stick the Michael Bays of the world so that u dont strain yourself. And the cliches come out. I mean seriously, some of you, if not almost all of you, Anderson fans are just as bad as the Nolan batman nazi jihadists, I like Batman btw, and I don't condone there extreme shit either. Nolan batman nazi jihadists, hmmm, I think we might have a story of some sorts there.... I think this might be my favorite post.... Sounds like a This American Life / organic kombucha matchup to me Yeeup, that about 100% accuratley describes, him, his work, and his fans. I must know though, what's an organic kombucha? I say that out of wanting to know cause it made me laugh. Oh, and this being some all time great classic coming of age story on par with stand by me and the like? Uh, no. Some better examples of stuff... Repo Man, Dazed And Confused, Sweet Sixteen, This Is England, Zombieland, in a way, Night Of The Creeps, Terminator 2, etc. Catch My Drift? And those complimenting on him on having his own unique style, well, the same could be said for Michael Bay, Uwe Boll, Brett Ratner,who else is hated by the movie snobs? Btw, I agree most of these directors tend to be crap, with the occasional watchable thing, but some of these Anderson fans shouldn't be one to talk, seeing as how they love to rant and rave on some of these other guys, when the same could be said about hackjob Anderson. I mean, having your style, isn't nec always a good thing. So, then, if he's praised for that mostly, does that mean his work is pretty much style over substance? I'd say so. Ok, this might be my favorite comment in this... Anderson is like bad indie rock. He's like Woody Allen without Asian pedophilia. Lmao, great way to put it.

  • July 17, 2012, 1:46 p.m. CST

    @jack_carter

    by SobchakSecurity

    My thoughts exactly.

  • July 17, 2012, 1:46 p.m. CST

    I liked MK with the exception of Bill Murray who was wasted

    by SergeantStedenko

    Actually, I feel like both Murray and McDormand were both miscast. McDormand is 55 years old which means that she would have had those three kids in her very late 40s. Not impossible, but nearly impossible. Especially, in that time period before IVF.

  • July 17, 2012, 1:50 p.m. CST

    Catch My Drift?-Are you trying to be ironic

    by Samuel Fulmer

    I mean shit, let's add Over the Top to that list while we're at it!

  • Anderson's tone and style would have fit perfectly in Peter Parker's world, imo. Couldn't have been worse than Webb's emo hackery.

  • July 17, 2012, 2:15 p.m. CST

    Here's the thing, though

    by Jon Forbing

    We're not arguing your right to dislike Wes Anderson movies (well, some are, but I'm not). We're trying to have a conversation about a director we like, and you guys are running in and telling us we're stupid for it. That's what "move on to something you like" means. These Talkbacks are for discussions, so when I see an article about a creator or series or style I don't like, I skip the Talkbacks for it. Commenting on an article about someone you already don't like is like walking up to a group of people talking about baseball and saying "No, baseball is stupid. You're stupid for liking it." If you don't like Wes Anderson, great. Move along. Or make your one comment stating your opinion,and then leave. Those of us who like his work would like to talk about it.

  • July 17, 2012, 2:25 p.m. CST

    Some of my favorite movies of all time are Wes Anderson films...

    by NeverTalksBack

    LOVE Wes Anderson, he is an amazing director. It would be nice if some of you pulled your heads outta your asses long enough to realize this. Fine, you don't like his style, DOESN'T mean he's a bad filmmaker, it means he's not your cup of tea. You don't NEED to shit on the guy. Really hate the AICN takbacks nowadays, for every one articulate and clever post there 15 douchebag posts... don't you people want to be more than just negative douchebags? I used to get excited about a story here on my favorite directors, but my favorite directors seem to be hated on here with a passion. I sometimes think that most of you completely misunderstand the point of art. I digress

  • July 17, 2012, 2:28 p.m. CST

    nevertalksback-No the best is when the best Anderson gets crapped on

    by Samuel Fulmer

    When you read PTA rants, that's when you're in for a treat.

  • I say good day sirs.

