NYT: Dave Kehr reviews the new Bottle Rocket Criterion DVD

An old favorite of ours, Dave Kehr, has a great review piece on the new DVD:

Stylistically, “Bottle Rocket” swings between poles of tension and release, order and chaos. In purely visual terms the film is tightly structured, with a systematic use of color (white for Dignan, bright red for Anthony), frontal compositions anchored by the horizon line, and a self-consciously theatrical sense of space: an open foreground for the action, played against a flat, immobile background (just as the motel rises from the flatlands around it). And there is no more linear plot structure than that of the heist film, in which pleasure lies in the orderly fulfillment of a precise program.

Read the full piece.

Wes directs Brad Pitt?

From the LA Times:

What is Brad Pitt doing in this strange Japanese TV commercial?

Well, it’s directed by Wes Anderson, so there’s that. And according to Us, it’s a remake of the 1953 French film “Les Vacances de Monseieur Hulot.” Pitt shot the Softbank commercial in Normandy on Sept. 20.

“There were lots of children on the set, and Brad was very friendly to all of them,” a set source tells Us. “Some of the children had complicated French names. He turned to them and said, ‘What is your name?’ in the most perfect French. He’s obviously been studying hard.”

As well as learning French, Brad is also mastering Japanese. “Brad also used a few Japanese words to the Softbank execs too,” the source told Us. “He’s becoming a master of many languages.”

Apparently, the Pittster’s been doing wackadoodle Japanese commercials for a few years.

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