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Notes: on Storytelling

A few weeks ago I saw Moonrise Kingdom and have had this entry collecting dust in the archives. The only other Anderson film I’ve seen is “Fantastic Mr. Fox”, which I adored. I appreciate Anderson’s aesthetic because of it’s consistency across mediums, nothing ever seems fickle. I loved the color palette and dialogue. Sometimes the situations went into absurd territory but it seemed normal in the context it was presented in. This sounds easy given the medium but I can’t tell you how many times I run into absurd situations that are so ridiculously outlandish that I lose interest for the show/film. Creating a crazy alternate universe that is also believable seems to be the hardest thing to me about film-making, but Anderson makes it look easy, which is why I’m a fan.

On a related note, I tried watching “Hara Ga Kore Nande” and couldn’t get past 30 minutes for that very reason.

(photos via niko tavernise’s flickr)

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  • You’ve got to watch The Royal Tenenbaum! It’s probably Wes Anderson’s best film.

  • Sorry, I meant The Royal Tenenbaums with a “s” at the end. I also really liked The Life Aquatic.

    • Melissa

      I was browsing through his movie titles while writing this post. They’ve been on my to-watch list since coming out (meaning I really need Netflix)! :)