  • July 17, 2012, 2:42 p.m. CST

    sobchaksecurity...

    by NeverTalksBack

    Finding and having a style as an artist is a HUGE thing. You make broad generalizations on Anderson's style and characters, which are untrue. His movies tend to focus on weird people, and yes there ARE people who are weird like his characters and actually talk like that. The world isn't populated with the same people talking in the same way. We are all different. I think that's why some of us are drawn to Anderson's work. He's a bit of a weirdo, I'm a bit of a weirdo and his films focus on oddballs. And yes Moonrise Kingdom is one of my favorite coming of age movies of all time. Because it's about two disaffected young teens who manage to find each other and try to run off together on some grand romantic adventure. The kids are amazing in every scene they are in. They don't act like movie kids, but like real kids with issues just trying to figure out their lives. Anderson's themes tend to be similar from film to film, I'll give you that. It's usually the struggle of someone who is NOT the typical person, not the usual movie lead, sometimes not even very likable. Someone society is not sure what to make of or do with. Some of us can strongly relate to that. Especially people like me, kinda shy and artistic. His characters, especially the leads, are not cookie cutter or cliche in any way. I can understand not liking his style, or even his lead characters, but to go from that to he's a hack is utterly ridiculous. Just because you don't like him doesn't mean he's a bad director. Okay, now I digress

  • July 17, 2012, 2:55 p.m. CST

    Sounds like a shit/sandwhich matchup to me.

    by Chris

  • July 17, 2012, 2:55 p.m. CST

    Sounds like a Lopez/Affleck matchup to me.

    by Chris

  • July 17, 2012, 2:57 p.m. CST

    Sounds like an eye/rape matchup to me.

    by Chris

  • July 17, 2012, 3:07 p.m. CST

    MK was forced and awful...but

    by Ian

    hopefully this turns out more like Bottle Rocket/Rushmore/Royal Tenenbaums (3 of my favorite movies) than Darjeeling and Moonrise, which seemed like Wes Anderson was forcing the quirkyness and dialogue

  • July 17, 2012, 3:15 p.m. CST

    I actually didn't buy the chemistry between the two leads in Moonrise

    by SergeantStedenko

    The girl seemed like a young Margot Tennenbaum and I felt like she would have gone more for an emo bad boy type than a huge nerd bad boy. Both actors were very good, don't get me wrong, but I just didn't feel the chemistry between them and I think that was critical for the film to work. The romance just seemed forced and at times merely kept afloat by Anderson's signature quirky style.

  • July 17, 2012, 3:20 p.m. CST

    I actually don't think that weed would work with Anderson's films

    by SergeantStedenko

    I have a feeling it may make the style even more overbearing and annoying. But, I'd be willing to try that out sometime. I'm not a big fan of his films, but his stuff is interesting enough for me to keep tuning in to see what he's up to. As a huge David Lynch fanboy, I know what it's like to have your favorite artist much maligned by the ignorant unwashed masses.

  • July 17, 2012, 3:24 p.m. CST

    I enjoy Wes Anderson movies.

    by Pat

    I listen to NPR every day. I also love creampie porns. Who the fuck cares?!

  • And everyone knows that reality has a liberal bias.

  • July 17, 2012, 3:35 p.m. CST

    Wes Anderson movies are like cotton candy. They seem filling.

    by higgledyhiggles

    On another note, finally watched Mirror Mirror. Ok it ain`t Shakespeare. Fun though. Silly and fun.

  • July 17, 2012, 3:35 p.m. CST

    forgot the *s around seem. Can`t emote on tinternet.

    by higgledyhiggles

  • July 17, 2012, 3:41 p.m. CST

    sergeantstedenko - i totally bought the romance between the kids

    by antonphd

    my favorite moment in the film is with the boy tells the girl that she has no idea what she's talking about after she says that she thinks she would have been happier without parents (like him). i was a foster kid for 6 years (from 1 to 7) and i was thinking the same thing in my head until he said it. sorry, honey, i know your family is a pain in your ass for being incapable of coming to terms with their unhappiness, but you don't know what unhappiness is until you have no family to belong to. i can totally see this girl being attracted to a boy who is both her compliment opposite, and also the only boy her age who can see through of the facade of her perfect family and understand that her feelings of unhappiness are valid and that they don't mean that she's fucked up.

