Announcing the Wes Anderson movie blogathon!

wes anderson header including photo by raffi asdourian

The Blogathon is finished and was a huge success! Scroll to the end for links to the posts. (I also reblogged the articles).

A couple of weeks ago I participated in a “blogathon,” my first, hosted by the Cinematic Frontier blog on the films of Mel Brooks. My article on High Anxiety, which was a lot of fun to do, came out of that experience. Sure enough I found another movie blogathon, “Swords & Sandals” on the Moon in Gemini blog, which I’m quite upset to have missed! So, since this movie blogathon thing is, well, a “thing” these days, I’ve decided to host my own cinematic blogathon, specifically on the films of quirky director Wes Anderson, whose stuff I’ve loved for 15 years when I first saw The Royal Tenenbaums shortly after it came out.

I therefore issue a call to movie bloggers to take part in an analysis, deconstruction, celebration or (depending on your viewpoint) denunciation of Mr. A. and his fascinating filmography. During the week of August 15-22, 2016, post on your own blog an article about one of Anderson’s films, and I’ll link to it here on my site and promote it on my Twitter feed. Use the hashtag #WesAndersonBlogathon and the banners below to promote it! If I feel so moved, I will reblog the best articles here on SeanMunger.com. Preference will be given to meaty, in-depth analyses with a lot of great insights, as opposed to merely plot summaries. There are a lot of great film bloggers out there, so I’m sure you’ll jump at the chance to participate.

Here’s how the assigning works. Please post in the comments to this article to reserve a film to analyze. I’m holding open two slots per film, with the exception of The Royal Tenenbaums and Moonrise Kingdom, which I want to analyze myself (so I’m reserving one of the two slots for me). Please post your name, the title of your blog, and the movie you want to do. Be sure to bookmark this page so you can come back to see who’s doing what and which slots are open.

FYI, we are only doing Wes Anderson’s full-length feature films that he has directed, as opposed to short films or producer credits–however, you may treat “Hotel Chevalier” as part and parcel of The Darjeeling Limited.

The Films

Bottle Rocket (1996)

Michael Carter

Rushmore (1998)

Mike Ladano

Josh Hammond

The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

Sean Munger (www.SeanMunger.com)

The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou (2004)

Movie Rob

The Darjeeling Limited (2007)

Liv at Le Projet Culturel

Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)

The Cinematic Frontier

Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

Sean Munger (www.SeanMunger.com)

Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

Reelweegiemidget

I look forward to everyone’s blogs in the third week of August!

The Blogs!

Mike Ladano on Rushmore.

Josh Hammond on Rushmore.

Me on The Royal Tenenbaums.

Louis of Cinematic Frontier on Fantastic Mr. Fox.

Reelweegiemidget on The Grand Budapest Hotel.

Liv from Le Projet Culturel on The Darjeeling Limited.

MovieRob on The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou.

Michael Carter on Bottle Rocket.

Me on Moonrise Kingdom.

The header image incorporates a photo of Wes Anderson by Flickr user Raffi Asdourian which is used under Creative Commons 2.0 (Attribution) license. It also includes poster images for The Royal Tenenbaums, which is copyright (C) 2001 by Touchstone Pictures, and Grand Budapest Hotel, which is copyright (C) 2014 by American Empirical Pictures. I believe my inclusion of them here constitutes fair use under applicable copyright laws. I am not the uploader of any YouTube clips embedded here.

Use these banners on your own site to promote the blogathon!

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37 Comments

      1. Although “The SOund of Silence” has been used in many films, I think the Bill Murray scene in Rushmore is the most memorable!

      1. Thanks a lot, Sean. This was my first blogathon and I had a blast. Definitely nice to delve a little deeper into a favorite. When’s the next one? (Just kidding. Sort of.)

      2. Thanks! It was great to see so many articles like yours. I’m definitely going to do another movie blogathon. I’m kicking around some ideas in my head and was actually thinking about a Sidney Lumet blogathon…he has such a vast body of work it’d be fascinating to see what comes out of it. I also thought about doing a roundtable on the show “Stranger Things.” Whatever I decide I’ll certainly announce it here!

  1. Hey this is a really great idea! Can I review the Darjeeling Limited? My blog isn’t exclusively films but I do write about them, it would be great to take on this challenge and I love Wes Anderson!

  2. Quick update — I’ve finished my rough draft for my take on Rushmore. I’ll have no problem getting it ready in time for the blogathon. Cheers!

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