March 19, 2014 |
It is crazy how much mayhem is contained within the incredible precision of Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel. " Ralph Fiennes as its concierge M. Gustave and Tony Revolori as its lobby boy Zero Moustafa lead a marvelous cast in this meticulously played parlor game. Saoirse Ronan, Willem Dafoe, Tilda Swinton, Adrien Brody, Jeff Goldblum, F. Murray Abraham and Jude Law are among the many. There is always great specificity in the way Anderson stacks the deck, but "Budapest" is the writer-director's grandest gambit yet, every word, every move, every stray hair in its prescribed place.
March 7, 2014 |
The release of a new Wes Anderson film has been a highly anticipated event among the quirky filmmaker's fans ever since his breakout success "Rushmore" in 1998. "The Grand Budapest Hotel," which is debuting in four theaters in New York and Los Angeles on Friday, is sure to continue that tradition. The movie takes place in Eastern Europe between World War I and World War II and stars Ralph Fiennes as a hotel concierge who befriends a lobby boy. It has generally won over critics, as indicated by a 89% "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes -- a good sign for a limited release poised to expand nationwide over the next few weeks. REVIEW: Wes Anderson makes 'Grand Budapest' a four-star delight Better known for offbeat critical darlings than box office smashes, Anderson has nonetheless generated some money-makers.
March 6, 2014 |
More than just about any other major American filmmaker working today, writer-director Wes Anderson doesn't so much make movies as create worlds. Each of his films takes place in its own strange sovereignty, whether the Texas prep school of "Rushmore," the train running through India in "The Darjeeling Limited" or the island hideaway for a pair of adolescent lovers in "Moonrise Kingdom. " His latest, "The Grand Budapest Hotel," is set in the fictional country of Zubrowka. Though the story skips through multiple time periods, the main action is set in the 1930s against the backdrop of impending war, as a meticulous yet rambunctious concierge known as Monsieur Gustav H. (Ralph Fiennes)
March 6, 2014 |
Wes Anderson sweats the details. All of them, all the time, to an extent that can be maddening. But not in "The Grand Budapest Hotel," where the writer-director's familiar style blends with a group of unexpected factors to create a magnificently cockeyed entertainment. With credits including "Moonrise Kingdom," "The Darjeeling Limited" and the stop-motion animation "Fantastic Mr. Fox," Anderson works so assiduously to create obsessively detailed on-screen worlds that the effect has sometimes been hermetic, even stifling.
February 21, 2014 |
BODVALENKE, Hungary - I'm not sure what I expected to bring back from an eight-day luxury tour of Budapest, Hungary, and environs. Memories, photos of Art Nouveau architecture, a few extra pastry-induced pounds and a lifetime supply of sweet paprika, maybe. I never thought I'd find myself, just a month later, Skyping at 7 a.m. about a storm that had recently hit the village of Bodvalenke, about 150 miles northeast of Budapest, not far from the Slovakian border. Hailstones the size of walnuts had caused flooding and decimated the natural vegetation and local crops, one of the village's few sources of income.
February 7, 2014 |
Tilda Swinton, as usual, made a strong fashion impression, with flat, feathered sandals and a tuxedo with a ruffle at the opening of the Berlin International Film Festival. "The Grand Budapest Hotel," in which Swinton stars along with Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Ralph Fiennes, Saoirse Ronan and others, launched the European event Thursday night. The film, by Wes Anderson, is set to open in the United States on March 7. Swinton, whose hair color has varied, had high, platinum-blond curls and bright lipstick and toes for the event, which also featured costar Murray in a dapper hat. The fashion choices were in keeping with the film.