It is only two weeks into 2012 and we are already cooking. This week brings us new trailers for a Wes Anderson movie, and that Friends with Kids movie that is basically the entire cast of Bridesmaids but also Adam Scott, and then there is a documentary about LCD Soundsystem that looks really good! Also some other trailers, too, plenty of trailers, don’t even worry about whether or not there will be enough trailers because there’s tons. Trailers!

Moonrise Kingdom

Hmmm. We all kind of know what’s going on here, right? I mean, I loved Fantastic Mr. Fox so much (Kelly probably hates it, I bet) and obviously Rushmore is great, and Royal Tenenbaums is almost great. (Steve Zisou is just awful, but whatever. And people seem really conflicted about Darjeeling Limited although I actually liked it quite a bit.) Wes Anderson does what he does and I’m sure many of us are fans, and we will all go see this, and fingers crossed that it is good, but is it just me or does this feel like re-heated leftovers. I mean, that Bill Murray joke at the end with the axe is just the elevator scene from Rushmore, and the whole thing just feels very tough to get “excited” about. But we will see!

Friends With Kids

Sure! The cast is great, obviously. Romantic comedies done well can be the best. Someone on the Internet (as if I don’t know exactly who) said that this just looked like all of the other movies Hollywood has been churning out for years, but I don’t actually agree. There is certainly a common trope of being in love with your friend without realizing it, but that’s usually a pretty superficially handled plot point to get people into silly situations, and this movie doesn’t seem that silly. There is also a lot of truth to opposite sexed friendships getting weird and complicated, so this seems like perfectly fruitful territory to explore. GO FORTH, THIS MOVIE! (But again, we will see.)

Shut Up And Play The Hits

Whoa. This looks great. The end.

Girl In Progress

I can totally imagine watching this on Netflix instant one night and maybe even finishing it in one sitting. That’s about it, but that’s still something!


Oh man, remember what it was like to be a teenager? When your new boyfriend would text you and be like “Can you go to Paris?” and you would text back, “Yes”? Remember? FIRST LOVE! It’s obviously amazing that a movie hasn’t been called LOL before, but in particular it was just so smart of them to make LOL her nickname but also include “Laugh Out Loud” in the title so that we don’t get too confused. In conclusion: best movie of 2012.

The Broken Tower

Film Critic James Franco gives James Franco five stars in James Franco.

Comments (119)

  1. party time

  2. I wish that Moonrise Kingdom trailer was a tangible object so I could hug it.

    • Haven’t seen the trailer yet, but judging by that still, you should be mighty careful with that hug, or you could be seeing a lot of jail time.

  3. Do they even need to put all that time and money into making trailers for Wes Anderson movies? They should just have some text saying the name of the movie, and that it was directed by Wes Anderson. Everybody will know what to expect, and go see it anyway, and it will be wonderful.

    • I agree with this, only for every movie, because really, who needs trailers still when we have information about movies and directors and actors we like and can just find this stuff out by reading? Idiots?

      I mean, I kind of like seeing trailers for movies I will never go see or see begrudgingly, because I’ll pretend like I’ve seen that movie. I pretend like I’ve seen Michael Bay movies for example, if I’ve only seen the trailer. Because technically it’s true enough. And how hard is it to guess what happens in a transformers movie

      “Remember the one scene where the transformers fight and the Ford Mustang does that sweet jump? And the American humans save the day” Close enough, right? Probably 100% accurate.

  4. LOL was the title of a mumblecore movie from 6 years ago. I’m a total mumblecorehead apparently. eesh.

    • I first discovered that mumblecore is a thing yesterday. I found a list, and I am proud to say that I have never seen ANY mumblecore movie. And quite frankly, I’m tired of people tossing the “core” suffix onto words and trying to make new genres. I would keep going on, but I’m afraid I might accidentally invent grumblecore.

    • I saw LOL. It was actually one of the better films in the genre. It was a weird love triangle in which one of the romantic interests existed only as a virtual love object. Pretty entertaining and uncomfortable stuff.

      Nights and Weekends had some appeal, too.

      A lot of this work is in the white people problem territory, but that detraction is getting pretty damn worn. Especially since these films don’t argue that the problems depicted in them are of heroic scale.

