The Grand Budapest Hotel

Directed by Wes ANDERSON

Wes Anderson does melancholy humor better than anyone has ever done it.  Maybe I find his dialogue and jokes so laugh-out-loud funny because they are juxtaposed so delicately with sadness, death, and outrageous circumstance?  Or maybe it’s the over-the-top performances of unique ensembles cast as misfit characters and set in grandiose worlds that elicit a nostalgic appreciation of his work?  Nonetheless, The Grand Budapest Hotel is Anderson at his very best.  

Inspired by the writings of Stefan Zweig, The Grand Budapest Hotel is set (mostly) in the fictional Republic of Zubrowka in 1932 and recounts the friendship of Zero, the hotel lobby boy, and Gustave H., the hotel concierge who is framed for murder.  There’s a stolen painting (Boy With Apple), a jail break, murders, chase scenes, love stories, and of course comedy splayed across three different decades, each of which is designated it’s own aspect ratio.

This is definitely Anderson’s most violent, vulgar, and fastest-paced film to date.  It’s also one of his best.  Ralph Fiennes is brilliant as Gustave H.  Adrien Brody, Willem Defoe, Tony Revolori, and Mathieu Amalric all give outstanding performances.  The real star here though is Anderson, who has built a meticulously-designed world for his actors to live (and die) in.  

The Grand Budapest Hotel is a fun film, and I have a feeling that it will have more to offer with every subsequent viewing.  It has everything you want from an Anderson film: a great story, great actors delivering deadpan humor and obscenities, a fully-realized fictional landscape, and an acute attention to detail.

Perhaps the film, and it’s creator, can best be summed up by the narrator’s own words, “His world had vanished long before he entered it. But he sustained the illusion with a marvelous grace.” If that’s not Anderson looking inward on his own career then it’s a great coincidence.

Absolutely go see this film. 


“There used to be just one way. There was one way you could do things. There were people who protected it like a copyright, a secret cult only for the initiated. That’s why I don’t regret making Breathless and blowing that all apart.”

Jean-Luc Godard’s New Wave masterpiece premiered in Paris on this date in 1960.

American Hustle

Directed by David O. Russell

Turd alert! Didn’t like it. The ice fishing joke was great. Other than that, meh.

Also, everyone who said/says that it’s like Goodfellas, have you ever seen Goodfellas?!  If anything, it’s Casino, and a piss-poor attempt at Casino at best.  Hey, let’s use voiceover, nevermind, well maybe just a little.  Puke.

Skip it!

The Wolf of Wall Street

Directed by Martin Scorsese

Easily, the most fun film of the year. It’s a 3 hour debauchery-packed race through Wall Street directed by Scorsese. What’s not to love?

See it immediately!

All Those Films I Think I Saw…

I haven’t been diligent in posting films as I see them.  In fact, I’ve been downright lazy.  How long does it take to slap a movie poster on a blog and write a couple of sentences about it? 60 seconds? 90 if I have a LOT to say?  Regardless, I’m going to do some catching up on all of the films I’ve seen but haven’t posted about yet.  Here come the posters!


And we sail off!

Loggins! smoothjesus:

And we sail off!

Loggins! smoothjesus:

And we sail off!


Inside Llewyn Davis

Written & Directed by the Coen Brothers

Oscar Isaac is really good at being morose. And singing. And delivering an offbeat comedic performance. So are the Coen Brothers with their latest opus, Inside Llewyn Davis, a story about a forlorn folk singer in 1960s Greenwich Village.

The rest of the cast is superb.  I could go on about every character, but I’ll just say that it was a great team effort and leave it at that.  Oscar nod or no, Inside Llewyn Davis is my favorite film of this “Awards Season”.  Who cares about awards anyway?

Go see this immediately! (Especially if you’ve every played an open mic night in your life. I’m looking at you DiPietro…)


Written, Directed, and Edited by Andrew Hyland

This is hilarious. It’s one joke beautifully executed. I thought the set up was really unique and funny, and then the punchline made me laugh so hard I couldn’t breathe.

Funnel, along with 14 other shorts that are playing at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, are available now on Youtube.  Check ‘em out!


Neat poster by David Buceta.

I’ll buy that for a dollar!


Neat poster by David Buceta.

I’ll buy that for a dollar!

Captain Phillips

Directed by Paul Greengrass

Tom Hanks is a great actor. Paul Greengrass is a master of suspense. Enough said.

Seriously though, this is a solid movie. Hanks could win Best Actor this year for one scene alone. Greengrass should make a lot more movies.

Definitely see this film.

Watched via Regal Cinemas.