When Suzy (Kara Hayward), the 12-year-old heroine of Wes Anderson’s marvelous new film Moonrise Kingdom, runs away from home to spend a week camping with her pen pal and potential beau Sam (Jared Gillman), she brings along a battery-powered record player, her kitten, and a big suitcase filled with books (as seen in our exclusive clip below). Their import does not feel accidental (as, indeed, nothing seems accidental in a Wes Anderson film), and although the books are made-up, they echo a specific kind of young adult literature of the 1960s and 1970s, the kind of books E.L. Konigsburg or Virginia Hamilton would write, books where children were the protagonists, but the themes were contemplative and mature. And Moonrise Kingdom is that way too. … Read More
Like everyone else, we’ve been swooning over Wes Anderson’s newest film, Moonrise Kingdom, since well before it hit theaters. But now that it has, we’ve swooned even more — and not least because the movie stars a girl with a suitcase full of awesome-sounding (and totally made up) books. We’ve already explored wonderful fake books by TV characters, and imaginary books written about in real books, so we thought we’d round up a few fictional books on film that we wish really existed so we could sit down and read them. Click through to see the made up tomes we picked, and let us know if we missed the one you’ve been most itching to read in the comments. … Read More
Because the summer is finally in full swing (and we’re still looking for new ways to discuss Moonrise Kingdom), we’ve rounded up some of our favorite films from the season notorious for oppressive family vacations, summer camp, post-grad crises, and extraterrestrial visits — all wonderful expositions for growing up. At the same time, some of our favorite coming-of-age films illustrate that brief window of having zero responsibility, suggesting that maybe it’s endless hours of conversation and neighborhood adventure with friends (or whoever’s house is in biking distance) that have the most profound effect on us.
But whatever the premise, we generally seem to enjoy these stories (even the terrible ones — thank you, TBS) because they evoke recognizable parts of ourselves, either making us extremely nostalgic or thankful for the periods we’ll never have to revisit. And they can help those of us still trying to grow up feel not so alone. You can click through to see what we’re talking about, and we hope that you’ll share the coming-of-age films you love most in the comments, because gosh, doesn’t all this talk of childhood have you feeling warm and sappy and like sharing? … Read More
Wes Anderson’s latest, Moonrise Kingdom, has had us chattering for quite a while. The offbeat coming-of-age tale set in ’60s New England is yet another modern classic from every contemporary indie-film geek’s favorite director and, unsurprisingly, it features some familiar faces from previous Anderson flicks. Like many serious moviemakers, the auteur has certain actors he keeps going back to, so we’re continuing our obsession with a look at Wes Anderson’s go-to performers — some of whom currently join “newcomers” Bruce Willis, Tilda Swinton, and Ed Norton on the fictional island of New Penzance in theaters across the nation. … Read More
Earlier this week, we giddily announced that Wes Anderson would be releasing an animated Moonrise Kingdom companion short — and now he’s done it. The four-minute film is hosted by Moonrise’s narrator, Bob Balaban, and compiles a series of brief sequences that illustrate passages from the young adult sci-fi and fantasy books disaffected… Read More
After catching Wes Anderson’s new film, Moonrise Kingdom, in the theater last week, we’ve occasionally caught ourselves fantasizing about returning to the sweetly ridiculous island of New Penzance, ca. 1965. So imagine our delight at the news that Anderson is planning to release an animated short that serves as a companion piece to the movie.… Read More
1. It took the return of Will Smith after a four-year film hiatus to knock The Avengers out of the top spot at the box office. That said, Men in Black III’s $55 million opening weekend is reportedly a disappointment for Sony, who spent about $325 million to make and market the movie. [via … Read More
Of all the auteurs working today, Wes Anderson’s films are probably the most instantly recognizable. (Well, except maybe for Tim Burton’s, but you can argue amongst yourselves about whether he still deserves to be called an auteur.) They feature a fairly consistent troupe of actors (Owen Wilson, Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman), a distinct visual style… Read More
Editor’s note: Welcome to Dear Costume Department, a bi-weekly feature brought to you by our fashion-minded friends from Of a Kind, a curated shopping site of limited-edition goods by emerging designers. With each installment, they’ll bring you a head-to-toe look inspired by a buzzed-about pop culture personality — complete with info on where to grab the pieces for your own closet. Enjoy!
Let’s be honest: Half of any Wes Anderson movie — even an animated one — comes down to the costuming, and his latest cult-classic-in-the-making fits the corduroy-suited auteur’s retro-plus-quirk mold. Here’s the gist of what Suzy will be wearing in the flick, which is already getting mad love from the critics at Cannes and is coming your way just in time for the long holiday weekend. Invest now, and you’re halfway to a killer couple’s costume for Halloween 2012! … Read More
While Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom, the auteur’s first live-action feature since 2007, won’t officially be unveiled until the Cannes Film Festival kicks off later this month, an interesting making-of feature with Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman, Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, and Tilda Swinton discussing their characters and what it was like working with the director (but no appearance from Wes himself), as well as 20 minutes of b-roll footage, has already made its way online. If you don’t mind possible spoilers, and more importantly, you absolutely can’t wait until this film opens in limited release on May 25, then hopefully these clips — which were spotted by our friends over at The Playlist — will help tide you over! … Read More