Activity has continued over on the Facebook page, but things have been pretty quiet over here on rushmoreacademy.com.
Do people still visit websites?
I started the Rushmore Academy in 2000 as a shrine to Wes’ second film Rushmore (you can use the Wayback Machine to see what that looked like). Rushmore sparked my interest in film. Like, the good stuff. The Rushmore Academy started to expand as a repository to all things Wes with the release of The Royal Tenenbaums. We have, to varying degrees, covered the release of every film since then. I am still here, no longer a college student… almost middle-aged. With kids, silver hairs budding out of the sides of my head, a little exhausted but happy. But maybe we could use some folks with a bit more spark and vitality?
So if you are interested in writing and contributing here on the site or over on the Facebook page, send me some ideas… your interest in the site and Wes Anderson… maybe a writing sample…. a glossy… your curriculum vitae?
The only way we could get a Wes Anderson and Ridley Scott crossover would be in our dreams. But the next closest thing is the Wes Anderson-produced documentary Escapes, which follows the strange and beautiful life of Hampton Fancher, the former flamenco dancer-turned screenwriter of one of the most iconic sci-fi movies of all time, Blade Runner.
When we made ‘Moonrise Kingdom’, Wes, Roman, Jason, Bill Murray and I all shared a big old house in Newport. It was about as fun as it gets. Like making home movies with your friends in middle school, except it ends up Opening Night at Cannes. We didn’t want it to end so after the premiere we went to Italy for a hang and we’ve kept it up. ‘Grand Budapest’ got handed out for a read the first summer and ‘Isle of Dogs’ was outlined the next. Bill wasn’t with us this summer but we wore his #WilliamMurrayGolf shirts to infuse the idyll with his spirit of fun. And #BMW loaned us incredible rides to get the growing families over the dusty bumpy Tuscan roads to gelato at the town on the hill. If I had to get stranded with a group on an island, I could make it work with these cats.
The Wes Anderson Collection: The Grand Budapest Hotel, by Matt Zoller Seitz (Abrams)
Make this one a two-for-one deal and also pick up esteemed film/TV critic Matt Zoller Seitz’ 2013 book The Wes Anderson Collection, in which Seitz interviews Anderson about all of his pre-Budapest movies. This one, of course, is all about the Oscar-nominated 2014 movie, and like its predecessor, The Wes Anderson Collection: The Grand Budapest Hotel also features a wealth of behind-the-scenes photos and an overall gorgeous layout. It’s eye candy for the brain.