      • i saw LOL at a festival and the director was there. The only thing I could think to ask (which my sister actually asked out loud at some point) was “why are you guys all assholes?” I just remember thinking they were all terrible people by the end.

        in conclusion, that was my first mumblecore movie and the only one i half liked. the rest were terrible.

    • I would like to reach out and support you Solid. Mumblecore movies definitely have a place in my world. I don’t love them most of the time and it is difficult to pull one off, but when done right it can be oh so glorious. Humpday and Cyrus are great.

  5. If I owned a movie theater, I would show LOL as the first in a double feature, followed by Smiley Face. I would also not sell boxes of Red Hots, because that CAN’T turn a profit.

  6. what is that LOL movie about? an obnoxious teenager who gets drunk and goes to paris? boring. i will not be loling.

    also did we already talk about the hunger games? cause i just saw that trailer. and then i read all three books. and then i saw the trailer again! and i have things to say!

    • Do those things include the word “derivative?” Because they should!

      • I was disappointed by the downvote for your incredible accurate statement, facetaco, so I fixed it by turning that Thumbs down…upside-down..

        • Looks like we’re in this downvote party together, bro. Welcome to the club, you’ll learn to love it here.

          • I had never heard of the hunger games until people started talking about it here, and then I read about it, and it sounds like when I was 10 years old and I had just seen Young Guns 2 and Back to the Future 2 or 3 and I decided that I was going to write “the great american Canadian Novel” and I wrote a LOooooong (20 lined pages) story about a band of rag-tag cowboys travelling in time.

            I guess what I’m saying is, Hunger Games sounds to me like a story written by a 10 year old who has just seen the very popular movies of their time.

      • Everything is derivative. Hunger Games is not a rip-off, if that’s what you’re implying.

        • Yes, but “everything is derivative” does not work as a defense of derivative works, nor does it protect elements of it from being rip-offs. You can be derivative and have originality in tone and theme and have incredible poignancy, and you can also be derivative and totally steal the ideas and themes and aesthetic from your predecessors.

          • Sure, and my argument is that Hunger Games is well done derivative. Certain plots are done again and again because they’re good plots and lend themselves to many variations. You should try reading it. It’s a pretty gripping yarn as they say.

      • Here are some general thoughts I have about reading, literature, and maybe even art in general–I really kinda completely wish I could dispel the idea of judging anyone based on the perceived “quality” of their reading material overall, and specifically with regard to the “age-appropriateness” of it. Firstly (and I REALLY don’t want to offend anyone here, I swear to God), Videogum is not a literature forum on Faulkner or Steinbeck; according to its own description it is a pop culture blog–albeit an EXCELLENT and dare I say SUPERIOR pop culture blog, it’s definitely my favorite of any blog, period, with my favorite group of internet peeps for sure, and while by its own description it is “devoted solely to movies, TV, and Web videos,” and this “virtual watercooler” has facilitated more interesting and stimulating discussions about aesthetics and politics and the state of our society than most classes I’ve taken, and so I hope it’s obvious that what I’m about to say is by no means intended to be rude –-but so I guess what I’m saying is, if you’re judging me based on what I’m reading, then it would also be fair for me to judge you too, since you’re also reading a blog? This very same one, in fact? And just because I read the Hunger Games, who’s to say that I’m not also writing a dissertation on Don DeLillo or Marcel Proust?
        Furthermore, who’s to say that DeLillo or Proust– or Hemingway or Faulkner or Steinbeck or Hardy—who’s to say that any of their work is “better” or “more meaningful” or “more important” than that of Gertrude Chandler Warner, who wrote the Boxcar Children? Or of Shel Silverstein or Maurice Sendak or Louisa May Alcott or Beatrix Potter or Lowis Lowry or Neil Gaiman or JRR Tolkien or any of a hundred other authors whose work may be meant for “children” but which still illuminates truth about the human experience? Which still helps us to get by? I remember more clearly what it felt like to hear my father read “Goodnight Moon” or “The Velveteen Rabbit” than any of a dozen other adult books I’ve read in the past decade. I’m 32 years old and I sometimes still read those books. I read The Polar Express at Christmas because it’s charming and beautiful. I read Harry Potter because it’s fucking GOOD. And it doesn’t mean I’m childish or stupid. It means I love to read.

