Coming Soon: Share the Wealth with Laura Lapinski: The Films of Wes Anderson

Laura Lapinski, a graduate student in psychology at SIUE, is doing her Share the Wealth on film director Wes Anderson on Sunday 8 October. For those interested in joining us, here’s some background from Laura…

Wes Anderson is an American film writer and director. I find him truly unique and remarkable. His individual style is exclusive for a few reasons. One main difference is the cinematography style Anderson uses. To move from scene to scene, he transitions by actually moving the camera directly into the next scene. Its a simple thing yet so original. Wes Anderson movies are aggressively quirky. This is my one of my favorite things about them. The aesthetic involved in each film is similar and unmistakable. The films somehow give off a vintage and modern vibe at the same time.

To me the absolute best thing about Wes Andersons films are the characters. All of the protagonists and most of the supporting characters in any given Wes film are a work of genius. Every one being a specifically strange yet endearing person. These characters are so special and you can’t help but wish they were real and you could track them down. I have been asked many times how to categorize a Wes Anderson film and the truth is I can’t. They are simply in a caliber all their own. In my book, each film could fall into at least two or more genres. Below I have included some suggestions with examples of themes for perusing. You could choose to check one or multiple out before October although I highly recommend watching them all at some point in your life.

Moonrise Kingdom: Easily his most romantic film, yet in a very nontraditional way. Young lovers. (romance, comedy, drama) Absolutely wonderful 10/10

Fantastic Mr. Fox: His adaptation of the famous Ronald Dahl book. Uses stop-motion animation with George Clooney and Meryl Streep holding down title roles. (a comedy, romance) Just amazing 10/10

The Grand Budapest Hotel: My all time favorite. Might be his funniest film and involves a plethora of shenanigans. Lead character is one of the best ever created. (comedy mainly) Truly Grand 10/10

Rushmore: His first main film. About a 15 year old boy at a private school. Absolutely hilarious and Max Fisher (the student) should go down in history. (comedy mainly) Beautiful 10/10

Royal Tennenbaums/ The Darjeeling Limited: These two films are family dysfunction at its finest. Darjeeling is his darkest film involving some heavier than usual topics but in a beautiful way. (drama, comedy) 10/10

The Life Aquatic: Wes’ own version of Jacque Cousteau. Follows an ocean researcher on his quest of revenge against a beast of the sea. Wonderful 10/10

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