Saturday, January 11th, 2003
The Royal Tenenbaums
Another night, another repeat viewing of a movie I saw last year but still thoroughly enjoyed – this time, The Royal Tenebaums. I might go so far as to say I enjoyed it more the second time around than the first, since I was able to focus a little less on the story and more on the wonderful direction and cinematography. I just loved the way every scene in the film was composed and framed – the attention to set detail, the warmth of the colours, just the sheer visual richness of it all. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that the film itself has a terrific script and cast, to say nothing of the bang-on soundtrack. The juxtaposition of Elliott Smith’s Needle In The Hay with Luke Wilson’s scene in the bathroom still gave me chills. Wes Anderson is one of the best and quirkiest directors in Hollywood – anything he does is worth investigating… which reminds me, I need to find a copy of Bottle Rocket.
np – The Kinks / Arthur, Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire