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I'm hoping this will rise above WA's usual meh fare....

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Cool. I usually dig his movies. I watched The Royal Tenenbaums and HATED it so much I had to eject it. Weirdly I watched it again a few years later and thought it was so funny. I guess the MK Ultra programming was installed better.

I loved Moonrise Kingdom not because it is great but because it's different from all the CG cartoons that are everywhere.

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I loved Moonrise Kingdom not because it is great but because it's different from all the CG cartoons that are everywhere.
I would give it a 3 outta five stars due to its craftsmanship.
As far as seeing it again, nah.wink.gif

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I would give it a 3 outta five stars due to its craftsmanship.
As far as seeing it again, nah.wink.gif

I can see that. I don't double dip his stuff often.

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Wes Anderson Re-teams With Favorite Objects For 'Grand Budapest Hotel'
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Fans are excited for the director to be working with long-time favorite objects like magnifying glasses, bells and old trains again.
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New Trailer...............


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One thing is certain: this has to be the Cast of the Year.eek.gifcool.gif

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One thing is certain: this has to be the Cast of the Year.eek.gifcool.gif

Wow! For real. I was sorta 'meh' but now I kinda actually would see it. tongue.gif

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I will be there too. As some of you may recall, Wes Anderson's name is near the top of my favorite directors list. His sure handed direction and brilliant writing guarantee that all of his films are richly entertaining. I caught Moonrise Kingdom on one of the premium movie channels not long ago and found it just as wonderful this time as I had when I saw it in the theater, 9 Stars out of 10. Really, really looking forward to The Grand Budapest Hotel!
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I saw The Grand Budapest Hotel yesterday and really liked it, 9 Stars out of 10. Don't know if it is fare for non Wes Anderson fans, we know who you are oink (smile.gif), but I thought it was terrific. It's large ensemble cast could not have been better. As is the case with all of Anderson's work, the film was choreographed with Swiss watch precision and moved at a breathtaking pace. One word of warning, though, it is dark and a bit sad. Nevertheless, it is mostly wildly funny and a feast for the eyes and ears from beginning to end.
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I'm very much looking forward to this and other Wes Anderson movies.
Haven't seen any of his stuff yet and his name was completely strange to me until I saw The Grand Budapest Hotel trailer recently.
His style is very VERY appealing.
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I have long loved Wes Anderson's films and manage to see most of them in the theater. For reasons I can't explain from this remove, though, I had never seen The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou until I found it on ENCORE and watched it last night. Finally seeing it did nothing to diminish my high regard for Anderson's talent. Like all Anderson's films, The Life Aquatic is hard to categorize, other than to wonder at its visual style and beauty, sly humor, and breakneck pace. I don't think that it is quite as good as either The Grand Budapest Hotel, Moonrise Kingdon, or Fantastic Mr. Fox but it is pretty damn good. Highly recommended, 8 Stars out of 10!
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I saw my first Wes Anderson movie two days ago, here are my imressions:

The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) - 7,5

This is my premiere of Wes Anderson Cinema, a comedy-drama revolving around the Tenenbaum family. This director exerts an unmistakable cinematic style and reveals great attention to detail in all aspects that might influence the mise-en-scene and the expressive quality of the movie, scenery, sound, camera and editing work, cinematography, soundtrack, costumes and even the acting are all conditioned by the formal etiquette of the direction, technical virtuosity serving a somewhat baroque aesthetical sensibility that might not be to everyone's taste. Manneristic Cinema is how the work of this American director has been described. I find it a very appealing style and I think it has great potential to be interestingly developed in future works. Very funny and interesting the way that Wes carves his characters, not being exactly caricatures they have somewhat restricted behavioral patterns and eccentricity, yet they display a certain degree of complexity and this brings out psychological and emotional nuances that escape perception in many other films, but enhance the dramatic and comic effect of Wes Cinema. Artificial or not, the characters make perfect sense the way they are, that's the way they have to be. This film genre is not usually very interesting to me, but Wes Anderson stylized and bittersweet comedy offered me moments of pleasure and was music for my eyes (and ears), the only thing that I didn't care for was the story itself, Wes style and writing works very well to develop these humorous family tales, but it still seemed redundant to me, perhaps a good platform of cinematic experimentation for those starting out. The Royal Tenenbaums is worth a watch for those who enjoy these witty and tender comedies, Wes style fits like a glove in this genre and enriches it with a different cinematic quality.

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I saw The Grand Budapest Hotel yesterday and really liked it, 9 Stars out of 10. Don't know if it is fare for non Wes Anderson fans, we know who you are oink (smile.gif), but I thought it was terrific. It's large ensemble cast could not have been better. As is the case with all of Anderson's work, the film was choreographed with Swiss watch precision and moved at a breathtaking pace. One word of warning, though, it is dark and a bit sad. Nevertheless, it is mostly wildly funny and a feast for the eyes and ears from beginning to end.
I would add that film balances out the quirky with humor more than some of his other films. There are some sequences in this film that are Monty Python worthy without being derivative.

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Late to the party but glad I made it. Beautiful imagery, like moving paintings. I can turn the volume and still enjoy this movie, but the dialogue and story were just great. Not much else to say other then Anderson made yet another masterpiece. At times I got a Terry Gilliam vibe, can't be sure but I imagine Anderson is a Gilliam fan.

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Loved this film! I'm a bit of a Wes Anderson fan, so no surprise there, and I think this might be his best yet, though The Life Aquatic is hard to beat in my book...
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Wes' best work so far! Flawless!


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Wes' best work so far! Flawless!
I watched this Friday night and enjoyed it immensely.


