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British boy wonder Edgar Wright recently participated in Criterion’s on-going sales push/feature wherein they ask folks to list their Top Ten Criterion titles. One of his titles is Rushmore. Here’s why:
This film and the Criterion label are synonymous for me. Its beautiful cover art and immaculate menus seem to fit perfectly with its lead character; it’s almost as if Max Fischer himself were unsatisfied with the original vanilla DVD release from Disney and produced a handcrafted one instead. The actual film is a brilliant gem by Wes Anderson, and one that still shines brightly today. Just in the past year, we’ve seen a number of films that walk in the shadow of this one. Of course, it wouldn’t have inspired so many movies, music videos, commercials, and TV shows if it wasn’t such a distinctive effort.
This is an undeniable cult classic, one that every Max Fischer on the planet has on their shelf.
I love that backstory he created for the new release. I wonder how he’d explain the upcoming Blu-Ray.
Edgar Wright is the awesome director of the awesome films Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Hot Fuzz, and Shaun of the Dead, as well as the awesome television series Spaced. Read his full Top Ten over at Criterion. Check out Wes’ top ten here, and Bill Hader’s Bottle Rocket loving list here.
Next month Los Angeles will be home to “Pacific Standard Time” a series of sixty “cultural instillations” across the city. Jason Schwartzman stars in a short film/promo for the project (with another delightful actor) and conceptual artist John Baldessari.
Ok, so this is barely, barely Anderson related, other than Jason Schwartzman showing up for a few seconds, but it’s too great not to share. Enjoy the Beastie Boys new video featuring, among others, Seth Rogen, Elijah Wood, Danny McBride, Will Ferrell, Chloe Sevigny, Maya Rudolph, Kirsten Dunst, Orlando Bloom, Rashida Jones, Will Arnett and Jon C. Reilly. It’s part of a larger short film called Fight For Your Right (Revisited)that premiered at Sundance and will premiere on TV tonight at midnight ET on VH1, VH1 Classic, Mtv2, MtvU and uncensored at 3am ET on Comedy Central, I imagine it will be online shortly there after. Enjoy.
UPDATE – The full short premiered, Joblo.com has uploaded it and you can see it after the break. Eagle eyed viewers will spot Roman Coppola in the same scene as Jason Schwartzman.
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.
Entertainment Weekly‘s Dave Karger sat down for a roundtable discussion with Wes, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman and Bill Murray to talk about Fantastic Mr. Fox. The first part is embedded below, and it continues after the break. Unfortunately you’ll need to use the EW link to see part 3.
And for those who continue to see Mr. Fox over the holiday weekend for the first time (or second…or third) please stop by and leave us your thoughts in the comments or on Twitter.
“Eric says he thinks that it’s based on my relationship with my older brother,” says Anderson. “He was always taller, and he’s very intelligent, and he was always better adjusted than I was. He’s also very well-mannered and just always had it together. Now he’s a doctor. … I was a kind of grouchier, less well-adjusted child, so I think that might’ve been an inspiration without me ever thinking of it.”