Monthly Archives: February 2008

80th Annual Academy Awards

Owen Wilson made an appearance last night and looked great. Rushmore was referenced in a montage in reference to Jerry Seinfeld’s Bee Movie. We are very excited that Juno won “Best Original Screenplay.” And, we expected No Country for Old Men as “Best Picture” and Daniel Day-Lewis as “Best Actor.” Also, very cool for Marion Cotillard and the kids from Once. Bravo, Max. “And the award didn’t go to Hollywood” (L.A. Times)



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Darjeeling on DVD; and, high fashion

The Darjeeling Limited is out on DVD this Tuesday! Buy it here from Amazon.com, and support the site! Thank you.

From Hypebeast:

To commemorate Wes Anderson’s award nominated The Darjeeling Limited film, French fashion label APC teamed up on a t-shirt. The simple tee design features the movies named printed on the chest in two different color. Available February 29th at APC locations in Japan.

Wonder if these will be available at North American locations?

Update (Sun, 24 February): MoviesOnline.ca is giving away TDL on DVD:

To enter this contest send an email to contests@moviesonline.ca with the subject Darjeeling Limited and include your name and address. We will then pick a bunch of winners and announce them here on the site!

(no idea if this contest is open to non-Canadian residents… but I tried anyway?)

New Yorker: “A Strange, Long Trip”

February 25, 2008, DVD review by Richard Brody (link)

It’s unjust that the Academy didn’t nominate Wes Anderson’s “The Darjeeling Limited” (Fox) in any category, but inexplicable that they didn’t invent a special one for it: Best Luggage. An exquisite set of suitcases, credited to Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton, plays a large role in this blissful, loopy comedy of family anguish and sublimated tenderness.

The film’s subject is coming home, and it’s a sign of Anderson’s comic genius that it takes a picaresque jaunt through India by three brothers, estranged since their father’s funeral a year ago, to do so. The domineering Francis (Owen Wilson), who is recovering from a motorcycle accident, has convened the other two—Peter (Adrien Brody), a regular guy in a panic over the impending birth of his first child, and Jack (Jason Schwartzman), a literary romantic trapped in a troubled relationship—for a “spiritual journey,” which he plans down to the minute.

The trip brings odd misadventure, off-kilter romance, and sudden danger, but the real story involves coming to terms with a lifetime of ingrained resentments plus grief of more recent vintage. For Anderson, such troubles are too big to blurt out without bathos and ridicule. Following other Wasp modernists such as Hemingway and Howard Hawks, he relies on high style, sly gestures, and arch pranks to evoke intense emotion with bite and grace. His tight, sketchlike structures bring out the best in his actors, especially Schwartzman (who co-wrote the script with Anderson and Roman Coppola), a Dustin Hoffman for our time, who doles out Zen wisdom with a carnal leer. In Anderson’s world of brothers without sisters, the ribald rituals of male bonding suggest the unfathomable otherness of women—including the trio’s mother (Anjelica Huston), whose life haunts them no less than their father’s death and who turns out to be the real reason for their trip.

Where people prove elusive, material things play an outsized, totemic role. The brothers’ grudges emerge in their wrangling over their father’s relics—glasses, keys, toiletries—but pride of place goes to his luggage. Dark tan, finely tooled, and adorned with a faux-naïf intaglio of wild animals, it follows them around on their journey at great inconvenience, a perfect, literal metaphor for their heavy emotional baggage.

The film begins with a neat dose of backstory: a short preface, featuring Jack holed up in a luxurious Paris hotel before his passage to India, where he receives a surprise visit from the woman he adores (Natalie Portman, chomping a toothpick, her hair cropped martially short). Movingly, stoically, whimsically, Anderson suggests the difficult self-restraint and self-mastery that the most intimate relationships demand. Love, in his book, is tolerance and acceptance—facing up to pain in order to take the pleasure that’s given.

Rushmore in Louisville; and Mr. Ray Davies of The Kinks

The Louisville Film Society is screening Rushmore on Tuesday, February 19, 7.30 pm at the Actors Theatre. Admission is free, but you must RSVP ahead of time (502.584.1205).

(thanks to the Backseat Sandbar)

Today’s Boston Globe has an article/review on that well-respected man, Ray Davies. M. Davies’ new CD, Working Man’s Cafe, comes out on Tuesday.

P.S. 100 members in our Facebook group to date! Please join, if you haven’t already!

These Days

A rather lovely version of “These Days” (from The Royal Tenenbaums) by St. Vincent, found thanks to aerolls.

Man of the Hour

Team Wes’ nattiest dresser and jewelry designer Waris Ahluwalia had been popping up in fashion news with New York Fashion week in full swing this past week. He was spotted at Israeli designer Yigal Azrouel’s show and seen front row at the Cynthia Rowley’s runway show. Kempt, a men’s fashion site, features Waris as their “Man of the Hour” after spotting him dressed to the nines at The Beatrice Inn (where else!):

” The other night a Purple magazine Fashion Week party at Paul Sevigny’s crypto-swank Beatrice Inn, his favorite haunt, Waris bowled us over in a bespoke brown, green and burgundy flecked herringbone wool tweed suit with a forest green wool waistcoat and a crimson knitted wool tie: a perfectly balanced and seasonal palette that’s as warming to look upon as it must be to wear.”

Thanks for keeping Team Wes looking sharp, Waris!

Meet Baumer

Meet Baumer, the band.

How long have you been a band?
“Well, Baumer has been around for about four years, but we’ve had several lineup changes. With this lineup, probably only a year.

Where does “Baumer” come from?
It’s actually from the movie “The Royal Tenenbaums.” “Baumer” is Richie Tenenbaum’s nickname in the movie.
How did you all meet?
We all met each other years ago. We all used to play in different bands, and once we started to play shows together we became friends. Once some of our bands broke up, we decided to form Baumer (link).