pick your favorite wes anderson film!

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it's not rocket science -- just pick your favorite wes anderson film. if you wish to chose "all" or "other" (i've excluded his ads for television), just refrain from voting and explain why.

Poll Results

OptionVotes
rushmore 51
the royal tenenbaums 30
bottle rocket (feature) 12
the life aquatic with steve zissou 12
fantastic mr. fox 12
i think wes anderson's films are insufferable 9
the darjeeling limited 4
hotel chevalier 2
bottle rocket (short) 1


by another name (amateurist), Sunday, 4 April 2010 23:14 (thirteen years ago) link

rushmore, tenenbaums, and fantastic mr fox are his best. i know nothing about hotel chevalier, but i think life aquatic and darjeeling were low points for him -- just cutesy, mannered genre exercises. voted tenenbaums even though it's way too long.

SANAA Na (get bent), Sunday, 4 April 2010 23:18 (thirteen years ago) link

Still really like Tenenbaums, but it's gotta be Rushmore. Really didn't feel the love for Fox.

Nhex, Sunday, 4 April 2010 23:31 (thirteen years ago) link

still like bottle rocket the best.

poop soup on a...ah, fuck it (latebloomer), Sunday, 4 April 2010 23:44 (thirteen years ago) link

have yet 2 see fox, id order them

tenenbaums
bottle rocket
hotel chevalier
rushmore
darjeeling ltd
life aquatic

johnny crunch, Sunday, 4 April 2010 23:45 (thirteen years ago) link

i haven't seen a lot of these actually (only seen fox, darjeeling & royals) & fox & darjeeling are in my 20 fav films of the decade -- i don't really get the fuss over royals tho tbh

jihad mane (J0rdan S.), Sunday, 4 April 2010 23:46 (thirteen years ago) link

probaby Fantastic Mr. Fox. Everyone loves to hate on Life Aquatic since he's basically repeating himself but it's still pretty amusing all the way through, teeming with aquatic life and whatnot. love all the ocean-themed ideas he squeezed into it (pirates, jacqes couseau, jellies, man-eating sharks); more colorful even than FMF. Anjelica Huston is better here than in RT, and Bill Murray is upstaged by Willem Dafoe.

Cosmo Vitelli, Monday, 5 April 2010 00:07 (thirteen years ago) link

Sic transit gloria.

404s & Heartbreak (jim in glasgow), Monday, 5 April 2010 01:56 (thirteen years ago) link

i really like this corny fuck. Though I despised Darjeeling.

404s & Heartbreak (jim in glasgow), Monday, 5 April 2010 01:57 (thirteen years ago) link

bottle rockets (Feature) - never seen the short

ain't no thang but a chicken ㅋ (dyao), Monday, 5 April 2010 01:57 (thirteen years ago) link

I will punch anyone who votes for Hotel Chevalier.

queen frostine (Eric H.), Monday, 5 April 2010 02:57 (thirteen years ago) link

Loved Fox, but there really is no way in hell I'm not voting Rushmore.

queen frostine (Eric H.), Monday, 5 April 2010 02:58 (thirteen years ago) link

I will punch anyone who votes for Hotel Chevalier.
― queen frostine (Eric H.), Sunday, April 4, 2010 9:57 PM (37 minutes ago) Bookmark

i actually really like that little film, and natalie portman's ass has nothing (well, little) to do with it.

by another name (amateurist), Monday, 5 April 2010 03:35 (thirteen years ago) link

Sorry, for me it's like every criticism leveled against Wes Anderson distilled into a few insufferable minutes. Plus I'm obviously unmoved by sensitive, understated ass.

queen frostine (Eric H.), Monday, 5 April 2010 03:42 (thirteen years ago) link

Rushmore, Tenenbaums, Darjeeling - in that order

t(o_o)t (ENBB), Monday, 5 April 2010 03:54 (thirteen years ago) link

Rushmore! I haven't seen Hotel Chevalier, Fantastic Mr. Fox, or I Think Wes Anderson's Films Are Insufferable.

clemenza, Monday, 5 April 2010 04:10 (thirteen years ago) link

tenenbaums. it might actually be fox if i'd seen it more than once, but i've loved tenenbaums for a long time. do people like bottle rocket? i've always kind of wanted to see it.

phantompenguin, Monday, 5 April 2010 04:14 (thirteen years ago) link

i like all of em OK, but only LOVE Rushmore and Fantastic Mr. Fox (in that order)

choom raider (Whiney G. Weingarten), Monday, 5 April 2010 04:28 (thirteen years ago) link

just watched rushmore again. wow that movie is great.

