5 April 2013

Film Club Fridays
DIRECTOR: Wes Anderson

This week, rather than review a new release I've decided to pay tribute to one of my very favourite directors, the fantastic Wes Anderson. Stylistically, you don't get much better - I don't think there is a single director with a more recognisable house style. Everything is so very very aesthetically pleasing, central and well framed. I have a special adoration for the tracking shots which fill almost every single one of his films. In terms of content, I love his take on the "dysfunctional family" and the humour is pretty much spot on for a collection which deal with some surprisingly sensitive issues to say that on surface level they're cutesy and fun.

I find it really hard to pick a favourite as they're all so wonderful, but I think it's probably a toss-up between The Darjeeling Limited and Moonrise Kingdom - if you haven't seen either of those, make sure you get them watched. I had the pleasure of catching the latter at the pictures, on a particularly hot and sunny day, not at all well suited for the cinema - but it was totally worth it. I keep promising myself that I'll buy a copy on DVD and force all of my Anderson-loving friends to watch it with me.

Check out how adorable it is:

I could bore you with pages upon pages of wonderful words on this glorious man, but I'll keep it short and sweet. An Anderson-Marathon is definitely in order for a lazy day off from writing in the not too distant future. In other film related news, I am now officially a member of LOVEFiLM again! They're running a special offer at the minute where you get 3 months for the price of 1, which for the online package that I have is only £4.99, so it's a steal really! If anybody is interested in getting this couple of months free, a friend of mine works on commission for them, so it would be great to help him out by letting him pinch you as a sign-up. (How cheeky of me).


  1. Capitalist rhetoric? Come on now let's not swear allegiance to the corporations that control our existence

    Mark the Marxist

  2. Come on now Mark lovefilm is actually a subsidiary of Amazon which although yes is a corporation it's hardly Starbucks is it?! and although I fundamentally agree with your argument that advertising in an unsolicited environment is ridiculous I don't think that you can really say our existences are controlled by the whim of a corporations CEO. Aggressive stances such as the one you've just typed out make the anti capitalist alternative seem faintly ridiculous.

    Craig the communist

  3. Oh fuck off Craig I'm sick of you half hearted keyboard warriors talking complete nonsese, I bet you don't even know who Trotsky is and what he stood for I'm a Marxist you sir if anything are a white man with dreadlocks playing on an iPhone and climbing fake rock faces, I on the other hand have never owned anything by the apple corporation and climb real hills mark the marxist

  4. You fuck off mark there's no need for that kind of language you wank shaft my dreadlocks are there for a reason they show how in tune I am with Jamaica and the rastafari religion and that's such an elitist view you have on rock climbing I bet u take e and sit in your living room you forty year old cunt what have you ever occupied? Craig the Communist

  5. Oh pipe down the both of you, I'm just trying to help a friend out. God-damn self righteous politic-nutters.