        • Okay, everyone, stop judging literature. No, I mean it. That’s it, English lit programs, DEFUNDED on grounds of subjectivity and making others feel bad for their choices.

          • I applaud the enthusiasm, guffman, but I totally disagree with this. It is completely acceptable (if not encouraged) in art, music, film…definitely literature, to challenge what is good art and what is bad art. And I personally think it’s incredibly important to participate, especially if you’re enthusiastic about the things you like.

            Nobody can say that you’re childish and stupid for liking the things you like. But I don’t think that the conversation ever needs to end because people might feel bad about liking stuff. It’s good to want to defend the things you like and it’s good to try to convince people otherwise.

            I’m a grown up who likes video games and comic books, and I completely understand the sentiment of being frustrated by people who think that certain things are for certain people of certain ages, but I also think it’s important for me (as someone enthusiastic about these things) to convince those naysayers otherwise. Who will speak up for the relevance of The Watchmen (not the movie, fuck off) or Grand Theft Auto or Y: The Last Man or Civilization. It’s up to me to defend the art I like. It’s not up to the people who think otherwise to be sensitive to my feelings about them.

            Something I realized in school is that it’s helpful, (if not important) to recognize why we like the things we like. Something as simple as a chord progression or colours or flavours. Saying “I don’t know why I like it, I just like it” always sounds so stupid to me – that could be a defense of anything terrible “I dunno, I just like Racism, okay?” but if you can get into the gritty details of why art is important, then that effort is always</I. respected. At least by good normal people.

          • Good formatting, me.

          • Also “something I realized in school” is a pretty silly sentence without the context that I got my Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art/Music. Not to say I’m more qualified to speak on it any more than I’m qualified to speak about getting high and sleeping in, it just explains why I would feel necessary to point out I was “thinking” while in “school” which ha ha hellllo redundant.

        • This is intended to respond to waitingforguffman, I’m not sure where it will actually end up.

          Good points!!! Now I will quibble with them. But for the record your comment leads to some really interesting lines of thought.

          I think you can judge literature in that some works are of higher quality than others. I happen to love kids books too but they aren’t meant to do the same things as some high literature or even normal adult stuff. There is a measure of subjectivity of course but I think you should judge a work based on what it is trying to do. Velveteen Rabbit isn’t trying to be For Whom The Bell Tolls and in my opinion both are excellent and moving. But I’d not try to compare them at all. That’s one really cool thing is that there are tons of different kinds of stories and we can pick and chose them according to our mood or goals or whatever we want!

          Also, as a big ol’ Tolkien nerd I have to take exception to the idea that LOTR is a kids book. The Hobbit I can accept but Tolkien couldn’t stop himself getting far into the weeds of philology and there are some VERY adult themes especially at the end of LOTR. The movies cut out The Scouring of the Shire and I totally understand why but, that stuff was very much a reflection of Tolkien’s own experience of coming home after WWI. He’d lost all of his best friends but one by the time he was 24 (I think that was his age) and nobody understood or even really appreciated what he and his comrades in arms went through. There’s also a bunch of other stuff about sacrifice, etc. One of the many beauties of Tolkien’s work is that he managed to put all of these deep stuff in stories kids could relate to as well. There’s a story Tolkien wrote, Leaf By Niggle that illustrates how he saw what he was doing. A gardener is painting a picture of a tree and he can never finish it because he is compelled to paint every vein on every leaf. People get angry with him for wasting time and being lazy but he just loves every little thing about the tree that he just has to add every little detail.

          OK so that was long and probably boring and dumb to you guys. My bad but again very good comment Waitingforguffman, it’s fun to nerd out on these ideas.

      • If you’ve enjoyed any popular music in the past 60 years, then you’ve enjoyed something derivative.