  • July 17, 2012, 3:43 p.m. CST

    Everything Good Sucks - Everything Awful I kinda Like

    by Smarty_Feldman

    I am a talkbacker Up is Down, Black is white. My mom's not a whore and I'm not a fat fuck.

  • I really liked Moonrise Kingdom, but his films have gotten increasingly cartoony lately, which I enjoy, but I think it will be a welcome change for him to rein things in a bit and go for a more realistic tone, more in the vein of Rushmore, Bottle Rocket and Royal Tenenbaums, hopefully. On the other hand, Darjeeling Limited was one of his less fanciful offerings and it is probably my least favorite Anderson movie, so who knows?

  • I think their relationship needed more development for me to become emotionally invested in it. As it was, I didn’t really see why they were in love, other than the fact that they were both outsiders. Neither of their personalities were that well defined, so I had difficulty understanding their motivation. My favorite character was Edward Norton’s scout master, who seemed like a real, relatable person.

  • July 17, 2012, 4:22 p.m. CST

    12 year olds in their underwear . . .

    by longloaddropper

    Anyone else find the scene when the boy and girl were in their underwear making out on the beach a bit creepy? I could have done without that scene. Also they did not act at all like real kids in my opinion. They acted like Wes Anderson thinks kids act (like adults).

  • July 17, 2012, 4:24 p.m. CST

    antonphd, I liked both the characters very much

    by SergeantStedenko

    I just didn't feel the chemistry between them. As a result, it almost made it seem like the adults were right and this was just frivolous puppy love. Like franks_tv, I think it needed to be developed a little more. Anderson's over-stylized flashback letter writing sequence was not very effective in representing the budding romance, imo. The deapan line readings from the actors did little to express the emotion developing between them.

  • July 17, 2012, 4:30 p.m. CST

    btw, I actually liked the letter writing montage

    by SergeantStedenko

    It was actually a brilliant use of exposition. But, it didn't help me truly feel the relationship between the two. It just seemed like exposition delivered in an extremely clever way. Anderson knew that he had to show some backstory for the relationship.

  • July 17, 2012, 4:47 p.m. CST

    the facade of her perfect family

    by SergeantStedenko

    It's funny, but I didn't even think about them supposed to be a perfect family because Murray and McDormand were such a mess. But, I'm sure this is what Anderson was going for. Both parents were lawyers and therefore probably the wealthiest people in town. I really didn't like the parents and I know this was the point, but they subtracted from my enjoyment of the movie as a whole. The moral of the story seemed to be enjoy your youthful romance while you can, because when you grow up you'll end up in a loveless marriage.

  • July 17, 2012, 5:12 p.m. CST

    I can spot a Wes Anderson movie a mile away

    by Teddy Artery

    and that IS a compliment. He's a film stylist and an iconoclast. Personally, I think the guy's brilliant.

  • July 17, 2012, 5:18 p.m. CST

    By the way, his movie "The Darjeeling Limited"

    by Teddy Artery

    was rather underrated and one sequence in particular in that movie just sent me over the edge... the funeral. Just destroyed me. The think I like most about Anderson is his slow evolution. His movies are always loaded with dry wit, in a New England-y sort of way, and I notice he's become more and more adept at the spare, sharp use of emotion.

  • July 17, 2012, 5:30 p.m. CST

    @NeverTalksBack

    by SobchakSecurity

    Finding and having a style as an artist is a HUGE thing. You make broad generalizations on Anderson's style and characters, which are untrue. His movies tend to focus on weird people, and yes there ARE people who are weird like his characters and actually talk like that. The world isn't populated with the same people talking in the same way. We are all different. I think that's why some of us are drawn to Anderson's work. He's a bit of a weirdo, I'm a bit of a weirdo and his films focus on oddballs.

  • July 17, 2012, 5:31 p.m. CST

    wtf?!?!

    by SobchakSecurity

    My whole post didn't post it all?!!? Is there a limit?!?!

  • July 17, 2012, 5:32 p.m. CST

    I agree, cotton_mcknight.

    by frank

    I would love for him to team up with Owen again. Royal Tenenbaums, Rushmore and Bottle Rocket are all brilliant.

