The Grand Budapest Hotel and Mitteleuropa

The terrific Danusha V. Goska sent us her review of The Grand Budapest Hotel many moons ago (March 22, to be exact). We apologize for our lateness on behalf of the Grand Budapest Hotel. Please enjoy.

postimageimage-gbh-GBH_screenshot_TransAlpineYodel

My Aunt Tetka lived most of her 101 years in Bayonne, New Jersey but she never learned to speak English well at all. Who needed The New York Times, Kennedy’s inauguration speech, or William Shakespeare? Aunt Tetka could sing all one hundred verses of Slovak folksongs.

Visiting Aunt Tetka was a trip to another world, a world she took with her when she (finally!) died. There were many curtains. The air was inside her home was as thick as soup. It smelled sweet, like Uncle Strecko’s pipe smoke, and pungent, of cabbage, onions, and ham. There were sepia photographs of grim faced men with serious mustaches and
women in embroidered babushkas, oil paintings of peasant huts and high mountains, figurines of goose girls, brass ornaments incised with pagan sun symbols and a graphic crucified Christ. Aunt Tetka consumed only pastries, sprinkled with powdered sugar, served on handmade doilies. Five minutes into Wes Anderson 2014 film “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” I was weeping. Anderson took me back to Aunt Tetka.
Continue reading “The Grand Budapest Hotel and Mitteleuropa”

Scandal at Herr Mendl’s at Nebelsbad

Check-in with us on Twitter.

Pastry/escape recipe

Wes Anderson is saudade, and primeiro

According to Indiewire, The Grand Budapest Hotel is the best film of the year so far, and Wes Anderson is so saudade.

With 122 critics voting in Indiewire’s second annual mid-year poll of the Criticwire Network, Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel” checked in with a strong showing in first place… “Budapest” appeared on nearly 60% of the total ballots…

10365402_10152487752645482_8511292602138044795_o
There was some discussion on Twitter about the appropriateness of this term.

What do you think?

The Grand Budpest Hotel, built with 50,000 Lego blocks

Grand Budapest Hotel LegoCredit: Dan Steinberg

From the Guardian:

A team of 10 people, led by Ryan Ziegelbauer, spent 575 hours constructing the hotel, with bricks sourced from collectors across the world. It’s 7ft tall, 6.5ft wide, weighs 68 kilos, and will go on display at the A+D Architecture and Design museum in Los Angeles as part of their Come In! S, M, L, XLA exhibition on scale and size in architecture.

If you visit the Lego Grand Budapest in L.A., be sure to share your photos with us via email, Facebook, or Twitter.

The Grand Budapest Hotel is now available on Digital HD, Blu-Ray, and DVD.

The Grand Budapest Hotel DVD/Blu-Ray Available June 17

Watch the Grand Budapest Hotel in your home theater as soon as June 17. Check it out at Amazon, or wherever you shop.

Wes Anderson’s Highest Grossing Film is The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Grand Budapest Hotel has surpassed $100 million at the worldwide box office, making it the highest grossing film of Wes Anderson’s career. The record is a tremendous success for Anderson, but it shouldn’t be surprising to anyone after the film broke the record for the highest-grossing limited live action debut of all time when it debuted on March 7.

A recent Variety article credits an impressive marketing strategy for helping The Grand Budapest Hotel stand out in the eyes of moviegoers. In the article, Fox Searchlight President Nancy Utley highlighted five elements she believes made the film a hit: Anderson’s world, unique promotions, “viral chow,” “young moonrisers” and universal access. You can read the Variety article on marketing here and you can read more about the box office success here.

Royal Tenenbaums, which grossed $71 million worldwide, is Anderson’s second most successful film.

Check into the Grand Budapest and win

Product Shot B

Tweet @rushmoreacademy or comment on this post with the pseudonym that you would use to check-in to the Grand Budapest Hotel. One winner (U.S. residents only), the most ingenious pseudonym as determined by the Rushmore Academy editors, will receive a Grand Budapest Hotel prize pack courtesy of ABKCO Music and Fox Searchlight:

  • Copy of the soundtrack signed by Wes Anderson
  • Mini film poster
  • Monthly tear-away calendar
  • Society of the Crossed-keys pin
  • Journal
  • The Wes Anderson Collection book

Be sure to tag the #grandbudapesthotel, @ABKCO, @foxsearchlight in your tweets! Buy ABKCO’s Grand Budapest Hotel soundtrack hereDeadline for submissions is Friday, 4 April 2014 at 11:59 pm U.S. Eastern time. Contributors to rushmoreacademy.com are not eligible for this prize.

Record Opening for The Grand Budapest Hotel!

The Grand Budapest Hotel is already a record-breaking film. The movie made a record $200,000 per theater in its opening weekend, making it the highest-grossing limited live action debut of all time and far surpassing Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master, which averaged $147,000 per theater during its record-breaking weekend in 2012.

The record isn’t new for Wes Anderson. Moonrise Kingdom owned the record prior to The Master. Moonrise Kingdom averaged $131,000 in four theaters.

In total, The Grand Budapest Hotel made $800,000 in four theaters in two cities (New York and Los Angeles) last weekend. Rave reviews are being written everywhere, so there’s no reason to think the positive momentum won’t continue when the movie expands to 1,000 screens over the next five weeks.

Where and When You Can See The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Grand Budapest Hotel will be in theaters this Friday, but only in New York City and Los Angeles. Fortunately, the movie will be playing in more cities in week two. Here’s a look at where we know the movie will be playing in its first two weeks:

MARCH 7, 2014

NEW YORK, NY
AMC Lincoln Square 13
Union Square Stadium 14

LOS ANGELES, CA
The Landmark
Arclight Hollywood

MARCH 14, 2014

ATLANTA, GA
BOSTON, MA
BROOKLINE, MA
CAMBRIDGE, MA
FAIRFAX, VA
BETHESDA, MD
WASHINGTON, DC
PARAMUS, NJ
WESTBURY, NY
MANHASSET, NY
MONTCLAIR, NJ
RED BANK, NJ
KEW GARDENS, NY
HUNTINGTON, NY
PLEASANTVILLE, NY
BROOKLYN, NY
PHILADELPHIA, PA
ETOBIOKE, ON
TORONTO, ON
VANCOUVER, BC
CHICAGO, IL
EVANSTON, IL
AUSTIN, TX
DLLAS, TX
HOUSTON, TX
MINNEAPOLIS, MN
PASEDENA, CA
SHERMAN OAKS, CA
IRVINE, CA
LA JOLLA, CA
SAN DIEGO, CA
BOULDER, CO
DENVER, CO
SCOTTSDALE, AZ
SEATTLE, WA
PORTLAND, OR
SAN FRANCISCO, CA
SAN JOSE, CA
SAN RAFAEL, CA
BERKELEY, CA
PALO ALTO, CA
CAMPBELL, CA