I finally got round to watching The Grand Budapest Hotel. To be honest I have no idea how or why I didn’t manage to catch it at the cinema.
I have long been a fan of Wes Anderson but this hardly seems worth mentioning, as everyone is.
His attention to detail is fascinating. He’s come a long way from Bottle Rocket, which was a lovely first film, to a masterpiece which could only be created by an artist completely in form. The richness of direction, the detail, the comic queues left my eyes fixed, almost maniacally to the screen. I remember realising, towards the end of the section in which the other concierges reveal their secret society, that my face was stuck in a grin that was making my cheeks hurt.
My question is, where does Anderson go from here? This is his zenith. This is the most Wes Anderson film that Wes Anderson could ever have produced. It really feels like he has been aiming for this film for his entire career. Every cameo earned by the least Hollywood director in Hollywood. Evidently the stars are just falling over themselves to spend 30 seconds in the glare of his lens. He approaches subject matter and leading characters that couldn’t be financed by anyone else. But what’s next?
I’m also a big Tarantino fan and by my reckoning he reached his perfect film after 6 in Pulp Fiction (if you count the ones he wrote). Instead of pursuing another success in the genre he brought to the mainstream, he chose to tip his hat to the genres he loved growing up, Blaxploitation, Martial Arts, B Movies, Wars films and Westerns. In my opinion with varying success. Did QT know that Pulp Fiction 2 (by any other name) would be a plateau he did not wish to traverse? Anderson is on 8 film, will he think the same?
Back in the present, Ralph Fiennes deserves an oscar, my head is still spinning with the joyous ideas, the wondrous cast, the perfect silliness of a tale the likes of which Hollywood has never seen, and potentially won’t see again.
Directors L’Oeuf Sacre (Alex Mavor & Ed Kaye) created this nerd-bending (and slightly mind bending) piece for Lily Allen’s latest ‘URL Badman’. It fit the music so perfectly and is something I’ve never seen before. Coming soon to an advert near you.
See more of L’Oeuf Sacre work here
Crazy good new video from Royal Blood
TheR red / blue effect took me a little while to work out then I saw this tweet and it all became clear.
— Ninian Doff (@NinianDoff) July 8, 2014
Well done indeed.
French born, NYC based photographer Franck Bohbot captured these atypical images of New York’s Chinatown. Not hustle and certainly no bustle. I can’t think of a better collection of images to reflect the stillness of a city at night. They bring to mind Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks - I love this.
Bohbot’s portfolio is amazing and filled with images of NYC & Paris and wonderful portraits
These figures by Dutch street artist Daan Botlek really give this abandoned building a haunted feeling.
I can see these being the best fire escape signs ever in another life.
Lo-fi wonderfulness from Hombre McSteez. Created with old fashioned illustrations on slides and a iPhone 5 but has more creativity than any bigger budget film you will see today.
Loved the last tUnE-yArDs album and their new one Nikki Nack sounds even better.
This is a powerful first tune.