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15 Unlikely Influences, Inspirations & Straight Up Lifts From Wes Anderson’s ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • February 25, 2014 12:17 PM
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Fantastic Mr. Fox
Wes Anderson’s “Fantastic Mr. Fox” hit the venerable Criterion Collection last week. Anderson is probably the only living filmmaker today that pretty much has every one of his films hit the prestige boutique label not long after its release. And it’s not hard to understand why the fastidious and well-organized filmmaker would want a comprehensive and detailed recount of his movies the way Criterion so lovingly creates.

Watch: Go Inside The Characters & Story Of 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' With New Featurette & Illustrated Poster

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 21, 2014 6:26 PM
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The Grand Budapest Hotel
Another day, another trinket from the toy chest that is Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel" (our review). As you might imagine, the filmmaker has an exacting vision, one that requires a commitment from the cast to stick to the script as it is on the page, and deliver exactly what he's looking for. And the process can be trying.

Howard Hawks' 'Red River' & Abbas Kiarostami's 'Like Someone In Love' Hit Criterion In May, 'Life Aquatic' Goes Blu

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 18, 2014 6:01 PM
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Red River Like Someone In Love
Another month, another reason to break open the piggy bank as The Criterion Collection unleashes another slate of films. And this May, they are unveiling their usual mix of classic titles, foreign fare and contemporary faves.

Watch: 5-Minute Video Explores The Mise En Scène & Visual Themes Of Wes Anderson

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 17, 2014 11:17 AM
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"The Grand Budapest Hotel" is on the way, and by most accounts, it's Wes Anderson's most Wes Anderson-y film to date (read our review here). By this point, you either love his style and approach (or you don't), but if you are a fan, you'll want to take five minutes for this.

Berlin: 'Black Coal, Thin Ice' Wins Golden Bear, 'Grand Budapest Hotel' Takes Jury Prize & Richard Linklater Best Director

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 16, 2014 10:07 AM
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The curtain has been drawn on another year at the Berlin Film Festival, and in 2014, it looks like Hollywood made a bigger impression than usual when it came to the awards. While the big prize went to one of the three Chinese films in competition, elsewhere American indie faves took home some major trophies.

10 New Images From Wes Anderson's 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' Check In

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 14, 2014 3:36 PM
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Grand Budapest Hotel
Reservations will soon be made at theatres across the country for "The Grand Budapest Hotel." Wes Anderson's latest Joseph Cornell box displayes a wholly imagined Europe of the past that still touches upon its real history. As we wrote in our review, the film takes "place in a world so perfectly contained it might as well be in a snowglobe," and today some more images have arrived to take you into Anderson's cinematic universe.

Watch: The Criterion Collection Trailer For Wes Anderson's 'Fantastic Mr. Fox' Introduced By Jarvis Cocker

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 10, 2014 2:30 PM
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Fantastic Mr. Fox
Can't wait for "The Grand Budapest Hotel"? After seeing it at the Berlin Film Festival, we don't blame you (our review). But if you want a bounty of Wes Anderson in your life, and soon, hit your local video store or online retailer or wherever you buy DVDs, because there's a treat coming.

Wes Anderson Talks Romanticizing Bygone Eras, Nostalgia & The Imaginary World Of ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • February 7, 2014 12:20 PM
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The Grand Budapest Hotel
Berlin: Unless you’re in the genres of fantasy or sci-fi, one can argue no one makes grounded, but idiosyncratic fairy tale-like worlds quite like Wes Anderson. The director’s latest, “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” is set in the imaginary country of Zubrowka, an alpine Eastern European nation, and centers on a spa town whose main highlight is the legendary concierge, M. Gustave H, who works at the Grand Budapest Hotel.

Watch: Wes Anderson, Ralph Fiennes & Cast Of ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ In 50 Minute Berlinale Press Conference

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • February 6, 2014 4:33 PM
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Grand Budapest Hotel
Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest” is now out there in the world, and it’s a grand, funny, ambitious and even a little melancholy look back to a day and age that no longer exists. Director Wes Anderson, along with cast members Ralph Fiennes, Ed Norton, Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray, Saorise Ronan, Tony and Revlori attended the press conference this morning at the 2014 Berlin Film Festival and thanks to the wonders of technology, you can check it out right at home.

Berlin Review: Wes Anderson's 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' Starring Ralph Fiennes, Bill Murray, Jude Law & More

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • February 6, 2014 3:00 PM
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The Grand Budapest Hotel
Love. There are points during “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” which celebrates its World Premiere as the opening film of 64th Berlinale tonight, at which it simply floods off the screen. It sounds too lofty perhaps, but how else can you describe the level of minute care that seems to have gone into every single frame, every costume, every tear in every strip of wallpaper? If nothing else (and there is quite a lot else) the film is at times perhaps the apotheosis of Wes Anderson’s aesthetic: a glorious, mischievous sequence of pictorialist plays taking place in a world so perfectly contained it might as well be in a snowglobe.

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