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Rushmore no. 20 on EW’s “Cult 25”

20. RUSHMORE (1998)
An oddball love triangle between a freakishly precocious 15-year-old, a widowed teacher, and a depressed tycoon, Rushmore is a movie that defies its eccentricities. The production is stagey, the dialogue stilted, and the performances gleefully deadpan, yet it is as tender and life-affirming a movie as the irony-drenched ’90s produced.
SIGNATURE LINE ”She’s my Rushmore, Max.” (link)

Thanks to Loraxaeon. Bravo, Max! (Yankee Racers thread)

A few tidbits…

An interview with Life Aquatic animator Henry Selick (no mention of Wes or TLA, sadly).

Selick’s new film Coraline debuts in December. He was scheduled to work with Wes on The Fantastic Mr. Fox, but scheduling conflicts with Coraline prevented a second collaboration.

Wes was mentioned in a recent article in The Guardian (U.K.):

Soundtracks and musical scores fit a specific purpose. However, what I find interesting are scores that go beyond their specific purpose and take on multiple lives.

Film soundtracks have always had the power to impact culturally. From the obvious: Ennio Morricone’s theme to the Good, the Bad and the Ugly, or dialogue from Scarface – to the less obvious: Wes Anderson reusing Sven Libaek’s Shark Theme in the Life Aquatic (a score that in turn found itself on a Volvo Advert).

Using a film sample or being under the influence of a score will almost always result in the adjective “cinematic” being used to describe a band’s sound. It’s a rich tradition in hip-hop, rock and dance, and I enjoy the approximation and interpolation of movies and music (link).

Friend of the site and contributor Derek Hill discussed the musicology of Wes Anderson in a recent guest blog post.

In the September issue, Paste Magazine choses Dr. Nelson Guggenheim (Brian Cox, Rushmore) as their third favorite cinematic high school principal (vote for Dr. G in their poll!).

Bottle Rocket available for pre-order on Amazon

The Criterion Collection edition of Bottle Rocket — out 25 November — is now available for pre-order from Amazon.com. Order yours here, and help support this site.

We’ve decked out the page in a Bottle Rocket theme to celebrate. Let us know what you think.

And, now, to the original BR trailer:

Darjeeling Limited on Cinemax

The Darjeeling Limited premieres on Cinemax Thursday, September 4 at 8.30 p.m.

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Call for submissions: the Yankee Journal

Call for Submissions

In celebration of the tenth anniversary of the premiere of Rushmore, the film that inspired this site, the Rushmore Academy will release the first issue of our online art and literary Yankee Journal this fall (early October). Submissions should be inspired by the films of Wes Anderson but need not be about Mr. Anderson or his films (they, of course, can be). Accepted submissions will include, but are not limited to:

  • Graphic art (of any genre or type, submitted as a PNG, JPG, etc)
  • Poetry
  • Short story
  • Essay (including film critiques and reviews)
  • A little one act

By submitting your entry, you give us permission to publish it online. Your work will be subject to the same Creative Commons license that the site uses. We will not sell your entry nor use it for any purpose other than the stated one.

Submissions must be submitted by midnight on September 21, 2008 to edwardappleby@yankeeracers.org. Only selected entries will be used in the journal. Thank you.

Criterion Bottle Rocket (updated)

Oh, glorious day (see below for update).

Criterion Bottle Rocket

(link) (talk about it at the Yankee Racers forum)

Release date: November 2008!


Wes Anderson first illustrated his lovingly detailed, slightly surreal cinematic vision in this witty and warm portrait of three young middle-class misfits. Fresh out of a mental hospital, gentle Anthony (Luke Wilson) finds himself once again embroiled in the machinations of his best friend, elaborate schemer Dignan (Owen Wilson). With the aid of getaway driver Bob (Robert Musgrave), they develop a needlessly complex, mildly successful plan to rob a small bookstore—then go “on the lam.” Also featuring Lumi Cavazos as Inez, the South American housekeeper Anthony falls in love with, and James Caan as local thief extraordinaire Mr. Henry, Bottle Rocket is a charming, hilarious, affectionate look at the folly of dreamers. Shot against radiant southwestern backdrops, it’s the film that put Anderson and the Wilson brothers on the map.

Special Features

* – New, restored high-definition digital transfer supervised and approved by director Wes Anderson and director of photography Robert Yeoman
* – Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack
* – Commentary by director/co-writer Anderson and co-writer/actor Owen Wilson
* – The Making of “Bottle Rocket”: an original documentary by filmmaker Barry Braverman featuring Anderson, James L. Brooks, James Caan, Temple Nash Jr., Kumar Pallana, Polly Platt, Mark Mothersbaugh, Robert Musgrave, Richard Sakai, David and Sandy Wasco, Andrew and Luke and Owen Wilson, and Robert Yeoman
* – The original thirteen-minute black-and-white Bottle Rocket short film from 1992
* – Eleven deleted scenes
* – Anamorphic screen test, storyboards, location photos, and behind-the-scenes photographs by Laura Wilson
* – Murita Cycles, a 1978 short film by Braverman
* – The Shafrazi Lectures, no. 1: Bottle Rocket
* – PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by executive producer James L. Brooks, an appreciation by Martin Scorsese
* – Original artwork by Ian Dingman (update)

Film Info

91 minutes
Dolby Digital 5.1

About the Transfer

is presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.85:1. Black bars at the top and bottom of the screen are normal for this format. Supervised and approved by director Wes Anderson and director of photography Robert Yeoman, this new high-definition digital transfer was scanned on a Spirit 2K datacine from a 35 mm interpositive. Thousands of instances of dirt, debris, and scratches were removed using the MTI Digital Restoration System.

Update: After some debate over at the Yankee Racers forum, we have discovered, from the artist himself, Ian Dingman, that all of artwork is his:

Criterion has updated their Bottle Rocket information pages since there seemed to be confusion to exactly what you’re asking me about…


So yes, the artwork for Bottle Rocket was done by me. Eric was unfortunately not involved – I’m a fan of his work as well.

Thanks to Ian for responding! He sells his original, affordable art at his website. We hope to have an interview with him posted soon. New friend of the site, we hope?

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Reel Geezers: Pineapple Express and Man on a Wire

The Reel Geezers review Pineapple Express (warning: spoilers!) and Man on a Wire