by another name (amateurist), Monday, 5 April 2010 07:19 (thirteen years ago) link

rushmore in a beat

rip sarah silverman 3/19/10 never forget (history mayne), Monday, 5 April 2010 10:15 (thirteen years ago) link

would be v surprised if rushmore doesnt win this

just sayin, Monday, 5 April 2010 10:17 (thirteen years ago) link

wanna see the criterion disc of 'bottle rocket' cos i think i've only seen it taped of tv, but it'll still be 'rushmore'

rip sarah silverman 3/19/10 never forget (history mayne), Monday, 5 April 2010 10:18 (thirteen years ago) link

i have soft spot for bottle rocket and will go to bat for for darjeeling ltd, but rushmore by a long, long way. probably couldn't sit through tenenbaums any more, but liked it at the time. life aquatic is just awful.

caek, Monday, 5 April 2010 10:23 (thirteen years ago) link

Rushmore was the only movie where I ever rolled beer cans down the aisles in protest. A friend and I had been lured in by print and television ads promising "Best comedy of 1998!" We felt that there weren't very many jokes that lived up to the "these are O.R. scrubs" exchange in the trailer. Those who had called it the best comedy of the year must have missed The Waterboy.

kingkongvsgodzilla, Monday, 5 April 2010 11:06 (thirteen years ago) link

i liked rushmore but don't care for the others. haven't seen bottle rocket. tenenbaums i couldn't stand enough to watch more than 10 min. so i vote rushmore.

harbl, Monday, 5 April 2010 11:08 (thirteen years ago) link

xp lolol

caek, Monday, 5 April 2010 11:10 (thirteen years ago) link

We felt that there weren't very many jokes that lived up to the "these are O.R. scrubs" exchange in the trailer.

well, that's true. (that line is v. funny btw: "these are o.r. scrubs." "o.r. they?") for one thing, comedy doesn't equal jokes. i think it's a really funny movie.

by another name (amateurist), Monday, 5 April 2010 13:45 (thirteen years ago) link

Bottle Rocket>Rushmore>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Darjeeling>>>>>>>>>>>The RTs
(Didn't see the others)

President Keyes, Monday, 5 April 2010 13:49 (thirteen years ago) link

tenenbaums. it might actually be fox if i'd seen it more than once, but i've loved tenenbaums for a long time. do people like bottle rocket? i've always kind of wanted to see it.

― phantompenguin, Monday, 5 April 2010 04:14 (9 hours ago) Bookmark

this, and see bottle rocket immediately.

i tihnk with anderson the order you see them in is key, because his steez doesn't change much. so i was only so-so on rushmore even though it's as good as anything he's done (saw it recently) but love tenenbaums, bottle rocket (saw them a few years back, have viewed repeatedly)

darjeeling ltd isn't very good (in context of the list), haven't seen the life aquatic

Jesse James Woods (darraghmac), Monday, 5 April 2010 13:53 (thirteen years ago) link

don't see the life aquatic

ain't no thang but a chicken ㅋ (dyao), Monday, 5 April 2010 13:56 (thirteen years ago) link

Going out on a limb here I love both Life aquatic and Darjeeling Ltd. Although I think I love the fantasy india in the Darjeeling Ltd., the plot and its resolution are almost incidental, if not a block on my enjoyment. Voted for Zisou.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Monday, 5 April 2010 14:32 (thirteen years ago) link

rushmore
bottle rocket
darjeeling
royal tenenbaums
fantastic mr. fox
life aquatic
shorts aren't real movies

I like all this dude's stuff

congratulations (n/a), Monday, 5 April 2010 14:38 (thirteen years ago) link

I would have voted for "I think wes anderson's films are insufferable except for Fantastic Mr Fox."

Lucky for you, you can actually vote for Fantastic Mr. Fox.

queen frostine (Eric H.), Monday, 5 April 2010 15:15 (thirteen years ago) link

Rushmore. heaven't seen Fox and I need to watch Tenenbaums again. but yeah. Rushmore all day long.

Wishes he picked a cooler name. Fat. (will), Monday, 5 April 2010 15:21 (thirteen years ago) link

Rushmore, Tenenbaums, Darjeeling - in that order

Then FMF.