        • This is supposed to be a reply to djfreshie but there’s no button so I’ll just put this here: I agree with most everything you say! In fact, I think we’re kind of saying the same thing? But you’re saying it better. I’m not trying to say that no one should ever have to explain or engage in discussion about why they like something–in all contrast, I really like criticism and I think it is important, maybe even essential, to understand why we do like a thing, otherwise what is the point? I guess I was basically just trying to say that I don’t think it’s fair to pigeonhole or cajole other people based on what they’re reading (or watching or whatever)…that it’s ok to like a lot of different things. You can like Gregorian chant and Lady Gaga at the same time…you can like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, even if you’re 40 years old, and the argument can be made that it is a better book than a Sookie Stackhouse book, or whatever….even though one is “for kids” and one is “for adults,” BUT, even so, just bc someone likes Sookie Stackhouse, it still doesn’t make them a dumbass, maybe they just don’t limit themselves. Maybe they are just not pretentious, and they actually admit that everyone (mostly) has to eat McDonald’s once in a while, and that helps you appreciate your filet mignon or organic chicken or whatever even more later on, while at the same time, still being able to enjoy it for what it is.

        • To be more concise: I’m not saying don’t judge art. I’m saying don’t necessarily judge people by what art they like. By all means, criticize the hell out of art! But not the person, just based solely on that.

          So, basically, to sum everything up, don’t hate the player, hate the game? LOLOL

          • I agree with you but my one caveat is that if you do like Lady Gaga while also finding her culturally significant, you’d better have a very good defense because there couldn’t be a better example of someone who is derivative and steals aesthetics and themes and ideas and does it with a very self-serious, exploitative intention and it’s absolutely okay to like her music (!) but I will never ever respect you again (Hypothetical person who enjoys what Lady Gaga does) if you say she’s an “artist” of some kind, that’s like calling a Burger King Whopper a Wagyu Striploin.

            I do think that liking something can totally make someone a dumbass. All about context. Example: My girlfriend loves Toddlers and Tiaras, and it creeps me out to the point I can’t even be in the same room with her. BUT! I know that she still thinks that everyone involved with the show should be arrested. Like…she watches it because those people are crazy and that is interesting to her, and great, though I’ll never share her enthusiasm.

            Conversely, there are people in this world (I guarantee!) who watch that show because they think it’s cute and they like the competitive aspect of sexualizing prepubescent girls (jesus even the thought of it) and whatnot, and those people, even if they’ve read and comprehend Ulysses, are dumbasses (who should be arrested.)

            That’s why I think it’s good that people defend their choices. If you like Batman (as an adult) because you want to live vicariously as a bad ass fighter for justice, then I think that’s kind of childish. But if you like Batman for the notion of the inherent complexity of justice and society, and dichotomy and dualism and yada yada yada…your reason for liking things is very relevant most of the time.

            It’s sort of like people who shrug someone off as a hipster for liking something “hipsterish” or for dressing a certain way. Prejudging anyone for liking stuff or doing stuff is inevitably going to be imprecise. But then, judging someone once you’ve let them speak a little…BY ALL MEANS.

          • God, you know its a Friday when I start tl:dr’ing. We agree Guffman. Tonight I scotch on your behalf.

          • Djfreshie, spot on! The thing that so frustrating for me when people like derivative dreck like Lady Gaga is that they usually just aren’t aware of the stuff being ripped off. My friend was a HUGE Marilyn Manson fan. He is super smart and out argues me all the time. Anyway I’d point out that Manson was just ripping of old goth stuff from the 80′s basically doing an impression of Peter Murphy’s voice etc. Dude hadn’t heard of it and worse! Didn’t care!

            There’s a certain point where there’s no accounting for taste but damn I wish people would think things through sometimes.

    • Just Tweet at Baby Friday. You will be more than indulged. That girl is all up in Katniss Everdeen’s shit.

    • Say it, Truckasaurus! What do you think about the Hunger Games?? Our book club (we are adults but we do read YA selections sometimes) read the trilogy and our last meeting almost ended in a fight to the death over Team Gale vs. Team Peeta. What say you??

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        • Let’s watch Battle Royale and make snarky comments. Snack suggestions from me would include: sour worms. And some kind of booze but not tequila, sorry if that upsets you.

          • Tequila is actually the only liquor I won’t drink. And my wife is leaving me for three weeks, so I’m going to need a lot to pass the time. You set up some sort of Battle Royale teleconference, I will BE THERE.

          • A playlist of vaguely dystopian and or chase/survival films to watch:

            1. Battle Royale
            2. Old Boy
            3. Hausu (just because everyone should watch this, alone or otherwise).
            4.Night of the Hunter
            5. Brazil

        • Well I’m finishing The Girl Who Played with Fire right now. After I finish the trilogy, perhaps I will move on to Gravity’s Rainbow, and then Ulysses…would these be appropriate enough to meet your taxing standards, facetaco? :p

          All joking aside, I read The Book Thief, and while it’s advertised as a young adult novel, I can say with certainty that it is about as fine a piece of literature as any I’ve ever read.

