[the films of] Wes Anderson – Video

I’m not sure how we missed this, but YouTube user keesvdijkhuizen has been creating film compilations every month as part of a yearlong series, tackling contemporary auteurs like Sofia Coppola and David Fincher. The most recent of these compilations is for, naturally, the films of Wes Anderson.

(via /Film)

The Fantastic Mr. Star Fox (Video)

College Humor has created this stop-motion parody mash-up of the video game Star Fox, and Fantastic Mr. Fox.

I can’t say we’re really the audience for this one (must have missed it in my SNES days), but it’s well made and if you get the jokes, I’m sure very funny. Enjoy.

Cahiers du Cinéma names Fantastic Mr. Fox #5 Movie of 2010

Esteemed French cinema journal Cahiers du Cinéma, once home to nouvelle vague pioneers Jean-Luc Godard, Francois Truffaut and Eric Rohmer, among others, has named Fantastic Mr. Fox the #5 film of 2010. The film received general release in France on February 17, 2010. To read more about the French release, please visit our older posts on the matter.

The full top ten is after the jump.

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Happy Thanksgiving From The Rushmore Academy

A Happy Thanksgiving to all our American readers (and a belated one to our Canadian readers).

Send your family, friends, enemies and all those in-between our Fantastic Mr. Fox e-card, or our Rushmore video card and be sure to have a happy holiday.

Full-size here.

Twitter-able link here.

Jason Schwartzman on NPR’s Fresh Air

Jason Schwartzman is out promoting the second season of his fantastic HBO series Bored to Death, and today he did a 40 minute interview with Terry Gross for Fresh Air, covering the show and his whole career.

“I gave the script [of Rushmore] to my mom and I said ‘Mom, I’ve never auditioned. Can you give me any pointers? Can you help me memorize lines?’ and she read the script and she said ‘I’ll be right back’ and she went out and rented three films, The Graduate, Dog Day Afternoon, and Harold and Maude. And I watched them all for the first time. And it was in that moment where I felt, watching the films, this warm, insane feeling inside of my body which was a feeling that up until then music had given me. And it was in that moment where I said ‘I don’t know if I’ll ever get this part. I don’t know if my band will ever make it. But I’ve got to try to live my life somehow staying as close to this weird feeling as possible.”

Listen to the interview after the jump, or at Fresh Air‘s site, where you can also download a podcast of the interview.

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Wes Chats Noir, Gets an Art Show, and Waris Installs

What is this beguiling painting?

Three new stories, after the jump.

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Fantastic Mr. Fox on DVD and Blu-Ray

A review of Fantastic Mr. Fox on DVD and Blu-Ray, you say? But, they came out over a month ago!

Well played, reader. But, we need to do a review. We promised.

We, of course, love the film. Owning it, being able to watch it over and over offers obvious benefits. The careful details of a Wes Anderson film, of the world inspired by Roald Dahl’s fantasy universe and his real world in Great Missenden in the UK, can be observed, noted, taken in… and the colors are utterly mesmorizing…

Some thoughts:

1) Buy the Blu-ray. It comes with the high-definition and regular ol’ DVD versions, so you can watch even if you don’t have a fancy Blu-ray player and keep the other disc for later. We don’t have the Blu-ray version (d’oh!), but it also features a digital copy and special features, which brings us to point deux…

2) The regular DVD version is comparatively bare-bones. It includes “From Script to Screen,” “Still Life (Puppet Animation),” and “A Beginner’s Guide to Whack-Bat.” The Blu-Ray set also includes “Making Mr. Fox Fantastic,”  “The Look of Fantastic Mr Fox,” “The Cast,” “Bill and His Badger,” and “Fantastic Mr. Fox: The World of Roald Dahl.” These bonus features are similar to, but more extensive than (please share your thoughts), the well-done online documentaries. But, they are absolutely worth having, and it is too bad that the regular DVD disc only includes a few of them.

3) The transfer is absolutely stunning.

4) Minor complaints: the menus are a bore; the layer change comes at an awkward point; and, the “Guide to Whack-bat” is rather useless.

Once we have The Darjeeling Limited Criterion-ized, we will start our Fantastic Mr. Fox campaign.