Il suffit de ne pas l'envier (Michael White), Monday, 5 April 2010 15:29 (thirteen years ago) link

Tenenbaums, saddest of all of them....

sonofstan, Monday, 5 April 2010 15:43 (thirteen years ago) link

bottle rocket, fox, or rushmore

symsymsym, Monday, 5 April 2010 16:07 (thirteen years ago) link

I will punch anyone who votes for Hotel Chevalier.

― queen frostine (Eric H.), Monday, April 5, 2010 2:57 AM (14 hours ago)

So much this. Utter dogshit of the worst kind. Ruined La Portman for me too.

unpredictable johnny rodz, Monday, 5 April 2010 17:08 (thirteen years ago) link

And fuck a Sarstedt too.

unpredictable johnny rodz, Monday, 5 April 2010 17:09 (thirteen years ago) link

hotel chevalier was shown with 'darjeeling ltd' in the uk and it's p hard to see it as a separate entity. don't see how it's worse than the main feature, and given that is has natalie portman's arse in it, i'm minded to say it's better.

rip sarah silverman 3/19/10 never forget (history mayne), Monday, 5 April 2010 17:11 (thirteen years ago) link

fuck this guy

booches (Tape Store), Monday, 5 April 2010 17:15 (thirteen years ago) link

Rushmore's a better movie but I voted for Bottle Rocket, Owen Wilson as Dignan is classic, he never topped that character. I liked Tenenbaums at the time but seeing it more recently I'm pretty indifferent, hated or haven't seen everything since then, seems like this guy peaked and then burned out so quickly.

fuckshitpop (some dude), Monday, 5 April 2010 17:15 (thirteen years ago) link

thread brings out the haters.

Rushmore is still his best. Life Aquatic is a real mess but for some reason I respond to it.

Gee, Officer (Gukbe), Monday, 5 April 2010 17:17 (thirteen years ago) link

voted Fox but on second thought its probably a tie between that Tenenbaums, and Darjeeling.

kulinary gangsta (Shakey Mo Collier), Monday, 5 April 2010 17:18 (thirteen years ago) link

never understood the love for Bottle Rocket

kulinary gangsta (Shakey Mo Collier), Monday, 5 April 2010 17:18 (thirteen years ago) link

it's funnie

rip sarah silverman 3/19/10 never forget (history mayne), Monday, 5 April 2010 17:19 (thirteen years ago) link

well, that's true. (that line is v. funny btw: "these are o.r. scrubs." "o.r. they?") for one thing, comedy doesn't equal jokes. i think it's a really funny movie.

― by another name (amateurist), Monday, April 5, 2010 9:45 AM (3 hours ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

It's like you didn't understand my post at all.

kingkongvsgodzilla, Monday, 5 April 2010 17:19 (thirteen years ago) link

Voted Fox, but I really liked Tenenbaums when it came out. Rest of his stuff is basically dreck.

Fig On A Plate Cart (Alex in SF), Monday, 5 April 2010 17:19 (thirteen years ago) link

I'm pretty stoked actually. I picked up Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel for my kid the other day and it had a coupon in it for $2 off of the fox movie.

kingkongvsgodzilla, Monday, 5 April 2010 17:21 (thirteen years ago) link

I happened upon Fantastic Mr. Fox once while scrolling through channels in a hotel. I had no idea what it was - I completely forgot that he'd done an animated film. I thought it was some low-budget independent film and I enjoyed it a lot (at least, the 20 minutes I saw). Eventually I was like, "wait, some of these voices sound familiar.."

frogbs, Monday, 26 March 2018 15:24 (five years ago) link

I don't think Anderson's FMF had much to do with Dahl's sensibility at all

Number None, Monday, 26 March 2018 18:09 (five years ago) link

It really doesn't, also it is great

just noticed tears shaped like florida. (sic), Monday, 26 March 2018 20:23 (five years ago) link

it's amazing imo, probably my favourite

imago, Monday, 26 March 2018 21:09 (five years ago) link

Yeah I couldnt get with Anderson’s Fantastic Mr Fox. It was like watching a stop-motion Curb Your Enthusiasm episode or something, the humor felt very dry & adult & not my bag at all

Plus I grew up with the book as a kid, i think that affected my expectations a lot

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 26 March 2018 23:18 (five years ago) link

even the trailer for Isle of Dogs is deathly boring.

DJ U OK Hun? (jed_), Monday, 26 March 2018 23:34 (five years ago) link

one year passes...

