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Review: Wes Anderson's Beautiful & Melancholy 'The Grand Budapest Hotel'

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • March 7, 2014 11:21 AM
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The Grand Budapest Hotel
Love. There are points during “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” 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. This trademark fetishistic detail makes it feel like it was somehow loved into being, and, for whole passages, we loved it right back, giddily grinning in the dark, already mentally marking out those moments when we’re going to have to hit pause to examine the background, the edge of the frame, the action that happens in the corner of your eye.

Essential: The 6 Best Performances In The Films Of Wes Anderson

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • March 6, 2014 3:49 PM
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“Max Fischer’s not fighting change, he’s determinedly fighting against being pigeonholed. He’s fighting for the renaissance view of the world, and for a sense of himself as an adult. I think that he and Steve Zissou and Gustave are all, in some way, at war with the philistines. They are all kind of righteous,” a wise and insightful Ed Norton said this week about the characters that inhabit Wes Anderson’s unique worlds. “I’ve come to think that Wes’s films are all about the way that your real family disappoints you and so you create the family that you need.” Wes himself could probably not articulate it any better.

Wes Anderson & Randall Poster To Release Boxset Of Their Movie Soundtracks Later This Year

  • By Edward Davis
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  • March 6, 2014 2:12 PM
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When we talked to Wes Anderson this week, we brought up “the vault,” the expression he and longtime music supervisor Randall Poster use for songs that they have on lockdown and sit on until the right movie and moment presents itself.

Interview: Wes Anderson On 'The Grand Budapest Hotel,' Elliott Smith, The Beatles, Owen Wilson, Westerns & More

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • March 5, 2014 2:32 PM
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“His world had vanished long before he entered it. But he sustained the illusion with a marvelous grace." For all its idiosyncrasies, screwball-like speed, exquisite attention to detail, style and craft and some hilariously vulgar humor, “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” Wes Anderson’s eighth feature-length film, might be one of his most soulful in some time. That aforementioned quote might be the heart and soul of the movie too; a beautiful and melancholy adage about a refined character who refused to behave without elegance despite the barbaric age that society was devolving into.

Wes Anderson Working On A Complicated, Vaguely “Avant-Garde” Movie With Roman Coppola

  • By Edward Davis
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  • March 4, 2014 2:33 PM
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Exclusive: Filmmaker Wes Anderson has directed eight feature films so far and his latest, the upcoming caper comedy cum melancholic 1930s period film set in a fictionalized Eastern Europe, “The Grand Budapest Hotel," hits theaters in limited release (NY/LA) this weekend. The movie is one of his most delightful and “Wes-Anderson”-y: it’s intricate, stylized, exquisitely crafted and detailed. And yet, apart from being funny (and hilariously vulgar at times), the dolorous bent the movie possesses as an age of fascism overtakes a refined era of elegance is deeply moving, thought-provoking and strangely feels very personal.

13 Films To See In March

  • By Kristen Lopez
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  • March 3, 2014 4:46 PM
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12 Films To See In March
The dolorous effects of winter are slowly, ever so slowly, making way for the bright world of spring. Until then, and especially if you’re in one of the regions still covered in snow, you’re probably spending quite a bit of time at the local multiplex. Since February was so short we’re adding an additional two movies to tide you over this month, so hopefully you’ll have a backlog of entertainment for when you can come out of hibernation.

Watch: Meet Mr. Moustafa In Clip From ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ Plus New Pics & Behind-The-Scenes Images

  • By Edward Davis
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  • March 3, 2014 3:33 PM
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“Many of the ideas expressed and/or explored in ‘Grand Budapest’ we stole directly from Zweig’s own life and work,” director Wes Anderson said recently in his self-deprecating way. He’s talking about turn of the 20th century Austrian novelist Stefan Zweig who he’s credited as having a huge influence on his latest movie “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” At the recent Berlin Film Festival, where the movie premiered, Anderson said the movie was his “version” of doing Zweig. Anderson is such a Zweig proponent he’s helped get a book published to get the word out on this once-famous, now forgotten writer. Pushkin Press is releasing "The Society of the Crossed Keys,” Anderson’s favorite selections from Zweig’s various novels.

Watch: Wes Anderson Introduces 'Rushmore,' 'Darjeeling Limited' & 'Fantastic Mr. Fox' Plus New 'Budapest Hotel' Pics

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 27, 2014 9:43 AM
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While you wait to check into "The Grand Budapest Hotel," now's the time to take a moment to dip into Wes Anderson's back catalog of films. Newly arrived on The Criterion Collection, earlier this week we dipped into the 15 Unlikely Influences, Inspirations & Straight Up Lifts From Wes Anderson’s ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’ and we've got a couple over ways to turn back the clock.

Watch: Wes Anderson Shares His James Bond Movie Idea In 90-Minute Talk, Plus 2 TV Spots For 'Budapest Hotel'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 26, 2014 12:14 PM
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It seems everyone has once dreamed about making a James Bond movie, and the allure is easy to understand. A dashing hero, sexy dames, exotic locales, colorful villains and larger than life stories are great canvases to paint on, and everyone from Christopher Nolan to Quentin Tarantino has flirted with and thought about what they'd do with 007, and so too has Wes Anderson.

Watch: Ralph Fiennes Is Physically Repulsed In New Clip From 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' With Tilda Swinton

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 24, 2014 3:35 PM
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The Grand Budapest Hotel
Another day brings with it another peek into the carefully-crafted world of Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel," and we're running out of ways to tell you to go see the movie. So here's the first word from our review of the movie out of the Berlin Film Festival: Love.

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