As a member of A Film Club, I'm excited to spend the month of November sharing and discussing all things Wes Anderson! His symmetrical style, strict color palettes, melancholy humor, and fabulous soundtracks are only a few of the numerous reasons I name him my favorite director. His artfully crafted set designs and incredibly quirky characters pull everything together for a cinematic treat that is incomparable to anything else I've seen. If you're new to Wes Anderson, I've listed his work in chronological order with an added bonus section at the end which includes links to all of the his short-films that are available to view for free! I would also like to note that all artwork included in this post is by the very talented Natalie Andrewson! Her art prints are available for purchase in her shop, and I encourage you to pop over and check them out!
Plot "Upon his release from a mental hospital following a nervous breakdown, the directionless Anthony joins his friend Dignan, who seems far less sane than the former. Dignan has hatched a hare-brained scheme for an as-yet-unspecified crime spree that somehow involves his former boss, the (supposedly) legendary Mr. Henry. With the help of their pathetic neighbor and pal Bob, Anthony and Dignan pull a job and hit the road, where Anthony finds love with motel maid Inez. When our boys finally hook up with Mr. Henry, the ensuing escapade turns out to be far from what anyone expected." -IMDB
Favorite Quote "I don't expect you to be as depressed as I am, but I don't think your happiness is quite appropriate."-Anthony
Plot "Max Fischer is a precocious 15-year-old whose reason for living is his attendance at Rushmore, a private school where he's not doing well in any of his classes, but where he's the king of extracurricular activities-from being in the beekeeping society to writing and producing plays, there's very little after school he doesn't do. His life begins to change, however, when he finds out he's on academic probation, and when he stumbles into love with Miss Cross, a pretty teacher of the elementary school at Rushmore. Added to the mix is his friendship with Herman Blume, wealthy industrialist and father to boys who attend the school, and who also finds himself attracted to Miss Cross. Max's fate becomes inextricably tied to this odd love trianlge, and how he sets about resolving it is the story in the film." -IMDB
Favorite Quote "I saved Latin. What did you ever do?" -Max Fischer
Plot "Three grown prodigies, all with a unique genius of some kind, and their mother are staying at the family household. Their father, Royal, had left them long ago, and comes back to make things right with his family." -IMDB
Favorite Quotes "Anybody interested in grabbing a couple of burgers and hittin' the cemetery?" -Royal
Plot "When his partner is killed by the mysterious and possibly nonexistent Jaguar Shark, Steve Zissou and his Team Zissou crew set off for an expedition to hunt down the creature. Along with his estranged wife, a beautiful journalist, and a co-pilot who could possibly be Zissou's son, the crew set off for one wild expedition." -IMDB
Woman: "That's an endangered species at most. What would be the scientific purpose of killing it?"
Steve Zissou: "Revenge."
Plot "A year after the accidental death of their father, three brothers -each suffering from depression-meet for a train trip across India. Francis, the eldest, has organized it. The brothers argue, sulk, resent each other, and fight. The youngest, Jack, estranged from his girlfriend, is attracted to one of the train's attendants. Peter has left his pregnant wife at home, and he buys a venomous snake. After a few days, Francis discloses their surprising and disconcerting destination. Amid foreign surroundings, can the brother sort out their differences? A funeral, a meditation, a hilltop ritual, and the Bengal Lancer figure in the reconciliation." -IMDB
Favorite Quote "I wonder if the three of us would've been friends in real life. Not as brothers, but as people." -Jack
Plot "It is the story of one Mr. Fox and his wild-ways of hen heckling, turkey taking, and cider sipping, nocturnal, instinctive adventures. He has to put his wild days behind him and do what fathers do best: be responsible. He is too rebellious. He is too wild. He is going to try "just one more raid" on the three nastiest, meanest farmers that are Boggis, Bunce, and Bean. It is a tale of crossing the line of family responsibilities and midnight adventure and the friendships and awakenings of this country life that is inhabited by Fantastic Mr. Fox and his friends." -IMDB
Mrs. Fox: "Why did you lie to me?"
Mr. Fox: "Because I'm a wild animal."
Plot "Set on an island off the coast of New England in the 1960's, as a young boy and girl fall in love they are moved to run away together. Various factions of the town mobilize to search for them and the town is turned upside down - which might not be such a bad thing." -IMDB
Walt Bishop: "Holy Christ, what am I looking at here?"
Laura Bishop: "He does watercolors. Mostly landscapes, but a few nudes."
Plot "Grand Budapest Hotel recounts the adventures of M. Gustave, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune - all against the back-drop of a suddenly and dramatically changing continent." -IMDB
Favorite Quote "You see, there are still faint glimmers of civilization left in this barbaric slaughterhouse that was once known as humanity. Indeed that's what we provide in our own modest, humble, insignificant...oh, fuck it." -M. Gustave
BONUS: THE SHORT FILMS
The short film that made me fall in love with short films was none other than Wes Anderson's Hotel Chevalier starring Natalie Portman and Jason Schwartzman. It ties into Schwartzman's character in The Darjeeling Limited, so if you haven't seen it, treat yourself by clicking the title link below and enjoy the others as well!