Some more. Warily optimistic--he's been steadily losing me for years.

http://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/a-look-at-wes-andersons-new-new-yorker-inspired-film

clemenza, Wednesday, 12 February 2020 03:03 (four years ago) link

The French Dispatch of the Liberty, Kansas Evening Sun
A film by Wes Anderson
In Theaters July #TheFrenchDispatch pic.twitter.com/RRDhZLHO7c

— The French Dispatch (@french_dispatch) February 12, 2020

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 12 February 2020 15:57 (four years ago) link

Needs a bigger cast, more names.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 12 February 2020 16:04 (four years ago) link

this should be a glorious mess

El Tomboto, Wednesday, 12 February 2020 16:12 (four years ago) link

At this stage there are a group of pretty people that enjoy working in movies with large casts about vague big stuff, and if it's not this then it's a Woody Allen movie, so good news, it's this.

Andrew Farrell, Wednesday, 12 February 2020 16:43 (four years ago) link

interesting to see how anderson reacts to knives out being a fresher wes anderson movie

BSC Joan Baez (darraghmac), Wednesday, 12 February 2020 16:51 (four years ago) link

all his films are good and this one will be too

(i will larf non-stop and so will dr vick, not that i've actually watched a movie with her for years now)

mark s, Wednesday, 12 February 2020 16:54 (four years ago) link

mark s otm

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 12 February 2020 16:57 (four years ago) link

quite obviously this looks amazing

imago, Wednesday, 12 February 2020 16:57 (four years ago) link

Grand Budapest managed to show in Tupelo for a week, maybe 2; this looks like something the local cinema managers will run like hell from, and I'll have to go see it in Memphis/Bham/ATL.

Miami weisse (WmC), Wednesday, 12 February 2020 17:22 (four years ago) link

looks good

omar little, Wednesday, 12 February 2020 17:23 (four years ago) link

first time he's used Lois Smith and Henry Winkler?

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 12 February 2020 17:30 (four years ago) link

Spoiler: At the end of The French Dispatch they get bought by a couple of Trump guys from Queens who lay off everyone without severance, bring in their “own people” and nuke the online archives.

— Matt Prigge (@mattprigge) February 12, 2020

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 12 February 2020 21:59 (four years ago) link

pretty

Yerac, Wednesday, 12 February 2020 22:06 (four years ago) link

one year passes...

I thought Rushmore would have its own thread (it does, sort of). I've been posting a series of Zoomcasts on music in movies: we did one on Rushmore a couple of weeks ago.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=BcFSIvRe-Bk

clemenza, Tuesday, 2 March 2021 15:19 (two years ago) link

I've been revisiting some of his films this past week. I still like The Life Aquatic more than most folks on here, but was struck by how heavy handed the foreshadowing is. It can kind of be read as a comedic move, but then the film shifts into full on tragic mode.

Mr. Cacciatore (Moodles), Tuesday, 2 March 2021 16:15 (two years ago) link

Rushmore soundtrack is so good. CD was in constant rotation in my car for a long time. I think I heard it before I had seen the movie and didn't know what I was listening to, which made it all the sweeter. I love the Mothersbaugh pieces as much as the songs selected.

Lavator Shemmelpennick, Tuesday, 2 March 2021 16:20 (two years ago) link

one year passes...

👌

Watched The French Dispatch, it convinced me Wes Anderson has crossed over decisively from what was previously possible to condone as "apolitical world of winking whiteness & poignant quirkiness" into a fascoid trivializing of struggle and active investment in the carceral state.

— Sophie Lewis (@reproutopia) April 30, 2022

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 1 May 2022 09:09 (one year ago) link

Interesting. I felt it and GRAND BUDAPEST actually seem to be directly critiquing fascism and the police state, particularly given both films view those institutions as inherently violent from the perspective of POC characters who feel powerless and yet must continue to live.

— Peter Labuza (@labuzamovies) May 1, 2022

imago, Sunday, 1 May 2022 09:17 (one year ago) link

We've moved a long way from "Twee or Not".

Precious, Grace, Hill & Beard LTD. (C. Grisso/McCain), Sunday, 1 May 2022 15:23 (one year ago) link

I dunno about "fascoid" but yes on trivializing of struggle and active investment in TFD.

Malevolent Arugula (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 1 May 2022 15:26 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

We made a #StarWars trailer in the style of #wesanderson hope you guys enjoy it! pic.twitter.com/DP5rBxmTOI

— Curious Refuge (@CuriousRefuge) April 29, 2023

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 1 May 2023 18:12 (nine months ago) link

four weeks pass...

