DSS: Wes Anderson Part 1

Hello, Weirdos. This month the Director Selective Series will focus on the directorial filmography of Wes Anderson. Anderson started by making short films with future frequent collaborator Owen Wilson. Typically, his films feature a pastel color pallette, long pans, and quirky characters. March of this year he will release his second animated feature, Isle of Dogs. Outside of Isle of Dogs, Anderson has eight movies, so for the month of January I'll be looking at two a week.

Here are the first two:

I've never seen Bottle Rocket, but I have seen Rushmore. It will be cool to see Anderson's evolution from the beginning.

Here are my thoughts on the final installment from Director Selective Series: David Fincher:

  • The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo: I've never read the book, nor have I seen the original movie, so this film was self-contained for me the first time I watched it. This movie has one of the best trailers I've ever seen. The teaser draws you in, piques interest, and gives little to nothing away. Plus it has a great song. Until Lisbeth and Mikael get together, the film feels disjointed. We get one or the other, and it isn't clear where the solo Lisbeth storyline is going. Luckily, Mara's performance is enough to keep you interested because she is intense and believable (that tattoo scene is gnarly). The performances across the board hold up. My only other complaint is the ending feels tacked on without a satisfiable amount of explanation. Seems like something that may be explored with sequels. Fincher uses the yellow and blue tones throughout, which aids to the cool atmosphere created by the landscape.
  • Gone Girl: This was my second viewing of this picture. The first time I watched it I remembered thinking it was a bit slow. Now that I’m used to that in movies, especially with Fincher, I thought Gone Girl was well-paced. Gone Girl starts like a typical murder mystery thriller, but where most stop after the reveal, Gone Girl keeps going. There isn’t a quick montage of how it happened. Instead the how is half the story. It reminded me of The Game because you don’t really known who to cheer for. Fincher likes his tortured anti-heroes. Gone Girl is a tension-building nail biter. 

That is it for Fincher. If I had to do again, I would. Fincher has a way of making you feel like you’re there with crisp, clean shots and haunting atmospheres. It is cold and drab, but always worth the journey. I’m excited to see what he does next. 

Got a new poem in the works. Expect that soon. And expect more films from Wes Anderson in the weeks to come. Keep on Creepin’