Monday 2 May 2011

[the films of] Wes Anderson

Following on from YouTube user keesvdijkhuizen's awesome Sofia Coppola compilation from a couple of months back (and the annoyingly un-embeddable David Fincher follow up), we now have one celebrating the work of one of my favourite directors, Wes Anderson.

For me, the thing that's highlighted most from this video is the re-appearances of those actors who make up Anderson's de-facto repertory company. Surprisingly not just based around Bill Murray, it was the faces of Jason Schwartzman and Luke Wilson and their ever changing facial hair that I noticed the most. Added to that all of the Anderson staples are present (the slo-mo, the excellent soundtrack, the frankly amazing costuming), and are being quite rightly celebrated. 

The only thing missing? I think Kees has missed a trick by not putting the text into Anderson's favourite font Futura Bold, but maybe that was a little bit too nail-on-the-head obvious for him. The thing that Kees has managed to achieve in these videos is making you want to stop what you're doing so you can go and watch all of the respective directors filmography immediately. If you're not a fan of Wes Anderson's films (what's wrong with you?), this video has the potential to make you give them a second chance, and it's in that respect that these videos are so much more than your average, hastily cut YouTube fan compilation.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm off for a Wes Anderson marathon.

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