Don't know if this has been posted in another Wes Anderson thread:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4TqDvAJXVRI

I suppose he'd view that as a a compliment, but it could also be seen as something that might give you pause.

clemenza, Wednesday, 31 May 2023 03:51 (eight months ago) link

why late at night does ilx get all wessed out

frogbs, Wednesday, 31 May 2023 03:59 (eight months ago) link

two months pass...

lol at the idea of any ILX poll getting 133 votes anymore.

I watched Asteroid City about a week ago and have been thinking about the similarity btw WA and David Lynch, in the ways they both investigate how people react to and survive stress and trauma. Augie's inability to tell his kids their mother has died...Richie pining for Margot and attempting suicide...emotional shutdown and blank affect all over the WA filmography. Versus Lynch's characters creating whole worlds to inhabit where they don't have to face what's been done to them or what they've done.

My wife has playfully/seriously accused me for decades of hating whimsy, so my love of WA's movies and surface stylizations never made sense to her. But seeing his and Lynch's work as two facets on the same gem helped me explain it to her in a way that got her off my back at least temporarily seemed to make sense. I have more thinking to do about this. I assume All the Major Film Critics have already made this point but I was out that day.

The Terroir of Tiny Town (WmC), Sunday, 27 August 2023 18:55 (five months ago) link

Going to a matinee of this today. Did ILX never talk about this movie?

H.P, Sunday, 27 August 2023 22:09 (five months ago) link

There's a whole thread on it--you still have time to pick another movie.

Wes Anderson's Asteroid City (2023)

clemenza, Sunday, 27 August 2023 22:15 (five months ago) link

Look the picks are between this, sound of freedom, Oppenheimer (again), Barbie, strays, about my father, and gran turismo. Not exactly spoiled for choice for the Monday matinee

H.P, Monday, 28 August 2023 00:41 (five months ago) link

Barbie is definitely better than this, but this is a fine Wes Anderson film

Andrew Farrell, Monday, 28 August 2023 00:43 (five months ago) link

Barbie is more unique than this, I wouldn't say better.

Daniel_Rf, Monday, 28 August 2023 10:09 (five months ago) link

four weeks pass...

My gosh -- I remember reading this and think it will be my favorite: https://www.nytimes.com/2023/09/27/movies/wes-anderson-roald-dahl-wonderful-story-henry-sugar.html

youn, Wednesday, 27 September 2023 12:32 (four months ago) link

I just learned that Mason Gamble, who played Dirk in "Rushmore" (and "Dennis the Menace"), used to live a few blocks from me. I guess he gave up acting a while ago and started work on an environmental science PhD at UCLA. Good for him.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 27 September 2023 12:58 (four months ago) link

i like that his eureka moment was to have narration for a fairy tale. he must have been watching lemony snicket on netflix at the time.

scott seward, Wednesday, 27 September 2023 12:59 (four months ago) link

unwatchable because of the narration. like listening to someone else's audiobook at 1.75x.

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Sunday, 1 October 2023 13:49 (four months ago) link

i finished it because it's only 30 minutes but i don't think i could have lasted an hour.

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Sunday, 1 October 2023 13:49 (four months ago) link

four months pass...

I haven't seen any of them since Fantastic Mr. Fox and I hated Life Aquatic, which of the recent ones is worth trying?

papal hotwife (milo z), Sunday, 11 February 2024 00:57 (one week ago) link

Grand Budapest Hotel is my fav but if you hate Life Aquatic it might not bode well

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Sunday, 11 February 2024 01:02 (one week ago) link

Moonrise Kingdom and Grand Budapest are my favorites.

that's when I reach for my copy of Revolver (WmC), Sunday, 11 February 2024 02:46 (one week ago) link

Moonrise, Grand Budapest, and Asteroid City are all great. Skip French Dispatch.

Chris L, Sunday, 11 February 2024 04:46 (one week ago) link

Astreroid City is so good
I love Grand Budapest Hotel too

werewolves of laudanum (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 11 February 2024 04:54 (one week ago) link

I like all the post-Fox live-actions but Moonrise is the one to go with

bae (sic), Sunday, 11 February 2024 17:30 (one week ago) link

Grand Budapest Hotel is my fav but if you hate Life Aquatic it might not bode well

― Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Saturday, February 10, 2024 8:02 PM (yesterday) bookmarkflaglink

I dislike Life Aquatic, love Grand Budapest Hotel.

poppers fueled buttsex crescendo (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 11 February 2024 18:01 (one week ago) link

Another GBH vote here

nashwan, Sunday, 11 February 2024 18:27 (one week ago) link


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