          • True story- I was reading Gravity’s Rainbow, but I took a break from it to read the Hunger Games, and so far I regret nothing, fine literature be damned

          • I got so mad at Gravity’s Rainbow I couldn’t finish it. Maybe that’s my failure but after about a hundred pages I just felt like Pynchon was fucking with me tricking me into reading bullshit.

      • Did anyone send you a tiny silver package to help in your fight? And if so, what was in it?

        Also: holy shit on the Effie promo pics. That is some amazing makeup.

    • holy crap! you guys have LOTS to say on the Hunger Games.

      First off, I’d like to address something that I think is a serious issue – the YA/Age Appropriate thing. This is the first YA book I’ve ever read (even when I was a YA i was like “these are lame”) but I recently quit grad school and so i’ve been taking a bunch of time reading “fun” stuff instead of “challenging” stuff. That said, I thought the books were entertaining without being simple and interesting without being dry. Like a great blockbuster, but not like Transformers (big, loud, and shitty).

      I’m pretty seriously on Team Peeta…and in fact was disappointed that the guy playing him didn’t…”do it for me.” but i’m also not really of that generation. in that i still think justin bieber just looks like a really pretty woman.

      But…what i loved most about the books was that the love story was very much not the point – more specifically, that this is a female protagonist whose purpose isn’t a love story…she has bigger things to worry about! girls today have so few female protagonists who do more than think about boys, so i like that this series can offer something new in that way.

      • Truckasaurus, your post makes me want to stand up and applaud. (Esp. the part about Bieber, LOL)

        I did have a few problems with the last book (I felt it was a teensy bit rushed toward the end, and, while I also really love Peeta, I did not share Katniss’ total contempt for Gale’s actions, and in fact, her attitude towards him made me a little angry at her.) But yeah, overall, really fun and compelling to read, both for me, as an adult, and also I think for Twilighters who may want something more substantial to chew on now that they’re outgrowing Edward and Bella.

    • That movie was actually filmed at a high school that I work at… one day I came in and Miley was blocking the entrance to my office, all whored out in her cool high school kid garb. I ended up having to wait for about half an hour until they were done getting her sentence or two out of her, as her time was too valuable to wait to move the gear for me to do actual work. I was not loling either.

  7. I’m sorry, but Friends With Kids looks really dumb to me.

  8. Did you guys know that LOL stands for “laughing out loud that teenagers think they’re interesting?” FACT.

  9. You know, I know that Wes Anderson movies are kind of one note, but I still really like them. Probably because I just want to go live in that universe or at the very least, have W.A. pick out all my clothes, accessories, hairstyles, and home furnishings.

  10. LCD Soundsystem! :’(

  11. How to get downvoted

    by Jawnofthedead

    “Hey, remember Harold & Maude? Or The Graduate?” – Every Wes Anderson Movie

    JKJKJKJK, guys. But can we at least recognize how similar his movies are stylistically to these movies?

    • The Graduate???

    • No, you’ve got to explain this one – I haven’t seen Harold and Maude so you could be bang on there, but I could not possibly see a single directorial similarity between Mike Nichols and Wes Anderson.

      • Just the whole aesthetic. The very dry humor. The “indie” feel of it (I know that’s a terrible catch all phrase at this point, but I don’t know how else to put it). It’s not a bad thing. I love those movies, and I love Wes Anderson movies. They just definitely have a certain tone to me.

        • I don’t see the tone similarities though… I feel like Wes Anderson LOVES his characters. All of them. Whereas Nichols, not just in the Graduate but all his films, tends to despise them. Definitely in the Graduate…nobody redeems themselves, really.

    • harold and maude is spot on! but i don’t mind, because i like that style and therefore love Wes. Also, he’s always worn his influences on his sleeve and has never denied it.

    • Absolutely I can see the connection. Actually my love of Wes Anderson movies led me to search out all the Hal Ashby movies I could find. Also great stuff, Being There is a classic that EVERYBODY should see.

