It was a good summer for hipsters – Wes Anderson released a new movie! Moonrise Kingdom
was Anderson's first film in three years, the last being 2009'sFantastic Mr. Fox
, and it is, in this writer's opinion, thus far the best of his works. And I should know – I watched all seven of his films in about a three-month period.Moonrise Kingdom
is the most Wes-Anderson-y of Wes Anderson's films, with his signature tracking shots, precise scene construction, and quirky dialogue in full force. It is a thing of beauty.
(If anybody cares, I took the trouble to rank Anderson's films in order of best to least-best [because, really, they're all wonderful], and the ranking is thus:Moonrise Kingdom, The Royal Tenenbaums, Rushmore, Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Darjeeling Limited, The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou,
was Anderson's first film, and it shows – it lacks the Wes Anderson look and feel. His style really came into focus with his second effort:Rushmore
, presented tomorrow (Saturday) for a midnight screening at Baxter Avenue Theater. The film tells the story of Max Fisher (Jason Schwartzman in his acting debut), a teenager at Rushmore Academy. He is Rushmore's “most extracurricular” student, having organized or participated in multiple clubs and organizations, while shirking his academic duties. He has a new goal, however, when he falls in love with the beautiful new elementary school teacher (Olivia Williams) – a crush shared with his friend-turned-rival, the industrialist Herman Blume (Bill Murray).
Don your flannel and head out to Baxter Avenue Theater tomorrow night. The theater is located at 1250 Bardstown Road, in Mid-City Mall. Further theater information and advance ticket sales can be found at the Baxter Avenue Theater website.
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