  • July 17, 2012, 5:41 p.m. CST

    This makes perfect sense!

    by MrHooper

    Since Wes Anderson has become his generation's Tim Burton. And that is not a compliment. I've enjoyed all of WA's previous movies -- some of them very much (count me among the Darjeeling fans) -- but I really disliked Moonrise Kingdom. It would have been fantastic if it had come out in 1997, but it didn't. I just think that he has completely overplayed his hand.

  • July 17, 2012, 5:58 p.m. CST

    sergeantstedenko

    by Logan_1973

    I think the point of the movie was kids acting like adults more than the adults were. Outside of that it was a new spin on Romeo & Juliet; young lovers being kept apart by opposing forces. Personally I think its a brilliant film.

  • July 17, 2012, 6:10 p.m. CST

    mrhooper - what?

    by bowiebot3000

    It would have been fantastic if it had come out in 1997, but it didn't.

  • holy shit!

  • July 17, 2012, 8:34 p.m. CST

    Wes Anderson movies are not pretentious, PRRD.

    by frank

    Where is the pretension? They are just straightforward, funny, sad, stylized, heartfelt movies. You must have meant Paul Thomas Anderson.

  • July 17, 2012, 8:52 p.m. CST

    HATERS & WORSHIPERS ARE BOTH WRONG

    by the tramp

    Nowadays, it is difficult to make films that can be both entertaining and artsy. Much more than decades ago it's either mainstream and simple or artsy and underground. The ones that can still do it are old directors (Woody Allen, Scorsese etc.). So when new directors can have a style of their own and make films that are entertaining without being formula movies, it is so rare that people go apeshite and they end up being overrated which doesn't mean they are not good. MOONRISE KINGDOM is cute, original and has Anderson's style. If we saw films from filmmakers that have a strong style every week, maybe this film would be considered "ok" but since it is one of the very few alternatives to blockbusters, people love it and, yes overrate it a little. Same thing with DRIVE. If Wong kar wai hade made it or if Michael Mann was still at the top of his game and released a film the same year, or if another diretor pushed the dreamy atmosphere further (à la David Lynch) and made the violent since even more powerful, we would have had a better film. But in 2011 it was the ONLY action film that has a little depth, was character DRIVEN and gorgeously photograph so, boom, people loved it as if it was the next TAXI DRIVER. And maybe the best exemple is THE ARTIST. It is great! But imagine that the same year, Woody Allen, Martin Scorsese, Tarantino, Wes Anderson, PTA, and (just for fun) Brett Ratner, ALL did a silent black & white hommage to the old Hollywood... Do you think THE ARTIST would have been the best of one of all. Highly doubtful. So when films like DRIVE, SHAME, THE ARTIST, MOONRISE KINGDOM, WARRIORS or THE WRESTLER come out, it is so good to watch real, good films, that we go nuts, make a lot of buzz and in the end, they end up being overrated, yes, it is true. But it doesn't mean they are crap. They are in fact, the best we got at this point (with Scorsese's and Allen's films, but that's different, they are legends and we are currently they are still here, like Bob Dylan). Peace!

  • July 17, 2012, 8:54 p.m. CST

    here is what I think

    by the tramp

    Nowadays, it is difficult to make films that can be both entertaining and artsy. Much more than decades ago it's either mainstream and simple or artsy and underground. The ones that can still do it are old directors (Woody Allen, Scorsese etc.). So when new directors can have a style of their own and make films that are entertaining without being formula movies, it is so rare that people go apeshite and they end up being overrated which doesn't mean they are not good. MOONRISE KINGDOM is cute, original and has Anderson's style. If we saw films from filmmakers that have a strong style every week, maybe this film would be considered "ok" but since it is one of the very few alternatives to blockbusters, people love it and, yes overrate it a little. Same thing with DRIVE. If Wong kar wai hade made it or if Michael Mann was still at the top of his game and released a film the same year, or if another diretor pushed the dreamy atmosphere further (à la David Lynch) and made the violent since even more powerful, we would have had a better film. But in 2011 it was the ONLY action film that has a little depth, was character DRIVEN and gorgeously photograph so, boom, people loved it as if it was the next TAXI DRIVER. And maybe the best exemple is THE ARTIST. It is great! But imagine that the same year, Woody Allen, Martin Scorsese, Tarantino, Wes Anderson, PTA, and (just for fun) Brett Ratner, ALL did a silent black & white hommage to the old Hollywood... Do you think THE ARTIST would have been the best of one of all. Highly doubtful. So when films like DRIVE, SHAME, THE ARTIST, MOONRISE KINGDOM, WARRIORS or THE WRESTLER come out, it is so good to watch real, good films, that we go nuts, make a lot of buzz and in the end, they end up being overrated, yes, it is true. But it doesn't mean they are crap. They are in fact, the best we got at this point (with Scorsese's and Allen's films, but that's different, they are legends and we are currently they are still here, like Bob Dylan). Peace!