      I think it’s the good natured tone, like the director genuinely loves all the characters even when they’re being stupid or horrible.

      • Ugh, as I my post was loading I read down the comment thread and saw that my exact point had already been made. Dang! I was mostly thinking of Ashby movies though.

  12. Every movie here could be titled BEING WHITE IS THE HARDEST*

    *I couldn’t watch the Girl in Progress trailer because i don’t have the appropriate Flash functionality on this computer. If I am error in my judgment due to this, please let me know.

  13. I’m hoping that the music selection from the Moonrise Kingdom trailer means we can have an all Hardy/Birkin/Gainsbourg/Dutronc soundtrack.

  14. can someone that likes wes anderson movies, but doesn’t like Life Aquatic please explain to me why? I love it probably maybe more than his other ones, and will defend it to the death. But every time someone says they hate it and I inquire why, they retort that they don’t know. they just do. perplexing.

    • I think people pick their favorite Wes Anderson movie’s based on their favorite soundtrack. They’re all the same good movies with different soundtracks.

    • Steve Zissou is unlikable, and that bothers people. I’m sure someone could break down the film further, but that’s what I got.

      I personally love the film, but it does lack a certain charm that Rushmore and Tenenbaums are teeming with.

      • I like it a lot, too. But it’s definitely more sprawling / less tidy than the many of the earlier movies. And maybe people like it a little less because it illustrates the mortal dangers of whimsy?

    • I love The Life Aquatic too! I have liked or loved all of his movies. The Darjeeling Limited was good but probably was my least favorite overall.

      • I think Darjeeling Limited was Anderson’s best movie. It was the one moment he loosened up (a little) and freed himself (to a small degree) from his suffocating aesthetics.

        It was his one adult-oriented film, and it seemed most capable of all his work in cleverly delineating the wreckage of broken families without the distancing preciousness of Aquatic or Tenenbaums. It may have had to do with the rigors of shooting in India and the writing contributions of Noah Baumbach and Jason Schwartzman.

        “I think that film was fantastic even though I wasn’t in it.” -Frames Janco

    • I am also curious about the “Life Aquatic is awful” concept. My friend loves it the most of all his movies, and goes so far as to say something like it’s the most Wes Anderson movie of all his movies. Upon repeated viewings, it really grew on me also. I kinda love that movie. There’s a lot of stuff in the corners that I didn’t quite catch in the first run through, which is uncommon for me, ladies.

    • I think that movie and the train one don’t have the great characters that his first 3 films have. Zissou is no Mr. Bluth and all 3 guys in Darjeeling Express are uninteresting. Also, Life Aquatic and Darjeeling feel forced to me especially the “tragic” scenes. I love the way he shot the helicopter crash in Zissou, but the emotions surrounding Owen Wilson dying don’t feel genuine and that’s made especially true when the climax of the movie is that goofy rescue mission. The same goes for when those kids drown in Darjeeling. I still think his best film is Bottle Rocket. That movie is so small and charming.

      • owen wilson’s character dying was such a surprise that i didn’t feel it at first, but when the sigur ros song kicks in during the last scene I lost it. same with Darjeeling, I didn’t really feel the death until the funeral when they are walking all in white. i thought it was impactful.

        of course, i think Darjeeling is easily his best, so my opinion is skewed

      • Yeah, my biggest problem with The Life Aquatic was Owen Wilson’s character’s death. I thought it was wayyy too abrupt, and his character was so undeveloped at that point anyway I had a hard time feeling much for him or Zissou. But it was still so deliberately sad and heavy that afterward it dragged the rest of the movie down.

    • I kind of think The Life Aquatic is often singled out because it was the first W.A. film that looked not just hyper stylized, but deliberately artificial. I also think the cathartic, climactic scene in the sub when the Sigur Ros song begins playing can be felt to be a little heavy handed. That in particular is something I feel uneasy about, even though I love the movie in general. I’d place it above Darjeeling, which I found a little boring.

      • I’d also add that this new one, from the trailer, looks most similar to The Life Aquatic.

        • Life Aquatic was also the first film Wes Anderson wrote without Owen Wilson, teaming up with Noah Baumbach instead.

