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Portland's Northwest Film Center to Celebrate Wes Anderson and His Influences

Photo of Jacob Combs By Jacob Combs | Thompson on Hollywood June 30, 2014 at 12:07PM

Over the next two months, from July 12 to August 31, the Northwest Film Center in Portland will present "Wes's World: Wes Anderson and His Influences," a look at the director's films and the filmmakers who have inspired him.
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Over the next two months, from July 12 to August 31, the Northwest Film Center in Portland will present "Wes's World: Wes Anderson and His Influences," a look at the director's films and the filmmakers who have inspired him.

A Wes Anderson films is like a beautifully created confection: precise and specific while still undeniably unique.  Of course, it's taken some time for Anderson to develop his style, but he is now undoubtedly one of the most recognizable of American auteur directors, a fact underscored by his most recent film, the superb "Grand Budapest Hotel"--which could be the first of the director's works to finally nab some Oscars gold.

Anderson has a go-to team that he relies on these days, from cinematographer Robert Yeoman to composer Mark Mothersbaugh (of Devo) to a slew of actors, including Owen and Luke Wilson, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Willem Dafoe and Adrien Brody.

Starting with 1998's "Rushmore," the Northwest Film Center program will feature screenings of Anderson's eight features, including now classics like "The Royal Tenenbaums" and "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou."  Matt Zoller Seitz, the film critic and RogerEbert.com editor-in-chief who literally wrote the book on Anderson ("The Wes Anderson Collection") will introduce "The Royal Tenenbaums."  

"Wes's World" will also include showings of films by François Truffaut, Jacques Cousteau, Werner Herzog, Jean Renoir and Hal Ashby, among others.

Check out the program's trailer below.  The full lineup can be found here, on the Northwest Film Center's website.

This article is related to: Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Owen Wilson, Luke Wilson, Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman, Willem Dafoe, Adrien Brody


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.