It’s finally time!!!! Here is the first entry in the Wes Anderson Blogathon. Mike Ladano reviews the film “Rushmore,” which is one of Anderson’s earlier efforts and a great place to start analyzing his cinematic body of work. Fantastic review, very rich and insightful. Thanks to Mike for posting this!
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RUSHMORE (1998/1999 Criterion DVD)
Directed by Wes Anderson
Whether they know it or not, everybody has their first Wes Anderson movie. Mine was Rushmore, an easy entry point, and I had never seen anything like it before. It has a genuine quality, an old-fashioned look, and a killer soundtrack — all Wes Anderson trademarks.
The Criterion Collection (“a continuing series of important classics and contemporary films”) deliver some of the best colour transfers, and that is necessary for any Wes Anderson film. Soaked in dark but rich colours, Anderson fills his work with vibrancy. His visual trademarks are apparent right from the first scene, a hilarious fantasy sequence introducing our main protagonist Max Fischer (Jason Schwartzman). Max is more than a dreamer though. He is a doer. He dreams things and makes things happen. As such he is the founding (and sometimes…
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