Over the past few weeks we've been graced with three wonderful movies, the work of filmmakers who could never be mistaken for each other -- or anyone else. These are Whit Stillman (Damsels in Distress), Bobcat Goldthwait (God Bless America) and now Mr. Anderson. These three are among the most original (and certainly diverse) filmmakers we possess. While we should treasure them, TM thinks it's safe to say than among the three, only Mr. Anderson possesses real movie-making skills. Stillman and Goldthwait get by purely on their originality and daring, and the fact that no one is making anything like what they come up with. (Not to say they won't improve as filmmakers over time.)
Bruce Willis, Frances McDormand, Edward Norton, Bob Balaban and Tilda Swinton -- all of whom, I believe, are new to this director -- plus his usual suspects: Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman. They perform with the skill and ability of a solid repertory ensemble.
heroics and combines this with a new-found sweetness that works beautifully.
The Deep End, that she can appear absolutely real and normal, representing bureaucracy with the best of them.
Jared Gilman (below) and Kara Hayward. Master Gilman, who looks like he could grow up to be Orson Welles, is a delight: full of energy and youthful arrogance (balanced with enough charm to defuse it).
Alexander Desplat). Anderson uses his classical selections in a manner exciting, eccentric and rich, just as he did using Joe Dassin to sing the sweet Aux Champs Elysées in The Darjeeling Limited.
Focus Features with a concise running time of 94 minutes, opens this Friday, May 25, in New York City at the AMC Lincoln Square and the Regal Union Square; in Los Angeles, look for it at The Landmark and Pacific's Arclight Hollywood. Over the next two weeks it will open across the country in another 15 to 20 cities. Click here to see the whole shebang.