Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson remember L.M. “Kit” Carson

This is what Matt Zoller Seitz (the film critic who brought us that amazing book called “The Wes Anderson collection”) wrote this at rogerebert.com:

Owen Wilson and Wes Anderson first entered the film scene with 1996′s “Bottle Rocket,” which began life as a short film shot in Dallas, Texas, three years earlier, when Wilson and Anderson were recent college graduates living in a small apartment not too far from downtown. L.M. “Kit” Carson, a Dallas-based filmmaker, actor and screenwriter, took them to Sundance and helped teach them about filmmaking and the film business. I asked Wes if he’d talk about Kit, and he and Owen wrote this together. Matt Zoller Seitz

We met Kit twenty years ago. He and his wife Cynthia Hargrave had come back to Texas to put Kit’s actual, biological son Hunter through school there, and we submitted ourselves to be the adopted ones: hoping to become his latest discoveries. (We weren’t the first. He was a natural guru.) He was the only person we had ever met who actually worked in the movie business, and we had never come across someone who so automatically and instinctively turned any idea or experience or suggestion into a story — a pitch. Sometimes it was only at the end of the story that you realized: this has a purpose. He’s advising us. These are “notes.”

He had a rustic glamor, like a sort of a cowboy-screenwriter. He never told us much about his childhood, except that the L. was for Louis and the M. was for Minor. Two old men he was named after.

What we heard about was guerilla film-making and gonzo film-journalism and Dennis Hopper in Taos and Peru. We loved Kit in “David Holzman’s Diary,” which we saw with him in Dallas, and we had already loved his work in “Breathless” and “Paris, Texas.” He had longish, stringy, sandy hair, and he clomped through the house in hiking boots all year round. He gave us a one-on-one tutorial in script-writing and short-film-editing (and, also, a lesson in how to hustle a project into its existence). Cynthia said to us that of all the people who were lucky to have known Kit, we were the luckiest. It certainly feels that way to us. He introduced us to the rest of our lives.

We drifted apart over the years, but we’ve missed him, and we’ll keep missing him.

He was a good guru.

-Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson

 

Wes Anderson and Kent Jones talk about Pedro Almodóvar

Criterion just published a nice conversation between New York Film Festival director Kent Jones and Wes Anderson.

The topic is Pedro Almodóvar, who just got a few new releases in Criterion. I leave you some quotes by Wes Anderson in it. You can read it completely here, for example to find out what Almodovar film is Wes Anderson’s favorite.

But Almodo?var, I think he picks up the thread from Bun?uel. You certainly register that he comes from the same place. There’s a sensibility and a surrealism in Almodo?var, a different kind, there are things that link them. They both make movies where there’s great drama but that are always still funny. There’s a kind of sexual strangeness and peculiarity and violence that’s usually funny.

Continue reading

The Cocktails of Wes Anderson

One of the Paste Magazine bloggers, Laurie Delk, just published an article with a few drinks inspired in Wes Anderson movies.

From Steve Zissou’s simple Campari on the rocks in The Life Aquatic to the ubiquitous Bloody Mary, enjoyed by both Richie in The Royal Tenenbaums and Natalie Portman’s unnamed character in the short Hotel Chevalier, a character’s choice in drink tells us a little more about who they are, via Mr. Anderson.

See it here.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go on an overnight drunk, and in 10 days I’m going to set out to find the shark that ate my friend and destroy it.

Interview with the Reservoir Geeks

10464006_823303681013232_4875231930148294137_n

The Lovely Soiree at the Bottle Rocket Motel is tomorrow, 26 July. To book a room, call the Days Inn Hillsboro directly at 254-582-3493. The event includes an outdoor screening of Bottle Rocket, cool stuff to take home, Fresh Tamales and more on sale from North of the Border, Wes Anderson-themed party rooms, lifelong friendship, and more.

We recently sat down with our pals the Reservoir Geeks to talk about their brainchild.

[Preface from Andy: "The backstory to the whole event is that when I had just started a job, back in May 2011, I didn't have any money to spare for a birthday gift for Chris. I knew that I would be getting more steady paychecks later in the summer and told him that we would have a good ol' fashioned drunken guys night in room 212 at the Bottle Rocket Motel. Well, as it would turn out, online all the rooms were booked. I found this odd since Hillsboro is not the most happening place. I called Days-Inn directly and they informed me that the franchise fee had not been paid and that the first things taken away was the internet reservations (genius, I know). I was able to get the motel's direct number and talked to the owner, Bina, who informed me of their recent problems and fears of closing. I called Chris immediately and asked if he would mind if we tried making a little event out of it. Honestly we expected some of our friends to show up and possibly some other fans but our fate for success was sealed when I tweeted y'all there at Rushmore Academy and you got the ball rolling. The rest is pretty much history and it's in huge part thanks to you guys!"]

RA: What was it about this place, a Days Inn off of I-35, that brings you so much joy? What inspired you to save it?

CHRIS: Even though the paint scheme is a little different and some things have been moved around as soon as you step onto the property at the Bottle Rocket Motel it’s like stepping into one of Wes Anderson’s films. Not just a film set, but the actual place in that moment you’ve seen on screen so many times. Walking the breezeway at night feels just like you would picture it did when the boys discuss Bob’s situation with his brother right before he makes off in his car. It’s the same as when you step out of your room barefoot in the morning and look out over the railing and can’t help but mutter to yourself “Bob’s gone. He stole his car.” With some films the sets get destroyed or broken down, but the Bottle Rocket Motel lives on. That world still exists.

ANDY: You know, when I was a teen I saw the motel coming and going to visit my grandparents in San Antonio and always thought that it looked eerily familiar. Luckily on one trip back we needed gas and my folks stopped at the gas station right there. I said I was going to walk over and take a look at the hotel and while walking through the lower center hallway I unveiled itself to me. The closer I got to the pool the more the sides of the hallway seemed to open like a cinder block curtain. There it was; the pool, the red doors, the open field. All canopied by the beautiful Texas sky. The Bottle Rocket Motel will always be like that in my mind. Sorta like when you think of your parents and their always young like when you were a kid.

Continue reading

Dmitri: The Prodigal Son Returns

zqdmitri

The illustrious and dashing Count Dmitri Desgoffe-und-Taxis has agreed to be the subject of an exclusive article and accompanying photoshoot for ZQ, Zubrowka’s leading magazine.

ZQ gets up-close and personal with the mysteriously glamourous prodigal son of Zubrowka,  acquiring the inside scoop into the unique Count’s life of luxury, as well as his current legal troubles regarding the infamous Mme. Desgoffe-und-Taxis’ last will and testament (a ZQ exclusive you will not read about anywhere else!)

We hope you enjoy our feature article and pick up a copy of ZQ (available wherever glossy-papered publications are sold) today!

(Article and photoshoot images found below–you can click on each to view in full size)