If I asked you who your favorite musician was, what would your answer be? Would you pick a solo artist, or a band? Which genre would you pool from? Are you picking your go-to answer or flavor of the week? Can you have more than one? Doesn't favorite by definition mean its a personal best amongst a crowd of others? So then by that logic the phrase "one of my favorites" can only really exist in a sea of different categories, and yet we have so many favorites don't we?
I think it's because we as humans don't want to alienate the things that affect us on a personal level. Why have a favorite band, when you can say they are one of your favorite bands. Who do we offend when we say we like one artist over the other? The artist? Doubtful. I think intrinsically we don't want to say one of our favorites is better than any other than our favorites. They all made the list, that should be special enough right? With that in mind, I present to you one of my favorite directors of all time.
Have you ever heard the first 2-3 seconds of a song and instantly recognize it, title, artist, album and all? Then what? You make a quick judgement if you want to hear the rest, or skip to the next song. There is something so unique about each artist that makes them instantly identifiable. Film is a little more difficult in that regard. Only a small handful of directors have achieved a style so unique that they are instantly identifiable within a few moments of screen time, and Director Wes Anderson is on the top of that list. What he does with framing is in my eyes so simple and masterful at the same time, but more on that later. First, the selection.
Director: Wes Anderson
Written by: Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola
Staring: Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward Bruce Willis, Billy Murray, Francis McDormand, Edward Norton, Tilda Swinton,
Released: June 29th 2012
Moonrise Kingdom takes place in the fictional New England island New Panzance. A rustic yet scenic take on an isolated 1960's lifestyle. The main character Sam, meets a girl, writes to her and they make plans to run away together. In a nut shell, it's a boy meets girl love story, but as with many of Wes Anderson's work, there is so much more going on. Sam is a recluse, and the girl of his affection, Suzy, has anger issues. Together they are in complete harmony. Suzy's parents (Bill Murray and Frances McDormand) have issues. A lone police officer (Bruce Willis) is not only looking for the missing children, but also personal voids in his life. The former Scout Master of Sam, Ward (Edward Norton) is also using the hunt for the lovebirds as a way to prove to himself he is a capable scout master. All the while, young love prevails.
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