MOONRISE KINGDOM

HAPPY ENDINGS and PULP FICTION top our favorite ensemble casts

Article: HAPPY ENDINGS and PULP FICTION top our favorite ensemble casts

What makes a great ensemble cast? Often the individual players are exceptional in their own right; often they are undisputed leads. But brought together, with the right director and the right script, they can create something different, something bigger.

HAPPY ENDINGS and PULP FICTION top our favorite ensemble casts

Article: HAPPY ENDINGS and PULP FICTION top our favorite ensemble casts

What makes a great ensemble cast? Often the individual players are exceptional in their own right; often they are undisputed leads. But brought together, with the right director and the right script, they can create something different, something bigger.

Wes Anderson Bingo and more

Article: Wes Anderson Bingo and more

A friend texted me this week asking if I wanted to go see MOONRISE KINGDOM (obvious answer is “YES”) which is the perfect segue here to discuss this amazing bingo card generator created by Slate. Captain Obvious would argue that Wes Anderson, the film’s director has certain signature motifs and techniques that he likes to incorporate in his films to the point of parody. All of these elements (and players), each “appeared in at least three of his movies, and some elements appear in all of them,” add up for a perfect game of Bingo.

Top 10 Wes Anderson influences

Article: Top 10 Wes Anderson influences

As if you needed a reminder, the latest film from the always-stylized, super-quirky-in-a-good-way Wes Anderson is out this weekend, and in honor of MOONRISE KINGDOM’s release we’re hitting the books to bring you some of the outlandish, esoteric and intellectual films that are most definitely in Anderson’s canon of influences. Even Wes Anderson detractors would have to recognize that this auteur is desperately in love with his wood-paneled and wallpapered, vinyl record playing, ornate but slightly decrepit universe, and it shows. It’s a testament to Anderson’s considerable talent that although his style is supremely nostalgic, it is by no means derivative (it’s impossible to say he is the new “____”), and his influences therefore only represent slight nuances. So now to begin (cue the Futura title card, bearing the words “Chapter 1:”)

Review Revue: MOONRISE over MEN IN BLACK

Article: Review Revue: MOONRISE over MEN IN BLACK

Going to the movies should never, ever be stressful (unless, of course, you’re planning on seeing the latest Lars von Trier flick). You want to see something new and relevant so that you can talk it up with your know-it-all friends. But you don’t want to sit through the one film that everyone thought would be great, but…isn’t. So here is our formula, simplifying the should-you-see-it conundrum: 5 new releases x 2 critical samplings = what you should go see. Simple enough, right? This week we have precocious tween lovers, some boyz in black, a bunch of radioactive Ukrainians, a wronged woman or two and a severely depressed Norwegian guy.

Check out the set of MOONRISE KINGDOM with Bill Murray

Article: Check out the set of MOONRISE KINGDOM with Bill Murray

If you’re not at Cannes (and if you are, stop reading this and go do something fabulous), then you’re probably tired of hearing about the new Wes Anderson joint MOONRISE KINGDOM. You’re tired of it because you know you won’t be able to see Bruce Willis rock highwaters and spectacles until Friday (if you’re lucky enough to live NY or LA…if not, then who knows). But, because Bill Murray loves you, he’s got a hilarious tour of the film’s set.

We've got Bill Murray's candid Cannes photos

Article: We've got Bill Murray's candid Cannes photos

Whether he’s chauffeuring you home in a golf cart or sneaking up behind you in public, Bill Murray commands your attention. His mere presence at the 65th Festival de Cannes is no different. He is certainly the most important member of director Wes Anderson’s party posse. They’re debuting their latest collaboration, MOONRISE KINGDOM, and while the critical consensus has been golden, a Bill Murray out in the wild will always steal the show! Take a look:

Film intelligence: Cannes do

Article: Film intelligence: Cannes do

Every week there are dozens of film news stories. Every week, we read them all and bring you the five most important ones in the single most important blog post you’ll ever read (today [at this moment]). This week: the south of France, a bus in the Bronx, and heavy competition for Jobs.