  • July 17, 2012, 9:03 p.m. CST

    AS FOR DEPP

    by the tramp

    Lately he's been doing the same old thing, only the makeup changes (put Jack Sparrow's make up on the Mad Haters face and you'll see what I mean) but THE RUM DIARY really came from the earth and got HUNTER S THOMPSON even better than FEAR AND LOATHING... Still, for years he's been the best chameleon actor in the world: Watch SCISSORHANDS and then THE 9TH GATE, BENNY AND JOON and then FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS, SLEEPY HOLLOW and then CHOCOLAT, DEAD MAN and the DON JUAN DE MARCO, DONNIE BRASCO and the PIRATES OF THE CARRIBEAN and finally ED WOOD... Who else can do that? So after a decade of blockbusters, it'd be interesting to see him come back to a lower budget film with a director that has a specific style and see if he can still surprise us with something entirely new and fresh (SWEENEY TODD almost succeeded at that but it was because of the singing, the acting was kind of typical Depp). Fingers crossed. Besides, if it has Owen Wilson and Bill Murray and they have major parts, it can't be bad...

  • July 17, 2012, 10:40 p.m. CST

    fearless freep -- might as well add the following to your list

    by lv_426

    Ridley Scott, Quentin Tarantino, Sergio Leone, John Woo, James Cameron, Paul Verhoeven, Steven Spielberg, M. Night Shyamalan, Michael Bay, Jean Pierre Jeunet, Guillermo del Toro, the Wachowski Brothers, Tim Burton, and Christopher Nolan. Cause those guys all have very distinct styles as well. Some more than others, but still all distinct enough to stand out from the average director's work. I suppose that leaves us with the standard Hollywood stylings of The Ratner, Len Wiseman, McG, and JJ Abrams.

  • July 18, 2012, 12:51 a.m. CST

    MB WA

    by Mark

    I like some Wes Anderson films, and some Michael Bay films. Rosebud...

  • Tagline: Or: how "irritatingly over-rated" + "irritatingly over-rated" = bayonet in the fukkin neck. Depp sucks dead dogs balls as an "actor". Putting him with Anderson will be his ultimate self masturbatory "look at me aint I quirky" dick self suck.

  • July 18, 2012, 6:08 a.m. CST

    I got nauseous halfway through the trailer for MOONRISE KINGDOM

    by Spandau Belly

    I can't imagine watching the actual movie.

  • he's become pantomime.

  • July 18, 2012, 4:03 p.m. CST

    NOT a Wes Anderson fan..........

    by FilmFan311

    But I truly enjoyed MOONRISE KINGDOM. One of the best films of 2012. So, I suppose it KIND OF makes me a fan now. The cinematography above all was fucking great! Amazing attention to detail and a thorougly great and meditative film I want to see again. Depp and Wes Anderson intrigues me. Perhaps Depp can put down the clown paint and show up for once in a long ass time.

  • July 18, 2012, 5:24 p.m. CST

    I miss great Depp performances like in Whats Eating Gilbert Grape movie

    by ajit maholtra

    Where hes just playing a man reacting to various situations and we see what hes feeling in his eyes. If this film brings him back to that type of performance, it might be his greatest role.

  • Absolutely. Everything he's done recently, particularly all that Tim Burton nonsense, has been a complete waste of his talent. I will be thrilled if Anderson can bring back the old Johnny Depp.

  • They have been buddies since Depp did Ed Wood and they both were good buddies with Hunter Thompson.