          For his other films, Anderson shared writing duties with:
          Darjeeling Limited – Roman Coppola & Jason Schwartzman (two Coppolas)
          Fantastic Mr. Fox – Baumbach again.
          Moonrise Kingdom – Roman Coppola again.

          So based on that, my favorite work of Anderson’s is when he was writing with Owen Wilson. Baumbach brings his “Squid and the Whale/Greenberg” sensibilities to Life Aquatic and Mr. Fox, which are both kind of “out there” fun, and Roman Coppola brings with him his extensive experience working on Coppola family productions (including all of his sister’s films).

          So I guess since Roman co-wrote Darjeeling Limited, the feel of that film is probably in the ballpark of what we can expect from Moonrise Kingdom.

          The Anderson/Wilson trilogy is the cat’s pajamas in my book.

          • Thanks, that’s a really good explanation of his styles.

          • I love Noah Baumbach’s own work and I love Fantastic Mr. Fox, but I didn’t like The Life Aquatic. It felt to me like TOO MUCH Wes Anderson. I think Owen Wilson did a good job of balancing Wes Anderson’s affectations, which to me felt unrestrained in The Life Aquatic. Fantastic Mr. Fox felt more like Baumbach–more grounded, ironically, given that it’s about scheming, talking foxes.

  15. i have like, a TON of questions about LOL [for instance, what parent - other than crazies - gets worked up over a B in "math"? and "seriously, why?"] but i’m totally on board when Miley herself asks the question that first and most often came to mind: “how do people survive this?”

  16. As much as I find the characters charming on screen, I feel like if I met a Wes Anderson character in person I think I would find them as cool as Napoleon Dynamite (Mr. Fox excluded).

  17. What was the elevator scene in Rushmore again?

  18. It’s really weird to see the Irish guy from The I.T. Crowd (aka the Irish cop from Bridesmaids) speaking with an American (?) accent in that Friends With Kids ad.

  19. I just want an excuse to talk about how Fantastic Mr Fox is seriously the best. I can’t believe how many times I’ve watched it and listened to the soundtrack (how good is the original music composed for that movie?! I hear it during This American Life episodes and get so excited). I liked Wes Anderson before but that movie turned that like into some over the top love.

    In conclusion, I can’t yet watch the trailer for “Moonrise Kingdom” but I already know I am going to see that movie in theatres.

    • “Divide that by nine, please” is one of my favorite movie lines of all time.

    • Even if you didn’t like the story, I feel like you had to appreciate how god damn impressive it is, and how incredible difficult and time-consuming it must have been to make. But really, if you didn’t like the story, what the hell is wrong with your dead heart you soulless heartless smoggy?

      • Exactly! Great story, stellar acting, fun characters, and a movie that is a piece of art both to watch in actual construction. I read some review that said Wes Anderson’s directorial style is all about setting up these beautiful dollhouse-like scenes so his style was such a perfect fit for stop-motion with actual dollhouses and I couldn’t agree more.

    • I saw it for the first time the other day and liked it a lot. But there are some heavy lines in it. The wife at the end says “I wish I never married you” totally serious and it’s never brought up again. It walked a weird line of kid/adult movie.

      • I can sympathize with that, but I think that particular line makes enough sense given he’s just acted recklessly enough to put her entire family and community of friends in mortal peril. I think it’s reconciled by how much the pair seem to love each other despite this and when he turns that recklessness on to saving his nephew at all costs.

        I agree. I’m not sure this movie is a kid’s movie, despite being so charming and not at all inappropriate for kids (my brother was 12 at the time it came out and loved it). The story deals with such complex emotional issues that I think it’s aiming more toward engaging adults.

        • I think this is part of the Baumbach touch in the writing (that I loooove). There are so many poignant and heavy scenes in this wild animal romp. The rat fight scene toward the end kills me with laughter and bittersweetness every time.

  20. Did anyone notice the Dharma logo in the LOL trailer?

  21. i don’t know why this isn’t here but the trailer for “tim and eric’s billion dollar movie” is also out there in the internet (in fact, it’s right here:

    • It’s not here because it was released a month ago or whatever, and it was already blogged in an earlier edition of “This Week in Movie Trailers, You Guys.” Also, that’s not the trailer. That’s some dork talking about the trailer. BOOOOO!

  22. But… we’ve already seen that movie with James Franco. :7

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