On Saturday, I had some friends over who wanted to watch Grand Budapest. So, I watched it again on Saturday evening. And totally enjoyed it again.


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Count me in with the group that just doesn't understand the appeal of Anderson's films.

A weak, meandering plot, filled with quirky but non-relatable characters, dialog that consists of impossibly long and convoluted sentences, often spoken by lifeless actors (Norton, Law, Wilson), sprinkled with allusions to artists, authors, and poets, giving the work a sense of pretentiousness that seems to counterbalance much of the whimsy exhibited by the lavish sets, props, costume design, and other fantastical elements.

The uninteresting story didn't go anywhere, and we didn't learn much of anything significant about the characters.

People's attraction to and appreciation of this film is, sadly, absolutely lost on me.

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Count me in with the group that just doesn't understand the appeal of Anderson's films.

A weak, meandering plot, filled with quirky but non-relatable characters, dialog that consists of impossibly long and convoluted sentences, often spoken by lifeless actors (Norton, Law, Wilson), sprinkled with allusions to artists, authors, and poets, giving the work a sense of pretentiousness that seems to counterbalance much of the whimsy exhibited by the lavish sets, props, costume design, and other fantastical elements.

The uninteresting story didn't go anywhere, and we didn't learn much of anything significant about the characters.

People's attraction to and appreciation of this film is, sadly, absolutely lost on me.

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It's a fantasy, a fiction and has no rules, people either love what he does or hate what he does. Similar to how people feel about Woody Allens' films.
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Woody Allen and Wes Anderson. Nice grouping. I've seen all of Anderson's movies and usually they are once and done. For some reason this one appealed to me the most, perhaps because visually it reminded me of something Terry Gilliam might do. For several years I have avoided Woody Allen movies like the plague although I broke down and watched Blue Jasmine for Cate Blanchett's performance.

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Woody Allen and Wes Anderson. Nice grouping. I've seen all of Anderson's movies and usually they are once and done. For some reason this one appealed to me the most, perhaps because visually it reminded me of something Terry Gilliam might do. For several years I have avoided Woody Allen movies like the plague although I broke down and watched Blue Jasmine for Cate Blanchett's performance.
Although I am an unabashed Wes Anderson fan, I would be the first to admit that his stuff is not for all tastes. Let's face it, Wes is a little weird.

I have always been a woody Allen fan too and have loved most of his films. Thus, I went into Blue Jasmine with high expectations, not only because it is a Woody Allen film but also because it stars the never less than wonderful Cate Blanchett. Alas, I was disappointed. Despite Blanchett's wonderful work, her character Jasmine was so manipulative and selfish, I couldn't gin up ten cents worth of sympathy for her. Overall, I thought the film was a mostly uninteresting downer, which was somewhat elevated by Blanchett's performance. 7 Stars out of 10.
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Woody Allen and Terry Gilliam have been already mentioned; I would add Alan Rudolph, Charlie Kaufman, Spike Jones to the mix.


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It took me three days to finish watching " The Grand Budapest Hotel" because i was laughing so much/so much that i had tears streaming down my neck and i got dehydrated; I could not stop laughing during / right after that scene of Ms. Gustave explaining to Zero why he enjoys f****** older women and the metaphor he used for tasting and enjoying different cuts of meat. That was one of the funniest lines i have ever heard in a movie, and that is just one of many/many/many uncountably funny lines.
Ralph Fiennes owns, lives and becomes Ms. Gustave in the flesh, superb Oscar winning performance as far as i am concerned and best of all, the viewer understands every word coming out of center channel with his perfect enunciation and for a change of pace there is a total lack of bombastic explosions around rear channels that always seem to mask everything else.
The minutiae attention to detail in all sets is amazing, the "exterior shots" of the hotel and its depiction of that metal bridge located high/high up in the mountain peaks (representing the Alps ?) with a "humongously huge" sculpture of a stag on top of one of peaks is hilarious, followed by that adorable funicular train that guests must take to get to the hotel; The "pastel pink" color of the outside of the hotel with soft white snow constantly falling is a hoot reminding me of looking through a snow globe and i had so many/so many WTF moments and cracked up so much that i decided that when i buy my blu ray copy of "The Grand Budapest Hotel" i will have to prepare myself by having a large bottle of something to drink (preferably alcoholic to go with the movie), something to smoke and a small towel so that my face and neck won't get soaked with laughing tears.
I have seen some other movies by Wes Anderson, specifically "The Royal Tennenbaums", but to my taste "The Grand Budapest Hotel" is in a class all by itself above anything else he has done before.
How does he come up with dialogue like that ? His attention to detail is eye opening, literally, as i had to keep rewinding many parts of the movie just to absorb everything, never even mind that mesmerizing dialogue which i also had to rewind again and again.
As far as i am concerned "The Grand Budapest Hotel" became a cult classic the first time i watched it and personally i would be extremely thrilled if at least once the Oscar for best performance and best movie went to a brilliant comedy such as this and to Ralph Fiennes' mesmerizing performance instead of all these boring melodramas that win every year, for a well deserved change of pace
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It is a very european movie.

1) Anderson's screenplay was inspired by several works by the Austrian writer Stefan Zweig.

2) The Grand Budapest Hotel is a British-German co-production of Grand Budapest Limited (UK) and Neunzehnte-Babelsberg Film GmbH (Germany). The film was funded by the German Federal Film Fund (DFFF), Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg as well as Medien- und Filmgesellschaft Baden Würtenberg.

3) It was filmed entirely on location in Germany, mainly in Görlitz and other parts of Saxony as well as at Studio Babelsberg.
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