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The Substance of Style – Wes Anderson’s influences
April 14, 2009, 4:59 am
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If you haven’t been following this 5 part series by the Matt Zoller Seitz or have been anticipating the conclusion – the final part is now out.

(Check the right side panel on each article’s page for the video versions.)

a five-part series of video essays analyzing the key influences on Wes Anderson’s style… Part 1 covers Bill Melendez, Orson Welles, and François Truffaut… Part 2 covers Martin Scorsese, Richard Lester, and Mike Nichols. Part 3 covers Hal Ashby. Part 4 covers J.D. Salinger. Part 5 is an annotated version of the prologue to The Royal Tenenbaums.

It is a shame that the some of the parts examine some of Anderson’s influences too quickly, as i found to be the case with the examination of French New Wave in part one. I bring this up having watched Jean-Luc Godard’s Pierrot le Fou about a month or two ago and thinking that Godard’s use of colours and visual aesthetics would most definetly have been a significant influence on Anderson.But over all the videos are very well put together and offer a great insight into Wes’ mind and work.



Movie Post – Moon and Solaris Posters, and trailer
April 11, 2009, 7:54 am
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Sam Rockwell is one of those actors who really catches my eye when ever i see him on screen.

He doesnt get too many leading roles, but has stood out enough within his supporting roles to have made me look forward to his upcoming film “Moon” for quite a while now. The trailer is out and, looks quite promising.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

The poster reminds me of one for Andrei Tarkovsky’s Solaris from 1972, who’s themes are quite similar to that of Moon’s.

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Hit the jump for a second, earlier Moon poster.

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