Category Archives: Wes Anderson

Q&A presented by Richard Linklater with Wes Anderson, Jason Schwartzman and Randall Poster

This Q&A hosted by Richard Linklater was for The Grand Budapest Hotel at this year’s SXSW and now you can watch it entirely. 45 minutes long. You can’t miss it!

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.

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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.