On February 21st 1996, Bottle Rocket was released, the first feature film directed by Wes Anderson.
Film critic Matt Zoller Seitz wrote this beautiful article to commemorate this special date.
Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson exiting Columbia Pictures offices after signing deal to make Bottle Rocket, which was released 20 years ago this week.
Source: Consequence of Sound facebook.
The Academy Awards are tomorrow and, as you know, Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel has 9 nominations. Even when it’s not the movie that everyone expect to win (Birdman and Boyhood are the titles that sound mostly as the winners), remember that it won at the Writers Guild Awards and 5 BAFTAs (Make Up & Hair, Original Music, Original Screenplay, Costume Design and Production Design) which it could mean that the movie is going to have a good night, even if it doesn’t win in the main cathegory.
Why he deserves to win? I think the main reason is that he has always been faithful to his style. Even when his movies have been as much loved as hated by people, he never changed. The Grand Budapest Hotel is a 100% Wes Anderson movie and the people couldn’t help fall inlove with it and that’s why, even when it is one of the earliest released of the nominated movies, it is one of the most nominated and celebrated.
Surprise after the jump!
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.
From July 12 to August 31, the Northwest Film Center in Portland will present “Wes’s World: Wes Anderson and His Influences”, an opportunity to know not only his work, but the films who has inspired him along his whole career.
Starting with 1998’s “Rushmore,” the Northwest Film Center program will feature screenings of Anderson’s eight features, including now classics like “The Royal Tenenbaums” and “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.” Matt Zoller Seitz, the film critic and RogerEbert.com editor-in-chief who literally wrote the book on Anderson (“The Wes Anderson Collection”) will introduce “The Royal Tenenbaums.”
“Wes’s World” will also include showings of films by François Truffaut, Jacques Cousteau, Werner Herzog, Jean Renoir and Hal Ashby, among others.
Check out the program’s trailer below. The full lineup can be found here, on the Northwest Film Center’s website.
Walk down memory lane and revisit the first Lovely Soiree in 2011!
More on this year’s soiree here.
Our pals the Reservoir Greeks have announced that the terrific folks at the Alamo Drafthouse will yet again screen Bottle Rocket at this year’s Lovely Soiree at the Bottle Rocket Motel.
This year’s soiree at the the Days Inn Hillsboro (307 SE I-35, Hillsboro, Texas) shall be celebrated on 26 July 2014. Do not book on days-inn.com. Call 254-582-3493.
From last year’s screening:
The Reservoir Geeks are again hosting a soiree at the Bottle Rocket motel — on Saturday, July 27 — including the now-traditional Alamo Drafthouse screening of the film.
From the boys:
In 1996, Wes Anderson made his directorial debut with the feature film Bottle Rocket. A large majority of the movie took place at the Windmill Inn in Hillsboro, Texas. Due to the economic downturn the motel’s business suffered, thus the Save The Bottle Rocket Motel event was conceived and became reality in July of 2011. Because Wes Anderson fans tend to be more sentimental than any other fans there was a huge turned out for the event.
Attendees enjoyed Alamo Drafthouse’s showing of the film with none other than Bob Maplethorpe himself, Robert Musgrave in attendance. After the film came to an end, old and newfound friends took to the pool and motel grounds in a late night party full of laughs and libations. When all was said and done the event was a success and the motel was saved. The magic happened once again in July 2012 with the event being fittingly renamed Lovely Soiree at the Bottle Rocket Motel. Fans came from all over the country to partake in the festivities which once again included a showing of Bottle Rocket, courtesy of Alamo Drafthouse Theaters.
This year, on July 27th 2013 throw on you yellow jumpsuit, pop the clutch on your moped and head to Hillsboro, Texas to join us and dozens of fellow film fans for the 2013 Lovely Soiree at the Bottle Rocket Motel and take part in what has become the highlight of the summer (in Hillsboro, Texas… at a motel that was in a movie)!
It is important that you call the motel directly @ 254-582-3493. DO NOT BOOK YOUR ROOM USING THE DAYS INN WEBSITE.
(last year’s poster)
As part of the Second Annual Lovely Soiree at the Bottle Rocket Motel, the Alamo Cinema Drafthouse has added a screening of Bottle Rocket at the Days Inn Hillsboro to their Rolling Roadshow series. The soiree will take place on 21 July this year, and tickets for the screening are $10.
Wes Anderson’s debut feature has long held a special place in our hearts. There are so many reasons to love BOTTLE ROCKET, but mostly we love this heist comedy about a trio of young, shiftless Texans in existential crisis trying in vain to become hardened criminals because it’s damn funny. So, when we heard that the Days Inn on I-35 in Hillsboro, Texas — a major location in the movie — was in danger of shuttering forever we knew we had to step up and join our friends from Reservoir Geeks in their efforts to save the iconic indie film location.
Due to the economic downturn the motel’s business suffered, thus the Save The Bottle Rocket Motel event was born and became reality in July of 2011. An estimate 250 fans took part in the festivities which included a showing of the film, attendance by none other than potential getaway driver himself, Robert Musgrave, and the sale of a limited edition Mondo poster.