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The Darjeeling Limited (2007)

Sometimes I lie in bed at night imagining how wonderful it would be to live in Wes Anderson‘s world. In the same way I once yearned for a trip to Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, or a slightly less intensive journey through Jurassic Park. Wes Anderson has established himself as, yes, a good filmmaker. He has established himself as a leader in a new generation of individuals who are appreciated at once by the studios, the shareholders, the thinkers, the feelers, and the everymen. But more interestingly then all that, Wes Anderson has established a new reality in which, though perhaps not always connected in story, or character, or setting, his films all reside together. Continue reading

King Kong (2005)

I didn’t like this film very much. For one thing is was just FAR too long. Throughout the film there were scenes that could have been taken out and it seemed like Peter Jackson was going for some kind of epical final product which was unnecessary. While there were some scenes (the fight with the dinosaurs, Kong in New York) that were really incredible and just fun to watch, there were an equal amount of scenes that seemed gratuitous and didn’t do anything for me. Also the characters were incredibly superficial. You never get to know them on any kind of level, which I’m sure is what he was going for. He was trying to recreate the kind of shallowness of characters from films in the 1930s and he did it well, but if you’re going to establish that sort of basic character development and not go any further than there is no way that you can develop the story as much as they did. It’s one or the other. I will say that I think he shot a lot of the film beautifully. Particularly the scenes with Naomi Watts. I was pretty enamored every time she stared at the camera. I liked Kong a lot too. He looked incredible and they did an excellent job of establishing his relationship with Watts, in fact, now that I think about it they almost went too far with that too. By the end it kind of felt like a bull fight. Just kill him already.